What to do with an old car

Kim L. Law
By Kim L. Law on Wed, Oct 12, 2016 - 10:47pm

My sister bought an old Mercedes, 2003 C250 less than a year ago that we are sharing. This car is still operational but has several problems. I am trying to figure out the best way to make use / dispose of this car.

1. Check engine light is on - I was told that a prior check suggested that the catalytic converter needs replacement
2. Gear box occasionally drops gear or fail to shift
3. Central locking doesn't work for all doors
4. License plate lamp needs replacing
5. Some internal furniture wear & tear

My sister said that the mechanic wanted $380 to do diagnostics alone.

I'm a young guy of 27 years old, have little money to spend for major repairs. The car is currently in south bay. What do you guys think are good options?

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rl's picture
rl
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Joined: Feb 9 2009
Posts: 30
Hmm. A few problems. One

Hmm. A few problems.

One thing you could do, is to buy your own odb2 diagnostic tool,
and see what it says. These pay for themselves quickly.

https://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aobd%20II

Car repair shops used to charge $70 just to put in the tool,
and turn off the warning. Now you can buy a tool for $40 or less,
and do the same thing yourself.
Some hook up to laptops via USB also.

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1. Check engine light is on - I was told that a prior check suggested that the catalytic converter needs replacement
- use the tool to see what's up

2. Gear box occasionally drops gear or fail to shift
- Go to a place that specializes in Transmissions only for a diagnosis
NOTHING else. (brakes, etc)
One from the Automatic Transmission Repair Association
http://www.atra.com/

3. Central locking doesn't work for all doors
- could just be a fuse, or a broken switch
Go to a shop that specializes in auto electric.
NOTHING else.

4. License plate lamp needs replacing
- easy. Do this yourself.

5. Some internal furniture wear & tear
- Easy. Use leather cleaner. Not critical to the drive.

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My brother used to have an older Mercedes 190.
Lots of repair expenses.

Finally, he sold it, and bought a 1996 Honda Accord.
He was really happy with it.
At 242K miles, it's still going strong.
No major problems.
With the original clutch!

If you don't have a lot of cash to do repairs, I
would look into selling the Mercedes, and buying an older
Honda Accord, or Toyota Camry. I've owned both, and they are
really reliable. So reliable, they may be difficult
to find for sale.

Older Accords are popular targets for getting stolen.
Get the RFID chip installed, so that it will only start
with your associated RFID chip with your keys.
And a security system. About $2-300
And use the Club.

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Hope this helps.

 

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Bytesmiths
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Joined: Apr 29 2008
Posts: 199
Too bad it's a "C"

Too bad it isn't a diesel. Those things run forever, and you can easily feed them homebrew biodiesel!

Dump it and get a diesel.

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