At $13,000, is this 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE a bargain?

Nice Price or No Dice 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE

Today’s Seller Good price or no dice Mercedes claims to have a number of interesting cars on the chopping block, but only seems to be listing this one at the moment. The reason given for sale is a movementand we will determine if this Benz is right-price to move.

It has been said that the candle that burns twice as intensely burns only half as long. At $7,000 yesterday 2003 Ford Ranger Edge 4X4 burned very brightly indeed, and so his ad was pulled – indicating a sale – before our voting was even complete. At least 88% of you agreed with this result, giving the Ford a rare landslide victory for Nice Price.

There’s this idea that many Americans argue that certain things from other places are inherently better than similar items that may be found here. This is the case with French cuisine, Scandinavian furniture and Belgian beer.. This is also when some people choose to undertake the private importation of European specification car models, even when there are official models available which have been built specifically for the US market.

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Today 1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 EC is just such a car. This edition of the W124 was made available by Mercedes as a US spec model, with domestic market headlights, a dashboard that contains a speedometer that reads miles per hour, and a temperature gauge marked in Fahrenheit, as well as upholstery which was usually leather or MB Tex leatherette.

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This coupe has none of these features. Instead, the speedo reads in these voodoos metric units called kilometers, the temperature gauge is also in Celsius and the headlights are the single lens H4 smooth works. As well, as a means of andIn keeping with US market standards, the seats are covered in a beautiful patterned fabric upholstery. This 300 CE has a four-speed stick behind its 177-hp 3-liter straight-six engine, making it another big differentiator from your average US market machine. Being a Sportline, it has wider wheels and tires than a standard 300, plus a quicker steering ratio and some suspension tweaks that should make it more fun around the corners.

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These are all nice attributes, but do they make this car more desirable than an American model? Does it give the impression worth the expense of import from Spain as described in the ad? Let’s do a little more investigation.

According to the ad, the car was imported from Spain by a previous owner about a year ago and has done a total of 202,428 kilometers since new. Sounds like a ton, but that’s only a little over 125,000 miles for us Yankees. The seller describes the car as being in excellent condition, saying it “starts to roll every time” and “the transmission shifts well with lots of life in the clutch.” The air conditioning is also said to work and has had a fair maintenance Last year. Considering the age, it’s probably an R12 system which, while better than R134 for cooling and the environment, is quite expensive to maintain if you don’t have a refrigeration contractor around. family.

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The window configuration is another attractive European-market feature not typically found on US models. These are electric windows in the front and manual cranks for the movable window in the rear. Americans generally expect consistency and therefore want one or the other on both sides.

On the other hand, the seller notes some paint defects and broken ventilation controls on the dashboard. Otherwise, there doesn’t seem to be anything this clean, Arizona-registered 300 CE needs other than a new owner to drive it and enjoy it.

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For this honor, a buyer will need to come up with $13,000 as that is the asking price for the bespoke Benz. This potential buyer may want to bring more cash to the meeting since the seller says he also has a six-speed VW Passat W8 for sale. Maybe a package could be negotiated?

We’re going to stick with the Mercedes only, and as such now is the time for you all to figure out if itworth that $13,000 ask as is. What are you saying, a fair price for a car is interesting owing to its accoutrements not-offered-here? Or, does that price make it an unimportant Benz?

You decide!

Phoenix, Arizona, craigslistwhere to go here if the ad disappears.

H/T to Phil R. for the connection!

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