Anyway, you obviously have learned the plus sides of an MB when you say you like it and would want to have one with least problems. In this case I believe you do deserve to get one. I hope you do stay in the family.
In 1999, when my father bought the C280 we tested the A4/A6 and the 3-series BMW of the same vintage, all new. He choose the C280 because it was the most comfortable of the bunch. As one of the passengers once said to us, this is the only car where I don't feel my kidneys are getting a massage. All while maintain good handling performance.
I think that the MB fits my father's driving needs the best. The Audi/BMW/MB all feel very different, with BMW being the sportiest, and the Audi being the in between.
Besides the huge servicing costs and the rust problem, he has been happy otherwise. Immediate reaction was for me to recommend another MB to him, however reading all the threads and the Consumer Reports I was affraid of recommending a car that is going to run him bankrupt in service costs.
I guess this can be offset buy smart used car buying practice, the CPO, and the
Originally Posted by Diesel Benz
I don't want to be harsh either but I thought the doors were an issue on the W210, mainly the pre-face-lift, if not driven in dry weather. Are you sure the car has not been in an accident and not fixed properly? Note that I am not familiar with your MB model.
Nope, and the funny thing is it happened on all four doors of the car around the same areas. The rest of the car is spotless from rust. The rust appearing at the same spots on four independent doors around the trim makes me thing that there is a manf. defect or something similar, but since the car was out of the 5 year/50k warranty period, my MB dealer refused to fix it.
I don't know why but W140 always has been my favorite. I learend later that W126 & W124 were more true last Mercedes after I started involved in all these Benz World, MBCA, MBworld, etc
I agree, I considered the W140 to look like the true "diplomat" car as we would call it Europe. The choice of embassy officials working abroad. The princess Di car. It's huge, but has that classic Mercedes look.
As for the W140. Great car, well engineered but expensive to keep running.
Will stay away from it then.
I was about to ask the OP "what does he mean with over-engineered". I figured out he would mean engineering with higher than necessary reliability dimensioning or something like that. Not so much feature-wise.
Over-engineered means ahead of its time. Though for old cars that's kind of not important. I wrongfully stated the question. What I really meant then is, what is the most reliable MB built?
Another thing, consider a BMW 745iL. They are big and reliable. That's if you're not a die-hard Benz fanatic.
The BMW E38 series were classic (I call it the Michael Douglass car), but the new ones are just so ugly. If I were to hunt down the 2001 and re models, perhaps they would be too old and would face the same age/high mileage problems as others refer on here.
Another question that I should probably put in the W211/W212 forums. What is the reliability of the W212? We were also looking at the W212 CDI model (very keen of the diesel cars). Would it be safe to assume that the W212 borrowed a lot of technology from the W220, hence the reliability would be on par?
The CDI are very hard to find used, I think 4 in the 100 mile area that are CPO and all are more then the W220 of same vintage and mileage.