Originally Posted by runner-guy
Hey fellas. Still keeping my eyes open for SUV's/crossovers when we have our baby next February. Looking to get one certified pre-owned and I've noticed the Mercedes R350. Anyone have experience with this ride? I don't have much experience with Mercedes but will it be insanely expensive to repair?
Congratulations to you and your family.
Don't buy that Mercedes R350. If it does break, it will be expensive to fix unless it is on a warranty, in which case it will just be inconvenient.
If you have one child, you really don't need a three-row vehicle. By the time the child has friends or siblings, you will be onto some other car. Kids do need room for stuff, but not that much room. And really, unless you are hauling a household out of town every weekend, why have a big vehicle like that when you really don't need it? The R-class has huge doors that are hard to open in seemingly ever-smaller parking spaces and it has a dismal reliability record. I am sure MB wishes it hadn't even introduced the car; it seems like the Mercedes-Benz answer to the Chrysler Pacifica. You might find them cheap, as they are probably trying to get rid of them, but that is little consolation and certainly no reason to buy an expensive and troublesome car.
If you have to have a Mercedes SUV, the M350 is a better bet, or even the GLK, which is a lot less expensive. The M350 has a Bluetec diesel option, if you want a better mileage option. Another option for an upscale car with wagon-like capacity is the BMW X3 or the VW Tiguan or Touraeg, the last also with a TDI engine option.