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Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

My oldest daughter will reach driving age in 6 months. Because she goes to 2 schools, she is on the road (including highway) about 35 miles per day. An auto is not as much a convenience as a necessity for her last 2 years of High School. Here are some parameters.

1. While I have an extra vehicle,it is very low mileage '82 380sl, and I am not motivated to turn it over to a teenager of any ilk. My ML is my business vehicle.
2. Insurance increase will be $2500 US no matter what she drives as primary driver, so her summer job will barely pay expenses, much less her insurance.
3. Safety, Safety, Reliability, and Safety are my primary objectives.
4. I am not exactly rolling in money (change that to I am exactly not rolling in money), so I think the cap is $10k US.
5. I love MBs, and think MB is the right way to go, but I am listening to alternatives.

Given that scenario, what would you do?

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Get a stone axe reliable, plain vanilla Toyota Camry or Corolla. It will still be going when she becomes a grandmother.
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

Yeah I agree. My family has had a 98 toyota corolla LE for the last 6 or 7 years that has functioned as the "kids car," and has survived anything and everything, never had any problems, and always starts up and runs fine even in the -20 temperatures Minnesota has been known to see. For 9 or 10K, you could get yourself a 2002 or LE, which will have a sunroof, cd player, all that good stuff a teenage girl really needs. Personally, I dont like the new bodystyle corollas (2003-on)...they gained some weight, and the old ones look sleeker to me, but it's all up to taste.

As for a mercedes for under 10K...I'm not so sure you'll be able to match reliability, or safety for that matter, or a 2002 corolla. But I don't know much about older mercs.


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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

Find an old Volvo gasser, non-turbo.
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

I agree with Danwatt. Old volvo, safe and can be purchased cheap. Chances are, not doubting your daughter's driving ability, there will be some form of a fender bender in the next two years. Better she be protected, and you don't lose you @$$ if its condsidered totalled.
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

Same scenerio was just thrust upon a good friend of mine. He ended up leasing a brand new loaded Volvo for $289 per month, including all routine maintenance. I think that will be hard to beat.
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

Although it will be a car my son drives it’s still mine to care for and insure – can’t see giving a damn about anything else than an MB. I’m still sticking with giving him the 123: it’s as solid as an ingot of steel, cheap to run, very safe in a crash, and all you need is a hammer and a screwdriver to fix it so that’s the plan. [:)]
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Same scenerio was just thrust upon a good friend of mine. He ended up leasing a brand new loaded Volvo for $289 per month, including all routine maintenance. I think that will be hard to beat.
Driving 35 miles/day, leasing might no be a good idea. You may be endup paying a lot of money in extra miles (@ $0.26 / mile).
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

I'm going to be in the same situation shortly and i will probably get her an older 190 2.6, lots around still in good shape for under $10k
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RE: Since it's a little dead, I'll chum the waters

I'm not too sure about the prices in the US, but you should perhaps look into a 124 Diesel or TD. The damn thing is unbreakable. Just to make sure she behaves herself (no racing) make sure you get her a station wagon model in a dark colour.
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