Junkyard Find: 2000 Mercedes-Benz C230
E30gator on Sep 17, 2018
Maybe i'm crazy, but I can see value in SOME old German stuff for CERTAIN buyers. Personally, I'd rather drive on old Benz or bimmer than a ragged out Sentra for the same money. My logic... Provided it's a bread and butter model like a basic C class or 3 Series, and not a complex, high-end S or 7 series, you can get yourself a pretty reliable car for dirt. Also, everything that made them more appealing to drive than a sentra when new still holds true today: better driving dynamics, safety, comfort, etc. As long as you can find one that's been maintained and in decent shape and can stomach doing minor repairs yourself, why not? I'd rather buy a good-running e46 for $2500, keep it on the road doing the bare minimum with cheap parts, then sell it for a few hundred bucks or junk it in 2-3 years when something expensive finally breaks. At least I'd have gotten to enjoy driving a BMW than living with a penalty box. If you do your homework and aren't afraid to get dirty once in awhile, they can be good buys. Case in point: I bought a nice Volvo 850 years ago with only 68k miles off the original owner for $3k. I drove it for 50k miles, fixing surprisingly few things in that time, and sold it for $2k 3 years later. I'm working on doing the same thing with my BMW Z3, bought for $3k. 3 years of ownership and less than $1k in repairs. And it's waaaay more fun than an Altima on my weekend errands. Of course, I have a newish Highlander sitting by just in case, but still...
Skor on Sep 18, 2018
Murilee is correct, junk yards are full of Euro luxury cars with straight bodies. The is because these cars cost so much to repair when out of warranty, they even cost a lot for a DIYer, if DIY is even possible, which in many cases it is not. I believe it's by design. By getting these cars off the road before they can become ghetto hoopties, it prevents the brand image from being soiled, which is what happened to Cadillac and Lincoln back in the day.
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