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Old 03-17-2010, 01:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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OK, which Mercedes is the best and have the least of issues?

Looking for anything from 2000-2009 without the air/hydraulic suspension.

Only coil spring/shock setup and v8/v12, preferably a coupe and 4wd SUV.

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Old 03-17-2010, 05:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There doesn't seem to be much passion for picking the best car of that particular decade.
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The best Mercedes of 'all time' was not made during the Chrysler regime.
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You may have to go back to the 80s or seventies
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You thread opens a can of worms but I think the later W210 E-Class (2000-2002) are pretty good. But those are not coupés or 4wd SUVs. You are limiting yourself to the CLK-Class and CL-Class (coupés), or M-Class, G-Class, GL-Class and GLK-Class (4wd SUVs).
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An E320/E430 4matic is every bit as capable as an M class on the roads or when low range gearing isn't needed.
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Old 03-18-2010, 12:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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"best" mercedes ever made

Obviously a controversial topic. I own a 1979 240D as a daily driver. Probably one of the simplest,most reliable models, but not much power. Also own a 1993 500SEL-probably the peak of MB engineering when cost was no object. But it has a lot of complicated systems, such as the suspension, but is an incredible car. However, I rarely drive it. It is so imposing, and a bit large for city driving.

I think the W123 and W126 body styles, 1980-90,probably as good as you can get.

If you want a sports car, while my style preference is for the old 450SL, in terms of safety and improvements, the SL series in the 1990s (with built in flip up roll bar) would be one to look at- pay more for top condition. Look in the Mercedes Benz Club of North America magazine (the Star) for members cars for sale-they usually are compulsive on records.

You live in Orange County, where there is a great selection of locally owned MBs.

So, my favorites: 1980-85 dark blue 450 SL
SLs from the 1990s
MB 300SD, 1985 era
MB 420 SEL, late 80's
most diesel MBs

Dream Coupe: a 450 SLC, dark blue or white, in new condition

or: a W140 body style coupe 1990s era.

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I've heard people say the w123 is arguably Mercedes' finest engine ever made, but I don't know if they were applying that to the car as a whole.
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I agree, the older Mercedes are probably the best, my dad's old 60's 280sl and 450sl are very reliable, been garage queens ever since but still a fun car to drive when he takes it out for a drive.

I'm looking for newer '00-'09 Mercedes, preferably in the '03-'08 v8/12 without the hydraulic/air suspension to keep things simple.

Thanks for the input.

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