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Hello, newbie here. I have a Mercedes question.

I am looking to buy my first Mercedes. It will be a used one and under $8,000. I am looking for a solid reliable car that I can drive 100 miles round trip to work every day. Is it true that Mercedes cars all will reach over 200,000 miles? I'm fed up with buying new cars that need work just after the warrenty expires. So I have decided not to buy new anymore, but to find a reliable used car.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. My goal is to find the most reliable car at the lowest price. If I can find a Mercedes with 100,000 miles but know it will make it to 200,000 miles with little problems, that might be the right car for me.
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Are you williing to do some basic repair & maintenance yourself?

If so, a nice used MB might be the way to go.

If not, the most reliable and inexpensive cost/mile cars out there would be something like a used Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. They don't get the adrenalin flowing but they are probably the most economical and durable commuters out there.

Do not under any circumstances enter ownership of a used Mercedes without research - lots of it - on the particular model you are considering.

No car, regardless of make, will "...all reach 200,000 miles" without proper maintenance!!

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Maggs: You are looking for a perfect car- cheap, reliable, trouble- free Mercedes. IMO, you can't find it.

Here are some reasons why:

1) You may find a cheap MB. But, it won't be reliable nor trouble free.
2) You may find a (seemingly) reliable newer MB but it won't be cheap.

3) You may be lucky and find a cheap well maintained MB with 100,000 miles. But, the cost of maintaining an MB from 100,000 to 200,000 miles would be twice (or 3X) the cost of maintaining an MB from 0 miles to 100,000 miles.

Visit the various MB model forums on this site and get some ideas on the pros and cons of each models. Also, visit some MB parts supplier web site and get a feel of how much it would cost if parts need replacement. At 100,000 miles most parts are on the last leg of its life.

Good luck!
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You'll be VERY lucky to find a solid, reliable Mercedes for $8K.

Best to buy one for $5K and save the rest for repairs.

Mercs in this price range are probably at least 10 years old.

Any 10-year-old car needs something.

Mercedes require regular maintenance, and not doing it will get you in the long run.

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Your commute just screams diesel, have you considered a diesel Mercedes? Check out an early '90s 300D 2.5. I'm not sure about price range, but I'm sure it's well within your budget.

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"The most expensive car you can buy is a cheap Mercedes". This is in quotes because I saw someone else post that, and I learned that lesson the hard way.

I bought a 1998 E430 with 117,000 miles for $12,900. It quickly started to cost me a lot of money (during the 1st 12 months and 8000 miles) so I traded it for what I have now.

Similar to what mrhills0146 wrote, I think you'd be better off with practically any Toyota or Honda for a daily 100-mile commuter, especially in that price range.

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Thanks for the replies. The main reason I want a Mercedes is because of the reputation of the Mercedes as cars that make it to 200,000 miles no problem and 300,000 miles if maintained well. I want something reliable that won't cost thousands of dollars per year to repair. I don't like the idea of buying a non-USA car, but I am fed up with repair bills. I would also like a car that is comfortable.

So far I've had the 300D recommended. I searched the local papers, and the only 2 for sale are early 1980's turbo's. One is selling for 3k and the other for 5k. I've never owned diesel before. I thought they are truck engines.
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No problem from this end of the country, you're welcome. I think it is primarily the older M-B diesels you have referred to as running 200,000 to 300,000 miles. The turbocharged ones had more pep, but you'd have a ask some folks who have owned them to get a realistic assesssment, and what their maintenance costs are likely to be. Lastly, I think there are many more diesel engines in trucks and busses than there are in passenger cars, but if you want one, I think the german diesels (VW has used them too - a former girlfriend had a diesel-powered Rabbit) are better than those manufactured in some other countries.

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So far I've had the 300D recommended. I searched the local papers, and the only 2 for sale are early 1980's turbo's. One is selling for 3k and the other for 5k. I've never owned diesel before. I thought they are truck engines.
Here is more what I had in mind, not necessarily this particular car, but as an example: eBay Motors: Mercedes-Benz : 300-Series (item 170072043109 end time Jan-25-07 08:18:28 PST)

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