A sedan is preferable if cost is a consideration; it's the volume model
so its parts will be available from more sources and somewhat cheaper.
The CE model, though cute has a useless rear seat, IMHO, and some parts
- due to being limited production - will be costly.
Someone here just bought a '97 E320 with about 120 or 130K miles for
about $9K. I've owned a '97 since new and can tell you that it's a good
car - lots of power, good fuel economy and handling. This 210 series is
an improvement over the prior E series, IMHO. So consider the newest E
class that you can for the newer ones are the better cars.
An additional thought: A car's condition determines its value,
especially the older it becomes. So to come back to your original
question - depreciation - buy it and keep it in good condition for the
greatest reliability and lowest depreciation cost.
the little things,
in 5 years, with good care and a modest amount of driving, it should
still be worth
a good portion of what I paid. Perhaps even just as much. But it's
the newer 210 body.
The feature set of the 210 series is nice. It's cushy to drive to work
But I really liked the drive of my son's old 83 300DT and my brother's
86 300E a bit better, at least in some respects. There was a height
sense difference and a little better cornering. But on the highway,
driving from Columbus to Madison a week ago was probably nicer in the
210. Just the the cruise and go.
Here in Columbus, oH, Germain MB has a 95 E320 with, iirc, 62K original
miles on it. I don't recall the price. But it's black with the lt.
gray interior. Really pretty. Saw it 2 weeks ago. And Crown MB in
Dublin, OH, has some nice low-mileage stuff of that vintage as well.
Those might be work looking into wrt holding value. If trading or
reselling is what you're looking to do.
Do I have any complaints about the 210? Just one. There's no place to
mount a 2-meter!
Cars are for driving. Adore them in museums and collection halls.
Otherwise, drive and enjoy. That's why they were built.
I'm driving my second 1990 300D 2.5 Turbo. First one was great, traded
it with 235K. I bought the latest with 158K for under 7K. Its my 7th
MB diesel. Great cars. The 1990 has the quieter cab than the older
diesels, plus, and this is a little quirk of mine, the power window
up/down sunroof from the door lock. That started in 1990, but I love
Solid car, lots of power. I expect some expenses over the next 40K,
but if you pick up a well-maintained car, you will get a solid car for
not much money. I would definitely recommend having the timing chain
replaced in this mileage range)
I've also heard if you can find the 300SD or 350SD with a factory
rebuilt engine (the original engine had serious problems and many had
their engine factory-replaced for free) you will have a great
automobile... however, resale, because of the rep may not be great.
I'm curious. What are the 96-98 diesels like for longevity / Power /
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