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Old 08-28-2017, 12:26 PM
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I'm currently doing a little new car shopping, or more specifically late model used car browsing, and hope to buy something this fall. I'm a bit undecided but am considering ether a large sedan or 5 seat SUV to commute to work with and drop the kids off at school.

Anyways, I'm looking at used vehicles with less than 50k miles and after a bit of browsing I noticed that a used Mercedes Benz is pretty much the same price as the more mainstream vehicles with similar miles and age.

- Honda Accords, VW Passats, and MB C-Classes are all $20k.
- Jeep Grand Cherokees, Toyota 4 Runners, and MB M class are all $30k

I would have never considered a new MB and have never owned one but am sort of kicking around the idea now of a used one. My question is why are these so reasonable, and how bad will the maintenance costs be in comparison?

Thanks
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Originally Posted by beber View Post
I'm currently doing a little new car shopping, or more specifically late model used car browsing, and hope to buy something this fall. I'm a bit undecided but am considering ether a large sedan or 5 seat SUV to commute to work with and drop the kids off at school.

Anyways, I'm looking at used vehicles with less than 50k miles and after a bit of browsing I noticed that a used Mercedes Benz is pretty much the same price as the more mainstream vehicles with similar miles and age.

- Honda Accords, VW Passats, and MB C-Classes are all $20k.
- Jeep Grand Cherokees, Toyota 4 Runners, and MB M class are all $25-30k

I would have never considered a new MB and have never owned one but am sort of kicking around the idea now of a used one. My question is why are these so reasonable, and how bad will the maintenance costs be in comparison?

Thanks
The cost is low because so is reliability. There is a reason that a 4Runners resale is better than a Range Rover.
Old 08-28-2017, 12:33 PM
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My wife has an '08 CLK550. It's been extremely reliable compared to the chevys, fords and mini she had. I've found it to be a wash comparing maintenance/repair costs. Maintenance costs have been about the same, but repairs is where we felt the differencet. It's been 3 times as reliable as her other vehicles but cost 3 times as much when it breaks.
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Originally Posted by beber View Post
I'm currently doing a little new car shopping, or more specifically late model used car browsing, and hope to buy something this fall. I'm a bit undecided but am considering ether a large sedan or 5 seat SUV to commute to work with and drop the kids off at school.

Anyways, I'm looking at used vehicles with less than 50k miles and after a bit of browsing I noticed that a used Mercedes Benz is pretty much the same price as the more mainstream vehicles with similar miles and age.

- Honda Accords, VW Passats, and MB C-Classes are all $20k.
- Jeep Grand Cherokees, Toyota 4 Runners, and MB M class are all $30k

I would have never considered a new MB and have never owned one but am sort of kicking around the idea now of a used one. My question is why are these so reasonable, and how bad will the maintenance costs be in comparison?

Thanks
Welllll, my wife loves her E350 Conv, but the 10K mile services aren't cheap. Schedule A at 10k is around $250 then schedule B at 20K is almost $500 I think. Then A, then B, then A....

Also, if something breaks out of warranty I would imagine it will be extra expensive on a MB.
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My wife drives a benz. We'll trade as soon as warranty runs out which was the plan when we bought it. It's a nice car, and in my opinion not any worse than any other luxury brand as far as reliability - maybe with the exception of Lexus and Acura.

Had a few minor issues, nothing major but would have probably been a little costly out of warranty.
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A service is check , check , check
b service is check, check, check, check, check

my wifes glk250 diesel has been the best car we ever owned so far.
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Buy a certified pre-owned with a warranty, you will pay a premium but the will be peanuts compared to repairing and maintaining a higher mileage Benz.
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Originally Posted by fireisland1 View Post
A service is check , check , check
b service is check, check, check, check, check
Quite true.

My wife is currently between Mercedes. She sold her 2006 Mercedes C-230 in May. We bought it new in 2005. Service was fairly expensive, but since they only came about every 9-12 months, wasn't really bad.

There were a few things that went bad that stand out, but other than below, we didn't really do much more than usual maintenance.

Started died at around 70K miles.
Had a balancer go out which would have been a costly repair. They had to pull the engine to fix and it was about 40 hours of labor. Mercedes picked up the cost of repair even though it was out of warranty. Bill was around $8500 to fix.

Overall, we were happy enough with the car. Just time for a new one. Put down a deposit on a GLC 300 a couple weeks ago. Had to order from the factory due to no inventory in the right configuration available.
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Bought a 2004 E-500 Wagon on auction in 2009.
$68k sticker, paid $18k. Beautiful car, lots of power, loaded with everything, 4-wheel drive, massaging and cooled seats, etc, etc.
Had to buy extended warranty because of the complexity of the car.
$3,000 inspection and repair to qualify, then $3,000 for the 3/36 warranty.
(Still ahead, got the car below blue book)
After a year the front air-shocks had to be replaced. $4k right there, the extended warranty had already paid for itself.
Service was ridiculous expensive. Plugs and plug cables, $500. Tranny fluid and filter, $400, etc, etc.
Loved the car, drove like a dream but after the warranty ran out I sold it, way too expensive to maintain and if something went bad, it would be expensive, like $10k for a tranny.
(These are MB dealer prices, cheaper at Indy shops, or going to junk yards to pick pieces of course)
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MB has gotten very reliable as have all cars....

go to an Independent shop after warranty expires ...

