1. Post #1
    Third_Freako's Avatar
    December 2010
    294 Posts
    So i'm going to trade my Proton Wira for a 1994 Mercedes Benz CL500 with auto transmission. What should I know about owning a used Mercedes-Benz? What kind of mpg does it get? Is it good to drive? Will it break down on me alot?

    Here is my current car.



    and here is the benz in question.







    the car i'm planning to buy has a 3.5L V8 or V6 and an automatic transmission.
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  2. Post #2
    >VLN<'s Avatar
    October 2009
    3,601 Posts
    When it breaks down expect the repairs to not be just $$, but to be more like $$$$$$$$$.
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  3. Post #3
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    bradley's Avatar
    January 2011
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    They are quite expensive to fix, at least in the US. I used to work at a Mercedes/Porsche/BMW/Volkswagen dealership, and the repair costs were always so high.... And we were the cheapest guys in town that messed with Mercs.

  4. Post #4
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    October 2006
    2,849 Posts
    They are quite expensive to fix, at least in the US. I used to work at a Mercedes/Porsche/BMW/Volkswagen dealership, and the repair costs were always so high.... And we were the cheapest guys in town that messed with Mercs.
    I am offended, sir.
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    February 2005
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    I am offended, sir.
    Why? In North America this is true.
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    ThatHippyMan's Avatar
    October 2006
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    For installation? Maybe, but the actual parts? Aftermarket Honda parts are WAAAAY more expensive than aircooled Volkswagen parts.

  7. Post #7
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    October 2008
    5,730 Posts
    Where do you live? It looks like Malaysia but i thought they had LHD.

  8. Post #8
    Third_Freako's Avatar
    December 2010
    294 Posts
    Where do you live? It looks like Malaysia but i thought they had LHD.
    Yes Malaysia but they have RHD.

  9. Post #9
    GusPaterson's Avatar
    January 2011
    42 Posts
    Thing is German made cars are made with such quality that they don't break down very often. The fact someone I know could still drive a VW a long distance with the power steering and radiator virtually completely gone is testimony to that.
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  10. Post #10
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    January 2011
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    I am offended, sir.
    Sorry, the VWs were pretty cheap D: I meant the Benz/Porsche/BMW end of it.

    We had some nice beetles there, my favorite was always this orange '69 bug, he wanted like ~5k for it, I probably could have got it for 4 since I worked there. I told myself if I ever got a beetle it would be a late '60s or '70s era beetle. Those old ones with tiny markers just look silly.

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    Thing is German made cars are made with such quality that they don't break down very often. The fact someone I know could still drive a VW a long distance with the power steering and radiator virtually completely gone is testimony to that.
    ThatHippyMan does that every day :v

  11. Post #11
    TheMourge's Avatar
    August 2009
    1,214 Posts
    My 2010 Volkswagen is always having problems. The tire pressure monitor is malfunctioning, the electronic parking brake is malfunctioning, and tons of more problems. And every time I take it to the dealership to get it fixed they always slap on a $200 repair bill.

  12. Post #12
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    bradley's Avatar
    January 2011
    5,493 Posts
    Tire pressure monitors aren't very reliable in the first place. And electronic parking brakes suck, manual ones might be harder to use but hey, at least they don't break as often.

    Don't get me wrong, technology in cars these days is amazing, but if shit isn't broken, why try to fix it? Are people too lazy to check their tires once a week, once a month even? It take fuck all of 2 minutes.

  13. Post #13
    vexxrz's Avatar
    March 2009
    311 Posts
    My 2010 Volkswagen is always having problems. The tire pressure monitor is malfunctioning, the electronic parking brake is malfunctioning, and tons of more problems. And every time I take it to the dealership to get it fixed they always slap on a $200 repair bill.
    guess it was built on monday..

  14. Post #14
    >VLN<'s Avatar
    October 2009
    3,601 Posts
    I would think that would be under warranty, they must hate you.