Just looking for some information about the Starmark warranty on a used
ML320 in the US. Anyone have any opinions on getting the optional Starmark
warranty, I was looking at the extra 4 years. Id it worth the $1700 for an
extra 4 years? The car only has 36,000 miles on it, its a 2000. I was
looking through the information on the website, but its hard to see what is
different between the manufacture warrantee that covers it now and the
Starmark. Thanks in advance!
While the price for a Starmark is good there is another way to look at the
Prices for a used Benz at a dealer are significantly higher than other
dealers, private sellers, or eBay. If you can get the same ML for say $5k
less, that, plus the $1700 will pay for one heck of a lot of repairs! Or
you could use part of the savings to buy an indpendent warranty and use the
leftover $s for MB acessories! MB dealers will work with other warranty
programs if you like factory service (used car warranties are essentially
insurance that can pay out to pretty much any shop willing to deal with the
I do not know the repair reputation of ML's but I just could not make the
Starmark numbers work for the eClass cars I have bought. It does give some
people peace of mind but at what price?
you can get the same ML for say $5k less, that, plus the $1700 will pay for
one heck of a lot of repairs!
You can got thru $6700 really fast in repairing a used ML...this car is
proving to one with a lot of problems. Check out the new JD Powers owners
survey. MB way down on the list and the ML ranks very low in owner
satisfaction. I would buy the Starmark car if you must have an ML.
We've bought three Starmarks cars now. Wouldn't consider buying a
pre-owned MB without the coverage! The warranty has more than paid for
itself on two of the three (just got the 2000 CL 500).
One repair alone on our '94 E320 Coupe was over $1600.00 US. Never a
problem from Starmark. They even paid to have the E320 shipped to the
dealer 150 miles away for another repair (the infamous head gasket leak
common on that model).
Another twist is that the dealer knows us well by now and often will use
his "discretion" when deciding if the repair is covered by Starmark or not.
Dale (not Camille)
'94 E320 Coupe
'96 S500 Coupe
James Browning wrote:
A Starmark warranty is given by the dealer after they go through the car and
are satisfied that everything works perfectly. It is not the same as an
extended warranty which MB dealers sell, and different dealers charge
differently for it. A Starmarked MB is usually a gorgeous, like new, car.
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