I take my Porsche to indy - probably 50% savings from the dealer

most repairs are not rocket science ...
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I got 02 E320 200.000 miles just normal maintain I found an independent guy that is half the dealer and buy parts on line cheaper than Honda parts
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I bought a used ML-320 in 2008, think it was a 2005 model.
Drove it for three years until I could no longer afford the repairs.

It had about 55,000 miles on it when it was new to me, and probably 82,000 when I liquidated it. During that time, did my own Mobil-1 oil changes at about $70 each, and had to replace the rack & pinion unit ($2,500 from an independent mechanic), about 6 little "black boxes" that averaged probably $300 each, plus a TDC sensor that was about $500, and a Mass Flow Sensor module for a couple hundred.

It's last day, according to the stealership it needed an Off-Road Controller unit ($1,700), new Anti-lock Brake Module ($2,300) and something else. The Kia dealer gave me $3,000 as trade-in on the loaded 2011 Sportage EX. Very happy to get out from underneath that fine auto (one of the very best built cars out of Tuscaloosa, AL.)

The Korean car has been significantly more efficient, reliable, dependable, and has only cost me $290 in repairs in 95,000 miles.
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e series are very reliable. Dealer maintenance out of plan is expensive. The more performance oriented the more expensive to maintain.


These are not the type of cars where you change the oil every 12,000 miles and that's it.


I love my C63S but I don't think I will own it out of warranty. depends on how the first three years goes with it and what I can get for a trade.


It also seems that Mercs are very popular for leasing, resulting in a big CPO market that is competitive.


One of the best deals is the loaner program if you want as close to a new car as possible. They have low mileage and the balance of the warranty. The dealer I bought my car from also adds an additional year and unlimited miles. The discount was about 20%. Down side is it is not full optioned out as you might like. I do not like the MB tex which they are optioned with. I would frankly rather have cloth over what is basically vinyl.


now is a good time for E series before the model changed. I much prefer the older E350 to the newer 300 that came out in '17.
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Thanks thus far. The responses I've gotten above are scaring off the low sale prices, and encouraging me to stick with a used Accord or 4Runner, and not a C or M Class.
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Originally Posted by beber View Post
Thanks thus far. The responses I've gotten above are scaring off the low sale prices, and encouraging me to stick with a used Accord or 4Runner, and not a C or M Class.
you are comparing an Accord to a MB ?

If you want reliability get a toyota or honda...

if you are willing to give up a little reliability for luxury get the MB ...

when was the last time you saw a late model car broken down on the road ?

Today cars are ridiculously reliable...
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Originally Posted by csy man View Post
Bought a 2004 E-500 Wagon on auction in 2009.
$68k sticker, paid $18k. Beautiful car, lots of power, loaded with everything, 4-wheel drive, massaging and cooled seats, etc, etc.
Had to buy extended warranty because of the complexity of the car.
$3,000 inspection and repair to qualify, then $3,000 for the 3/36 warranty.
(Still ahead, got the car below blue book)
After a year the front air-shocks had to be replaced. $4k right there, the extended warranty had already paid for itself.
Service was ridiculous expensive. Plugs and plug cables, $500. Tranny fluid and filter, $400, etc, etc.
Loved the car, drove like a dream but after the warranty ran out I sold it, way too expensive to maintain and if something went bad, it would be expensive, like $10k for a tranny.
(These are MB dealer prices, cheaper at Indy shops, or going to junk yards to pick pieces of course)
Pretty much nailed it. I had an 2004 E320 sedan, and now have a 2006 E350 wagon. Bought both of them at around 75k miles. The sedan didn't cost me much in terms of repairs, just routine maintenance stuff. The wagon on the other hand has cost me about $5k in repairs over the past two years. Rear airbag went out to the tune of about $3k and high pressure brake pump died to the tune of $2k. Interestingly enough, I shopped around both of those jobs, and the dealership wasn't priced any higher than a handful of local shops.
My two previous cars were an Acura and a Lexus, and while neither one was as refined or fun to drive as the Benz's, I'd be lying to you if I said that the cost of ownership is the same. I'd buy another MB, and probably will when the time comes, but I'll go into it with my eyes open.
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Umm, no. I would never buy a newer used BMW, MB, Jeep, or especially an RR etc out of warranty.

Toyota, sure.

I've owned them all. Generally speaking (some models excluded) I love LR products, but they are costly and not reliable. RR is a couple notches worse due to the extra gadgets. MB made some great cars, but the new ones are soft and not really inspiring to drivers. BMW makes awesome cars, most are fairly reliable but driven harder and still expensive to repair. Jeep? Looks cool but not reliable.
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Originally Posted by Rival1 View Post
The cost is low because so is reliability. There is a reason that a 4Runners resale is better than a Range Rover.

Pretty much.
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Thanks thus far. The responses I've gotten above are scaring off the low sale prices, and encouraging me to stick with a used Accord or 4Runner, and not a C or M Class.
If cost of ownership is your chief concern you're certainly better off doing that, or if you like to hold on to something for a long time. But theirs really no comparing a 4Runner to an M class benz. Just completely different animals.

I think people get A bad taste in their mouths for mb or BMW when they try to stretch and buy a used car that they probably can't really afford in the first place. Then add on a few repairs and it doesn't seem like such a great idea anymore.
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Originally Posted by JCM 1420 View Post
... when they try to stretch and buy a used car that they probably can't really afford in the first place...
Your mileage may vary Just depends upon what you want.
I wanted to stop paying the wrench.

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