Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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I'm with X. If you're going to break into MB ownership, the base version of the baby car in the range probably isn't where you start. And in my experience with several used MBs, faults are rarely ever simple to repair. They are not necessarily breathtaking in either the expense or the time it takes, but they can be. MB doesn't construct simple vehicles, so be careful to understand what you are buying and what will be involved to make it right if it isn't. The E class series X mentioned was among the best vehicles MB ever produced--I had one that had 150k on the clock when I sold it, and I never did more than replace expendables and keep it clean.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck