Not sure what year models you are looking at but have a mechanic (&
yourself) check out the wiring harness (early to mid 90's models). I
have a 1994 C280 that had a "charred" wiring harness that is apparently
common in these models. I searched the boards for this problem and
found that alot of other owners had this problem and MB will sometimes
replace at their cost. One individual stated that "it's not a matter of
if it happens, it's when it happens and the car catches fire". Other
than that, my inline 6 is a work horse that just seems to want to run
forever. Oh and it's a 5 speed manual;-)
1992 BMW 325TD - RIP/Good Riddance
1. No A/C (my fault for wanting the car so bad in the first place)!!!
2. Lack of power - nur 115PS. I drive about 220KM of Autobahn everyday
and I need to go faster;-)
3. After about 6 months, pieces starting falling off everywhere and the
front door panels would not stay on for anything. No, it was not
wrecked and yes I paid BMW to put all new fittings on them and they
still fell off when closing the door.
4. BMW dealership charges are outrageous as compared to MB.
5. BMW dealerships are full of the most arrogant SOB's I have ever
dealt with. I would go in for an inspection/oil change/minor repairs
and drop down 700 to 800 Euros and not so much an offer for coffee. The
very FIRST time I took my C280 to MB, a very nice and courteous young
lady brought me a cup of coffee (they always do) and the service manager
actually took time to get to know me and my family/driving habits/wants
& desires for my car. That made me feel like I was in another era where
customer service meant something. BTW, I am religious when it comes to
my cars mechanical well-being (& my safety) so a dealerships service
department is very important to me. Again, the costs are always about
half of what I paid at BMW......Punkt!
6. I had BMW replace a fuse or something under the dash (yet another
BMW "specialty" part) and it wasn't until a few days later that I
noticed the mechanic had punctured a hole in the cover piece and when
confronted, they acted like I did it and wanted them to pay for my
mistake. I showed the receipt of the work that was done a few days
earlier at their shop but they were very adamant about doing anything
and I think it was around that moment I decided this "relationship"
wasn't going to work out.
7. I don't want to bore you with all the other things that took me away
from enjoying the car.
Overall the car isn't the worst one in the world but I guess the BMW
experience left me a little disappointed.
1992 BMW 325TD - RIP/Good Riddance
I bought mine, a 95 C280 with about 60k, in January. Since then the
windshield wiper died, but that's it. It is a lovely car - perfect for the
city because of its tight turning circle but a phenomenal long distance
cruiser. Lucked out in that mine was scrupulously maintained and immaculate
- no one believes its a 9 yr old car.
I highly recommend one of these with an inline 6. That would be 94-97,
although 94s and some 95s had the wiring harness rot problem.
Look for a service history, and if buying from a dealer get an extended
warranty. You can call MBUSA and have them look up the vin of prospective
cars to see if they have been dealer maintained.
These are great deals as used cars (as are the E-class from 94-97) so you
should be able to find a good one.
On 6/12/04 11:49 PM, in article
I heartily agree. I have a 97 C280 that I bought in
1999 with 52K on it. It now has 137K and is still
going strong. The in-line six is a wonderful engine
that, IMHO, should still be the standard.
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