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The car I am replacing with a B 200 went 362,000 km and would go another 40 K at least if I would spend another $600 on parts and install them myself.

But it's worth maybe $450 as a used car, so that doesn't make sense. It had no significant repairs at all in its 19 years - original clutch, original dirveshafts (one of whiich has finally gone, almost), no engine work was needed at all. I changed the brakes a few times (discs and pads) plus two rear calipers.....

OK so that's pretty much 230,000 miles in a French car (Peugeot 405 DL).

When I bought the smart, I fully expected it to at least make 300,000 km without major incident. I am a little over 1/4 there, so far so good.

With the B 200, I also expect to see at least 300,000 and maybe more. Now that I live in a mild climate (unlike the 405 that is being retired, which was in a harsh winter zone for 6 years), it should actually last indefinitely, with good maintenance.

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Originally Posted by BigBruce
Hello! You buy a Mercedes for the prestige. They've been around for 120 years & you are noticed, when driven.

PS: If you want to look good &impress : " You gotta pay the cost to be the Boss!" I'll alway's own a Mercedes-Benz Motorcar.

" Cars are just for getting from here to there, for maybe picking up a few dollars.

$hit, if I want to IMPRESS someone, I would just stick the barrel of a nickel plated .45 down their throat, and ear back the hammer...."

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" Cars are just for getting from here to there, for maybe picking up a few dollars.

$hit, if I want to IMPRESS someone, I would just stick the barrel of a nickel plated .45 down their throat, and ear back the hammer...."
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One last note. If you are an Atheist................. DO NOT BUY A MERCEDES-BENZ. If so, this car will make you religious!

PRAYER: Please Jesus Christ, My Lord & Savior. Please do not make me spend $5,000.00 this month on my Mercedes!

i found that hilarious ... unless of course it was happening!

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So engine replacement is wear and tear then
in your book ?
I don't find this line persuading. You mean I have to "die in order
to discuss your experience with you" says Mccoy.

Originally Posted by mcbear
Yes, after 15-18 years, engine harness is wear and tear however you have to realize the issue also occurs with BMW, VW, Skoda and all other EU country manufacturers as the problem with mid 90s wiring harnesses was with EU required recyclable materials coupled with heat. A solution was found and implemented in later cars.

Yes, transmission replacement is wear and tear. After 150,000+ miles pretty much any tranny is going to have to be rebuilt or replaced. The bigger and heaver the car, the more stress a tranny has and therefore more pressure on the tranny. Our shop replaces or rebuilds trannys on Honda/Toyota/Lexus/Acura about the same rate as for Benz.

MB SAID transmissions were sealed for life. They changed that a couple of years ago.

I see a bunch of Mercedes built from 80-95 that have 150-400,000 miles. Any shop in the country that works on European cars has the same stories. In the "put my money where my mouth is" I just bought a second Benz that has 240,000 miles. My cars have a cummulative 1,000,000+ miles and with the exception of two I would take any cross country at any time. The two that I would not are a 68SE Coupe and the 80SL which is a bit uncomfortable for that kind of trip.

Now, go ANYWHERE and pick out a collection of 150-400,000 mile Hondas, Lexus, Acura and Toyotas built from 1980 to 1995. Find out how many are only on their first motor. Their first transmission. Good luck with that.
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Isn't it a benz that holds the world record for most miles on original drive train? Has a benz not owned this designation for years?
100% true...this is what you are talking about:
"On September 29th, 2004, Greek taxi driver Gregorios Sachinidis from Thessalonica handed over his 1976 Mercedes-Benz 240D to the Mercedes-Benz Museum Collection. Having covered more than 4.6 million kilometers - roughly 2.8 million miles - this "Stroke Eight" is the Mercedes-Benz with the highest recorded mileage known to date."

and the whole article here Mercedes-Benz, Home of Mercedes-Benz Luxury Automobiles

2005 Brabus Slk
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***Brabus side panels with LED entrance lights ***
***Brabus 18" rims***
***Brabus stainless steel rollbars***
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