Would it be wise to purchase a 1997 C230 with 135 K miles $5,000

Asked by Oct 14, 2007 at 03:21 AM about the 1997 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C 230 Sedan

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

The car seems in good condition, but I am concerned about incurring high expenses soon due to the high mileage. I have just glanced at the vehicle.  I will see it this week to ask questions.   I have been wanting to purchase a used MBenz.  I am a school teacher and I drive just about 20 miles RT to school.

I am wondering if I should wait and purchase instead a 2000+ model later on.
I have seen (web)  advertised for about $20K - 20,000 miles or so.

I would like to purchase a vehicle that I can rely on and keep for a quite a few years.    I am  contemplating retirement in the next 1-2 years,  so I would not be able to incur a high debt later on.

Which would be the best choice?  Overall including wear/safety.  230C or 240 model??

I drive a 1988 Park Avenue Buick - 211,000 miles. Good, reliable car.

I thank you in advance for your advice.   albagm19@yahoo.com

2 Answers

47,605

From one schoolteacher to another, let me tell you -- if they're blowing it out for $5k, there's probably a reason. I would stay away from the MB's altogether, especially if you are not automotive-savvy, as the cost for parts alone can be quite pricey. For example, when I was a mechanic, we got a 1991 MB 300 in the shop with a bad alternator at 149k miles. List price on the alternator by itself was $600. This does not include diag time, a new battery, or labor to install, which was quite involved. Total job would have come to around $1100. The vehicle also needed a muffler -- $235 our cost for this part. I'd sooner see you keep the Park Ave, or get something American-made or at least American-produced, like a Toyota, which will serve you much better.

465

Is it well maintained? If so the answer is yes, but find a good technician 2 service 4 it will cost u a pretty pennies to keep

Your Answer

Get More Money for Your Car
Be seen by 20 million shoppers. Create Your Free Listing

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Experts

  • #1
    Lorne Grandison
    Reputation
    5,420
  • #2
    PPC123
    Reputation
    3,900
  • #3
    zabi
    Reputation
    2,880
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class
396 Great Deals out of 19,984 listings starting at $1,850
Used BMW 3 Series
833 Great Deals out of 32,432 listings starting at $995
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class
106 Great Deals out of 7,167 listings starting at $2,000
Used BMW 5 Series
395 Great Deals out of 16,361 listings starting at $900
Used Audi A4
215 Great Deals out of 12,607 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW M3
12 Great Deals out of 1,668 listings starting at $6,995
Used Ford Mustang
270 Great Deals out of 37,082 listings starting at $2,150
Used Mercedes-Benz CL-Class
20 Great Deals out of 484 listings starting at $4,450
Used Chevrolet Camaro
224 Great Deals out of 28,922 listings starting at $3,900
Used Mercedes-Benz M-Class
240 Great Deals out of 5,935 listings starting at $1,988
Used Honda Accord
424 Great Deals out of 101,059 listings starting at $1,200

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class For Sale
98 Great Deals out of 2,001 listings starting at $23,900
2016 Mercedes-Benz C-Class For Sale
12 Great Deals out of 860 listings starting at $20,900
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class For Sale
216 Great Deals out of 4,438 listings starting at $16,591
2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class For Sale
67 Great Deals out of 1,504 listings starting at $11,518
2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class For Sale
64 Great Deals out of 1,277 listings starting at $9,850

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.