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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
Dec 19, 2004 (2:35 pm)
First, let me correct myself... the current C-class came out in 2001 not '02. A friend of mine bought an '02 and it was a great car but, sadly, he went back to Lexus. He had to get back on the porch because he couldn't run with the big dogs anymore... LOL!
Sean, the engine sizes sometimes correspond to the numbers and sometimes they don't. For instance, my friend who bought the 2002 C240, had a 2.6 liter engine. The S600's are actually a 5.8 liter engine. Otherwise, most of the new Mercedes automobiles match the existing badges for engine size.
Before 1994, Mercedes used the "number" in front of the letters. A "300" was the current "E" but might have a 2.6 liter engine. The old "C-class" was the 190e... so, "190" was the designation because it listed an "E" too as the next model above.
If I'm not mistaken (I'm sure someone will correct me), but the letters back then meant either "E" for engine and "D" for diesel. A 500 SEL would be the "class" (and maybe engine size) but the S was the "top of the line" and "E" was for engine, and "L" was for Long wheelbase. Remember the "300 SDL", for the diesel? If the "L" was missing, it was a short wheelbase.
#6021 of 6720 the smallest newest model 20K can buy
Dec 19, 2004 (4:43 pm)
but it has to be a 4door also, i figure for my first MB i should find the newest model 20k can buy, which is the 300? I think they are all sweet, do MB engines generally run a long time? does anybody have experince with independent type MB mechanics? ther is one here that servies MB only which makes me think he knows these machines well, thanks for your help ,Sean
#6022 of 6720 a few used ones
Dec 19, 2004 (4:56 pm)
What do you think
1997 E320 57K 17,300
1998 E320 66K 17,999
1998 E430 64K 19,350
2000 E320 61K 23,997
2001 E320-4matic 51K 24,990
I wish 2005 E320 1,000Kmiles 53,250
seems a 1998 E320 would be in my range.thanks Sean
Dec 19, 2004 (7:20 pm)
Sean, just to keep in mind.... starting with the year 2000, the "E" had many updates, which included the steering wheel controls (mini computer, radio volume controls, phone), turning signal indicators in the side mirrors, front hood lowered about an inch and a half, trunk lid has a deeper lip on the edge, tail-lights changed, front bumper is smoother and the computer gives you an oil change monitor and measures the oil level.
Maybe next spring the 2000 or newer "E" can be had for $20,000.
Dec 20, 2004 (6:30 am)
in your price range right now, but Mark is right, by next spring the 2000 should be available for about 20K.
Other neat upgrades in 2000 were a foolproof trunk remote opener (on my 96, I accidentally opened the trunk instead of the rear window a couple of times; most embarassing while moving!), the tilt down right hand rear view mirror and the 5 speed automatic w/touch shift. I bought a 2001 last April and am still learning about new features/upgrades almost weekly. It is a really significant step up, so if you can wait until they come down to the 20K range, I say wait..
But keep in mind that starting in 98, the "320" is the newer V6, also an improvement over the straight 6. So a 99 should be in your price range right now.
#6025 of 6720 commercial warranty
Dec 20, 2004 (12:41 pm)
Does anyone have experience with a service warranty company named "Automotive Service Warranty Group"? I am considering an extended warranty for my '01 E-430 and am skeptical of private warranty companies. Thanks
#6026 of 6720 warranties
Dec 20, 2004 (8:03 pm)
in my 10 years driving i 've heard time and time over if your going for extra warranty either Save your own money for repairs or only go with a ext warranty backed by the car maker, in fact 2 larger warranty company just folded, I learned when i put an ext warranty on my previous car, and they will be hapy to take your Money but when you ask for service its just not worth it, they will find any reason to deny or delay payment, or not even aknowledge your phone calls, basically i got a $300 repair for 1,400 outa my pocket, STAy away from Heritage TPA they suck and kept my 1,000, and took 3 months for that one $300 repair..go with Manufacturer Warrranty...IMHO sean
Dec 21, 2004 (5:55 am)
Donald, I agree with Sean, save your money. My E430 sport has been out of warranty for a little over a year with only 28,000 miles on the odometer. I had to replace a rear window regular recently at the cost of about $180. The dealer replace both of my sunvisors under warranty and when the drivers side vanity mirror cover broke off again, they replaced it for free out of warranty because Mercedes has had trouble with these. I'm assuming if they break again, I might have to pay the $225 for replacement. Also, I'm sure something like that wouldn't be covered under an extended warranty.
To get your money out of an extended warranty, you would have to have an unusual breakdown. But, if you absolutely want a warranty, the manufacturers warranty is that way to go.
#6028 of 6720 Used 30mi E320 or brand new Honda Accord
Dec 21, 2004 (5:22 pm)
Ok, don't yell but I'm torn between a brand new Honda Accord with satellite radio & navigation (do you really use it) or a used MB E320 with about 30 miles for about 33k. I am like sean3. I've always wanted a MB but is it wise to buy one at 30 some odd miles. I see that people on this board are still driving them at about 100k miles. Is that for real? Appreciate your comments. Anything I should look out for if I see a used 2003 or 2002 E320 for under or about 35k? Thanks.
#6029 of 6720 Can I say the C-word here?
Dec 21, 2004 (10:44 pm)
in my quest to find the latest lowest mileage MB in my pricerange, I think I will get a C class, I was behind one tonight and It was nice looking, I wanted E, but first me being a first time MB,2.6 V6, Luvcars: any car let alone a MB should go 100Kmiles these days, your comment about the accord my friend has an '03 accord w/evrything leather/nav/sat/ 4door Nice car, but different design theme than MB, personally the new accord is kind of slad sided goofy looking, awesome interior though, V-6, I know i was considering one of those to but the idea of owning a used MB is to strong that I know MB will be my next car, sounding like a car add but, when i see a MB it ignites my soul! man the AMG whoa thats a monster. since i've been driving I've always admired MB style, and more than 7 years later I have a chance to get one, and I will very soon, I am so excited, I already know the insurance will cost $ about 2300 a year on the C-class, but at 25 should go down some, there main reason was Theft and cost of parts, as I do have a fairly good drive record.
As far as reliability the only thing that concerns me is the bad marks they give the C class in electrical system but seems like that would be something figured out early in the cars life. Thanks for talking to me, gotta go to the C class peeps, Let me know what you think about C class MB...later, Sean oh all those Mercedes Holidaycomercials making me more anxious!