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I Need A Good Recommendation

Hey everyone, I'm new obviously and I may not be a Benz owner yet but I plan to and very, very soon. I've been doing a lot of research and from what I've gathered people say the 90's and before Benz's are more reliable and longer lasting than current day models.

I have about 7K saved up and have come across a few Benz's with low 100k mileage and "good upkeeping" for as little as 4k. I've read Benz's can get as much as 350k miles before coming across big issues. This true for all models or particular ones? I'm trying to make the right purchase that will last me a good long time.

I will maintain and care greatly for the car and wouldn't purchase a car I know wasn't properly maintained. So knowing that, are there any models that I should keep an eye out for? I want to make sure I won't get the model that had all kinds of issues and have to pay crazy amounts of money (I hear repairs are very expensive on Benz's).

Thank you for your time everyone, it's greatly appreciated!
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You need to narrow down what you want, then tell us. There are so many possible options that typing everything out on here would consume 3 days.
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I thought about this for a second after reading your post, then I thought again, maybe it is better you buy a VW. And no I am not joking.

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Hey everyone, I'm new obviously and I may not be a Benz owner yet but I plan to and very, very soon. I've been doing a lot of research and from what I've gathered people say the 90's and before Benz's are more reliable and longer lasting than current day models.
Don't believe it.

A "90s" Benz is very likely to need

-maintenance/replacment of components in the HVAC system ($2K)
-a new engine wiring harness ($1K)
-rebuilt auto transmission ($2K)
-new headgasket ($2k)

Yes, they didn't have any electronics that failed in the first thousand miles, but they're still 10-15 year old cars and approaching being worn out.

The 350K miles thing is bunk.

Statistics say that the only thing that equates to "properly maintained" is dealer service by the schedule. If you can find one with records of that, some of the stuff mentioned will already have been replaced, and that's good.

Whatever you do, stay away from S-class, as generally speaking if you can't afford to buy a new one you can't afford to own one at all. These are the technology leaders of the line and are basically throwaway toys, and the fast-plunging resale values for them reflect that.

Note also that it really wasn't until the mid-1990s that Mercedes learned how to build engines that weren't essentially truck engines, so don't expect good fuel economy with an old Benz. That basically didn't start until the advent of the V6.

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