Buying Advice: W209 CLK240 Cabrio

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  1. 666bxg

    666bxg Active Member

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    Hi....

    I would appreciate advice from forum members. Currently looking at a 2003 CLK240 Cabrio elegance auto, 41k miles, silver with grey leather. It is sold by Lancaster Aston Martin with warranty for a recently reduced price of £23,995.

    1. Is the price right? looking around this is one of the cheapest around

    2. Are there any things in particular I need to look out? Will be viewing the car at the weekend

    3. How hard will depreciation be on this particular model?

    BTW the website is http://www.lancasterastonmartin.co.uk/
    go to used cars in the cambridge branch

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. jeremytaylor

    jeremytaylor MB Enthusiast

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    That is a good price for a W209, but then the miles are fairly high.

    The value depends on spec. This one doesn't have many extras. Parktronic, integrated phone, Comand, multi-CD would all help hold its value in the future. The earliest W208 convertibles are mostly still above £10,000 if that's any guide to future depreciation, but it will lose value like all cars ...
     
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    666bxg

    666bxg Active Member

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    Thanks for the reply....

    I didn't realise that parktronic was optional in these cars, thought they were standard! Thanks for bringing that up.

    With regards to Command I was thinking of getting that retrofitted in the near future....
     
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    jeremytaylor MB Enthusiast

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    With a K..... plate, it's quite possibly an ex-Merc management car.

    Check the service history is complete. Based on a C-class, so may suffer the same known faults (e.g. suspension bushes, some electrical glitches - check they all work 100%). Check the fault code readings to see if anything is listed - being a non-Merc garage they may not know how to reset it ... (You do this by scrolling through the settings from the multi-function steering wheel).

    Is the warranty the balance of the original Merc (if any left) or Lancaster's own?
     
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    666bxg

    666bxg Active Member

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    It still has 3 months Merc warranty on it, and Lancaster will be giving a years' warranty with the car.

    My dilemma if I went ahead is, should I be thinking of renewing the mercedes warranty in July, when I have another 9 months of Lancaster's warranty?

    Is that a good or bad thing if it was ex-merc management car?
     
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    I wouldn't bother with extending the Merc warranty in 3 month's time if there's still 9 months of Lancaster's (subject to small print).
     

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