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What car do I get next?

Discussion in 'Motoring Related Discussion' started by davidsl500, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. JBell

    JBell Senior Member

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    The main problem for all the Diesels out there is a lack of choice when buying new, MB petrol options were poor for years, only the 250CGi was decent but as most saloons are company cars they all went Diesel.

    I would love an E400 Wagon but MB don't offer it so a 350CDi / d is the only choice IMO as I need an estate
     
  2. RyanSL500

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    My 2014 C220 coupe is great daily car! Decent on fuel (50-60 mpg on the motorway and high 30’s - low 40’s in normal urban driving. The C250 is the better engine, but there are a lot of C220’s about. Insurance was the main reason why I picked a C220 over a c250. But I imagine you won’t be so affected by that being a more experienced driver!

    I’d say the pan roof is a must and the premium plus package with the reversing camera and nicer seats is nice! I’d avoid the Audio 20 system, go for at least a command system (bigger screen, Sat nav and a better sound system). The HK sound system is meant to be good, but I think the command system is decent as it is!

    All the coupes come with intelligent HID lighting (auto main beam and lights connected the steering).

    Only issues I’ve come across with the 2.2 diesels are the oil cooler leak (main dealer charge £1,500 for this - but it’s covered under the Mercedes used car/tier 1 warranty) and the stop start system causes the timing chain to go slack causing premature wear and that’s a very expensive job! So the best thing to do is go for a low mileage and as new a possible one!

    With your budget, you can get one of the last of the diesel W204 coupes!

    My second car is a R230’s SL500 so it sounds like we have similar taste!
     
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    What was wrong with the 350 V6?
     
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    350cgi rarity - plenty of 350cdi out there
     
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    JBell Senior Member

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    So rare I forgot they even existed, massive road tax on earlier models
     
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  8. keith100

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    Hmmm.

    Not sure what happened there. So I'll start again!!!

    Seeing your interest in an XE, I thought I would add my experience, over 8000km.
    Apart from an assembly defect, when delivered, its been 100% reliable and all the toys work.

    Pros
    Good ride, even on 19 wheels.
    Great roadholding.
    Plenty of toys standard .
    The V6 makes lovely noises.

    The most entertaining car to drive I've had since my now long gone1988 RX7.

    Cons
    Sits low.
    Its really a 2+2. not a 4dr family sedan (Tough to get a baby chair in the back)
    Smallish trunk
    Not as composed at long distance, say 3-400km, as my W204

    Avoid 2015-early 2016, if possible

    Bizarre range of models and engine combos, so a used one would need careful checking just to make sure that you get what you want.



    Good luck
     
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    The story continues....

    We went out to lunch at one of our favourite places today which is a quick 40 mile round trip. Stopped off at a garage on the way back that usually has some interesting vehicles. I knew they had an E250 Coupe, Jag XJ 3.0TD and a 5 Litre V8 XKR(no chance!).

    What I didn't reckon on was the SLK 250CDI that had just come in, just been valeted and about to be marked up for sale. As it was just after 5pm I asked the chappie whether I could book a test drive tomorrow or Saturday and hes just tossed me the key and said "fill your boots" without any checks on my licence, name and address or anything!

    Anyway, 30 minutes later I returned with a big smile on my face and even t'other half liked it. So that's thrown a cat amongst the pigeons. Okay, its a diesel but it has a fair amount of grunt, oodles of torque and rides well on 17" wheels. That's now set me off looking at SLK's. Will this torture never end :) ....
     
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    Your wife obviously has impeccable taste :D
     
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    Have you considered a CLS? They tick your boxes. A much rarer sight on the roads than other MB models, auto, stylish coupe design with plenty of interior space and find one with a few options ticked and you have enough gadgets and comfort to keep you entertained. Whats not to like? :)
     
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    I looked at a CLS today but t'other half found it too big for her so that went out of the window...
     
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    Tested out a 65 Plate C Class Coupe a la 250CDI Today. It's certainly a nice vehicle and it was a good experience. This would be the sensible choice to replace the X Type but the test drive in the SLK has put a very large cat amongst the pigeons.. Since I parted with the R129, I've missed the top down driving and whilst the SLK isn't a practicable replacement for the X Type I think that's the direction I will be heading. Just need to find the right one for me now! Later on we will replace t'other halves car with something sensible in case we have to move stuff about and maybe keep with 2 cars instead of 3.
     
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    If your interested, my beloved dry weather only SL350 is up for sale ?
     
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    If I had another SL it would have to be a 500 again. I just love the V8 rumble. However, t'other half wouldn't drive my SL500 ( what a shame! :) ) so I have to rule it out. Besides, yours would get a culture shock as it would be our daily go to, all weather car and it would be a shame to hoist that on your immaculate motor..
     
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    Thanks for looking and yes it would a shame, like sending a private school kid to borstal ! Lol
     
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