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Hi, I am considering buying a used clk 2000, 2002 model and I am on a limited income.. What can I expect for maintaining these cars yearly?? just good estimates if anybody has an Idea.... this can be the deal breaker on owning one verses another brand. Thanks

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Re: Maintenance cost

At the risk of sounding a bit harsh, if you are not a capable DIY-er, buying a 10 year old Mercedes on a limited income is a bad idea. It's just a car. Never sacrifice your peace of mind or financial well-being for something as trivial as a car.

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Hi, thanks... yes I am capable of changing oil, and filters, plugs.. but not computer adjustments, or timing. I plan on paying cash for the car. I just want some ball park on what will be needed... thanks

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Re: Maintenance cost

The problem with estimating maintenance costs is that it may be easy to factor the routine stuff like oil and varioius filters for the typical "A" service, but it get's expensive if your car needs replacement parts, such as tires, battery, suspension pieces (struts, shocks, ball joints) or if the previous owner(s) have deferred maintenance to things like the transmission or hvac system.

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MTI;202153 wrote:
The problem with estimating maintenance costs is that it may be easy to factor the routine stuff like oil and varioius filters for the typical "A" service, but it get's expensive if your car needs replacement parts, such as tires, battery, suspension pieces (struts, shocks, ball joints) or if the previous owner(s) have deferred maintenance to things like the transmission or hvac system.

What he said. It all depends on the specific car, how many miles on it and repairs made during the life of the car. Having said that, I think you'd average $2,000-$3,000 per year depending on what kind of mileage you drive-sometimes more, sometimes less. Still beats a car payment if you bought the car outright.

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If you were to budget $1000 a year, it would be the rare year you'd exceed that. But, as MTI noted, it has an awful lot to do with the condition of the car when you start out. A 2000-2002 CLK (208 chassis) is a good car, 1998-2002 are all the same chassis, all have the full-electronic key.

Desirable features are ESP (stability control) or at least ASR (which IIRC was standard). In the colder areas, heated seats are nice.

The usual used car bewares are important here. With a MB, buy the very best car you can afford, it's always cheaper to maintain than repair.

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Hey folks, Thanks for your responses, and info. Razor.:cheers:

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Tim, strongly recommend having a PPI (pre-purchase insepection) done by a MB-trained tech who knows that vintage MB automobile. That will give you a professional evaluation of the car's overall condition and a good idea of how well it was maintained. It's ideal if complete service records are available for any pre-owned car you are considering. Then you know for sure that the previous owner routinely maintained the car. Regular oil changes with synthetic oil are extremely important in that vintage MB automobile.

Replacing brake pads and rotors are two relatively simple DIY items that will keep your maintenance cost down.

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Re: Maintenance cost

Any 10 year old car will need repairs the day you buy it, even a Ford. I would budget $1000 right away and hope to be pleasantly surprised. I bought a 20+ year old Benz and after the initial repairs it has been a dead reliable daily driver for the past 2 1/2 years. I believe that any car that was a good new car will also be a good used car if maintenance has not been abused.

Bear in mind that you can get a distorted view of reliability by observing forums such as this. Most people don't post unless they have problems they need help with. There are many more of us simply enjoying the ride.

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Thanks thats the info im looking for... I have owned a 300zx before, and it was easy on maint. untill you needed to change shocks and struts.. they were electronic controlled.. almost 4000.00 .. I am trying to research between the 2 types of cars and this internet really lets you do lots more than ever could. Thanks folks!!:Thumbs up:

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