Originally Posted by Mr.V
Hi. My son is getting his license in july. I want him to get the safest car possible. I know mercedes are safe. But which model? Nothing that expensive. I was thinking a used G class
Gelandewagen is way too expensive because not only is there alot to go wrong, parts are expensive since they more come from Magna Steyr and not Mercedes themselves.
But nothing that expensive...then don't get a Mercedes. Mercedes are going to be more expensive to maintain and repair than most other manufacturers. There are so many other alternatives, Volvo being one for their uncompromising safety. Hondas are good, they're safe, extraordinarily reliable and safe and youthful, especially if you get a nice Civic Si coupe.
Originally Posted by n5160u
A fourth gen VW Golf or Jetta (2000 - 2005) would be inexpensive to buy and keep relative to a Benz and has all the same safety features except ESP which was an option few were ordered with. They are also a lot cheaper to fix after those lapses in judgement most teen drivers have as they learn their quick reflexes can't overcome the laws of physics. Besides that , most teens would rather be seen in something more youth oreinted than a Benz or Volvo.
I would favor a new Honda Fix which is found with the brighter colors kids like and it would be new with a warranty and have all the latest safety equipment including ESP (they call it something else) while costing a lot less than any recent used Benz. The crash test results show it is a very safe car in both the NHTSA and IIHS crash tests, and the IIHS test are used by the insurance industry to determine their risk so a good rating in the IIHS tests mean lower insurance rates compared to cars with lower ratings. The build quality and reliability are so good that if it survives the first two years of a teen driver it will amaze you with its quality. Most of us Benz owners are on a first name basis with our service advisors because we see them so often. Hondas go in for oil changes only and usually nothing else ever needs to be looked at. The only downside of Hondas and other youth culture cars is the theft rate which jumps way up in proportion to the amount of added content in the form of aftermarket audio systems and custom wheels and tires.
I would agree with most except the Volkswagen part. They are fun to drive and are aimed towards us youngens but they are a reliablity nightmare, especially the electronics. My sister has a 1999 MkIII Jetta 2.0 Wolfsburg and it fell apart soo quickly (disn't help that both the owners, my two sisters hardly took care of it). The drivetrains are solid...but their electronics can get annoyingly unreliable, especially in some MkIII and MkIV models.
Any Mexican made VW from the last few years will be electrical nightmares. Newer ones are better.
And who said Volvos aren't youthful? The new C70 and the new S40 are epically handsome and youthful.
Now I'm sure the OP doesn't want a convertible for safety reasons but it is a folding hard top and does come with a roll over protection safety system just like the W124 coupe had, extending a roll cage from behind the rear seats in the event of one.
A Saab 9-3 is also a good and safe candidate while still maintaining youth
Originally Posted by JFlyer
If you live in a snowy climate forget the Volvo. My wife had a '91 740 that was absolutely the worst vehicle I've ever driven in the snow.
Well...that's because the 740 was a 2-ton tank...Newer ones are a whole new story. My mom had a 2000 V70 R AWD and even though the car had high-performance tires, we did not experience one bit of wheel slip or loss of traction.
But if the OP still wants a Mercedes, I get my license upcoming in April and I just recently acquired a W124 E320 Coupe