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What are the most reliable years/models???

I'm getting ready to buy my first MB and need advice on what to get!

It will be used as a daily driver amounting to 17k miles a year so my main focus is reliability and keeping it running without costly repairs. I live in the city and would prefer a mid-size sedan that is average to good on gas mileage. I am open to the idea of pretty much ANY year model (other than 2006 or newer). I am also open to the idea of having a diesel but haven't had one before.

Hey all you loyal MB experts! Please make a recommendation for me. I need help!

Since I'm new please elaborate on the actual model of cars you are recommending. Not just the chassis/body style as it is difficult for me to coorelate the two.

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1990 300d 2.5 turbo diesel, the car speaks for itself, just sit n drive

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1990 300d 2.5 turbo diesel, the car speaks for itself, just sit n drive

Yeah. Had the 1993 model.
35 mpg. Sold it with 320k to a guy who was commuting huge distance.
Fact is, that 320cdi almost doubled the horsepower still giving better mileage, but it cost more.
With 17k annually the cost of purchasing diesel might not be economical. Unless you plan to keep it for next 20 years.
The pre-computer era cars have generally better reliability, but IMHO by now US mechanics learn computers and any car will be pretty reliable.
Our 99 ML320 makes the most reliable car ever, but seems we are minority with good luck on this model
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The 300D has an outstanding reputation.
Not mid-sized, but the w126's-300SE/SEL, 420SEL, 560SEL etc

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Your best bet is a 2005-6 E320CDI, i.e. the diesel.

Or the V6 gas models of same, called just E320.

Post-'04 C-class are ok, too, if you can deal with the smaller size.

Most of the older cars suggested--while cheap to buy--often need lots of parts replacement to keep them going. A LOT of them ought to be totalled and sent to junk yards, but since they're tough can keep going. A 1980s Mercedes that hasn't had its suspension completely rebuilt really isn't a Mercedes anymore. In addition, it's jsut a matter of time before it needs HVAC and transmission repairs, both expensive. Still, total dollars versus aggravation factor is a personal choice. The old diesels are ancient, fuelish technology compared to the new ones, and they're really slow besides.

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I would bet on a (US) MY2009 car, almost any. Those have had far less faults than any older ones.

Seriously, some of the older body styles may have been (and have been) more reliable than some of the current models but those cars are not any more as reliable as the current models, if you can follow me.
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