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Mercedes Benz R350?

post #1 of 22
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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?
post #2 of 22
I don't know anything about cars. But congrats! edit: if you get it new, it should come with a multi-year warranty, so repairs are not a big issue until it expires
post #3 of 22
Consumer Reports lists the R-class as the only Mercedes model in its "Worst of the Worst" used cars. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/c...-used-cars.htm

Also, in my opinion, it's the ugliest Mercedes. Just sayin'.
post #4 of 22
don't. just don't. Also, babies only weigh like 10 lbs and are a foot and a half tall - why do you need to buy a car that is 2, 3 times bigger?
post #5 of 22
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Also, in my opinion, it's the ugliest Mercedes. Just sayin'.
+1. Although the 2011 looks a bit better, it's still very ugly, IMO.
post #6 of 22
The ugliest MB. That includes the CLS.
post #7 of 22
I have to chime in thinking the car is fugly. However, if that's the one you want, I say go for it. Also, yes, MB service bills are huge. This is why I lease and prepay the maint. for about $575 for the 36 months I'll have the vehicle.
post #8 of 22
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Just wanted some opinions. I really like the Volvo XC90.
post #9 of 22
I really don't like it, but that's just me. I would get the GLK if I were you.
post #10 of 22
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Just wanted some opinions. I really like the Volvo XC90.

My wife had an XC90. It would have been about a 2005 model, as it was too leases ago. It had the five cylinder turbo engine. It was a good car for her. I have heard the newer eight cylinder has had some issues, but can't confirm. All I know is, it was a good car for her.
post #11 of 22
Don't get the R-Class... It's bad in everyday possible. Why don't you get an M-Class or an X5?
post #12 of 22
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Originally Posted by runner-guy View Post
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.
post #13 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the suggestions. I definitely don't need to get a Mercedes, it just one of the vehicles I noticed. I also like the Lexus RX 350 and the Acura MDX since their reliability ratings are very good.
post #14 of 22
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Thanks for the suggestions. I definitely don't need to get a Mercedes, it just one of the vehicles I noticed. I also like the Lexus RX 350 and the Acura MDX since their reliability ratings are very good.

Are you looking to lease or buy? If buy, new or used? If the answer is "buy" I would go with the MDX. It's about tied for the lowest prices of the listed vehicles yet has the highest residual value and I think, the best long term reliability.
post #15 of 22
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Are you looking to lease or buy? If buy, new or used? If the answer is "buy" I would go with the MDX. It's about tied for the lowest prices of the listed vehicles yet has the highest residual value and I think, the best long term reliability.
I'm definitely looking to buy certified pre-owned, not lease. Yeah, Acura's reliability is pretty amazing.
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