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Used Mercedes vs used Volvo?
Looking for some advice.
We are a family of four in the market for a "new" used car. We have been Volvo people for years, and last drove a 960 wagon that died of mysterious electrical problems. We once had a 1980? 300D that we lovingly called The Tank until it died.
We want to get another wagon that seats 7 (with 3rd seat in back). We want to spend no more than $10,000. Most important: our 17-year-old son wants to learn to drive, but we will all be using this car, and we'd like to get some good years out of it. (We are very fortunate to live in a town that has excellent public transportation, so our car usage will be well under 12K/year.)
We have an opportunity to buy a 1995 Mercedes 320E Wagon with 97K miles, asking $7400. Anyone familiar with this model? Any glaring things we should be on the lookout for? How would you compare this with a Volvo of similar vintage? Safety, reliability are my chief concerns.