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Old 23-03-2009, 12:40 PM   #16
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OK ..

Brett will have the Estate for 30k
BD will have an E500 saloon for 27k
I will have the E500 Sport I listed for 27k

shall I call the salesman and propose???
I may have to fight Brett for that one......
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Old 23-03-2009, 01:28 PM   #17
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If you buy it cheap enough, with a three-year warranty that can be extended, and I don't think standing arond will be a problem.
Guess it depends on where they have been and how stored. If in warm dry conditions, indoors, with the weight off the tyres then it may be OK. Otherwise, all sorts of electrical gremlins, heavily corroded and pittted brake discs, flat spotted tyres, rot in the exhaust system etc etc....some but not all of which will be warranty items.
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Old 23-03-2009, 01:52 PM   #18
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Guess it depends on where they have been and how stored. If in warm dry conditions, indoors, with the weight off the tyres then it may be OK. Otherwise, all sorts of electrical gremlins, heavily corroded and pittted brake discs, flat spotted tyres, rot in the exhaust system etc etc....some but not all of which will be warranty items.
no doubt stored outside in a field somewhere
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Old 23-03-2009, 10:05 PM   #19
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If I was to pay top whack I would absolutely not want a car that had been stored.

But if it was cheap enough, then I'd take the chance. You'd have 3 years warranty, plus maybe one year goodwill or extendable warranty. That's a long time for problems to manifest themselves.
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A friend of mine went down to the dealership today to test drive a c63. They were trying very gard to sell him one of the E500's. He asked to see the paperwork, and the cars were built in 2007.
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Old 23-03-2009, 11:21 PM   #21
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I doubt the final buyer will learn their correct age and probably will think they're run-out models and be pleased to take something near the present discount. I had a similar experience on testing a 'new' current plate CLS500 with the 306bhp engine - which rather gave the game away.

Maybe MB will offer all their 500 models as loss leaders in future! I have an uncle who ran a number of used Rolls Royces during petrol rationing and said he never paid above 200 for any of them
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Apprently they were getting quite desperate to shift them, and they need to get them registered by the end of the month. My mate seems to think you could get upto another 5k off.
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A friend of mine was told by them that they were 2008 cars
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Old 24-03-2009, 10:05 AM   #24
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A friend of mine went down to the dealership today to test drive a c63. They were trying very gard to sell him one of the E500's. He asked to see the paperwork, and the cars were built in 2007.
that's what I saw too
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My mate seems to think you could get upto another 5k off.
would agree with that .. but still not enough
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they are probably 2008 model year cars .. the saloon I like was built in Dec 07.
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Old 24-03-2009, 10:23 AM   #27
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Now if I could get that Estate down to 33k.....
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Old 24-03-2009, 11:15 AM   #28
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If I was to pay top whack I would absolutely not want a car that had been stored.

But if it was cheap enough, then I'd take the chance. You'd have 3 years warranty, plus maybe one year goodwill or extendable warranty. That's a long time for problems to manifest themselves.
Well that might not be an option and no doubt such problems will work through over the coming years. There is a lot of metal sitting around. For example, over in Malmo Toyota had 12,000+ cars sitting around, more arriving and nowhere to put them What to do?

Well, they have leased some ships and turned them into floating cars parks moored up just off the coast "No sir, I can absolutely assure you that your car did not sit in a field for 2 years....."

Over here a use is being found for airfields. Behold: Upper Heyford

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Had a random call from them last weekend re a sales promo this weekend coming.

They must be really struggling for sales as they could only have found my number through the E280 i sold in September, which had been serviced with them.
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Old 24-03-2009, 11:25 AM   #30
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Well that might not be an option and no doubt such problems will work through over the coming years. There is a lot of metal sitting around. For example, over in Malmo Toyota had 12,000+ cars sitting around, more arriving and nowhere to put them What to do?

Well, they have leased some ships and turned them into floating cars parks moored up just off the coast "No sir, I can absolutely assure you that your car did not sit in a field for 2 years....."

Over here a use is being found for airfields. Behold: Upper Heyford
It's been like that for a number of years now! My old neighbour got a job up there moving the cars around - bit boring but you do get to drive some nice metal!!
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