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Mercedes Buying Guide


Note for reference: car weight and power data is hard to pin down with absolute certainty. For consistency, we try to use the same source for all our guides. We hope the data we use is right more often than it's wrong. Our advice is to treat it as relative rather than definitive.




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Note for reference: car weight and power data are hard to pin down with absolute certainty. For consistency, we use the same source for all our guides. We hope the data we use is right more often than it's wrong. Our advice is to treat it as relative rather than definitive.


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Launching in 2008 and continuing through 2014, the Mercedes-Benz W204 covers the C-Class Models which represent one of the best value German cars that you can buy currently. Over ten years old, there are a few things you should watch out for when buying, owning, or before you begin repairing a Mercedes W204.


In the video below, Kyle Bascombe, our Mercedes-Benz Catalog Manager specifically covers earlier "pre-facelift" models between 2008 and 2011; this encompasses the C300, C350, and the C63 AMG variants. Although being a reasonably new car, the W204 is easy to own, having very few mechanical issues, and the ones that pop up, are easy to diagnose and repair at home by yourself. The buyer's guide covers everything from what to look out for when visually inspecting the vehicle, to what to listen for when test driving. Kyle even throws it on the lift and gets up underneath this particularly worn W204 to show you what you will need to look out for during your ownership.


The used Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a cut above even its luxury competitors, with its classic blend of elegant comfort, intelligent safety features, and advanced technology. Drivers who crave the finer things - including a hushed, refined ride and supple leather upholstery - will be hard-pressed to find more opulence in a mid-size luxury car. Used shoppers can also find a range of E-Class body styles - including wagon, sedan, coupe, and convertible. What's it like to shop the used market? Read our E-Class buying guide to learn more.


Oil starvation can cause problems with the camshafts, initially due to hydraulic lifters failing to pressurise - kits to replace the seals are available and easy to fit, if a methodical approach is taken, though plan for aged hoses and pipes cracking when disturbed and ideally replace the timing chain guides whilst the covers are off. An independent specialist will charge upwards of 500 for this job. The plastic components go brittle with age and break down; on a car with more than 150,000 miles look for this work to have been done.


The manual is reliable, but the simple, tough four-speed boxes are a better ownership proposition when buying at the budget end of the market - if it works when you buy the car, keep on top of fluid changes and it should keep on doing so. The 722.3 600SL gearbox was sufficiently strong that Brabus used it in their 7.3-litre V12 models unmodified!


It has been a long time in the writing, but here it is! In the end it turned out to be more than just a simple buyers guide. It is my largest Mercedes manual to date: totaling 114 pages in length. Applies to all Mercedes Diesels from 1968 to 1995 including 115, 116, 123, 126, 201 and 124 chassis.We chose to call it a buyers survival guide because it includes information about surviving ownership as well as how to go out and buy right. I have always admonished potential buyers that if they want a satisfying ownership of an older Mercedes diesel, then they are going to have to spend the time to learn something about them. I often liken ownership to a marriage: not a good idea to marry someone you know nothing about! Likewise, it is not a good idea to buy a Mercedes Benz you know nothing about. Buyer beware they say, or the honeymoon can be over very quickly and the divorce quite painful.On the other hand, if you do take the time to educate yourself about the various models, pros and cons of ownership, best and worst of each chassis, things to look for in your pre-purchase inspection, and ongoing maintenance issues, then ownership can be both an emotional and financially rewarding experience. Even if you do not intend to do any of the maintenance yourself, it is still important to become familiar with the mechanical and service aspects of the car you want to buy. You will be a more informed consumer when you take the car in to a shop for repair work. Your very best defense against being taken advantage of in this area is knowledge.If you are considering ownership of a 1968 to 1995 Mercedes Benz diesel or you recently purchased one and want to learn more about it - then this book is written for you. By the time you finish reading it, my goal is to arm you with the knowledge you will need to go out and find the right car to purchase and then maintain it to a standard that will make it a safe and reliable daily driver you are proud to own.Kent BergsmaChapters included are:


This handy guide will take you step-by-step through the process of finding and evaluating a good W123 and making a successful purchase. Essential data and information about clubs and specialists will help you look after and enjoy your W123 today. 041b061a72


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