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Posted on: 2014/5/8 23:07
Just popping in
Joined: 2014/4/26
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Need input: Local or Recon W204
Hard work pays off. I'm looking for my very 1st Mercedes starting with w204 c class. I have been presented with 3 options:

1) 2009 Local unit C200
- Mileage 87k
- owned by my family friend
- engine start a little bit rough. Once on the move, the engine felt responsive and the ride is great. Minor vibration on rough roads.
- some wind noise (back passenger), only in high speed
- was offered to me RM130k++

2) 2012 Japan Spec C180
- Mileage 7257
- RM180-190k

3) 2010 UK Spec C180
- Mileage 15k
- RM160k

I would like to seek you guys opinion on which is the better buy. Im planning to use this car 3-4 years and then would like to sell it for another Mercedes. Hows the 2nd hand value for Recon unit compared to local when I want to sell this car later?

This car would be my weekend ride and when I have big business meetings. I have my trusty pickup truck as daily ride. Also I'm not really a car guy, so my knowledge in cars is limited. Im looking for stress-free ownership and just enjoy the ride.

Appreciate you guys help.
Posted on: 2014/5/9 8:23
Wise Benzitos
Joined: 2006/1/16
From: USJ
Posts: 946
Benz Model: W212 E250 CGI
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
Hi and Welcome,

Local model would be my choice. At the very least, you will know some history of the car, as it would have been sent to the dealerships during the warranty period. Even more so, if your family friend has service records post warranty, that would be a big plus point.

Recon cars are a big question, whether mileage is genuine, any mods done by previous owner, risk of rust on undercarriage, fenders (UK models), radio frequency issues (on the Japan Spec that goes up to 90 MHZ I think).

On prices, I am of the opionion that local models may fetch a better re-sale value later.

Am sure other members will chip in in due time. All the best in your search.

Posted on: 2014/6/8 17:00
Just popping in
Joined: 2013/7/5
From: Shah Alam, Selayang, Gombak, Damansara
Posts: 12
Benz Model: W204
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
I would go for no 2. after 2010 all c class is using a new engine called CGI. prior to that Kompressor.

Japan VS UK, Japan spec is much sought after since generally it's less being used.

Welcome to the family
Posted on: 2014/6/9 12:32
Just popping in
Joined: 2013/7/6
From: Putra Heights
Posts: 16
Benz Model: 2014 C200 AVA CKD
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
I would go for

2011-2012 C200 7G Tronic CGI CKD (Facelift model). Price around 180-190K. Look for one with full service record.
Higher mileage never mind as long as it is serviced regularly. Higher mileage here I mean on average 25K per year.

Posted on: 2014/6/12 14:58
Just can't stay away
Joined: 2007/7/9
From: Shah Alam
Posts: 123
Benz Model: c200k AV
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
there is the C200 CGI Avantgarde with AMG Styling sold at regular C200 prices. A 'bargain' at RM254,888.00.
Final Edition comes with AMG bodykit and extras.

Early last yr I bought c250 cgi AV for less 30K, CNY promo. for my pension car.. dah tua jadi beli baru. so far no issue except the tarditionally pulling to the left but C&C did correction for free..

Posted on: 2014/6/13 11:12
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2010/3/10
From: Shah Alam
Posts: 37
Benz Model: E200K W211
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
Hi apisgogo,

I believe there are more than 3 options available if you are not in a hurry to experience your first Mercedes Benz.

If budget is no issue to you and can afford to buy a Merc close to RM190K, I'm confident you can get a nice C200 or C250 CGI 2012 model.

Based on the ads in mudah.my, there are a couple of models you can consider:

1. C200 CGI 2012 facelift local - RM185,800 (KL)
2. C200 CGI 2011 AMG Sport Package Japan Spec - RM180,000 (KL)
3. C250 CGI 2011 AMG C63 Full Body Kit Japan Spec - RM188,000 (KL)
4. C250 CGI 2011 - RM188,000 (Pahang)

Maybe you can start by buying a copy of Motor Trader or pay a visit to Cycle & Carriage and ask for pre-owned models that are close to your budget or even Naza or other luxury car dealers.

Happy hunting.

Posted on: 2014/6/13 20:09
Just popping in
Joined: 2013/7/28
From: Mont Kiara, KL
Posts: 14
Benz Model: W204
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
C200 AMG Grand Edition is priced at 242k.
Posted on: 2014/6/18 22:17
Just can't stay away
Joined: 2008/8/30
From: Alam Damai, Cheras/Cyberjaya
Posts: 121
Benz Model: C180 AMG
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
I saw the C200 AMG grand edition at CNC Glenmarie. It's only a front skirt and rear bumper upgraded to AMG, plus 18" AMG wheels.Everything else remain as a normal avantgarde trim.
Posted on: 2014/6/19 9:40
Home away from home
Joined: 2010/7/31
Posts: 167
Benz Model: W203 C230K (Sport)
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
Stumbled upon this article: http://paultan.org/2014/06/17/grey-import-cars-engine-troubles-problem-mercedes-benz-malaysia/

They have a point. Maybe the current grey import owners can chime in?
Posted on: 2014/6/19 12:33
Just can't stay away
Joined: 2007/7/9
From: Shah Alam
Posts: 123
Benz Model: c200k AV
Re: Need input: Local or Recon W204
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