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Buying advice 2004 Merc C200 130000km - Yes or No
11-07-2019, 05:49 PM
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Buying advice 2004 Merc C200 130000km - Yes or No
Hi guys,

I know it’s not a BMW but.......

Need some advice 2004 Merc C200 130000km on the clock with full service history. R90 000

What you guys think ?
Is the age of the car an issue ?

Thanks !
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11-07-2019, 06:03 PM
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11-07-2019, 06:42 PM
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If it's Facelift, the it is good.
W203 M271 is not bad. Timing chain started showing stretched at around 200k km. 5 speed Merc tranny is robust.
It is possibly on the expensive side as one member advertised a 2008 W204 C200k at around R130k.

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11-07-2019, 07:09 PM
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We have a W203 C270 CDI and it honestly could not be faulted. Only now is it starting to need general maintenance and it only ever left us at the side of the road once, last year due to an injector failure. It has over 260k km on.

Rattles are non existent in these models if looked after. I can't comment on the kompressor engines but have read that they are reliable. Interiors are great quality wise, parts are readily available and services are not expensive.

There's a reason Germany used these Mercs as taxis for so long.

As mentioned above, it's very pricey.

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11-07-2019, 07:19 PM
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Thanks for the input so far !

So what you think will be a fair price ?
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11-07-2019, 07:35 PM
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Buying advice 2004 Merc C200 130000km - Yes or No
That price seems abit high, my brother sold his 2007 c180 with 171k for R79k earlier this year, and it had new tyres, brakes and maintenance history. If this one has all the maintenance done may still be ok.
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12-07-2019, 07:37 AM
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Thanks for all your input !

One more thing. The mileage is pretty low for the car. However it is a 15 year old car. So will there be any age related issues to look out for, electronics, sensors etc. ? Or is that more mileage related ?
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12-07-2019, 08:12 AM
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Buying advice 2004 Merc C200 130000km - Yes or No
Something to look out for is the front cam sensors start leaking oil through the plug into the harness. There's an updated connector that stops the oil seeping into the harness which is good long term issue prevention.
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12-07-2019, 09:02 AM
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i bought my grandad a kompressor facelift with 80 000km on the clock for R85 000...one owner FSH...been great..i think airflow meter and aircon pump went.

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12-07-2019, 09:26 AM
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Hi Rumple

Be very aware. Bought my dad one two years ago with less than 100 000km on the clock for R120k. It was spotless in every way.

I don't say this will happen, but the timing chain stretched and ate the intake and exhaust sprockets. Cost me around R41 000 to sort out completely.

If I would do it again I would rather search for a clean E90 in that price bracket.

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12-07-2019, 10:14 AM
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My brother bought a 2002 (pre-facelift) C200k auto a few years ago. As mentioned above it also had oil leaking from the cam sensors (easy DIY to fix) but apart from that it has been trouble free. The ride is very comfortable and smooth. Power is decent. I would definitely consider it.
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12-07-2019, 10:23 AM
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but yes...the chain is definitely something to think about

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12-07-2019, 12:32 PM
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Must say this forum is a wealth of information !!
Thanks for all your help on this !!
I think i will let this car go by
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12-07-2019, 01:14 PM
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the car or the model?

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12-07-2019, 01:18 PM
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Could be a good deal.
I would offer R75 000. Then you have extra cash should you need to fix something early down the line. They are generally solid cars.

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13-07-2019, 08:34 AM
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That quote for 41k is for dealership parts. Imcomex keeps quality parts for these cars. Just replaced the chain on my dads car (preventative, it hadn't stretched), imcomex had the oem chain and a top quality tensioner (R1800 for both). If you replace the chain and tensioner at 100k km intervals, most times you wouldn't need to replace guide rails. If you do have to replace guide rails, guess what, you can get those at imcomex as well. Dad's car is at 247k kms. The only other common issue is the breather pipes next to the head under the supercharger that go brittle with time. Goldwagen or imcomex stocks these. All 3 cost about R650 iirc. Agents price on the pipes is reasonable at about R1k for all 3.

Other than that, if it was service regularly with a good synthetic oil, you should be golden. Really reliable cars.
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