Date registered: Jun 2010
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Help choose a "new" MB
Hello, I'm new to the site and to MB ownership -- in fact I don't yet own one! I was drawn here by a friend who's been keeping his MB running for ten years after he taught himself to repair it while attending college for musical performance. I'm recently out of art school myself and not in a position to spend tons on new cars or to afford high monthly payments. From his stories and the stories I've read on this forum, it sounds like MBs are practically the definition of reliable assuming you can care for them. I like the style and the "classic class" they have, and think it might be the right choice for me to replace my wheezy old Mercury when it goes. Some facts:
* I haven't got much money. Still saving, but by the time the day comes I doubt I'll have more than $3-4k.
* I've got no qualms about DIY maintenance, in fact I'd love to have the skills, but as of yet I haven't done more than change headlights or battery terminals. I assume I'll have to begin with a repair manual, this forum, and simple enthusiasm.
* I use my car every day to commute (about 15mi), so I couldn't suffer its loss for more than a day or two.
* I occasionally need to take long trips, from 3 hours to 9 in one case. About five or six of these a year, on average.
The Question, then, is --- does a MB exist that would suit these needs? Would it be worth it to find an older model, maybe a diesel, and bank on being able to maintain it myself? Or is a MB just out of my reach at this point?