My current daily driver is a 89 300CE AMG. I can do nothing but praise this car for the beating it's taken from me, and no mechanical problems what so ever. Mine has 94k on it and I highly maintain it. I went threw the same starting problem the beginning of this winter and replaced the cold start. Although I have found no parts terribly exspensive so far, you might want to do what 67_250SE suggested and take it to the dealer for a fine go over.This would inable you to know what your dealing with first hand. Mine is as solid as the day it was built and I have several older Benzs I can say the same for. If you do decide to get the car and run into parts problems I would be happy to point you in the right direction for them.