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Used prestige cars review: 2009

2009 BMW 323i.
Looking for a used Mercedes-Benz?

Buy with confidence; all Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicles come with a factory backed warranty, 100 point safety check, comprehensive service history and 24hr roadside assistance.

Choosing the right car can open the door to the executive floor, or confirm your corner office and that overdue promotion to the big league. Just as the right suit, tie, shoes or watch send a message to management, so does the right car.

Working on the basis that you should always dress for the job you want, not the one you have, there are some impressive buys around in the prestige class. And, better than anything, a smart second-hand purchase is a great way to reward yourself.

You still need to think about the obvious stuff -- maintenance and repair costs, insurance, fuel economy and resale value -- but driving a tasty import doesn't have to mean a second mortgage. Buying near-new, with just a couple of years on the clock, can open the doors to some impressive cars.

Here are three that tick the boxes for the Carsguide undercover crew:

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HOT TIPS

If out of warranty use a brand specialist mechanic. If you can find a manual you're sure to save even more. Prestige cars cost to maintain so budget for this.


2009 BMW 323i

Engine: 2.5-litre 6-cyl petrol
Transmission: 6-speed auto
Thirst: 8.8L/100



CARSGUIDE SAYS

A BMW badge is enough for many people and it needn't break the bank. The upmarket E90-model 3 Series sedan has balanced and subtly arresting style. The 323i (or the E92 325i if you spend $50K) gets a six-cylinder engine and earns more street cred than the four-cylinder 318i and 320i. It's not cheap to own or run, but the 323i still has lots going for it. It has room for four adults, is an exhilarating drive with solid handling, and even the fuel use isn't too bad. A thorough service history is mandatory and new owners are expected to continue this trend.


2009 Lexus IS250 Prestige
Engine:
2.5-litre 6-cyl petrol
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Thirst: 9.7L/100



CARSGUIDE SAYS

An underestimated car that's perfect for first-time executive buyers. This particular example is the desirable 2009 upgrade model and gets extra kit such as the heated and cooled front seats and satnav. The IS is similar in size to a 3 Series but more focused on comfort and equipment than performance or rip-roaring cornering. Lexus builds beautiful cars and owners report very good customer service.


2009 Mercedes-Benz C280 Avantgarde
Engine:
3.0-litre 6-cyl petrol
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Thirst: 9.4L/100



CARSGUIDE SAYS

This C-Class variant is a cut above the 1.8-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel models that sold best in 2008-10. Its 3.0 V6 gives punchy performance, at the cost of a greater thirst, as well as a distinctive exhaust note. There is commendable safety and reasonable equipment, although it's not a match for the Lexus.

Pricing

Year Price From Price To
2009 $11,900 $52,250

View all Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing and specifications

Pricing guides

$14,868
Based on 76 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$8,800
Highest Price
$49,990

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
C63 AMG 6.2L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $34,800 – 44,990 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 C63 AMG Pricing and Specs
C63 AMG Edition 63 6.2L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $40,200 – 51,370 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 C63 AMG Edition 63 Pricing and Specs
C300 Avantgarde 3.0L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $15,900 – 22,110 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 C300 Avantgarde Pricing and Specs
C320 CDI Avantgarde 3.0L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $19,000 – 26,400 2009 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 2009 C320 CDI Avantgarde Pricing and Specs
Neil Dowling
Contributing Journalist

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