Date registered: Apr 2011
Vehicle: 2002 e320 4matic Wagon
Location: Saint Paul, MN
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The cars are high-maintenance and maintenance on them is expensive! I could never afford to own one if I didn't do all the work myself. If you can come here before buying one, Everyone would've told you to get a pre-purchase inspection.
Also, as far as I know, there are Mercedes Brand axles, which are expensive, and everything else, which are really cheap. I think I paid well under $150 each for my axles. This makes me worried about the mechanic you are using. Also, if he did a thorough inspection, he probably would've found more things. I suggest you go to someone else reputable and pay 200 for them to go over it very well. You might be very surprised at what it will need in the near future, and how much this stuff will cost. You could then make the decision on whether or not to keep investing in the car. You will be very lucky if the car is not a money pit. Look up "common problems" on this forum. My car was very well maintained and rust free when I bought it 4 years ago. I am sure If I were going to the dealer, I would've paid thousands of dollars a year to keep it in good running shape. I like the feeling of saving so much money--since repairs on this car would cost so much otherwise.