Sweet relief for me while I tootle around
By brokecollegestudent on Saturday, September 19, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,900
overall rating 10 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "fun to drive, relaxing to use, runs very quiet"
Cons: "possible expensive fixes"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Ok, so I work at a factory. Bust my butt for 8-12 hours. My back hurts from being on my feet all day, but then I step into my 06 c280. Instant relief and support on my back when I sit down, and the seat is insanely comfortable. The ride is so smooth, I can't even tell when I hit bumps or run over rocks - and there's a lot of those around where I live. I have gotten many compliments from friends and jealous looks from my family, always a plus because I hate half of them.
The maintenance, when it needs to be done, can be quite pricy. It's worth it to look around where you live for a decent mechanic that does good work over going to the Mercedes dealership and have to spend $800 on an oil change. I had to replace the rear diff. oil because it was running low, but I went to Napa and got the kind I needed from an off brand for $20. That was a quick fix. I also visit a fast lube and they do a lot of small adjustments and quick fixes for no charge, which helps a lot. They like it when I visit because they like checking it. (I live in a small town you see, you don't see a lot of cars like mine around a place like this.)
Aside from basic maintenance and some tiny little issues that were fixed in seconds or minutes, this car has been a dream to own. I'm not sure how long I'm going to keep it, but the insurance cost is a lot lower than I expected it to be, and I got it for about 10% what it was worth when it was brand new. Definitely worth the seemingly hefty price tag, because you're getting a well-built, sturdy car with decent mileage. Be sure you get as many service records as possible. Luckily for me, the previous owner kept a record of all the service he had on it and it runs perfectly.
I think the only thing I would change about it is the radio, but that's because it's 2015 and I want to have GPS navigation and stream internet radio. Guess it's off to the car accessory place! (But seriously, the radio works just fine, and the sound quality is amazing and sounds just like a pair of brand new speakers.)
Overall, easily the fanciest car I have ever owned, and is friendly on a broke college student's budget. Definitely worth it if you're okay with the cost of maintaining it. Remember though - it's not very often that you need to have it done."
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