I'm trying to weigh alternatives and determine which would be better: buying a new (cheap) car for $10-15K or keeping up a 1998 C230 with a little over 100,000 miles. Will my cost of maintenance over the next couple of years exceed the cost of a new car? I think not, but I could be wrong. I know Mercedes' are expensive to maintenance. Any responses from those who have FIRST-HAND experience would be greatly appreciated. THANKS!!