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I'm a Raleigh, NC resident who is getting ready to start driving 80 miles a day round trip (10% city / 90% highway). I have yet to own a Mercedes.

I've just recently thought about buying an older Mercedes to use on the long daily commute from my kid's new school and back to work. The idea of a Mercedes popped into my head because I do like the classic looks and the comfy ride. The thing that most attracted me is the excellent gas mileage the diesels provide.

I'm leaning towards a 300sd in the '81-'85 range but the mileage figures are all over the place. What I do find consistant is the '90-'95 300d models (sorry I don't know the w*** models yet) get excellent gas mileage but blow head gaskets.

To be honest the repair bills are starting to scare me. I can do all my own maintenance but these $1000-$3000 repair bills are amazing. I'm seeing ad after ad of, "I put $5000 in this car".

I'm starting to think that the $1000 extra a year in gas costs over a diesel (in my Japanese SUV) might not be such a bad thing.

The wife has trouble understanding my desire to have a car that has character rather than a bland Japanese A to B box.

I do enjoy this forum and spend a lot of time reading the entries. The detailed information is great and I really appreciate the comments.
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