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Here's the other thing about the vast majority of the cars that I've seen on Craigslist like this.

The sellers are generally selling them because their cars failed inspection or are about to. They take it to a shop and see the (generally rather large) estimate. Then they check into what the car's worth and decide it's cheaper to just dump the car onto someone else. That's fine with me; that's exactly how I got most of my vehicles, and all of my W220's. But my offer will reflect that.

Here's an example. To do a proper overhaul of a front suspension, which pretty much every car needs ever 15 or so years, is about $3,000 in just the parts for a W220 if you buy the parts yourself. . At least, if you use good (i. e. OEM) parts like Lemfoerder, TRW, and Bilstein/Arnott. At an independent shop, parts + labour will be between $8,000 and $9,000. At the dealership, you're looking at $15,000. No, I'm not exaggerating. So, I keep all of this in mind when I'm looking at a car for potential purchase.

Always remember: people don't typically sell cars if they're still enjoying them, i. e. there ain't nuthin' wrong with 'em. This is the typical case; there are exceptions, like one forum member I spoke with last night that, like me, takes care of his stuff but just has too many cars now. :-) But he's not typical. The vast majority of folks don't want to spend the money to fix a "low-value" car.

Another guy in my neighborhood that owned a C300, he traded in his car at the used car lot and got an Audi. That transmission wouldn't shift past fourth gear. He also confided in me that it had metal in the bottom of the transmission pan--never a good sign. He dumped the car for $4,000, and now that Stealership will sell it to some "sucker" for high dollar.

That's why it's so important to thoroughly check out any car. Caveat Emptor, indeed.
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Yep most people don’t selll older cars unless they have a problem . It’s not like a seller who buys a new car every 3-4 years , where nothing is likely wrong .
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I agree with all the points raised .................

Trouble is is where is the line drawn .....................

For some £2000 for a car may be all the money they have, where to others, it is an ELV, a banger, not worth spending a fortune on so yeah, there it is warts 'n' all, take it or leave it.

"It is what it is, it ain't what it ain't" is a phrase used often by UK Car Dealers
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My Dad use to tell me this quote when I was working for Mercedes-Benz (and later, BMW): "THERE'S AN ASS FOR EVERY SEAT"!

DoublŤ (en)tendrŤ implied I am certain.
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Thats a Nice S55 I almost want to fly out and Buy it with even knowing its going to need a grand for a coilover mod and another 2500 in parts for a complete front end Rebuild but this one is Really Really nice out by you That was modded by a Great Shop out by me.
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Thats a Nice S55 I almost want to fly out and Buy it with even knowing its going to need a grand for a coilover mod and another 2500 in parts for a complete front end Rebuild but this one is Really Really nice out by you That was modded by a Great Shop out by me.
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I canít tell if youíre joking or serious ?
There is a big thread about that cl at mbworld
it never ran right and speedruven screweed it up so bad they went out of business and no one could fix it
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That's not the same CL65 that was the topic in that thread. He had a C216 not a C215. But I would still stay away from it. Clearly that tuning company can't be trusted.
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