...my mercedes is by far the easiest to work on, and not that expensive to work on cars I've ever owned...QUOTE]
Wow I am actually shocked that you find the MB easy and inexpensive to work on
Maybe it is just a 170 thing. Took about 10 seconds to replace a coil... they are bolted RIGHT THERE. plugs were easy (my 3kGT had to drop half the engine to access them). Oil filter was pretty simple, access from the top. Oil, use Mobil 1 on all my cars, and it still uses less than my corvettes and camaros. I buy it at autozone when its on sale for like $3.50 a quart and just save it up. Fuel filter took 15 minutes max, and some cars you have to pull the gas tank out... Fuel pump has very easy access to it- once again, on my trucks you have to drop the fuel tank? Easy access through the wheel well to replace the washer pump... many cars require you to pull out accessory stuff. Thermostat pops right off without even having to pull the belt (albeit much easier with the belt off). Water pump was pretty straightforward too. Even the convertible top on my SLK was easily rebuilt, took less than a day to rebuild all 5 cylinders... and the stereo pops out and a new one was in in less than 5 minutes. It often takes hours on other cars.... Nothing difficult about the diff fluid or trans either. Full 100k service (or is it 90k? whatever it is..) took less than 1.5 hours. The 60k service on my jeep took like 5 hours and was quoted at $4500 from the jeep dealer. Headlights pop out real easily (some cars require you to take off the entire front end) ... I haven't come up with a difficult project yet, and its the first car I haven't once felt the need to buy a manual for it.
Then again maybe I've just done the "easy" stuff? but if so, I dont know what the "difficult" stuff could be?
Every part I've crossed between MB and Chrysler was cheaper from MB. Convertible top fix cost $35. Fluid cost only $15. The fuse for my fan was $4.50 at Chrysler, but only $2 at MB. water pump was $65 from AZ, I've paid over $100 for water pumps before. Fuel filter was $12 or so? It COULD just be because the 170 is the same as the crossfire though, which is the premise for asking this q!
What's your price range and needs? You can find W211s, W220s from those years at really great prices.
What are your needs and budget?
Thanks for your insight... its very helpful and much appreciated.
Can't decide on a budget... so I guess there is none? haha... Either 5-7k or 7-15k dependent on if she gets a loan or just pays cash. Seen a lot of C-classes that fall into both categories.
Probably only going to keep it for a few years max. She wants something she can carry a child in but that isn't a honda or toyota sedan that everyone drives. She had a 2 seater sports car prior to getting pregnant, and she is a amateur race car driver.
Hi Arachnyd, we owned an '06 C230 prior to the SLK and found it to be quite reliable. As for costs, other than the $300 one wrench service and the $600 two wrench service at an MB dealer (every 10,000 miles or so) and less fuel economy than comparable vehicles found it to be a good car. IMHO we kind of go by the premise that if one is driving a Benz then the cost of fuel is not that big of a deal, it is the price one pays for the choice of driving in style.
Thanks for the insight! My SLK is the only car I've ever owned that gets better than about 16 MPG (besides the fieros, but I use those pretty much exclusively for racing) so I've never cared about fuel costs anyway... haha. MB service seems to be pricey. but I've never had a car serviced. I just do everything myself, and she does her own work too- I help her when necessary.