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Buying A used BMW 320d/318i / 520d or a Mercedes is worth for money? Do they have high maintenance cost?

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Hi ,

Im looking to upgrade and have an idea of buying a car less than 6 million. Have an idea of a used  bmw  or a mercedes.But concernd on maintanence and parts too. Expecting advice from experienced members to select the best choice for my budget.Thanks 

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2 hours ago, DRH said:

Hi ,

Im looking to upgrade and have an idea of buying a car less than 6 million. Have an idea of a used  bmw  or a mercedes.But concernd on maintanence and parts too. Expecting advice from experienced members to select the best choice for my budget.Thanks 

@DRH if it's a Euro car it's always nicer to buy them when they have a warranty & are less than 5 years old

 

It's not that they're mechanically problematic as such specifically it's just that relative to your average japanese car in the same price or age range they can require a little more attention 

 

Things like Dual Clutch Gearboxes will be problematic in Sri Lanka regardless of whether Honda makes it or Volkswagen-Audi does

 

The other trap to be wary of is first time Euro car owners who bought them because of the attractive price point thanks to the engine capacity advantage they hold over bigger Japanese cars which meant corners were cut when it came to maintenance as some were surprised to find the parts prices to be steeper than they would have expected etc or worse botched repairs by technicians untrained to handle these Euros

All in all it can be a bit of a gamble so if you want to go down this road look for meticulous specialist or agent maintenance history. Leave a much bigger margin than you would with a Japanese car as a running repair budget & a greater allowance for depreciation as well.

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16 hours ago, Devinda_Z said:

Things like Dual Clutch Gearboxes will be problematic in Sri Lanka regardless of whether Honda makes it or Volkswagen-Audi does

 Never heard of DCT issues related to Audi,BMs in SL, guess they offer only good old Auto gearboxes.

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3 hours ago, ajm said:

 Never heard of DCT issues related to Audi,BMs in SL, guess they offer only good old Auto gearboxes.

Its because they are not very common? 

A regular DSG (DCT) service for Audi's and VW's is mad expensive. And if memory serves me right, it needs to be done every 40K-50k kilometers. If its skipped well: Lets just say, no sane person would want to find out how far you could push your luck given the prices for a new DSG unit.

However, given the high cost of a DSG service, I can see how a cheapo owner would be quite tempted to skip them, prolong them, or even sell the car off at market price around the time the DSG service is due. As such, I would be leery of any Audi or VW with a DSG that hasn't got detailed service records showing the DSG was serviced diligently.

 

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3 hours ago, ajm said:

 Never heard of DCT issues related to Audi,BMs in SL, guess they offer only good old Auto gearboxes.

Most of the newer Mercedes came with their 7 or 9 G Tronic automatic gearboxes I believe 

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Let me put things in context for you......

My friend who bought a C220 CDI (Diesel) in 2013, went in for service at 25,000 km to D*MO in 2017. Guess the price to service a brand new diesel C Class..... Close to Rs. 275,000...... I mean regular service. No repairs, no malfunctions etc. All this for oil change, filter change, brake pad change and wear and tear parts. So think twice before buying a used German for cheap. Cost of procurement may be cheap, maintenance and parts will cost you more.

Would I buy a used E class or 5 Series over a brand new premio ? Heart says Merc/BMW but brain says I couldn't afford to maintain one if anything goes wrong....

so think twice, calculate how much you're expecting to spend over the ownership period.

 

P.S. on the other hand, if you could somehow muster up the funds to buy a new Merc/BMW, go for it.

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Porsche service with the agent has is usually less than Rs. 80K once a year or 15000km

Even a major service with spark plugs, filters and gear oil change will be around Rs. 200K

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8 hours ago, zeristo said:

Let me put things in context for you......

My friend who bought a C220 CDI (Diesel) in 2013, went in for service at 25,000 km to D*MO in 2017. Guess the price to service a brand new diesel C Class..... Close to Rs. 275,000...... I mean regular service. No repairs, no malfunctions etc. All this for oil change, filter change, brake pad change and wear and tear parts. So think twice before buying a used German for cheap. Cost of procurement may be cheap, maintenance and parts will cost you more.

Would I buy a used E class or 5 Series over a brand new premio ? Heart says Merc/BMW but brain says I couldn't afford to maintain one if anything goes wrong....

so think twice, calculate how much you're expecting to spend over the ownership period.

 

P.S. on the other hand, if you could somehow muster up the funds to buy a new Merc/BMW, go for it.

 

A used 2013 CDI diesel is out of warranty anyway so no point going to the agents...Unless you want to maintain a perfect service history, otherwise a simple service can be done outside for a fraction of that cost. 

The cost of doing a simple oil change at an independent garage including Mobil or Castrol fully synthetic oil and Mann filters will be only 45,000 to 50,000 depending on what you get and where you go. 

(I know most owners balk at the thought of taking their cars to anyone else other than the agents, but really as shown above it doesn't have to be the case. And at the time of resale as long as you are honest and show potential buyers how you've maintained major component failures or car specific work on the car at the agents but opted to do simple maintenance like oil changes, tyre changes, wheel alignments etc at independent garages it should not be a big deal, especially if the car is in good condition and you can demonstrate that you have kept up with all the required maintenance.)

(2013 CDI Merc Engines are pretty decent and is a good choice if buying a used diesel Merc. The only extraordinary issue you will have to check for is: Build-up of black soot under the injector covers caused by weak injector seals.)

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