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migrator
Posted on: 2014/5/22 10:23
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Joined: 2012/5/4
From: KL, Ampang
Posts: 60
Benz Model: W203 '01
Message:
Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
Hi there all Benzers,

I am in a dilemma as to change my current W203 manufactured in 2001 for a
1) W124 E220 (if possible a Masterpiece) maybe a E280 or
2) W210 E280 manufactured in 2000.
I have so far seen 2 units of W124 E220 which is undesirable with too many faults/repairs needed in them.
For the W210 I have yet to view the car (only got fotos) as the seller is clearing some paper work (It’s an Embassy car)
I only have the VIN number but failed to get the data, any kind members can help me out please – WDB210063-28-133048

I first jumped in the bandwagon for a Benz back in 2012 February, as this is my first conti car, I was not ready to spend too much money on this test run in case I needed to cut loss but so far I guess its acceptable with 1 or 2 repairs costing about 2k (Yaw Rate Sensor and replaced 2 units of potong kereta rear SAM in span of 3 months, not too happy on the Lemforder Control Arm which I replaced and only lasted 3 months cos the mounting rubber has cracked)
Now I am itching to upgrade to an E class.
As of now my choice would be:
First E220 (cheaper Road Tax and less frequent visits to Petrol stations compared to a 2.8)
Second W210 (if to pay $1700 a year for roadtax, might as well get a newer model)
Third W124 E280
Avoiding a W211 till year 2006 production due to SBC pump issue
I frequent City Cycle and was told to avoid a V engine (must go over again and find out the reason)

For now on the W203 I am getting about 400km (town driving) (12 litres per 100km) at the pump price of $2.10 working out to 0.25 per km and really surprised with one of the E220 seller who claim he gets about $0.17 per km (wonder what a E280 will get) for town driving

I would appreciate if fellow members can enlighten me possibly on the handling, comfort between these E models or shall I just hang on to my C200K.
I believe the handling, ride and comfort level will be better than a C class

Thanking you guys in advance for some valuable inputs for me to make a judged decision
shamburke
Posted on: 2014/5/22 10:35
Promo Masta
Joined: 2011/4/27
From: USJ
Posts: 1091
Benz Model: W201, W210
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
hi migrator,

upgrading from W203 meaning you need to go for W211, because the W210 is some what difference feel from W203 (older) heheheh.... I am driving both w210 and w209, the cars have different characteristic all together.

Alas, feel free to come for TT tomorrow (friday) night , and ask the members there for more in sight....

cheers...


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baha
Posted on: 2014/5/22 14:00
Not too shy to talk
Joined: 2010/3/10
From: Shah Alam
Posts: 37
Benz Model: E200K W211
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
Hi Migrator,

Just to share my own experience. I've driven both C200 (2011) and E200 (2008). For a tall and big person like me, I definitely prefer W211 because of wider and roomier leg room. The other variables like maintenance, fuel consumption, road handling, etc would depend on the age of the car.

Baha
badrulh
Posted on: 2014/5/22 22:44
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Joined: 2009/11/3
From: SEBERANG TAKIR KUALA TERENGGANU
Posts: 2175
Benz Model: W124 260E
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
Quote:

migrator wrote:
I am in a dilemma as to change my current W203 manufactured in 2001 for a
1) W124 E220 (if possible a Masterpiece) maybe a E280 or
2) W210 E280 manufactured in 2000.
First E220 (cheaper Road Tax and less frequent visits to Petrol stations compared to a 2.8)
Second W210 (if to pay $1700 a year for roadtax, might as well get a newer model)





Hai migrator,since im using W124,I can assist you a little bit about this car.E220 is newer model of W124 version with more fuel economical,using 16V M111 engine compare to older M102 8V@Black Engine..power wise is much more better than the old black engine.Parts is still plenty to get,cheap road tax and less headache in maintainance wise.Its a good car for daily use or highway use and they behave well on bumpy or un even road,handling at sharp corners is superb.Have meet a few W210 owners and they admit that W124 is still the best in term of comfort and maintainance.
For your second choice,W210 E280 year 2000,i think its a V6 model with 5 speeder gear box.Since they advice you to stay away from V6 engine,then its up to your choice then.I heard V6 engine is powerfull and fuel economy too compare to old inline 6 cylinderengine.The only down side is the high roadtax cost per year.
Take your time and keep hunting migrator..you will find that suit you..good luck migrator..


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cendana287
Posted on: 2014/5/23 12:44
Home away from home
Joined: 2012/2/21
From: Kota Damansara
Posts: 434
Benz Model: W210 E200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
Quote:

migrator wrote:

I would appreciate if fellow members can enlighten me possibly on the handling, comfort between these E models or shall I just hang on to my C200K.
I believe the handling, ride and comfort level will be better than a C class

Thanking you guys in advance for some valuable inputs for me to make a judged decision


In my opinion, it may be better to just stick with your present C200. I'm basing this on "Better the devil you know". The other cars may or may not be better - these are used cars and there's no way of really knowing until you've used it for a few weeks at least. If they are good, then well and fine. But what if they aren't? Not that the W124 or W210 are `bad' - they are very good cars, but there are bound to be problems with ANY used car.

If E-Class is what you're going for, maybe a W211 would be a better choice. For one thing, it's a newer model than both the W124 Masterpiece and W210, and would be a significant upgrade from your current C200k. Maintenance-wise, can't beat the W124 when it comes to cost. Correct me if I'm wrong but I don't think the Masterpiece would be significantly cheaper to maintain than the W210(?). And, based on what I've been reading here, it seems that the W211 is just a bit more expensive to maintain than the W210. This one would be my choice if I'm moving from the C200k. If not, I'll just stick to the C200k. Some upgrades and repairs like changing the engine mountings, springs and absorbers might add performance and comfort without the need to change to another car.

*EDITED TO ADD: By the way, I can't get this website to display info about the given VIN number. Tried with and without the hyphens but error messages came out both times http://carinfo.kiev.ua/cars/vin/mercedes


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Mabel
Posted on: 2014/5/23 22:43
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class


Migrator,

May I know what is your age?


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Mabel
Posted on: 2014/5/23 22:43
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class


What has this got to do with his questions?


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Mabel
Posted on: 2014/5/23 22:45
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class


In this forum, we follow this rule of thumb...

• C Class for speed demon ( age from 20plus )

• E Class for comfort and leisure ( age from early 30ties )

• S Class for Touring, Comfort , Prestige ( age from late 30ties)


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
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Mabel
Posted on: 2014/5/23 22:48
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class
Quote:

Mabel wrote:


In this forum, we follow this rule of thumb...

• C Class for speed demon ( age from 20plus )

• E Class for comfort and leisure ( age from early 30ties )

• S Class for Touring, Comfort , Prestige ( age from late 30ties)




As you can see, there is no right or wrong answers here if you follow the above rule of thumb...

Let say you are in the early 30ies...you can choose W124, W210 or 211...

In short it does not really matter as long as you are seen climbing up the Mercedes Corporate ladders..


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Cheers/Mabel

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
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Mabel
Posted on: 2014/5/23 22:49
Benzo mania
Joined: 2007/8/7
From: Shah Alam, Cyber Jaya, Sunway
Posts: 20052
Benz Model: S320L, E240, C200
Message:
Re: Dilemma to upgrade from C class to E class


What's your suggestion?


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Cheers/Mabel

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Take time to read. It is the fountain of wisdom
Membership Number: One Nine Seven Seven

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