My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

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My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by JAKROO » Fri 30 Sep, 2016 3:01 pm

Hello,
I bought my wife a lovely dark blue 2010 C200 in April this year with < 25,000kms on it. It's been a wonderful buy to date and we'll soon bring it up to the year/km range that is expected of a car of that vintage as my wife will drive this car about 35-40,000 kms a year.

Between us, we spend a lot of time in cars travelling to and from work and around the place.

I drive a yellow Mitsubishi Lancer (evolution 9 variant) that I bought new in 2007 and it now has 265,000 kms on it. We also have a 16 yr old petrol Jackaroo with 345,000 kms on it.

Yup, we do a lot of driving.

I'm looking to convert the Evo to a weekend/special event drive, and so I've turned my eye to the MB world for my daily driver. I love the colour yellow but there aren't any yellow MBs out there, so I've had to look to a different colour which is unfortunate, and the yellow Lambo, Ferrari, Porsche vehicles that are out there extend well beyond my budget! (my only child, a 10 yr old boy, is very disappointed about my limited budget which excludes these)

I've spotted a 2012 C200 with 60,000 kms and a 2009 CLK280 coupe with 80,000 kms. They are both approx the same value of 28k.

I would expect to drive it for 5+ years, ie put somewhere north of 150,000 kms on it.

So, given the kilometres I drive and the associated fuel and servicing costs, is there anything I should be considering with regards to these vehicles, to swing me one way or the other? I realise they are slightly different vintages in terms of technology and comfort features but they will be used for the same thing - a commute in a mix of sweeping curves high speed roads and low speed traffic.

Your thoughts will be appreciated.
Andrew :: Hawkesbury Region NSW :: Yellow Evo 9, Blue Jackaroo 3.5 v6 petrol, blue tractor, green excavator, orange ride on mower, white/red Beta 200 Trials....

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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by JAKROO » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 9:45 am

300+ views and not one opinion has been offered.

I've decided to look at a more recent model given the kilometres the vehicle will eventually travel. Although I reckon the CLK looks better, so I'm thinking I'll look for a C class coupe.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by T-Modell » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 4:48 pm

Hi,
maybe nobody answered, because that's a personal decision when you look at the specs. A 4 or 7 year old car CAN have problems, but it highly depends how it was taken care of in the past. 60 or 80.000 kms don't matter. So in your case, I would decide on the history and if you want a 4 or 2-door.

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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by Ivanerrol » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 9:03 pm

Hi, We bought a 2007 CLK280 only last week - $15,990
130K's up.

Well worth checking comparative prices around the yards.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by JAKROO » Wed 09 Nov, 2016 10:39 pm

Thanks for the tips guys. Like most things mechanical, hours of use is only part of the story.....service and maintenance are another significant part. I'll keep my eyes open and be aware of this when looking at the cars.

I really do like the 2 door cars but while the CLK is rareish (and getting older by the day), the C200 coupes are rarer still but can still be relatively young.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by Moopere » Fri 24 Mar, 2017 2:14 pm

JAKROO wrote:Thanks for the tips guys. Like most things mechanical, hours of use is only part of the story.....service and maintenance are another significant part. I'll keep my eyes open and be aware of this when looking at the cars.

I really do like the 2 door cars but while the CLK is rareish (and getting older by the day), the C200 coupes are rarer still but can still be relatively young.
I have always liked the look of the CLK. Was really disappointed to see it go. We now have the C coupes of course, which I guess are its DNA replacement, but theres something missing in the overall look and feel of the vehicle. I guess the CLK was closer to an E class in finish whereas the current C coupe is definitely a "C" class if you know what I mean.

In any event. $28K for the CLK seems on the high side. It would have to be an immaculate vehicle ... or have some above standard options I guess.

Otherwise, it will simply come down to how you feel about the drive experience in each vehicle. They are quite different, outside of simply age and km/s driven. The CLK being a 6cyl and the C200 being a 4 cyl (turbo?) So there will be a marked difference in driving feel here, not to mention I'd expect a significant difference in fuel consumption.

By the way, I went along to redbook for a look and it doesn't list a C200 coupe for 2012 at all. Wouldn't be the first error I've found at Redbook, but I do remember taking a couple of C180 coupe's out for a spin back in the day. I didn't think anything of it at the time, but _were_ there in fact any 2012 C200's brought into the country? Is it really a MY2013? I ask because my memory of the C180 at the time was pretty underwhelming - not enough power for such a (relatively) large frame car.

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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by JAKROO » Thu 30 Mar, 2017 8:31 am

I'm still thinking of what to get, I've been able to see a number of CLKs on the road now that I'm interested in them and some look good, others not so.

Yes, the $28k asking price was a little steep for the CLK, and I think it sat there for ages before moving down to $24k

I've also reassessed the money I'm probably going to spend and I could end up with something only a couple of years old ie about $40-45k. This obviously opens up a lot more cars that will have a lot less kms on them - ready for me to add 150k to them!

My wife's car is now sitting at 67k on the odo, we've moved it from <25k to >67k in about 48 weeks! A lovely car to drive.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by Starman » Thu 30 Mar, 2017 8:45 am

My view is that almost any Merc is a better car than a modern C class. Definitely look at CLK as they tend to be well cared for low km cars, or try and stretch to an E and you won't regret it. As for the yellow Bitsaremissing that's a whole different discussion... Do let us know how you go.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by Ivanerrol » Sun 02 Apr, 2017 8:38 pm

Watch the prices of those W204's

Here's one for only $14,000 - diesel with only 111K K's

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/132142661937 ... EBIDX%3AIT

MBA has sold so many W203's and w204's I'm not surprised that the A#$e is going to fall out of that second hand market.

I've seen series 2 W211's with very low K's down in the mid teens as well.
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Re: My mental anguish.....2012 C200 or 2009 CLK280

Post by Starman » Mon 03 Apr, 2017 10:22 am

A friend just sold a Mazda 3. Good enough cars, but there are just SO MANY out there for sale. He was flat out getting 50% back after 3 years. Same scene with C class as Ivanerrol eluded to, a flooded market makes for huge depreciation. The upside is there are plenty to choose from and with patience you can get a pretty optioned up car for a steal.
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