Ok. Here's the deal. I'll be 17 in just a few months which marks the biggest moment of my entire life, my first car.
I've been a car nut my whole life so don't think I dunno crap lol, I do do my HW.
Anywho, so far, I have chosen a Mercedes-Benz to be in my top choices of cars to look at.
So here's what I've been considering.
My first choice is a V8 W126, or a 1986-1991 560SEL/SEC, or 420SEL.
My knowledge of this car is that it's extremely safe, very very reliable (the last reliable Benz before the Benz = problematic era), practical and not as expensive to maintain as the newer ones (as I've heard from another BenzForumer, that parts are relatively cheap and affordable right now), and the M117 V8 isn't insanely fast and a rocket ship, but still powerful. Price range, for a good example of the SEL, $3500-10k, and slightly more expensive for an SEC (I have a good family friend who is a wholesaler and can get me one at book value, if not cheaper)
Here's what I've also been thinking about.
I've been thinking either a W140 S500, or S420. Now, from what I've heard, the W140s were somewhat problematic, or at least the earlier ones are and they were built at the climax of Benz's decline in reliability. And I've noticed, the residual values and going prices aren't that far from the W126 for a decent example, especially since I have a wholesaler friend. But, I've heard the car is more problematic, but, on the upside, it's faster, it's more luxurious, it's more modern.
Or, I've been thinking of considering a W124, particularly an E420, E500 (VERY RARE, yes I know and quite more expensive), 500E (look in the previous parenthesis lol), 400E, or an E320 I would not mind, but would prefer a V8.
I'm not as knowledgeable with the W124 as I am with the W140 or the W126 (the car I'm most knowledgeable about). So I need your guys' advice, which one out of the three Benzes would be best suited for a person of my kind?
I am aware that all Euro cars, especially Germans like to burn holes of all kinds in your wallet when something goes wrong, and so far, the W126 seems like the best choice for me and probably the most affordable, in relative to the newer ones.
The rest of my cars include E32, E38 BMW 7er, E34 5er, E31 8er, Infiniti Q45t 98-01, Lexus SC400, LS400, VW B5/B5.5 Passat V6 4MOTION or W8 4MOTION, Acura TL Type-S, CL Type-S. But the one car that is on the top of my list is the W126, and has been for quite a while. You don't have to worry about the other cars in my list, but it's just to give you an idea.