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170k miles too many? Please help!

Hey everyone, I'm new to the forum and need some advice on purchasing a used Mercedes. I currently have an 06 ML 350 that is wonderful for my kids, but I'd also like to have a sedan for work purposes. My budget is $10k-$12k, as I don't want my payment to be too high. I've found a 2009 S550 4matic for sale for $12k. The only problem is, it has 169,876 miles on it and I'm afraid that's too many. The car's interior is pristine, and it has obviously been babied. My question is, would it even be worth it to get this car with so many miles? I'd be paying it off for 3-4 years and I don't want it to crap out on me in that time. Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!
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So you want to drive your family in cheap ML, while you will show-off in your work with fancy S ?
170k for Mercedes gasoline engine is still low, as gasers pass 300k easy.
Would that be diesel - you could continue break-in process.
Good luck on your search.

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My ML 350 is actually extremely nice. Yeah it's a 2006, but it wasn't cheap because it has very very low miles on it and a lifetime wrap warranty. No accidents and only one owner before me. It's the safest vehicle I could ask for to have my family in. My husband is the one who drives it mostly because it's rather big for me to maneuver, so yes, I would prefer a sedan for driving to work and back. Is that wrong of me? I don't really care that it's an S, but for the budget I'm looking in, it's the nicest one I can find. I drove an 05 Benz that was only $8,000, but it had transmission issues when I took it for an inspection. I prefer to stick with Mercedes because every single one I've owned has been reliable. I'm just not convinced this one would be worth my money. I'll keep my eye out for other sedans with less miles. Thank you for the reply.
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For 12K, you could buy a 2009 E350 with half the miles. And 2009 is past the balance shaft problem model years.
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Thank you! I will search for an E350 to see if it also has that price point in my area.
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I bought my pristine 2008 E Bluetec for $8k and 164,000 miles.
Plan to keep it for at least 10 years as not only the car is lovely, but 35 mpg on 6 seconds car is hard to beat.

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BTW my wife was rear-ended in 1999 ML and left with permanent spine damages.
The trucks give false feeling of being safe due the size/weight, but it is sedan who has really working crumple zones for people protection.

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Wow! 35 mpg? Now that sounds amazing. I wish I could find something like that in my area.
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I am so sorry to hear about your wife's accident. It sounds terrible. If I do end up getting a sedan, my kids can be in that as well. Again, so sorry about your wife. I hope she has since recovered the best she could.
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Define "my area" ?
I bought my Bluetec 2100 miles from home.
MB are rare cars in US and diesels are real gems as they were not sold on West Coast for last 20 years.
Take some time and persistence to find exactly what you are looking for.
The key that works for me "look for another car when you don't really need it"
Wife lives with some neck pain, thanks for the thoughts. The accident was over 10 years ago, but even we loved our original ML, we are not ever going back to the class.
Newer ML have safer body that framed W163, but still if you search the accidents pictures - ML is good in roll-over accidents, but high-impact accidents are not pretty.


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