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Bite the bullet, get the best pre 1984 model you can, probably a w123.
Get the best preserved W126 you can afford; for your budget you could get a mint 560SEC or 560SEL. The pinnacle of the most highly regarded series of the S-class.

Repairs will be cheaper than a new mercedes, and the car is a classic on the making, so, if you preserve the mint-condition of the car, the car won't lose it's value. Quite the opposite, really.
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I believe (since I don't own one) that Mercedes are like other cars when it comes to reliability. It all depends on how you take care of it. You may still get a lemon once in awhile. The problem that Mercedes have is that owners rather go cheap on the parts and maintenance rather then treat the car right. You shouldn't buy a Mercedes and expect it to be inexpensive transportation. I have seen some Mercedes with a lot of kms on them (I lived in Germany for 8 years). 300-400 miles is not uncommon. Germans usually don't throw their car away in 1-4 years like a lot of Americans do. Seeing a Mercedes doing 100mph + is a common sight over there so they do push them hard.

I was really cracking up when someone on another board bought a Mercedes with 60k on it and start complaining because it start having problems including some dealer inflicted problems. Is it true that MBs require a specific motor oil? He said his dealer said they do and had to be done by a MB technician. His repair bills didn't seem that bad though.

I'm looking at the AMG SLK55 and the C63. I plan on buying an extended warranty because I plan on keeping it for awhile.
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I believe (since I don't own one) that Mercedes are like other cars when it comes to reliability. It all depends on how you take care of it. You may still get a lemon once in awhile. The problem that Mercedes have is that owners rather go cheap on the parts and maintenance rather then treat the car right. You shouldn't buy a Mercedes and expect it to be inexpensive transportation. I have seen some Mercedes with a lot of kms on them (I lived in Germany for 8 years). 300-400 miles is not uncommon. Germans usually don't throw their car away in 1-4 years like a lot of Americans do. Seeing a Mercedes doing 100mph + is a common sight over there so they do push them hard.


I'm looking at the AMG SLK55 and the C63. I plan on buying an extended warranty because I plan on keeping it for awhile.
uhh huhh. And what type of car do you currently own?

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uhh huhh. And what type of car do you currently own?
I own a couple GM cars which are supposed to be pieces of crap according to the ratings. My Denali has never broke in 30,000 miles, neither has my Impala SS.

While I lived in Germany I owned a couple Passats, a Trans Am and an A4. Trans Am was a piece of junk but it did make it up to 155. Passats were pretty much 100% reliable in 100k miles between both of them. Audi was good for the first 15k miles until I brought it to the US.

I had an 05 CTS V over here but had to sell it due to a hip problem which is one reason why the M3 and RS4 is pretty much off my short list.
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I know owning a Mercedes is expensive. That is one reason why I stayed away from them while I lived in Germany. I also lived in a hilly region of Germany where FWD was a lot better during the winter. Being an E-5 in the USAF I couldn't afford another car, especially at German insurance rates.
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I believe (since I don't own one) that Mercedes are like other cars when it comes to reliability. It all depends on how you take care of it. You may still get a lemon once in awhile. The problem that Mercedes have is that owners rather go cheap on the parts and maintenance rather then treat the car right.
I have to disagree with this. None of the problems on my car have been due to cheaping out on maintenance. All the maintenance has been done by the book. Everything that has broken has been parts that don't even require maintenance. They were just poorly designed and/or built.

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I know owning a Mercedes is expensive. That is one reason why I stayed away from them while I lived in Germany. I also lived in a hilly region of Germany where FWD was a lot better during the winter. Being an E-5 in the USAF I couldn't afford another car, especially at German insurance rates.
Im currently an E-3in the Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan and got mine for 42K, what i make overseas is equivalent to that of an E-4 in the states.

after my mom has owned a few of them it was worth the money we paid for maintenence. i have mistreated the crap of my mom's 99' S500 (and i did stuff cars are not supposed to do, hehe) when i was in high school and it still runs smoothly and right now its hitting the 200K mark, now my dad drives it, whe has a 07' S550 and i have my 04' E500

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I have to disagree with this. None of the problems on my car have been due to cheaping out on maintenance. All the maintenance has been done by the book. Everything that has broken has been parts that don't even require maintenance. They were just poorly designed and/or built.
As so often is the case. MB reliablity in recent years has been well below average. Fortunately the CPO program and its excellent warranty has propped up the used car values, otherwise these cars would depreciate even faster. I'm hoping the new 08's will show better quality. So far my C300 with 5000 miles has been flawless and solid.

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As so often is the case. MB reliablity in recent years has been well below average. Fortunately the CPO program and its excellent warranty has propped up the used car values, otherwise these cars would depreciate even faster. I'm hoping the new 08's will show better quality. So far my C300 with 5000 miles has been flawless and solid.
I'm wondering if it is because some MB are built in the states now. Some of the best cars I have owned are rated well below average. Depreciation is all part of car buying/selling these days. If you want to see real bad depreciation, look at Cadillac which is 33% the first year, 50% within 2-3 years. Every manufacturer has its share of lemons, some more then their share.

I went to look at the SLK55 today and it is one sharp car. Very impressed with the dealer but I've been dealing with GM for years. I'm looking forward to April so I can look at the C63 before I pull the trigger. Plus I'm looking at some other brands that also are expensive to maintain. In the end it comes down to enjoyment. If you enjoy the car then that is what counts the most.

If you have an extended warranty then 90% of the parts is not your problem for a few extra years/miles.
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Im currently an E-3in the Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan and got mine for 42K, what i make overseas is equivalent to that of an E-4 in the states.

after my mom has owned a few of them it was worth the money we paid for maintenence. i have mistreated the crap of my mom's 99' S500 (and i did stuff cars are not supposed to do, hehe) when i was in high school and it still runs smoothly and right now its hitting the 200K mark, now my dad drives it, whe has a 07' S550 and i have my 04' E500
Back when I was in Germany I rather tour Europe with my family then spend all of my paycheck on a car. I couldn't imagine spending over 1 year pay for a car and another $300 a month for insurance.
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