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Old 06-25-2007, 01:45 PM
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Going to pull the trigger on a 210, is it worth it?

I am looking at a '98 210 with 142K miles, leather, all power works, runs good. Some documentation not all. Been a company car all its life. Has paint chips on bumpers and front of hood, otherwise paint is good, not perfect but good. No side airbags. This will be a daily driver for me, I commute about 90 mi. per day. Cosmetics are not as important as mechanics. I know to look at the spring perches and beware of sticking glow plugs. I can buy it for about 10.5K, I think its a good deal, what do you all think?

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Old 06-25-2007, 02:33 PM
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That doesnt sound bad.

Check the AC out too as it is expensive to repair.

Most of the other stuff that goes wrong is fairly easily fixed; oring fuel leaks, shut off valve, etc.

The 98 should have door and curtain air bags up front. The rear seat curtain was added in 99.
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Old 06-25-2007, 02:37 PM
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$10.5K sounds like a steal for a '98. They can run upwards of $18K for a pristine example.

I don't see how you can go wrong with it unless the engine is toast.
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Old 06-25-2007, 03:17 PM
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Jump on that! What color is it?
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Sounds like a pretty good deal on the car you describe.

I've had my '98 for about 3000 miles and am really enjoying it!

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Old 06-25-2007, 07:30 PM
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BioPower, its black on black. Hot hot hot in the south in the summer From the feedback I have gotten here I guess I'll try to close the deal tomorrow. Wish me luck.
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Old 06-25-2007, 07:56 PM
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$10.5K sounds like a steal for a '98. They can run upwards of $18K for a pristine example.

I don't see how you can go wrong with it unless the engine is toast.
You never said it was a diesel, but since you're in the diesel forum? For a diesel, it's a steal. For a gasser, you're in the ballpark. Have it pre-inspected, please.
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You never said it was a diesel, but since you're in the diesel forum? For a diesel, it's a steal. For a gasser, you're in the ballpark. Have it pre-inspected, please.
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I know to look at the spring perches and beware of sticking glow plugs.

.........ever see glow plugs on a gasser.........???
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Old 06-25-2007, 09:52 PM
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Thats a steal, buff it up and flip it on ebay for a $5k profit!
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.........ever see glow plugs on a gasser.........???
Once in the back seat. Missed that in the original post...
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The black on black will be hell in the south...have the windows tinted dark if they are not yet and it will help a lot. My '98 is very enjoyable, one of the finest cars I have owned. I just put new tires on it today and it rides even better than before and I thought it was great before.

600+ miles on this tank and the reserve light just went on so mine is now averaging 32-33 MPG - the best it has been since I have owned it. You'l likely spend some time and money fixing little things but it will cost you less than the car payment on a Camry and will be a far finer driving experience.
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Old 06-25-2007, 10:34 PM
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If it's black on black, and in the south, I'd do one thing before buying: make sure the A/C works! Make sure all vents blow cold air...sometimes mine only blows cold out the center vents, makes for one looooong drive. Mine is black on tan, so I do get a bit of a break inside..

Still sounds like a great car! Go for it!
Also, if it has the rear sunshade, you'll absolutely love it. I really wish my TDI had one like the E300.
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Once in the back seat. Missed that in the original post...
Np. I went looking for the same thing when I saw the price........figured it was a gasser as well.
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Old 06-28-2007, 12:36 PM
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Well, I've committed to buy a 210, now tell me I'm an idiot!

I live in Virginia and bought the car from the original owner in Calif. Only details I have on the car are a clean carfax, 146K mi, "everything works" and a bunch of pics. Its a 98. I'll be in the car after delivery for about 11K. I expect the car to need expendables, but hopefully little else. Now you can tell me how stupid I am If anyone is interested I can post some pics, I have a bunch.

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