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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 09-16-2009, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by deanyel View Post
The important thing to remember about Mercedes E-class is that 1995 was the last year of production. The subsequent model was made by some other company, a more short term thinking company, that: forgot to rust proof the cars, so they rust, and forgot to properly engineer the spring perches, so they collapse, and replaced the life-of-the-car, terrific feel recirculating ball steering system with a cheap consumable rack and pinion steering system that fails periodically and costs over a thousand to replace, and did away with the durable and repairable hydraulic transmission and replaced it with a frail, finicky and expensive electronic one, and did away with the $8 DIY OBDI diagnostic system and replaced with prohibitively expensive computer, etc. etc. And this is not to even mention the "styling problem". Apparently, in another cost saving move, the styling department was laid off in mid-project and someone, perhaps the night cleaning crew, drew in some round, bug-eye headlights, that are both incompatible with the rest of the car and unattractive in their own right. It's a sad story, all in all, but the good news is that there's no need to be victimized by it, with so many 124s still on the road.
That's funny.
Let me guess how many MB have you owned?
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Well I can pick an old diesel for around 1000, do some work on it and Im all set
Assuming the previous owner has already replaced the transmission, fixed the climate control, etc.

Actually, there could be plenty to do on a diesel engine, too.

There's no such thing as a 20-year old car--Mercedes or any--that doesn't need major work. Unless, that is, it was just done.

Mercedes--since the advent of Lexus and the rebirth of BMW for sure--are not for a nanosecond about being refrigerators.

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