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Picture a vacant facial expression, $14 Starbucks fru-fru drink in one hand, unopened copy of Camus' L'Etranger in the other. $400 ripped jeans, Hollister sweatshirt.

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Well, hmm. I'm saving up through my next four years to make a sizeable down payment on a USED M-Class or E-Class because I've always wanted one; possibly another diesel variant if MB brings them to the US, but...

Back to his statement, what is a true Benz owner? Is it someone like me, the one who's wanted one his whole life and saved up to get one or a richer person who can afford the service and parts? Would I be wise to do it as well unless I'm working at a six-figure job income?
I don't think there's any such thing as a typical Mercedes owner as their model range covers everything from sporty roadsters to family haulers and vans. They have also made cars long enough that anyone can afford to buy one in some form or another. We all see the perfectly detailed beauties often parked right next to the daily driver "beaters" that are there simply to make the drive home.

My advice to you would be to look for a vehicle that is part of the CPO (Certified Pre-Owned) Starmark program so it will be warranted through the dealer. My '99 was covered until the summer of 2007 and I had no out of pocket repairs until afterward. This will help give you peace of mind at least and despite some shady dealers who have tried to skimp on necessary repairs, I never had a problem getting work done under Starmark at several dealers.

On affordability... yes they are expensive to repair and maintain, but as others have pointed out already, the overall cost of ownership is lower than many much cheaper makes, great news if you plan to keep the car for a long time or forever! Repairs also tend to come up much less frequently as these cars are engineered exceptionally well. That's another point, these are lifetime cars, so always buy the absolute best condition you can afford and you will be rewarded. I received a traffic ticket the other day (bad I know) and the cop didn't believe I had the correct registration because he said my car didn't look like a '99, he thought it was brand new. Of course he apparently can't tell models apart but the point is these cars are made to last and look great doing so as long as you do your part, which is relatively minimal.

Consider this, with a regular car they have a built in life span, Mercedes do not. On older American and most foreign cars you start to have more and more repairs as time goes by and systems and components wear out, with a Mercedes you have less of this because they are built to last. If you choose to keep the MBZ for a long time you also save the cost you typically spending to replace your car. I bought mine on the assumption that I *could* keep it for 20-years and still have less in it than a new American car even considering the original purchase price since it was bought used.

Always try and buy a car with service records if it's older, this proves it was well cared for. Also spend time on the forums for the specific model you're considering to find the common issues within each model/year range. Finally, look online and price some things like brakes, filters, services, motor mounts, all the regular stuff you'd expect to fix over time and decide for yourself if this is within your budget. I tend to believe that most people can find a model they can afford given this formula. Oh yes, don't get in a hurry to buy, there are tons of great cars in every trim level, color combo, engine type, etc., so you will find the car that suits you best with some patience. Good luck with school and with your Mercedes shopping!


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pff....whatever man, don't listen to him, just get what you want.

I look like a criminal and drive an MBZ...which also looks like a criminal...well, if cars COULD be criminals I mean. Just adding to the point that not every one looks like the mocha latte' frappe' douche bag stereotype.......uhhhh mooooving on...

A car is a car, and to buy and car or NOT buy a car because of what others think, or how other act is lame. You should get what makes you happy.

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They should make giant plastic butt cheeks with a giant ass hole and install this thing at the end of the E Coupe assembly line, so that each P.O.S. is 'deservingly' pooped out.
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you are best served not to buy a Mercedes not made in Alabama.

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Is there possibly one "not" too many in that sentence?
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Originally Posted by Kajtek1 View Post
Here we go again.
My son going to college declined offered Mercedes diesel saying "Mercedes is for old people"
However during vacations he didn't hesitate to park his 18 mpg Mitsubishi and take my 35 mpg diesel for 180 miles "Saturday nights"
Than he gladly accepted "Alabama Mercedes" on his college graduation. The track was 7 years old at the time and totaled once.
He is still happy with it, since in additional 3 years he spend $120 total in repairs.
I know lot of people, who drive, or did drive Mercedes for savings. When you compare high mileage ownership of Mercedes -it comes cheaper than Chevy and most of Toyotas.
The impression >>>>>>>>> PRICELESS.
I wish I had a good experience like that with My 97' S420...If I was to ever buy a Mercedes again it would have to be a W126. They seem to be the most reliable mechanically speaking and have aged very well for being introduced in 1979.
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What do you know? Mercedes Benz...ine became famous for diesel pampering. Could she've fallen in love with a truck driver?
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I'm an engineering grad student. I dont make a cent. I have just enough to pay the bills. Mercedes was the cheapest and most reliable option for me. All i've done to my 190E for the last 5 yrs, is put oil in it. That's less maintenance than my friend's 2002 Civic

Originally Posted by FireFrost View Post
And then he said...
'Why? You're not a real Benzy owner; they're rich, snobbish people. And they can afford for their cars to constantly break down and then get cash raped by the dealers with their $20000 plus services.'
Originally Posted by FireFrost View Post
Back to his statement, what is a true Benz owner? Is it someone like me, the one who's wanted one his whole life and saved up to get one or a richer person who can afford the service and parts? Would I be wise to do it as well unless I'm working at a six-figure job income?
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