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Mercedes can last well past 200k, depending on how well you maintain it. Minimal problems like brakes, tires, etc.. should not worry you or even make you consider selling the car and getting something new. It's normal wear items.

Personally, I don't keep my cars past 100k miles. I usually like to sell them when it has about 95-97k miles.


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There is no magic number of miles after which you will suffer persistent mechanical problems with a W202 chassis. In fact, the W202 seems to be from the period just prior to MB's change of the guard, as I think it was the last car before the W210 chassis, which was the beginning of the dilution of the brand with Chrysler's sourcing approaches and the advance of styling and model proliferation to the point where reliability was taken for granted, so it likely suffers less from such influences than later cars, even present products.

Any MB from the time since you were born can last several hundred thousand miles with reasonable maintenance. Oil changes with a decent quality oil, and intervals selected based on the quality of the oil, air filter changes, and then keeping after issues that come up. It is highly unlikely you will spend more than $700 to $800 every 6 months to keep yourself in tires, and well maintained. That is at max about a third of your annual car payments, and you will most likely still have about $500 to $700 for annual maintenance for a new car (tires, oil changes etc.).

Save your cash, follow the advice of your parents. They seem to be pretty capable of providing sound advice - why don't you pose some of these other questions to them? At least you can count on the fact that they are going to answer with your best interests, as they understand them, in mind. Jim
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I might add that a protective father wouldn't let his daughter drive around on bald front tires until the day after December 24.

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All this time (well, I have not been around on Off-Topic last few months), I thought you have a newer C class like 2005 or onward.

Anyway, I also have '98 C230 with about 118,000 miles on it. Still going strong. Don't worry about any repair stuff. Prior to this one, I had '88 420 SEL, '90 420 SEL, and '95 S420. Compared other Mercs I had, this is the simplest Merc I've owned, which is relatively easier to keep up with maintenance regardless of mileage and age. Especially, I only spend half on maintenance compared to '95 S420.
well that just makes us Benz twins thanks for your info
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Whatever money you'd make on payments, save it NOW. That way, in about 4 years, you'll be able to afford an '08 or '09 C Class without the interest. Ask yourself though, would you rather drive a Benz or get driven in it, or both??

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There is no magic number of miles after which you will suffer persistent mechanical problems with a W202 chassis. In fact, the W202 seems to be from the period just prior to MB's change of the guard, as I think it was the last car before the W210 chassis, which was the beginning of the dilution of the brand with Chrysler's sourcing approaches and the advance of styling and model proliferation to the point where reliability was taken for granted, so it likely suffers less from such influences than later cars, even present products.

Any MB from the time since you were born can last several hundred thousand miles with reasonable maintenance. Oil changes with a decent quality oil, and intervals selected based on the quality of the oil, air filter changes, and then keeping after issues that come up. It is highly unlikely you will spend more than $700 to $800 every 6 months to keep yourself in tires, and well maintained. That is at max about a third of your annual car payments, and you will most likely still have about $500 to $700 for annual maintenance for a new car (tires, oil changes etc.).

Save your cash, follow the advice of your parents. They seem to be pretty capable of providing sound advice - why don't you pose some of these other questions to them? At least you can count on the fact that they are going to answer with your best interests, as they understand them, in mind. Jim
wow those were the words of wisdom Jim you are definitely right about the money, and right now since I'm debt free, I want to start saving my money, and that seems to be the best choice in this matter. I like my car , I love keeping it clean, just the maintenance I just need help on, I know when to get the oil change, but I'm wise enough not to get it done too often like stealerships recommend. my dad does help me with that aspect. I should take their advice, my dad is actually pretty tight with his money, so he'd hate to see me waste money on a newer car and he doesn't let me forget about the cost of property tax, etc.
I thank you, once again, for the support Jim
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I might add that a protective father wouldn't let his daughter drive around on bald front tires until the day after December 24.
that's the thing, he knows winter is around the corner and if I'm not going to buy them, he is, just for the sake of my safety I didn't mean an xmas gift ON xmas, he's getting it set up now BEFORE the snow hits, I understand what you meant
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Whatever money you'd make on payments, save it NOW. That way, in about 4 years, you'll be able to afford an '08 or '09 C Class without the interest. Ask yourself though, would you rather drive a Benz or get driven in it, or both??
hmmm...I think BOTH would be nice, mine the sedan, his the sports car that would be nice!
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