I’m looking at a 2003 Mercedes-Benz C230 Kompressor Sedan &: was wondering how much it would cost to maintain it if needed. I read that a Convertible CLK500 was $200 a month to maintain which is too much because im only 15 &: i was wondering how expensive it would be to own a mercedes.
A CLK500 and a C230 Kompressor are vastly different vehicles. The C230 Kompressor will be much less costly to maintain. Although based upon the C-Class, the CLK is has more in common with the E-Class and was marketed as an E-Class coupe or convertible.
The maintenance interval on the C230 is roughly 13,000 miles as long as you use only Mercedes recommended service parts and fluids. An A service will run $75 to $125 and the intervening B service will run $200 to $400 depending upon what work needs to be done. The final decision on what work needs to be done is made by reading the on-board computer. Over 65,000 miles, the total cost will run about $900, plus about $1,500 or so for a set of tires at around 45,000 to 50,000 miles. If you drive 15,000 miles per year it will take you about 52 months to pile up 65,000 miles. That works out to around $22 per month when you do the math.
If you are buying a used model, you will likely have higher costs. At some point something expensive is going to break, but if you maintain it religiously that should not include any major systems. Even if your maintenance costs are doubled, you’re still comfortably under $50 per month for maintenance and repairs.
I’m not sure how anyone comes up with $200 a month for maintenance on a CLK500 unless they are including gas and insurance. That would be totally possible or maybe they are figuring in a few thousand over time for major repairs over and above the routine maintenance costs. The CLK will be more expensive than the C, but I don’t think that it will be THAT much more expensive. The CLK will use a lot more fuel, and both require premium. But the C230 can give an honest 22 MPG around town and 32 or better on the highway. The CLK will be a little better than half that.
What will truly eat your lunch will be insurance until you are over 25. The CLK500 would be much more costly to insure for a young male driver but that does not mean that the C230 would be ":cheap.": I’m an old fart (pushing 60) and neither of them would cost much more for me to insure than my Altima does. In fact, my last Benz, a 2007 C230, was a bit LESS than my 2011 Altima is to insure. Not a lot less — chump change really — but it was about $40 per year cheaper.
Just keep looking. A very long time ago, I was convinced that I had to own a Ferrari. Later, that changed to ":A Ferrari by (age) forty.": Never got one, although I did have some nice rides – particularly some Audis, which drove like they were nailed to the road.. Eventually, the parts-price went way up, kind of like the monthly loan payment on a more average car – but that was on top of the monthly loan payment. Meanwhile, MB has had some serious quality-control problems, to which their CEO even took to the media a while back, promising to make it better. Hope he did.
Saw a Porsche SUV broke down at the side of the road a while back, something like 60K bucks just dead. While I’m putting down the road in a Hyundai sedan, paid for, and which just keeps on going and going.
At fifteen, I was much more concerned with girls, as in how to get one (or more). I eventually determined that one who would just go for what I drove would likely drop me in a heartbeat for another guy with a better ride, and there would always be a guy with that. The magic came with understanding how to talk, relate, empathize, and not ":gossip":. Frankly, I then had more ":action": riding around a campus on a $50 bicycle.