If you found a Benz that was in exceptional condition (full records,
no issues, etc), would you expect to pay more than the Kelley or
Edmunds guide "excellent condition" price? I don't see any eBay
completed sales for this model within $1k of the asking price on the
model I'm looking at, but I do see lots of autotrader listings that
are much higher.
Thanks for your advice,
Full records and nothing wrong with it... inspected by qualified MB
dealer/mechanic (Paid)... I might consider a premium over Kelley's or
But not much over it. As with any car purchase, you probably will have to do
some work for it to be perfect or acceptable.
There are many rubber suspension bushings... Your thunking noise is only a
part of what Richard spoke about... he was talking about subframe
bushings... etc... the stuff no one think about changing... but is necessary
when car age alot.
Your thunking noise can be alot of thing... best to diagnose it right than
Subframe mounts, spring pads, control arm bushings, trailing arm bushings,
trans mout, diff mount, sway bar bushings, driveshaft flex disk. Possibly
more I've forgotten. These rubber parts age with time, not milage; a
20 year old car with 3000 miles needs them as badly as the
same car with 300,000 miles.
Check your sway bar links. Look at the dns of your sway bars; commonly
these break. Cheap parts that any idiot can put on in 5 minutes.
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It depends on the rarity and demand for the vehicle. For example, the
300SDL turbodiesel has a loyal following. Most of these cars have high
If someone had a 50,000 mile example in beautiful condition, it would likely
sell at a substantial premium to "blue book". I've seen dealers with similar
asking >$20,000. It's probably shooting the moon, even for a dealer, but
are people willing to pay the price.
A few months ago, I was interested in buying another 95 E320 wagon to
the one I already own. I contacted Hatch and Sons in Wayland, MA which
classic and low mileage MB's in exceptional condition. They had a 95 E320
with about 32K miles and were asking $29,000. I thought that was a little
considering I purchased the same car with similar mileage and condition from
dealer 4 years earlier for $31,500. I ended up buying a 2001 E320 wagon with
Starmark for $31,000.
Sometimes emotion overcomes reason in car buying. You have to decide how
important it is to you to own a specific car.
Thanks to all for the replies!
I don't think it's very rare - there are plenty of the same model
listed on eBay and Autotrader. The seller has done some critical work
(timing chain), but I don't think the suspension rubber.
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