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Old 16-10-2012, 01:05 AM
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Hi all,

New to the forum.

I am considering buying a second hand S320 for private hire circa 2006/07, no idea regarding maintenance costs. Could somebody please advise on ie servicing, tyres, brakes, etc.

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Old 16-10-2012, 07:37 AM
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The 221 as of 06-06 has a good name, no point in using MB for servicing as an indie will be the cost. quite a few of the L version always for sale and more suitable. You do not need one with a high spec, not that there are many loaded ones around anyway, the diesel will be a must if you intend doing long runs. Re costings it all depends on how you drive it, some drivers get double the mileage from the tyres and brakes over others
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Old 16-10-2012, 07:42 AM
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A longer Warranty would be usefull but the private hire usage would be a problem.
They can spring some expensive suprises.
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Old 16-10-2012, 08:49 AM
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The w221 is a brilliant car and so suited for the work you have planned, long or short wheel base. The LWB does tend to come fully loaded and because it is not as attractive to the average private buyer is no more expensive to buy.The 320cdi would be ideal, powerful and smooth enough to impress your clients, yet still returning high 30's to the gallon. Dependant on the year of the vehicle it might be worth considering a service contract with MB, approx 40 per month including VAT which you could probably claim back. Parts are only fractionally more expensive than say an E Class.

Go for it!!! Good luck,

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Old 16-10-2012, 09:12 AM
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Thanks guys for the info. I have heard about monthly MB schemes, quite interested in MB dealer doing all the work, due to level of sophistication under the hood. What about brakes and tyres? I suppose I can look into that myself.

Any more pointers as to which colour is best for most occasions? Interior colour? I have been a cab driver for many years, quite new to chauffeuring, so any advice would be welcome.

I am definitely interested in LWB model, I noticed a 350 model, what are the pros and cons in comparison?

Also haven't decided whether to lease a newer car or buy an older one.

Thank you very much for all replying to me
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Most of us on the forum find that the average indie knows better what is going on under the bonnet and for the rest of the car, but if you like paying 110 plus VAT per hour plus parts you may not need, then go to a main dealer.

A service plan from MB will cost I believe 1800 for 3 services, thats what they took for my CL (nearly the same as 221)
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Old 16-10-2012, 09:57 AM
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I am sceptical because I had lots of problems with independent mechanics in the past, due to bad experiences I am looking the other way, for now, being fully aware of price differentia between the two. If I had the confidence in a mechanic, then of course I would be more than willing to do most if not all work there.

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You will not go wrong if you go to Alex Crow in Stowmarket. He is one of the most knowledgeable MB indies and a regular contributor on this forum.
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We have Alec Crow not that far away in Suffolk
http://alexcrow.moonfruit.com/, drop in and see the man, he must be one of the most knowledgeable men in the UK and he has a first class experience with Mercedes cars. Every one on here loves the man.
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Now that is great advice! Thank you both.
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