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Old 12-31-2005, 11:34 PM
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I've got patience, and I've inspected many cars over the years. Sometimes you don't notice little indiscretions on cars until the first time you wash them. We all miss stuff. Let's face it, there are few "perfect" used cars. That's why they're called "used". The heck with the "pre-owned" crap. We all hope somebody has taken care of a car the way we would have (or better). But then, everybody is selling for a reason, divorce, boredom, lease is up, or can't take the aggrievation anymore. Tell me what was a "steal" for your C320. I've seen '02's (advertised) for less than $19K with less than 60K (asking price). I think a 320 in a C-class would be a prety cool little rocket. I'm, by no means, adverse to a 320 motor. 240 or 320, they all command premium fuel, and our E-class gets 30 mpg pretty consistenly at 75-80 mph on trips. Just tell tell me what a good (great) deal is on an '02-03 C-class. What did YOU pay?
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Old 01-01-2006, 10:44 AM
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I checked KBB.com and they give a trade-in price of 7,425 for your car. So that part was fair.

Having said that, I'd hold out for a C320. As you can see from my sig, that's what we have. An '01 C320 with about 23K miles. We bought it 2 years ago with only 6K on the odo!!! (Hell, we stole it off a local Toyota dealer's lot -- it was a trade-in and we walked in the door on the last day of the month.) Sweet car...and the dealer knocked out the electronic bugs near the end of the warranty period (after we'd owned the car a while)...and even a few weeks out of warranty!

We've had a C240 wagon as a loaner during the above-mentioned repairs. That's why I speak with a qualified voice -- you want the C320! Be patient. Your E-class isn't depreciating like a rock, so don't worry.
I agree. Hold out for the C320. The smaller engine in the C240 will leave you wanting for more power. Also, the C320 is better appointed.

The deal was not all that good either. Last November I paid $19.5K for a CPO 2002 C320 wagon with 45k miles. The car is awesome, I love my '98 E320, but the C320 is a lot of fun to drive.

Be patient, the right deal will come along.
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Old 01-01-2006, 11:35 AM
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What did YOU pay?
This happened a couple of years ago. We found a 3-year-old '01 with only 6K miles -- literally "like new." It had obviously spent most of its time resting comfortably in someone's garage. We paid 29K, which was below KBB private party value at that time. A very unusual situation indeed...
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Old 01-03-2006, 04:11 PM
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I would wait too for a C320 -- especially if you don't like the color combo of black on black.
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Old 01-03-2006, 05:10 PM
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You also mentioned a lack of long distance driving comfort. For me, that is important because I consider the Benz to be a "road" car. 500+ mile trips, while are not common for me, are the most fun. I find our E to be less than forgiving on such a trip. So while I enjoy a responsive car, I also don't want to crawl out of the cockpit at the end of a journey and be "down-in-the-back", so to speak.
As long as I make a rest-stop every 2 hours I am fine... My daily commute 40 miles one way is fine too.
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