Thank you Faizano & Noodles, this is pretty standard, what I meant is there anything peculiar to this model/make that I should be looking out for?Why not get a e500? lol
Check the past history on it, even if you are getting it Certified pre-owned.
Check how well its been maintained.
Hear the engine to see how clean it runs, and if you have a mechanic friend ask them to check it out as well.
Check the interrior inside out make sure the leathers not wrecked, check the tires see how worn out they are and also see the condition of the rims so theres no gutter rash's.
But like i can keep on naming things you should look out for soooo... the best thing to do would be, if you have a friend which knows alot about cars you should take him with you.
Oh and also check if the cars been tamperd with, aftermarket parts etc etc.
Thank you Faizano,The 2008 4matic is a great car from what i hear, There has not been any deficiency well not that i know of but you should ask noodle's about this he knows alot more and would tell you a great deal more on this.Hope i've been much help to you.
But in my opinion mercedes build great cars, Make sure if you buy a certified preowned it has warranty on it still because if somthing does go wrong in the first few months or a year you could have it coverd.
Thanks BoM, I am almost a fanatic of preventive maintenanceGreat car so far...I bought mine with 29,000 miles and the only thing I found so far was a leaky valve cover gasket (noticed behind the engine next to the firewall drivers side) covered under warranty. Just keep up with the maintanance and you should be good to go!
I would go back through the pages and pages of history within this W211 segment.. You can also use the search tool to see what actual experiences others have had and possibly how much things cost to fix/maintain..Thank you Faizano & Noodles, this is pretty standard, what I meant is there anything peculiar to this model/make that I should be looking out for?
Is the year & model known for any particular deficiency, frequency of repair things like this.
Hi Everettpa, the 550 has more muscle than I would ever need, plus it would add to my overall cost (gas, Ins. etc).Seriously look at a 550. Why get the boring V6 when you can get a lot more muscle and desirable options for a few grand more.Buy the extended warranty. It cost me $1,700 at the dealer for a 2 year extension of the CPO warranty.These cars are well built but any repairs you need, let alone major ones, will set you way back.
Thank You Aeubank, will peruse the thread:thumbsup:I would go back through the pages and pages of history within this W211 segment.. You can also use the search tool to see what actual experiences others have had and possibly how much things cost to fix/maintain..It's easy to ask but IMO you get a better story by browsing the history as a few owners might tell you everything's fine with the airmatic for instance.. Many of us that have been here for some time would never say that. You might say if you have the airmatic that there are no problems SO FAR...
I think the E550 does come with airmatic, but am not sure.E500/E550's don't come without airmatic do they?
Cocal, make a decision if you need 4matic as it is an added maintenance cost but well worth it if you get snow where you live
Airmatic failures are bad, but an average the cost to maintain a conventional spring
and shock setup over time using high quality parts has come out to be about the same.
Conventional suspension failures are bad and can do damage to a car just like an airmatic failure.
If one lives in an area with rough roads the Airmatic is a better riding car. Lifespan seems
to be better on the airmatic components. The downfall is the complexity of the system
and the crazy dealer pricing. Thus companies like Arnott have come to the rescue making
airmatic nothing to be put off by. $400 for a complete front assembly with a lifetime
warranty is hard to beat.
Seriously look at a 550. Why get the boring V6 when you can get a lot more muscle and desirable options for a few grand more.
Maybe he is planning on keeping it many years past the warranty like we do?
I could have bought any car I wanted but chose the V6 because of long term maintenance expenses. Most common problems and complaints on this and other forums are on the V8 cars. If you replace your car often then by all means get the V8.
I'm in agreement with Noodles. Look, if one doesn't want a pneumatic suspension, then just don't get one. The system is not an inherently bad system. It's simply a more expensive system. Just like ABC is a more expensive system over Airmatic. People who want these suspensions will understand that they will pay to play. Just like one pays to play when buying an Italian exotic over any other option.I agree if the dealer is involved the airmatic repairs are a rape.
My dealer will use Arnott parts, just no warranty at all other than Arnotts.
The dealer price on a standard front shock for a E350 is about $300. A fraction
of the cost of the airmatic cost. We see lots of airmatic cars on the rough roads
here and the system holds up better under the constant pounding than the
standard shocks that seem to have a about a 40-50k life span on average.
We get lots of airmatics in that are well over 100k miles and the SDS tests them
and we visually inspect them and they are good to go. We are seeing more rear
air spring failures than fronts. That can be an ouch at $700 list for the OEM MB part.
So I see your point, but when the law of averages comes across our shop's desks
it really is about a horse apiece because the airmatic is better on rough roads.
Having had one of each I really do like the ride quality of the airmatic versus conventional.
But when it goes wrong for the average owner that will take it to a dealer I concede
that the airmatic will give people a stroke. But 70% of MB owners leave the dealer
after the warranty and wither DIY or find a third party shop in our region. It is as
high as 90% loss for other makes once the warranty expires.
Years ago I had a BMW 540 sport and it had front shocks that had the electric dampening
control. One of them went out and the shock was $1700 per side. I tossed some Bilsteins
on it and save about $3000. It is criminal what the Germans are charging for OEM
shocks that have more than just compressed gas and oil in them.
I can tell it's close to Thanksgiving if you believe some turkey's gonna buy what you said about airmatic and conventional suspension costing about the same amount to maintain