BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jul 2008
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I realize that my asking price is ambitious, so let me try to "rationalize" it (FWIW):
I bought my first MB, a 1991 300SE (which I still have) from an MB dealership. It was supposed, and seemed, to be in excellent condition, so I accepted to pay KBBâ€™s Suggested Retail Value. Unfortunately, I soon realized that there had been significant â€śdeferred maintenanceâ€ť on the car, requiring notably to overhaul the transmission, replace the differential, etc.
I bought this 1995 E320 Wagon from an MB specialist. It was supposed, and seemed, to be in excellent condition as well, so I accepted to pay KBBâ€™s Suggested Retail Value again. Unfortunately, I had once more soon thereafter to address the significant â€śdeferred maintenanceâ€ť.
But this 1995 E320 has now no â€śdeferred maintenanceâ€ť that I am aware of, to this very day. And again I am not talking merely about the â€śofficialâ€ť MB maintenance, but also about the additional maintenance recommended by The Star (and in particular George Murphy), including replacing the timing chain, the rear suspension fluid, etc.
So, although I cannot guarantee that nothing will break (anything can break, even on a new car), the absence of any â€śdeferred maintenanceâ€ť should minimize the buyer's risk and cost. And as a result, and from my own experience above (as well as testimonies on this and other MB forums), this car is in much better shape than the typical â€śexcellentâ€ť Retail car. So I have taken the current â€śexcellentâ€ť Suggested Retail Value, i.e. approximately $8000, and have added a portion of what I have typically had to add to compensate for the typical â€śdeferred maintenanceâ€ť. And, even at this seemingly ambitious asking price, I will absorb the other, bigger portion. Which the buyer on the other hand will not have to incur.
If the buyer is interested, I can also try to put him / her in touch with the gentleman (a truly honest and competent mechanic, who also has good reviews on Car Talkâ€™s web site) who has been servicing this car since I bought it. He should be able to convey how meticulously (although not superfluously), and unusually, this car has been serviced: on schedule, using only MB / OEM parts and fluids, MB- or The Star-recommended lubricants, etc.