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Well, all points of view are understood. Quoting edmunds or offering $2200 is not realistic for this car in its condition. I thought I can sell it quicker here than somewhere else. Thanks for all replies and suggestions I guess I am better of selling elsewhere.
This is the exact example of such dichotomy.

The car would sell quickly here if priced based on it's "actual" value established by people who know the marque and the model.

As a seller, you have an idea of value based on your personal opinion and feelings, which don't come into play here.

However, they do come into play in the open market, where buyers are typically less informed and more likely to buy based on emotion rather than value.

In other words, you'll be better off in a marketplace such as eBay or Craigslist.

Just out of curiosity, what sort of price did you have in mind?
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Well, all points of view are understood. Quoting edmunds or offering $2200 is not realistic for this car in its condition. I thought I can sell it quicker here than somewhere else. Thanks for all replies and suggestions I guess I am better of selling elsewhere.
Sean, don't mistake the expertise here as ball busting. If you want my two cents, selling a 20 year old Benz is like selling real estate. It's all about comparables. Without producing a couple to back up an offer price, it's up to the community to do that, which is does, without fail. You have a unique low-mileage Benz (which to me is a red flag, by the way...) that appeals mostly to folks like us. I think it sucks that my wagon, which is as nice as any I have ever seen, probably wouldn't bring $3500. It is what it is I guess.

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Very well said.
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i think 2200 is good for an unseen undriven 25 year old car that may or may not require a fair amount of work. pictures are nice, but only time will tell the new owner what is needed. besides, i rarely buy anything that does not need at least $1000 worth of deferred maintenance, let alone out right repairs of broken items. So, 2200 + 1000 = 3200. at 3200 invested, i would still be lucky to break even and i would take a bath if i found more major items to repair. this is not my first rodeo, and just because the car has a star on the hood does not mean it is made of gold, it is just a nice 25 year old car that will invariably need money and time thrown at it...
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Certain model coupes are oddballs in the MB hierarchy, IMHO. The 300CE is a perfect example of this, as is the 300CD.

Both are "sporty" in the sense that they're coupes, but it starts and stops there. The engine and drive train are no better than their sedan models, so there's no performance gain like you would see in a 560SEC, for example.

In a sense, they're "wannabe" sports cars for sedan drivers.

I'm not criticizing, just trying to point out why certain coupes don't have a premium over the sedan models, that's all. If anything, because they're coupes, it detracts due to the inability to transport four people comfortably.

I owned a 300CD, and it was a wicked little car for a diesel. That being said, I let it go because my teenage kids couldn't sit comfortably in the back seat. It was impractical for me...
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at 3200 invested, i would still be lucky to break even and i would take a bath if i found more major items to repair.
Well..., it should have been pretty clear from the get go that this is not a car for a flipper.

For somebody looking for a low-mileage 300CE as a keeper, this might be a good opportunity. IF the car is as good in person as the minute description given by the OP leads one to believe AND depending on what he is looking to get out of it, of course.

But yeah, I don't think you will get what you are looking for from anybody over here, so you might as well start posting it also on Craigslist, Ebay, Cars.com etc.

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Doesn't look like there any interested buyers on this forum. A lot of bs talk and unnecessary suggestions. I have a folder with a lot of service records (tranny, engine etc) I just posted it to see if there is interest. I will be more than happy to list everything that has been done over the years to real! Buyers. Mileage is thru and correct. I don't care if it raises red flags. As I've mentioned in OP I am new here. So long fellas.
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I was thinking in $4000 range
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How do I remove the add?
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Well..., it should have been pretty clear from the get go that this is not a car for a flipper...
just for clarity, I'm not a flipper, just someone who does not want to be instantly upside down on a 25 year old car. Many people are jealous of what I pay for certain cars, but they don't understand the time, money & expertise spent in getting the car to certain level of soundness, able to be driven as intended with all systems functional. hell, tires alone, mounted & balanced are going to run $600+, what about HVAC work, fuel systems, suspension, brakes, cooling systems, electronics. All of this needs work on these cars, no matter how much paperwork the owner has...
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