is it a good idea to buy a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 300e?

Asked by Jan 26, 2015 at 08:04 PM about the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

this car is in great shape. less than 95K miles. the price seems right at $3,990 but would
like to get that lowered a bit. love the body & the way it drives, but am afraid because it's
so old, so that it would be a silly purchase. i don't need a car for life. I just want one to
last 2-5 years. need all and any advice.

5 Answers

Get a CarFax, make sure it's never been wrecked...all service records would be great if available and if it's been taken care of 95k is not end-of-life for that Mercedes.

55,255

It's a Mercedes, 25 years old and parts and service prices are sky high. I would avoid it for that reason.

895

I think the price is a bit high... so I would probably come in at about 2500 on it AFTER you had a mechanic you trust give it a thorough inspection... at 2k, even if it ends up needing repairs during the 2-5 years you are looking to hold onto it, it will be worth putting a few bucks into it... better to spend $100 with a mechanic now and have them go through it thoroughly vs. buyign it and then finding out you need a new engine a month after you bought it - no matter the price you buy for, even if for just a few hundred, the bill for something like that will crush any value in the vehicle...

1,755

These are excellent cars. I have been driving 1987-1993 190e with the same engine for more than a decade. Make sure there are no accidents on the carfax; make sure there is no rust. Check to see all electrical systems are working and there are no idiot lights lit up on the dash. Then EXPECT to pay an additional $1500 in maintenance your first year. If you can't afford the car plus the $1500, you can't afford to drive the car. Buy a Honda Civic.

1,755

Re: The price of $3900...it is EXCELLENT for a car with this mileage as most would have 150k+......if the condition warrants it - the price is more than fair.

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