£4000 reliable mercedes?

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Motivated seller, 10% price drop within a week of listing it.... But needs an MoT now.

Geriatric first owner until last year, by the look of it, then 10k with the 2nd owner who's flipping it.

If it's as described, worth a train ride.

But no one goes broke by delaying spending money.


It is a great find. But my days of spending 4h on a train to view a car that, upon inspection, is clearly being sold by either a liar or a moron or both (i.e. a trader) are long over! (I know this limits my pool but I just cannot face the fairly high risk of disappointment any longer - or the temptation to buy it anyway as 'I've come so far', which what I think a lot of traders rely on)

That’s going to be a painful carriage in 2024.

Would the fuel economy on a 2.0 petrol Honda automatic justify the £4300 purchase price though also?

Car looks tidy though! :)

30+ mpg is fine. Reliability is No1 concern for me
 
It is a great find. But my days of spending 4h on a train to view a car that, upon inspection, is clearly being sold by either a liar or a moron or both (i.e. a trader) are long over! (I know this limits my pool but I just cannot face the fairly high risk of disappointment any longer - or the temptation to buy it anyway as 'I've come so far', which what I think a lot of traders rely on)



30+ mpg is fine. Reliability is No1 concern for me
If you want a local car spotted this on ebay.

2003 ML 270 cdi mot until Sept in Kingston Park or North Gosforth as estate agents like to call it. Ad says 1 owner for last 12 years, pretty clean MOT history for an old car. This era of ML is body on frame and has the 5 pot om612 motor, auto & cruise.

Downside needs an injector bolt re- threading but as i am sure you know we are lucky in the NE to have Staithes Garage in Dunston who should be able to sort that for a fair price. Auction currently at £550. One to consider possibly.


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30+ mpg is fine. Reliability is No1 concern for me
I was referring more to the double digit 0-60 time.

Perhaps not an issue but it’s insanely slow in 2024 and I thought surprisingly slow for a 2.0 petrol VTEC engine.

You’d probably save a couple of £k per year on the fuel bill in the Honda but once you pay out the extra £365 to tax a second vehicle, plus the MOT/servicing/insurance costs for running a second car you might not save an awful lot. And that’s ignoring the upfront £4300 purchase price.

Might take couple of years to break even driving the grandadmobile! ;)
 
If you want a local car spotted this on ebay.

2003 ML 270 cdi mot until Sept in Kingston Park or North Gosforth as estate agents like to call it. Ad says 1 owner for last 12 years, pretty clean MOT history for an old car. This era of ML is body on frame and has the 5 pot om612 motor, auto & cruise.

Downside needs an injector bolt re- threading but as i am sure you know we are lucky in the NE to have Staithes Garage in Dunston who should be able to sort that for a fair price. Auction currently at £550. One to consider possibly.

Yeah that's estate agents and used car traders for you 🤦

Sadly that car is riddled with rust so not suitable for me. Thanks for looking through 👍
 
It is a great find. But my days of spending 4h on a train to view a car that, upon inspection, is clearly being sold by either a liar or a moron or both (i.e. a trader) are long over! (I know this limits my pool but I just cannot face the fairly high risk of disappointment any longer - or the temptation to buy it anyway as 'I've come so far', which what I think a lot of traders rely on)


Light entertainment on the subject of the Honda Accord. Their prizewinning advert: "The Cog."

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@philnewmerc How do you go from saying EVs are slow to then considering a car with a 10s 0-60? 😧 I’m disappointed :D
Bait taken lol:
1) A £4k EV will be similar I reckon :)
2) Besides, an old Accord can cruise at 80 mph easily for hours, i.e. about 50% faster than the typical motorway max speed of an EV (if you want to get there without charging every 60 minutes that is) 😂.
 
How about a C207 E class coupe? You can fin those online for £4k upwards. I got a 2011 250 CDI for a bit more and thats been great apart from a problem caused by an incompetent garage doing a minor job on it.

It's quiet, comfortable and looks very acceptable for an older car. 50mpg on mine
 
Good idea....I think they look great and have aged well. I prefer them, looks wise, to the current C coupe tbh.

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....and even better with the facelift front end..

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