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Old 10-29-2001, 10:53 PM
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CarFax

I have a friend who owns a large car dealership in my city and he told me not to put too much faith in a CarFax report, as there are ways to get around them and make the car check out A-OK.

Accidents aren't the end of the world, if they are repaired to high standards -- can always use them as a bargaining chip. In the case of this green 500E, something looks fishy. If I were to bid, I'd have a body shop check to see if the frame was whacked or that body panel mis-aligned.
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Old 10-30-2001, 11:50 PM
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I was interested to buy this green car. But after went to see it, I change my mind. I SKIP THIS ONE. I am glad I did.
Btw it has been on eBay 5 times.

1. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=595797849

2. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=596087377

3. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=596566133

4. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=596840082

5. http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=597146894
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Old 10-31-2001, 01:26 PM
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Pr_MB:

Did you get to see it? What was wrong with it?
At last we can get a first hand opinion.

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Old 11-24-2001, 06:28 AM
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Question Still in the market?

I was wondering if anyone from this thread is still in the market?

I am actively pursuing a good example of the 500E. Thinking of giving myself a nice Christmas present!

I have a few questions:

Did anyone actually drive the Green 500E in Brooklyn?

Not to be naive (but I am), what is a PPI test? Where to get one done?

What is the current market value of a 60k-90k 500E?

Thanks,

Dave
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Old 11-24-2001, 10:53 AM
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Hey Dave-

I was in the market but opted for a E420. Picking it up today.

Anyway, several people said not to buy the green one. Not sure why.

I was looking at a car in North Carolina at the MB dealership in Charlotte. White/Black, Starmarked. Dwight looked at it for me and said it was nice.

Do a search on MBUSA.com and see if it's still available.

PPI=Pre-Purchase inspection.

What I've found out with MB of this age is that the price varies a lot. Cars with all records get a higher price. Mileage does play a part, but Mercedes Benze engines are built so well that it's a small part. Look for overall condition and check the records for proper maintainance.

You get what you pay for.

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Old 11-24-2001, 11:09 AM
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Davve-

I just looked on the MBUSA web site and the car is still there. 1993 500E, $31,950.

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Old 11-24-2001, 05:15 PM
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Congrats Craig

I envy your ability to make a decision. I am also looking at the 420's. What range are they available? Seems to be (almost) as much car for less $$$$?

I like the White Startmarked 500E a lot. I was wondering if you ever drove it?

Have fun with that new TOY!!!

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Old 11-24-2001, 10:08 PM
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Hi Dave-

I never got to drive it because I'm in So. Cal and it's in No. Carolina.

Email Dwight and ask him, he drove it.

So far so good on the E420, but I've only had it for 4 hrs. I saved $15,000 over buying an E500, but I would prefer the E500 because it is so rare.

Craig

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Old 11-25-2001, 11:17 PM
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Back from Phiily - Left DEPOSIT behind! :-)

Hello all,

I am back from Philadelphia, and although intrigued by the starmarked 500 in NC, I left a deposit on the '92 in Philly.

There was some oil on the engine block and the seller agreed to hold the car for me pending a PPI.

Now the question. Where do we go? HIS dealer?

Will (can) they do a leakdown test? Are my interested protected at THIS guy's dealer?

I would be comfortable if they gave me something in writing on MB letterhead.

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Old 12-15-2001, 05:55 PM
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I may also be in the market since I am still waiting to see if my insurer is going to total loss my 92 500E or not. Regarding the leakdown test , most modern cars are just hooked up the the diagnostic system to determine compression. Good luck with your car.
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