What are things to watch for on a 2004 Mercedes Benz C 240 4matic with 63,000 miles?
How reliable are these cars? Am I likely to need major repairs in next 2 years?
I have buddy that knows Mercedes but not 4wd. His thing is older Mercedes
early 80s late 70s. Car seems like real bargain at $4995 though have not
actually seen in person yet just pics. How much would it cost to have
inspection service done on car? Are these cars bigger than a 2005 Outback
Any older German car will require similar maintenance than other makes and models, but the parts are usually more expensive and higher labor costs due to using speciality shops. A 2004 C240 for $5K tells me it have over 100K miles and is at the time you start replacing parts. So figure putting another $2K-3K into it in the beginning to get the car to your liking and changing fluids and filters, tires, brakes, etc. Then figure on $2K-3K avg cost per year to maintain it. Some years will be better than others. If you DIY and work on your own car, these cost will be less. If your interested in the car, yes have a local mechanic inspect it for you before purchase, they will get it on the lift and check for rust, brakes, etc. Probably be around $100, ask before, some shops will charge more. The $100 is worth the piece of mind. In comparing the size of the Subaru to the MB, you can search online for both vehicles and click on features and specs to get dimensional information, both exterior and interior.
I would pass- 5 grand will buy a lot of car, and one that can be repaired easily in the U.S.- If I had the money, I would look for a nice 2005-2009 Mustang
AVOID Mercedes, BMW, Jaguar vehicles that are used unless a full written warranty is involved or you have lots of cash to burn. Parts and labor are extremely expensive on these vehicles and they are full of problems.
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