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Is she worth keeping

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I have a 2000 C230K, 61k miles, original owner. Car looks new inside and out except for a bit of paint roughness on the front fender arches.

My question is, is this car worth keeping? I sometimes am afraid to put any more miles on the vehicle for fear of something breaking.

The car has been reliable so far. Only repairs have been charcoal canister shutoff valve and seat relay. The driver's side mirror spring broke and is held in place with zip ties. I have a good independent shop.

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Forgot to mention I also replaced the MAF sensor.
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I sometimes am afraid to put any more miles on the vehicle for fear of something breaking.
The worst thing you could do is not use it!

Repair the broken bits, fix the rust if it bothers you, have it serviced/checked over at a good Merc specialist and carry out some preventive maintenance and enjoy it.
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Its worth keeping if you arent afraid to get your hands dirty. If you plan on taking it to a mechanic, you will be eaten alive in service costs. But I agree with John; why have it if you are scared to drive it? If it runs good, drive the hell out of it. Put it away when it starts running like crap, not when it is running good.
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Worth keeping, imho.
Does not require alot of maintenance from my point of view. Treat it with respect, maintain it, TLC and it will return the favor with it's attributes: fun, peppy sporty sedan.
Perform some of the minor upgrades such as a maf relocation / oil separator line revison shutoff / etc and she'll be a zippy little sedan that's easy on gas.
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The worst thing you could do is not use it!

Repair the broken bits, fix the rust if it bothers you, have it serviced/checked over at a good Merc specialist and carry out some preventive maintenance and enjoy it.
The only broken part is the mirror spring, but the zip tie fix is working for now. I don't want to replace an otherwise perfect mirror assembly. As for the rust, it isn't bad. You only notice it if you look very closely or rub your finger over it. I considered replacing both front fenders but that is pretty expensive. I'm going to wait on that. The vehicle has been serviced regularly since new, first at the dealer and after that at my independent garage.

By the way, it is a great riding car. I just put on a set of Yokohama Avid Ascent GT tires, way better than my previous Firestone Affinity.

Thanks a lot for your response.
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Its worth keeping if you arent afraid to get your hands dirty. If you plan on taking it to a mechanic, you will be eaten alive in service costs. But I agree with John; why have it if you are scared to drive it? If it runs good, drive the hell out of it. Put it away when it starts running like crap, not when it is running good.
I have neither the ability or situation to do my own service. It does run great. Thank you.
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Worth keeping, imho.
Does not require alot of maintenance from my point of view. Treat it with respect, maintain it, TLC and it will return the favor with it's attributes: fun, peppy sporty sedan.
Perform some of the minor upgrades such as a maf relocation / oil separator line revison shutoff / etc and she'll be a zippy little sedan that's easy on gas.
Thanks for your suggestion. It is a fun car to drive. I guess I was figuring that with the vehicle being 20 years old that I could be looking at replacing a lot of rubber and electronic components going forward.
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I just put on a set of Yokohama Avid Ascent GT tires, way better than my previous Firestone Affinity.
I'm running Yoko's too (Advan Sport) and I'm very happy with them. How good they really are I'm unsure as it's not practical to do back to back tests but I'd buy them again.
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I guess I was figuring that with the vehicle being 20 years old that I could be looking at replacing a lot of rubber and electronic components going forward.
No, not really. Sure, there will be some perishing & wear on rubber components, possibly engine & trans mounts, driveshaft couplings and front lower wishbone bushes. But that's only possibly. For peace of mind get the obvious items inspected.

As for the electronics, yep there's a few common items that tend to be applicable to most face lift (late '97 on) W202. Alarm sirens & heater motor fan regulator pack up, wiper motors seize (lack of maintenance), MAF's go as you know but they are a long term service item anyway and it's not unknown for the Cam & Crankshaft sensors to pack up as well. Coils sometimes too, which again are a long term service item. Ignition switches (EIS) fail too but I don't know if that's due to the amount of use (on/off) or time period. Sometimes, I suspect it's due to the ignition being left on without the engine being started?

Personally, I'd initially inspect the drive belts, tensioners, idlers, water pump + clutch if fitted, rad condition and thermostat. If all is good keep an eye on coolant level and the temperature gauge. Also, have the PVC hoses and valve (located under the inlet manifold) inspected which is important and usually overlooked.

Happy motoring.

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