I'm on the point of buying a very tidy E320 cdi with 75k on the clock. Am I
looking at a huge servicing bill in the near future? I expect it's due for
a major service at either 80 or 90k but the local main dealer was singularly
unhelpful on the issue. So how much is it likely to cost me on normal
servicing costs over the next year or so? Anything I particularly need to
look out for?
2000 car, avantgarde spec, full mbsh, they're asking £4995. Reasonable?
All comments and advice appreciated.
IMO over priced by 500 - 1k but very much depends on spec & how tidy
I'm unsure whether this model has the service indicator, if it does services
are due when indicated.
Unless the car has full MB service history that you want to keep up you
should take it to an MB specialist.
Try http://mbclub.co.uk/forums/ for reccomendations/advice
MB dealers IMO are horrendously overpriced and from past experience give a
truely awfull Customer service, and I've owned 3 from new (why I bought,
dont ask) As I live in the SE I used to go to France and have them serviced
by the local MB dealer in Buologne, wonderfull customer service, about a
third the price of UK, eg 220cdi £300, inc brakes in France, £650 in UK (oil
in the UK about £60, France £30 and no environmental charge)
I recently paid +£3k for a torque convertor on a 2003 S320cdi,50k miles, but
then my court claim against the suppling garage is due for hearing later
this month. I should have bought a Lexus, which was my last car :(
You don't need to go for that kind of service everytime... Regular synthetic
oil changer and air filter change is enough in most cases... However, I do
suggest comprehensive checkup once in a while for those of you who don't do
their own service work.
Thanks for the pointers. I think it is a bit expensive - trouble is, I'm of
an age when I find myself thinking that a 2000 vehicle is really quite new!
I have seen reviews which said that the E series is prone to "serious rust
problems" (honestjohn.co.uk), so I am a bit nervous of buying. Any other
issues that need close watching?
Let a MB shop or dealer look over the car for you... that Service A or B
includes these inspections and ask the service tech to do a more thorough
exam on your car.
That will solve your worry problem. We don't live in UK so I don't know how
severe is car rusting situation in your area.
It's quite surprising that the MB dealer couldn't tell you the
recommended services and intervals. Rest assured, if you buy the car
and take it back, I'm sure then they will tell you everything that
they say you should do and present you with a nice bill. Here in the
US, the service advisors are on commission. A friend of mine was
interviewing for a service related position with electric vehicles and
interviewed a couple of them, both making $100K+ a year. I was
recently at the local BMW dealer and was shocked at how many of these
guys they had, which was 6 that I saw.
I'd follow Tiger's advice and take it to a good independent shop to
check over BEFORE you buy it. Paying for a couple hours of shop time
will be the smartest investment you can make. They should then be
able to tell you any problems they see now and answer your question of
what they recommend in the future and how much it should cost. Of
course, if the previous owner has service records, that can help
indentify what has or hasn't been done already.
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