E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - Danny Wade
Hi all, I've been told this is a good site for some good honest advice.

I need a new car and my Dad has a 63 Plate E350 AMG Line Coupe with 32000 on the clock.

Now I know for a fact he is very particular about his cars and doesn't scrimp on a penny so I know the history of the car is good.

My question is would this be a good buy for £15000 if I intend to run it to around 100k? Is there anything I need to be weary of and are these good cars?

Cheers
Danny
E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - SLO76
I don't personally like the styling or the harder ride of the AMG suspension but it sounds like a very good buy and assuming it's the petrol engine it's likely to be ok reliability wise plus it sidesteps the high rate tax banding that would kill its used value so it should always be sellable.

Don't buy it however if you are working to a tight budget. This was an expensive motor new and has running costs inline with this. It needs a full main dealer or genuine specialist service history to retain its value and reliability which will be costly so don't take it on if you can't afford to do this.

Edited by SLO76 on 08/01/2017 at 20:57

E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - Danny Wade
Thanks for the reply!

It comes with a 3 year service plan and to be honest I wouldn't consider a Mercedes if servicing costs etc were an issue.

It's the E350 CDI. With the Spec It was around £50k new. Is there an issue with the diesels?

Thanks
Danny

Edited by Danny Wade on 08/01/2017 at 20:59

E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - RobJP

Can you afford to buy a PROPER Mercedes aftermarket warranty (which will be the most comprehensive warranty), AND pay to keep it properly maintained ?

The service plans were usually 3 years from new - so will almost certainly be running out now, meaning servicing costs will be down to you.

Bear in mind that the cost of fixing faults is NOT related to the price YOU paid for the car, but what it cost originally. So can you afford to run and repair a £50k car ?

If it's the AMG line, then it's probably on big wheels and low-profile run-flat tyres. Those tyres will cost £250-400 each, unless you want to buy cheapo 'ditchfinder' tyres.

If you 'wouldn't consider a Merc if servicing costs were an issue', then it may well not be the car for you. Those things are expensive to maintain, and expensive to fix if things go wrong. An engine fault could run into the thousands quite easily.

E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - SLO76
Thanks for the reply! It comes with a 3 year service plan and to be honest I wouldn't consider a Mercedes if servicing costs etc were an issue. It's the E350 CDI. With the Spec It was around £50k new. Is there an issue with the diesels? Thanks Danny

It's a much more complex engine and simply there's just more to go wrong. Modern diesels suffer a number of issues as they age particularly if you don't do enough distance driving to allow the thing to fully heat up and for the DPF to go through regular regens. Specifically though the 350 diesel is known for problems with its injectors, ask if they've been replaced under warranty already. It also seems suspiciously cheap when dealers are charging around £22k for the same thing. forums.mercedesclub.org.uk/showthread.php?t=68505

Edited by SLO76 on 08/01/2017 at 22:17

E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - gordonbennet

It's his dad's car, and a bargain no doubt for that very reason.

If i wanted a car like this i'd rip his arm off, but then i luckily have a good MB indy on the doorstep, wouldn't consider paying for the MB glass palace nor its legion of sweet smelling receptionists nor the rows of suits hanging about.

E Class Coupe - Mercedes Advice - SLO76
"It's his dad's car, and a bargain no doubt for that very reason."

Generous Dad. If he was trading it in for a new motor it'd be worth up to £20k depending on what he was looking at.


 

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