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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 04-24-2016, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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Recommend a Used Mercedes

Today someone rearended by beloved 1999 C280. I'm certain it was totalled. So, it looks like I'll have to find a new car, and a used Mercedes is one of the more attractive options to me.

I'm looking for some recommendations for used sedans that are a particularly good value. I'm not familiar enough with the lineup to know which years and models had reliability problems, besides avoiding the Chrystler years and going for facelift versions. Can you recommend some years and models that are reliable and have relatively low maintenance costs? Also, where would you recommend buying from?

Let's say under $20k, lower would be better.
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2009 W211 E class cars with good records should fit that budget and are great cars to drive.
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Thanks, I'll take a look. Are the highly depreciated early to mid 2000's S-classes a money pit, or could those be a good value?
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S Class can be expensive to keep on the road. (Even a used Lexus can be)
However in world of Benzes The 2009 E Class is was the last year and very well sorted out by then.
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Value-vise I don't think you can do better than W123. Those kept up are still selling close to original MSRP 30 years ago.
Coming from 1999 C to newer higher class you will have a lot to learn about electronics and programming.
Better buy SD with the car.
I like our W211 wagon, but still cry for W210 that we drove for years without spending more than $100.

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Value-vise I don't think you can do better than W123. Those kept up are still selling close to original MSRP 30 years ago.
Coming from 1999 C to newer higher class you will have a lot to learn about electronics and programming.
Better buy SD with the car.
I like our W211 wagon, but still cry for W210 that we drove for years without spending more than $100.
I don't mind vintage, but since I'm buying used it would probably make more sense to buy a model that hasn't kept its value, but not for functional reasons.

What's SD?

Thanks for the advice, Noodles, that kind of yearly model analysis is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Are there significant differences between, say, a 2008 and 2009? Also, since I'm also considering Lexus, what are you referring to with the high maintenance cost? I thought that the point of going with them was low running cost at the expense of style, handling, and design.
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in your budget you could get a really cherry low miles w210 (e55?) and have lots left in the repair budget.

the wife and i agree, if the same happened to our 1998 e430, we'd buy another of the same.
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I don't mind vintage, but since I'm buying used it would probably make more sense to buy a model that hasn't kept its value, but not for functional reasons.

What's SD?

Thanks for the advice, Noodles, that kind of yearly model analysis is exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for. Are there significant differences between, say, a 2008 and 2009? Also, since I'm also considering Lexus, what are you referring to with the high maintenance cost? I thought that the point of going with them was low running cost at the expense of style, handling, and design.
Star Diagnosis.
Seems Mercedes abounded DIY-friendly options in the cars and newer cars require expensive computers even for seat switch replacement. With CA dealers wanting $150 for hooking up to computer, few glitches on the car can cost you a fortune in diagnosis alone.
I know few members who having digital Mercedes, went back to non-digital to avoid high maintenance.
Go to recommended W211 section and read on what those cars need. Depends on the year they come with different glitches and different options, but main issue is that they have few "maintenance" items that can cost you $3000.
Sure when you find a car for $5000 and couple months later you learn about necesity of $3000 maintenance you will get upset.

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I have had a 2009 E350 for the last few months and it has really been good. No problems (knock on wood). Very comfortable, drives great, not too bad of gas. I have had a w210 as well. They are nice but if I had to choose between the two, I would go with the w211.
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I bought an '05 S430 4matic 4 years ago. Nothing really unusual going on except the transfer case chatter that was solved with a fluid change and the blower motor fuse meltdown. The following are the items I have fixed on mine:

Fuel Pump ($85 part and 20 min. labor)- done on the week I bought it.
Crank Position Sensor ($90 part and 20 min. labor)
Voltage Regulator on Alternator (about 2 hours plus $45 part)
Right front axle (bent-prev. owner damage)
Front Brakes
Blower motor regulator and rewire job ($55 regulator and $135 blower motor, fuse link-40 amp and small roll of wire, 2 splices)
Left front axle was due to be replaced but car was wrecked 2 weeks ago.

2005 S430 4Matic 'Morton' W220.183 • 722.671 Rest in Peace

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