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Wink S class W140's on cars.com

I have always loved the S class models that were made from 92 to 99. I think the 2000-2006 mb was a cheapened downsized excuse for a Mercedes. Without the three pointed start that line looked like an accord.
But back to my story. I see a lot of S class models on cars.com. Many 96, 97,98, and 99's. The vary quite a bit according to mileage and condition. Some of them are private parties trying to sell and others are used car dealerships, some are new car dealerships that sell used cars. I was just wondering how good is the carfax at giving you an idea of what you are getting? Just because a car had an accident does not mean it was reported.
I saw a 94 S600 from Gateway Toyota Tom's river NJ for about $4400. Car has 117K miles. Is that considered a lot. I have seen other's with 140 k mileage and even higher. Up to what point is it too high.
I currently have my eye on a car from B and M motors in Rahway, NJ. I have ready many good reviews about this used car dealership. About 30 very positive ones and only a few negative ones. They have a 99 beautiful S320 dark silver with 95k miles. They originally wanted about $6500 but they can't unload the car. It has been up for almost a year. They have lowered the price to $5999. I am tempted to jump on it. Carfax says the car is $150 above average value. Sometimes you see a carfax that says $1000 over average value. This means the car has been serviced a lot and many new parts have been put in.
This 99s320 looks adorable. But I don't know if they ever replaced the struts. There could be problems with suspension parts. Interior is mint. What about the battery. They do ofcourse offer warranties they could be comprehensive but that could add another $3000 to the car.
Just wondering what you guys think I should do. How could I get it checked out. How long of a warranty should I take? I was thinking 1 year because most problems I think would show up in the first year. Is 95k miles a lot for that car? North jersey auto mall tends to have higher prices but they have warranties built in. But there have been many complaints about this dealership. B and M has a lot of happy customers. The reviews go on and on. But I am wondering why they have not been able to sell the car? They have it all over the place. Cars.com, auto trader everywhere. Guess people don't want a big old car that is expensive to maintain. But I drool whenever I look at it. They buffed it out nice and there isn't a mark on it. OUtside and inside look new. They told me some story that it belongs to one of the mechanics and all their cars are "mechanic certified". What kind of warranty should I take on this car. Powertrain, suspension, exhaust, electrical etc. Too many choice guys. Need some help. If you know any other sites where they sell a quality S class 95-99 let me know. I am trying to not spend more than 10k. thanks, paul

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Take a look and tell me what you think. I don't that is has a 6 cylinder. Take a look at the carfax and tell me what you think. They have been coming down in price. I like a car like that with 95 k miles. There could be plenty of life left. What kind of warranty would get on this thing. BM Motorcars - 1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Rahway, New Jersey
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Take a look and tell me what you think. I don't that is has a 6 cylinder. Take a look at the carfax and tell me what you think. They have been coming down in price. I like a car like that with 95 k miles. There could be plenty of life left. What kind of warranty would get on this thing. BM Motorcars - 1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Rahway, New Jersey
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Here are my comments FWIW. Material is pulling away on lower section of interior B pillars. Bottom seat cushions exhibit serious wear and tear (deep creases) The car will need a thorough checkout mechanically. Head gasket leaking? (most always the case). Front end work, cooling system, flex discs, transmission, brakes etc, etc, Don't forget to check the AC system (evaporator). The purchase price will be the least expense you will have on the car. This is not a car for the faint of heart or those with a meager wallet.

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Here are my comments FWIW. Material is pulling away on lower section of interior B pillars. Bottom seat cushions exhibit serious wear and tear (deep creases) The car will need a thorough checkout mechanically. Head gasket leaking? (most always the case). Front end work, cooling system, flex discs, transmission, brakes etc, etc, Don't forget to check the AC system (evaporator). The purchase price will be the least expense you will have on the car. This is not a car for the faint of heart or those with a meager wallet.

Good luck.
I appreciate you chiming in. What material is pulling away from the lower interior B pillars? I agree car will need a thorough checkout, and the AC system on these cars tend to have problems. Why is it "most always the case" there is a headgasket leak? Some guy said that the dealership would pay for a PPI if they really wanted to get rid of the car. I don't see a dealership doing that. If everyone wanted a PPI they would go out of business. I think I would have to pay for a PPI and find out what is wrong with the car, and use that as a bargaining chip to get the money back. They have had the car up for sale for almost a yr. I am sure they would work with me.
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To the guy who doesn't like the creases

I understand. That doesn't bother me. I have leather conditioner and plan to put a lambswool cover over the thing. They sell beautiful ones for about $100 bucks on ebay. Looks like a Minnie fur coat. Please check out the 98 dark blue with 100k miles on cars.com. Marlboro motors, Marlboro, NJ. Guy wants $7500, two yr warranty would be another $900 and that is about it. I could probably bargain him down. Cleanest S class I have ever seen.
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Cool To the guy who doesn't like the creases

I understand. That doesn't bother me. I have leather conditioner and plan to put a lambswool cover over the thing. They sell beautiful ones for about $100 bucks on ebay. Looks like a Minnie fur coat. Please check out the 98 dark blue with 100k miles on cars.com. Marlboro motors, Marlboro, NJ. Guy wants $7500, two yr warranty would be another $900 and that is about it. I could probably bargain him down. Cleanest S class I have ever seen.
Marlboro Used Cars, Marlboro New Jersey 98 dk blue S320
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Here are my comments FWIW. Material is pulling away on lower section of interior B pillars. Bottom seat cushions exhibit serious wear and tear (deep creases) The car will need a thorough checkout mechanically. Head gasket leaking? (most always the case). Front end work, cooling system, flex discs, transmission, brakes etc, etc, Don't forget to check the AC system (evaporator). The purchase price will be the least expense you will have on the car. This is not a car for the faint of heart or those with a meager wallet.

Good luck.
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95,000 is not a lot of miles for a W140. Ours became a track-use race car at 197,000 and is about to hit 200k this weekend... Yes, that is 3000 miles of basically WOT- wide open throttle. No mech issues but the alternator did quit in March...

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Here are my comments FWIW. Material is pulling away on lower section of interior B pillars. Bottom seat cushions exhibit serious wear and tear (deep creases) The car will need a thorough checkout mechanically. Head gasket leaking? (most always the case). Front end work, cooling system, flex discs, transmission, brakes etc, etc, Don't forget to check the AC system (evaporator). The purchase price will be the least expense you will have on the car. This is not a car for the faint of heart or those with a meager wallet.

Good luck.
Yeh....the front seats do show a lot of wear. I was going to put those lambswool covers on those. But I am actually looking at another one. Check out Marlboro motors 98 dark blue S320. Guy wants around $7500. Could get one year engine/tranny warranty for about $350. Then you have everything else to worry about. But I agree, the money you pay is like a down payment. Then you have a lot of things that can and do go wrong. Many are expensive to fix. I just thought there seem to be plenty out there, that can be had at a low price. Some of them have to be in decent condition. And with a warranty to cover yourself, it shouldn't be that expensive. Check out Marlboro Motors, Marlboro New Jersey. Talking to the guy about getting it inspected. The seats on this car look barely sat in.
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