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Going to buy merc, need help.

Hello everyone

We are thinking of buying an merc but i need to ask some few questions.

1. Which model has the least running cost
2. Which model has the highest reliablity


Money is not an issue here its all about running cost and reliability need some answers and thanks a lot, it can be second hand or new it doesnt matter
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Well, remember some others can have a ton of problems with the exact same model and year while you do not.

The slk has been good for me so far. No real problems, easy to work on and the guys on the R170 forum know what they are talking about. It is a two seater so I dont know if that will work of you.

Most reliable has been the w126. Almost 200,000 miles before it needed a top end. Not cheap to run though and parts not cheap either.

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More information is important. No one could possibly give you any suggestions on the minimal of data you're provided.

Do you want something new or old? How new/how old?
What do you expect to spend to get it?
What are you going to do with it - commute, toy?
What do you need - a sedan, a coupe, a wagon, an SUV?

No Mercedes is cheap or perfectly reliable. If you got to have a car with the least running costs and the highest reliablity, you need a 2002+ Lexus ES and not an old Mercedes.

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124-210 e class. cheap on parts, good on gas, easy on the wallet, years of reliablity, rear wheel drive or all wheel drive, what more could you ask for.

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Hello everyone

We are thinking of buying an merc but i need to ask some few questions.

1. Which model has the least running cost
2. Which model has the highest reliablity


Money is not an issue here its all about running cost and reliability need some answers and thanks a lot, it can be second hand or new it doesnt matter
I've heard that SLR owners have been happy with the reliability

Honestly, if money does not matter for the car price, why would it be important that the running costs would be low? I could understand if you don't want to visit the dealer for the time spent, but you specifically mention running costs.

Everybody (just about) has a budget. Would a reliable W204 suite you or a W221? W124 could be good value for the money but it would be an old car and would need at least some service often. Of course could still be cheaper to run than an expensive new car.
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Dollar for mile including depreciation from new, and repair costs, an excellent condition 1977-82 W123 300D or 240 D is probably the winner hands down.

The 240 Diesel is better with the manual transmission, more power and you need all you can get with them

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Dollar for mile including depreciation from new, and repair costs, an excellent condition 1977-82 W123 300D or 240 D is probably the winner hands down.

The 240 Diesel is better with the manual transmission, more power and you need all you can get with them
I was going to say either a W123 or a W201.
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I'll throw in a vote for the 300D as well. Not exactly a speed demon, but they run forever.

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Are we talking current (new) or semi-current (used) or classic (15+ years old)?
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A brand E320 Bluetec with a 100,000 mile factory extended warrantee.
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