Date registered: Apr 2014
Vehicle: 1998 MB E300TD, 1997 MB E320
Location: LA, CA
Mentioned: 19 Post(s)
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Lol no, you keep going back to high end cars again...CLS has routine problems with the air suspension again, just like the GL and ML (if they're equipped with one).
Honestly? If you can, just outright buy a car.
I get that you want to treat yourself and have a nice car...we've all been there. Even I'm not immune, some days I've given serious thought about buying a S class or a GL...because i work on these cars so much, I could keep them on the road indefinitely with very little out of pocket expenses. But then life comes and kicks me in the teeth. I got cold feet after asking for an insurance quote. Then I got a surprise bill at the doctor for a routine health checkup...who knew that my insurance changed their policy midway? Plus plus plus...
I have two older mercs, you can see them in my Sig. Sure, they're goofy looking, but they're very reliable and best of all? They're almost as comfortable as the S classes I work on. Plus not paying payment is very nice.
Bought the 97 for less than 1.5k, the 98 for 4.5k (it's a diesel). And I've put less than 500 into the car after 1 1/2 of ownership.
That's what I would do if I were on your position.
But if you're going to insist on owning a newer model, what about the C or E classes? A 2007 E350 can be had for less than 15k and it won't have 4 digit surprise bills like that CLS.
--1998 MB E300TD 285k
--1997 MB E320 198k
--2004 Dodge Ram 5.7L 212k and holding (damn gas guzzler)
--2011 Suzuki DL650 44k
--1997 MB E320 161k. SOLD...loved that stupid car.
--1998 MB ML320 207k. SOLD, thank heavens!