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Old 08-13-2012, 09:08 PM
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looking at a 95 c220 what to look out for

Its a 95 c220 with 110k. are there any problem areas to check out. its from a dealer for about $4200 plus taxes and such. a/c had to be recharged but they did it right away and it works now. if it has to be recharged isn't there a leak. The speedometer sticks. ill likley have it looked at by an indy if i decide to go for it.

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:27 PM
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Wiring harness insulation falling apart; plastic trim on interior and exterior cracking; headliner sag; suspension rubber/metal joints and bushings; motor mounts
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Old 08-14-2012, 10:32 AM
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You didn't mention whether a M-B dealer or not? At that price it would be very much needing a pro PPI on the car. You don't want to get flooded with post purchase repairs.
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Old 08-14-2012, 03:41 PM
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is there a reason why you want that particular model?
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Old 08-14-2012, 04:27 PM
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just need a good car.

It happens to be available, and i'm in need of good car for toting around the baby.
the auto reviews are good for it on sites like msnauto.com/edmonds and such.
I like the mileage stats.
I just want an entry level car that is simple.
What do you guys think of the model. Are they high maintainance. the reviews said no, but i dont think they tell the truth sometimes or dont post the negative reviews
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Old 08-14-2012, 05:28 PM
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We own a '95 C280 which has been close to a perfect vehicle for 7 years. Check for rust in the lower door jambs just above the rocker moldings and also along the edges of the body side moldings.
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Old 08-14-2012, 06:45 PM
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taking it in tomorrow CK auto

im driving it tonight to look at it more closely.
I am taking it in tomorrow for a PPI. I like the fact it has low miles on it.
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Old 08-15-2012, 09:16 AM
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They're great cars. Regret selling mine. No serious problem areas, just normal (basic-model) MB stuff. As was previously said.....rubber bushings galore, front suspension components, make sure trans has been serviced on schedule, as 17years/110k is a nice rebuild schedule, get AC sorted out before purchase. I'd be looking to buy that car for $3500 tops.
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:40 AM
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f.up question

Any reason to prefer W202 Classe 1995 over venerable W124 E320 1995?

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:52 AM
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on the fence

ill see what the MB mechanic says this morning. im thinking of passing. no records and a few oddities like the sticky gauges.the speedo,tach and fuel gauge all stick down . it seems to shift and run nicely though
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Old 08-15-2012, 02:53 PM
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no go. POS

it needs a head gasket. its leaking externally. should have gone with instincts on this one. at least i'm only down $110 instead of $3000. the low miles cars are always suspicious. not driving them is very bad.

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