Date registered: Mar 2006
Vehicle: always shopping for another benz..
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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these cars, IMHO, are worth anywhere from $1500 to $5k(if you realllllly really love them)..
I would recommend having the car checked out by an independent MB shop.. A car can look and sound immaculate, but be a total basket case when it comes to your first service..
HOWEVER.. i never ever take my own advice and always judge the car by the person that owns it.. if it truly is a 1 owner car with FULL records, trust your gut -- and buy if it blows your skirt up..
words of advice from buying a car from a private owner(specially the original owner):
-Dont nitpick their car
-Be cordial and polite, and say plenty of nice things about the car
and if its super nice to the point you feel bad trying to "chop them on price" -- DONT -- instead, tell them "i should be very thankful that this car is a lot nicer than i had anticipated; you really have a super nice car and id love to have first chance at buying it from you; it's perhaps more car than I can afford... are ya able to help me out on the price?"
^^ someone who's owned a car for 20+ years ALREADY got ALL their monies worth.. if they like you(cos you were so darn polite, charming, and respectful to them and of their car) they will work with you..
honesly, i think $2500-3k is plenty of money for a clean SOHC 300CE.. but thats "my" money.. id pay up to $3500 for a twin cam... anything more than that and im stepping up into a r129 SL or a w140 500..
id pay LESS money for a w126 than a 300CE.. I think the market would agree that, in general, an MB coupe is worth more than a sedan.. I like the w126's, but theyre a bit too old fashioned in styling..
good luck with your search!
Once, i thought i was wrong; but i had only been mistaken...