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I am not attempting to influence the OP or anyone else with this factoid.....but I did not purchase my first MB until I was 39. My list of priorities was focused on the purchase of a house and the usual bedrock type of stuff that does not make the blood flow to the chubby.

I strongly recommend that the OP NOT buy anything with AMG as part of the model, or anything with S, CL, GL, SL, 55, 63, 65, V12.....

Get a reliable shit box on the cheap and save your money. Do that until you can at least make a big down on the nice USED MB later, when you can afford it and your career has stabilized some and you have proven yourself.

Just MHO as I would like to see this work out for you.
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$242 for 11 months and $424 down payment for your insurance only? That's $3086 a year for insurance! WTH!

No, dude. That's waaaaaay too much.
My insurance would cost even more if I got a new Hyundai Sonata with $245 with the same down payment
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I am not attempting to influence the OP or anyone else with this factoid.....but I did not purchase my first MB until I was 39. My list of priorities was focused on the purchase of a house and the usual bedrock type of stuff that does not make the blood flow to the chubby.

I strongly recommend that the OP NOT buy anything with AMG as part of the model, or anything with S, CL, GL, SL, 55, 63, 65, V12.....

Get a reliable shit box on the cheap and save your money. Do that until you can at least make a big down on the nice USED MB later, when you can afford it and your career has stabilized some and you have proven yourself.

Just MHO as I would like to see this work out for you.
Yeah I understand, But I want to make one last attempt at getting a fairly new Mercedes-Benz that is not AMG, S, CL, GL, SL, 55, 63, 65, V12.

It is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 - it's got 128k miles looks in good condition no damage 1 owner for just over $12000 - that is only $178 a month for 4 years
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I think what forum members are trying to say is that wrongly choosed car can be money pit, while keeping you walking.
For example, when you buy something like 1985 300dt, you can drive it for 30 years with very little money in repairs.
You buy S with AMG badge and each time you enter shop parking lot - you will make mechanics smiling.
And you will be entering the lot a lot.
So do you homework and choose the model wisely.
350 engines had balance shaft issues, so I hope you check the serial number?


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It is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 - it's got 128k miles looks in good condition no damage 1 owner for just over $12000 - that is only $178 a month for 4 years
Okay, that is not too bad. But $178 x 48 is $8544. Where is the rest coming from? Is this a lease or buy to own?

Kajtek is right, almost all 350 engines (E350, S350, CLK350, GLK350, etc...) had problems with either balance shaft or camshaft sprockets. MB officially never acknowledged that there was a problem, and the average cost to repair is $5000, give or take a couple thousand....out of pocket.

MB did fix those issues in later engines, but that requires checking the engine serial number, or checking to see if the car had the work done before you buy it.

--1997 MB E320 161k
--1998 MB E300TD 280k
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--2011 Suzuki DL650 42k
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Okay, that is not too bad. But $178 x 48 is $8544. Where is the rest coming from? Is this a lease or buy to own?

Kajtek is right, almost all 350 engines (E350, S350, CLK350, GLK350, etc...) had problems with either balance shaft or camshaft sprockets. MB officially never acknowledged that there was a problem, and the average cost to repair is $5000, give or take a couple thousand....out of pocket.

MB did fix those issues in later engines, but that requires checking the engine serial number, or checking to see if the car had the work done before you buy it.
It's a own, Down payment % Trade in
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The good news is the balance shaft issue was fixed by 2010 so no worries there.

That is a lot of miles for a 2010.
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... almost all 350 engines (E350, S350, CLK350, GLK350, etc...) had problems with either balance shaft or camshaft sprockets.
It's not about the number - it's about the engine series. M272 3.5 L engines from 2004 through 2008 were affected. (Not sure about the M272 3.0 L versions.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merced...ft_Gear_Issues

S350 and SL350 from 2003-2006 (along with 1st-gen ML350) were unaffected.

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If you do decide to purchase a Mercedes, you should consider having a pre-purchase inspection done at an independent Mercedes shop. Also, if you are going to do the services, maintenance, and repairs yourself take a look at parts prices. I used Autohausaz but there are other vendors as well.
If you are not going to do the work yourself, price out the A services and B service etc.

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PPI will not tell you if you have to do balance shaft in 3000 miles, I've never heard about PPI reading SBC count neither.
Seem in last years each model has some issues and it is better to learn about coming big expense before buying the car.
I bough my last diesel knowing about oil cooler issues and was calculating its replacement in my offer.
Only after the purchase I was able to contact servicing dealer who informed me that the job was done.
But bad luck and low DIY skills would easy add $2500 for inexperienced buyer.
When buying old car always require good luck, some things can be check in advance.

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