Originally Posted by Mardio
Not sure if this is the case with your car, but I would never buy a lease return. People don't break them in properly and drive them very hard. What do they care?
Sorry but I disagree. Every car I have bought (as my daily driver) in the past 20 years has been a lease return. That includes my current 328 and 3 previous ones, along with a couple Mercs, Audis, and Saabs. I only once had a problem (my second and last Merc). I buy them at about 35k miles and get rid of them at 100K miles when the CPO warranty expires. For me that is about 2 years per car.
Granted the 328 engine is "old faithful", but the water pump, valve cover and stuff like that is not specific to the 335. I think sometimes you just get a lemon. My '96 Merc E320 certainly fit that bill. It was in the shop every month I owned it, having the transmission replaced, struts, brake cylinders, seats, windows, headlights, etc.