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 the advice so far. It's not a matter of age but of economic wherewithal. If you can't write a check for a $1000 repair that is unexpected, you should probably not be driving MB or BMW vehicles yet. It is fairly dumbfounding to me that people (usually young, but not necessarily) will stretch their budget and credit to the limit to buy a very well used version of what was an expensive and complicated vehicle and then be surprised that repair costs are high and frequent. For the money you might commit to a used E350 you can buy a brand new Honda, Toyota, or perhaps even a Lexus entry-level and have money left over. With a full factory warranty and a vehicle known to be very reliable and trouble-free, you have saved yourself a whole plateful of problems as you work to establish your career.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck