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Old 06-05-2009, 12:27 AM
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Thoughts on buying a Lemon Law buyback?

There are several cars for sale on line that have been bought back by MB under the lemon law. The cars have been repaired, the prices are very attractive and MB offers a full warranty. Has anyone bought one of these cars? Thoughts?
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The way I look at it is that there must have been something really wrong with these cars if MB bought them back. I think in the end you'll end up regretting the purchase and would be better off getting a used CPO. There are many good deal right now with a huge selection...take your time, do the research and in the end I'm sure you'll be happy with both the price tag and your purchase. GL!
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I had one of my cars lemoned before. In all honesty, even if the car was given to me for free, I would not take it. Well, maybe I'll take it and sell it. But I would think twice about putting a love one in the car.

Some cars are lemoned for issues that can be repaired. However, many are lemoned because of multiple failures of different components or for defects that exists but cannot be duplicated and resolved effectively.

For example, there are many electrical components in our cars. What is the use of a warranty if the car keeps breaking down? Maybe it breaks down to a point that Mercedes cannot even duplicate the issue. Remember, the 1st owner also had a warranty on the car. And it was lemoned. So now you buy the lemon with a warranty. How good is your warranty? What if Mercedes can't fix it? What if there are NEW problems? Are you able to "lemon it" again if it continues to fail?
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I had one of my cars lemoned before. In all honesty, even if the car was given to me for free, I would not take it. Well, maybe I'll take it and sell it. But I would think twice about putting a love one in the car.

Some cars are lemoned for issues that can be repaired. However, many are lemoned because of multiple failures of different components or for defects that exists but cannot be duplicated and resolved effectively.

For example, there are many electrical components in our cars. What is the use of a warranty if the car keeps breaking down? Maybe it breaks down to a point that Mercedes cannot even duplicate the issue. Remember, the 1st owner also had a warranty on the car. And it was lemoned. So now you buy the lemon with a warranty. How good is your warranty? What if Mercedes can't fix it? What if there are NEW problems? Are you able to "lemon it" again if it continues to fail?
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hows it going jerry?

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i would not buy a MB buy back. i know the warranty and price look attractive but its not worth it imo
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mine was a Cali by back car. When I bought it it was still under Mfg warranty. The person who owned it before me had some headlight issues and the dealer could not fix them after repeated visits. I bought the car and took it to my dealer and it was fixed in one day never to have a problem again. I guess it all depends on the reason and the scope of the Lemon/buy back.

Some buy backs are good IMO. In most cases if the car is under warranty the dealer can fix it.
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Sometimes you can get lucky and the buy back problem is not too bad, but most of the ones I've seen, the car is problamatic. In fact, the car is usually so problamatic that the initial owner ends up taking the car back to the dealer a LOT more than the 3 times required for buy back. The owner will usually leave the buy back as a last resort option.

The prices of good clean E55s are so very low right now that it's just not worth it taking the risk, especially on an AMG.
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I was going to say pull the service records, and if it is something such as the lights previously mentioned, talk to the SA where the warranty work will be done. Say to him hey what do you think, if I have this problem still what are the fixes. Seems like as cars get older or the models are aound longer more is found on how things can be fixed from others experiences.
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I was going to say pull the service records, and if it is something such as the lights previously mentioned, talk to the SA where the warranty work will be done. Say to him hey what do you think, if I have this problem still what are the fixes. Seems like as cars get older or the models are aound longer more is found on how things can be fixed from others experiences.

Thats exactly what I did. I called my SA from my S500 days and had him run the car. Its the only way to get a grasp of what is or was going on.
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Isn't there an entry on the title itself that will alert subsequent buyers? This is almost a salvage title situation.

If you want to buy the car and drive it until the wheels fall off then perhaps a good deal. These cars don't appear to be discounted that much even the auction results that are "below average" don't appear to be that attractive.
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Isn't there an entry on the title itself that will alert subsequent buyers? This is almost a salvage title situation.

If you want to buy the car and drive it until the wheels fall off then perhaps a good deal. These cars don't appear to be discounted that much even the auction results that are "below average" don't appear to be that attractive.
I know in AZ when you buy a cali buy back car and register it in AZ it get a clean title.
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Isn't there an entry on the title itself that will alert subsequent buyers? This is almost a salvage title situation.

If you want to buy the car and drive it until the wheels fall off then perhaps a good deal. These cars don't appear to be discounted that much even the auction results that are "below average" don't appear to be that attractive.
There is no lemon branding. It won't show up on DMV records.
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It will Always show on a car fax though.. Even if the AZ title shows clean... So spend the cpl bucks to get one or someone in AZ will screw ya! Lol
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having dealt in car years ago i know that the selling dealer has to specifically tell you why the vehicle was lemoned. i'v bought and sold many lemoned cars with problems ranging from "air leaking through windshield" to transmission issues. I would say its circumstantial but for me its always a mental bother knowing i would be driving a lemon. The price cant be that attractive but to each his own.
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Like the others have said it all depends what it was lemon for. Mine was a buy back due to a bank 2 sensor 2 fault which is nothing but emmisions and is cured by a little tuning magic.
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Most buy backs are due to incompetent technicians. They never really "fixed" the problem and kept throwing parts at it. Sometimes though benz doesn't have a current repair available either though, if its software related etc. My S600 was a buyback due to constant audio issues. It started off as a simple bad amp, no big deal. Well the moron who replaced it kinked a fiber optic most cable. Just enough that it intermittently would loose sound. The previous owner kept returning with issues and the tech kept throwing parts at it. Then it was bought back. I bought it, replaced a $20 cable and all is well. Long story short I ended up with a super clean fully loaded ( every option except designo) s600 with factory warranty for $100,000 less than sticker. This was in 07.
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Most buy backs are due to incompetent technicians. They never really "fixed" the problem and kept throwing parts at it. Sometimes though benz doesn't have a current repair available either though, if its software related etc. My S600 was a buyback due to constant audio issues. It started off as a simple bad amp, no big deal. Well the moron who replaced it kinked a fiber optic most cable. Just enough that it intermittently would loose sound. The previous owner kept returning with issues and the tech kept throwing parts at it. Then it was bought back. I bought it, replaced a $20 cable and all is well. Long story short I ended up with a super clean fully loaded ( every option except designo) s600 with factory warranty for $100,000 less than sticker. This was in 07.
nice. also I have seen buybacks at the auctions and they come with a statement of facts saying that the car is covered for whatever reason they did the buyback for 1 year. at least in CA.
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Buybacks Mercedesís are not that bad if you know the story

Iím buying buybacks from straight Mercedes auction
most of them buybacks just because the parts is needed is back order and owners have an option to return the car as buyback lemon or just wait till the part arrives,
offcours there is a serious problems can present, but most of them is the are dump mechanics donít know what they doing
baybacks still have 4 year 50k miles /plus additional extra year for the problem was buyback for
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Iím buying buybacks from straight Mercedes auction
most of them buybacks just because the parts is needed is back order and owners have an option to return the car as buyback lemon or just wait till the part arrives,
offcours there is a serious problems can present, but most of them is the are dump mechanics donít know what they doing
baybacks still have 4 year 50k miles /plus additional extra year for the problem was buyback for
Thank you for reviving this 4 year old thread
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