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Why would a dealer sell a Benz e320 so cheap?

A local dealer has a 2001 e320 wagon posted for only $3,888.00

It looks fine in the pictures.

Is there a generally-undisclosed major repair looming around 147,348 miles?

Here's the CarFax link:

CARFAX Vehicle History Report for this 2001 MERCEDES-BENZ E320: WDBJH65J51B364100

I was looking for a pickup with decent fuel mileage & stumbled across this listing & was curious.

We're still working on our 1983 300d-turbo.

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That is not cheap. I can find them like that for $2000.
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One of the members bought E55 AMG with classic monoblocks for about $2400
If you think W210 don't hold the value, compare them to W211.
9 years old with original airmatic and SBC will sell for 10% of original price.

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My SLK depreciated $.467 in the time it took me to write this.
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Is it the cost of maintenance & repairs that causes them to depreciate so rapidly?

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Unfortunately.
Not that it has to be high cost on all models, but the "fame" spreads and affect whole brand.
W211 and some S class - in some model years require replacement of SBC pump and airmatic bags what at dealer can cost 6-8 grands with additional jobs.
Those things happen about every 10 years and are luxury items, so should be expected, but too often "bottom feeders" who don't do their homework will buy 10 years old car for $3000 and then bitch on forum how the MB screw up the car that require parts replacement.
Yes, you should change oil on Mercedes too.
Not that I complain about the trend. Thanks to that I can treat my whole family to Mercedes and have very cheap transportation thanks to DIY


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"but too often "bottom feeders" who don't do their homework"..... I happen to be a middle feeder.....

Actually those E class cars, IMHO, are the sweet spot in terms of MB sedans. Gas mileage, ease of parking and sporty handling, quality of interior and paint make these a good purchase if you take your time and find a loved one....

Cars, like dogs, once abused are difficult to make into man's best friend.
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Cars, like dogs, once abused are difficult to make into man's best friend.
Define "difficult" ?
I buy cars "requiring TLC" as I can deal with mechanical repairs and I only pay attention to paint quality at the time of purchase.
My last purchase - 2008 model is in pristine condition, but at 160k the stealers did some damages under the hood.
I had to replace $500-600 worth of parts that were kinked, bend, never put back and flooded with gunk.
Those things taken to dealer, even if educated owner could point them would cost probably well over $3000 -assuming good luck to mechanic who would not damage something else in the process.
So thanks to +- 20 hr of my time, I have pristine and mechanically perfect car for about 5 grands less that such model would cost - assuming you can find one.
I agree that when fixing one thing you discover 2 other problems that "those guys cover up" gets annoying.
Special note to Noodles >> the car has no engine mounted fan
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Good deal, Kajtek1. I was mostly thinking of the abused vehicle, hidden, then purchased and new owner is pissed and thinks MB is a poor vehicle.

Example....Cross threaded spark plug....hidden and lurking until new owner does some maintenance..... = Difficulty.
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I'm guessing this will cause at least one of y'all to want to drive out here to the South-Georgia countryside & whack me up side the head ... but I'll ask anyhow ...

Despite some naysayers I put a trailer hitch on our 2006 Prius and it tows just fine - just have to be careful not to pull what I can't stop.

What about the e320?

Any reason, appearances aside (they're all just fancy trucks/tractors, tools for transport & work to me), I couldn't add a trailer hitch to an e320?

Sign me - Curious in the country

Oh, wait, just saw this ...

http://www.autoanything.com/towing/M...A21A255A1.aspx

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