Help buying my first Merc (C250)

Hpez101

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Hi all, I’m new to the group.

looking at buying my first merc and I wondered if anybody can give me any advice. It’s a 62 C250 amg sport, 95k on the clock. My main question is regarding it being manual, should I be concerned about this at all? Does it significantly reduce the value? Are the manual boxes good, as I see no reason why they wouldn’t be? It is a cat N, but I’ve seen the damage and it wasn’t that bad. Is there anything I should check when viewing the vehicle specifically as obviously it was an auction buy so has no history etc. I plan to get something a bit proper when I graduate, but for now, seems like not a bad option for the money he’s asking for.

Thanks for your help in advance!
 

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Hello and welcome

Don't buy a manual Mercedes :)
 
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Hello and welcome

Don't buy a manual Mercedes :)

Thanks! But, please can you at least scare me away from it and explain why I shouldn’t!
 

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What he said ^^^^^^^^
 

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Thanks! But, please can you at least scare me away from it and explain why I shouldn’t!

Because a 2012 C will have the 7 G Tronic gearbox in and there is no point in buying a manual
 

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Thanks! But, please can you at least scare me away from it and explain why I shouldn’t!
A manual gearbox has almost no place in modern driving conditions. The world has moved on and up and down on the clutch in stop start traffic is nothing more than exercise you don’t need.

Modern automatic boxes are faster and equally as economic as manuals. Also no dual mass flywheel issues and as long as the ATF is changed no issues for many 100’s of 1,000’s of miles.
 

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Also you don't say whether it's a 250Cdi or 250Cgi - in other words diesel or petrol! Littlebrooklyn and her husband had a 250Cgi and are still kicking themselves for selling it!
 

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Its a manual, Cat N and no service history which is not the best of starts! The person selling it bought it at an auction - it gets worse....
 
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Yeah of course, but as I say, it’s cheap enough. I’ll leave it then. Cheers all!
 

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Yeah of course, but as I say, it’s cheap enough. I’ll leave it then. Cheers all!
I think that's a good decision because:
a. The unknown quantity of a Cat N even though you've seen it.
b. Manual Merc gearboxes can be 'clunky'. I had one once as a loaner and everything the Press and other critics said about them was true.

Ernie
 

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Hi all, I’m new to the group.

looking at buying my first merc and I wondered if anybody can give me any advice. It’s a 62 C250 amg sport, 95k on the clock. My main question is regarding it being manual, should I be concerned about this at all? Does it significantly reduce the value? Are the manual boxes good, as I see no reason why they wouldn’t be? It is a cat N, but I’ve seen the damage and it wasn’t that bad. Is there anything I should check when viewing the vehicle specifically as obviously it was an auction buy so has no history etc. I plan to get something a bit proper when I graduate, but for now, seems like not a bad option for the money he’s asking for.

Thanks for your help in advance!
My e class is manual. Automatics are just for lazy people. :eek::eek::eek:
 

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Thanks! But, please can you at least scare me away from it and explain why I shouldn’t!

The MB's have an unusual hand/brake system which makes it a bit of a juggle when pulling away. Automatic is by far more popular because of that. :)

Personally I wouldn't want a manual anyway because an Automatic handles to-days traffic conditions in a much better way as has been suggested in #6 post. As said before a manual transmission coupled with Cat N will be a pretty unsalable object when you want to get rid of it. I don't know how much the vendor was asking for the car but leave it and walk away. :rolleyes:
 

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Plenty out there to look at but if your finances don’t really stretch shelve the MB idea for a while and buy a Mk6 Fiesta or any of the Focus models, bargain basement MBs can be money pits
 
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