Q: Is a 2008 Mercedes C300 sport sedan with 75,000 miles a good buy?

asked by on September 27, 2017

I want to know if purchasing a 2008 Mercedes C300 sport sedan with 75,000 miles is a good decision?

My car has 75000 miles.
My car's transmission is unknown to me.

In evaluating the wisdom of buying a particular model of car (used or new), consult the database of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, NHTSA. The NHTSA database contains model specific consumer complaints, official recalls and factory service bulletins searchable by individual year, make, and model. I encourage you to go to the NHTSA website and enter "2008 Mercedes Benz C300" into the search dialog box (enter 2008 Mercedes Benz, then select C-class on the second page of search results) and simply review the existing reports. For the 2008 Mercedes Benz C300, I see that there are 8 recalls (that’s a lot), 2 investigations, 553 consumer complaints (that’s a relatively large number in my experience), and 52 Technical Service Bulletins (discussing post production problems and fixes unique to the vehicle). If you carefully review these reports you will gain an excellent overview of what has been experienced by other owners insofar as faults in the particular make, model and year you are interested in. I would post the text of the reports here, but they are detailed and voluminous so it will be more practical for you to view them online (and it is free). An additional resource, "Consumer Reports", publishes system-by-system vehicle reliability data for all years, makes, and models. This data is available free in the library, or on-line if you are a paid subscriber. That reliability data will give you an excellent indication of the relative likelihood (probability) that key systems on the model (and year) of interest to you will fail at greater, or lesser, frequency compared to those rates reported for other vehicles. Obviously, what you want to be looking for in the "Consumer Reports" database is an indication that the vehicle "make and model year" of interest to you is not a "lemon" insofar as reliability. Finally, to protect yourself in any used car transaction, you should request a pre-purchase vehicle inspection. That inspection, carried out by a certified Mechanic, dispatched to your location by YourMechanic, will give you very specific data regarding any current problems with the actual car you want to buy. If you are unable to access any of these resources, or desire data of a different type, please do not hesitate for a moment to re-contact YourMechanic and we will assist you further in your attempts to make a wise used vehicle purchase.

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