1997 c250 TD

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  1. markashtonb

    markashtonb New Member

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    I need to get a 2nd car which will need to cover approx 300 motorway miles per week and have recently been offered a 1997 c250 TD Elegance Saloon with 82K, only 2 owners from new & full MSB Service history for around 2000 gbp. Sounds reasonable to me but before making the jump am interested in finding out:

    • what other c250 TD owners are getting as av mpg?
    • if there are any common faults I should look for?
    • any other models I should consider in this price range?

    Any help and advice will be gratefully received!

    Cheers

    markastonb
     
  2. Dieselman

    Dieselman Banned

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    As long as it's not rusty and any obvious serious running faults, you can't go wrong with a 250TD.
     
  3. trapperjohn

    trapperjohn MB Enthusiast

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    Sounds a bit pricey otherwise, what Dieselman said.
     
  4. paul3408

    paul3408 Active Member

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    Hi Mark

    We had a 1998 250td auto and easy getting 37 mph in town I do have a light foot But they are a nice car. sold ors for £1200 with new mot
     
  5. 124fan

    124fan Active Member

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    I agree, I've been driving mine from 1999, get 38 - 39 MPG mixed driving, apart from rust I feel its a much better car than our '04 E320.

    Cheers##:)
     
  6. 91dm

    91dm Active Member

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    I usually get 40+MPG on the motorway. I’ve never had any serious problems with mine. A w210 e300td would be in the same price range.
     
  7. jonnyboy

    jonnyboy MB Enthusiast

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    mate of mine has bought 3 of these recently, hasnt paid more than £750 for any of them. Not perfect of course but all honest cars
     
  8. Dieselman

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    Which is more than you get from some people... ;)
     
  9. Rustbucket

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    I had an auto estate, and got low 30s, no matter how I drove it.

    Air con didn't work
    Was a bit rusty
    Drivers seat reclined slowly on its own
    Turbo manifold seals go regularly, but are cheap to replace.
    But a comfortable reliable cruiser.

    I did 200k and engine and box were still good.

    You can also run them on waste veg oil. I tried it and it ran fine, but only did it a couple of times. I read that the rubber seals might be affected.
     
  10. HD Craig

    HD Craig New Member

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    I have a 1999 C250TD & have put 18,000 miles on it since I bought it in February.

    Faults?
    Window wiper linkage greased as the wiper action had become very lumpy!! This is a common issue but is easily & cheaply sorted.

    Pollen filter changed as heater blower was not blowing. Again, a cheap, easy fix. Heater & air con systems now working fine.

    MPG?
    Worse than expected. I tend to get 35 - 37mpg overall. The vast mojority of miles are on the motorway. I do like to crack on a bit but the mpg doesn't really seem to alter if I slow down.

    Overall?
    A cracking car. Cheap to buy with reasonable running & maintenance costs. New & second hand parts are readily available at reasonable cost.It does require TLC to keep the rust at bay! It's worth shopping around & buying the best car you can find with a full service history & caring previous owner(s).
     
  11. Vlad

    Vlad MB Enthusiast

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    Bullet proof engine but not especially economical is the way I would sum up the 250TD compared to the 220CDi engine.

    £2k is a fair price for a low mileage 250TD....they always go for decent money at auction and one with good bodywork and with this mileage, service history and low No of owners would still go for £1500+ and would have Traders falling over themselves for it
     
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