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Possibly buying a Benz...

I've recently been looking for a Mercedes in my area. Within the price range I'm looking at, three models keep popping up:
1987-1989 300E (with around 100,000 miles)
1997-1998 C280 (with around 80,000 - 90,000 miles)
1989-1991 420SEL (with around 90,000 miles)
In your experience, what is the reliability and gas mileage like of these models?? Which would you prefer and why?
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Newer the better.

Most of the models you've listed are potential candidates for repairs that will cost the value of the vehicle.

Only the C280 returns reasonable fuel mileage.

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The 300E has a M103 engine. If maintained, expect to have to do the timing chain and top end at about 200K or so. The 420SEL is a w126. There should be a buyer guide on that forum (I think). Great vehicle. From what I head on those V8's timing chain is at about 100K. If you do a search, I am sure you will get some answers on that.
Personally, I would go with the 420SEL. It is not going to give you great gas mileage, but it is a solid mercedes.

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