Originally Posted by busoptr
good thing you sold those antiques. Its giving you a bad image actually. Good decision to sell it. Time for something newer and hipper. Good luck on your future car purchase, benz or not.
I think some of the classic car enthusiasts on this forum might be insulted by your comment.
Keep in mind that many classic Mercedes make a more dramatic statement and are worth a comparable amount or substantially more than a contemporary Mercedes. Furthermore, they tend to lose less of their value while they sit in your garage. This is coming from another ML430 owner, by the way, and I actually love my ML430.
On the other hand, the cars he owned were among the most reliable built by Mercedes-Benz. I also noticed a response from cascade, whose 1991 560SEC undoubtedly ranks among the finest cars ever built by any manufacturer. The W126 coupe, while rare, was built with a level of attention and quality that is rarely observed anywhere today. You won't hear any creaks or rattles -- nor will you be left stranded by an electrical component that shouldn't ever fail -- in a well-maintained W126.
For that matter, nobody should be assigned a "bad image" driving a classic Mercedes-Benz, provided that it is reasonably maintained. Those models make a distinct statement that their contemporaries are simply unable to echo.