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Speaking specifically to the 190E, which some might say is my specialty, the basic repair costs are lower than most newer Mercedes, and across the board, regular service parts (plugs, filters, fluids) aren't significantly different than any other car from that period.

The bigger differences come in when labor charges are compared. There aren't as many shops well versed in MB or other high end European cars compared to the econoboxes and domestic brands. So, if you're paying someone else to turn the wrench, your hourly charge is going to be higher.
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Here, in California Mercedes is pretty popular brand and I can see industrial street with 3 MB shops on 1/2 mile drive. They can fix those cars efficiently without charging a fortune.
The bad part is, that MB is leading brand in making new innovations. It was the first popular brand that was driven by wire starting around 1997. Toyota followed few years later and we did hear what happened.
Bottom line -mechanics working on MB have to learn new technologies and too often they do it on customer wallet. Typical sample is ML320, that used to cost some members thousands each year to keep running. Misdiagnosed sensor made mechanics replacing computer modules after computer modules before they tracked the problem to $80 sensor. Our original ML in 12 years of operations generated $150 in repairs. OUR LABOR
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I would like to compare a $3000 Mercedes to a $3000 any other car, or a MB with 90,000 miles against any other 90,000 mile car. For the initial price of a MB it should far outshine anything else in reliability at the same age.
You can't do that because it contracts itself.
A Mercedes for $3000 is probably in worst condition then a $3000 KIA as an example,easy to understand if you keep the New Price in mind.
A Mercedes with 90K Miles is probably in better condition then, here he is,our KIA.
The Mercedes will cost more then $3000 and the KIA less it's just not comparable.

You heard the old saying there is nothing more expensive then a cheap Mercedes or BMW or any Luxury car for that matter.
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Then there are the other value variables.

It could be a toss up whether you'd want to be in a head on, side impact or roll over collision in a $3K Mercedes or a $3K anything else.
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As in any comparison discussion it is necessary to compare "apples to apples".

All of the previous comments are true in that "keep a Mercedes in good repair, pay attention to proper maintenance, find yourself a good "Indie"" and the Merc will run forever.

"Run" as in a continual grin of appreciation on your face.

I've had Acuras (overpriced Hondas) for the last 15 years and can remember the new car smile lasting for a thousand miles before the boredom of every day transportation set in.

On the other hand with my 430 Cabriolet I still smile every time I drive it, even after more than 3 years.

To be a true comparison it requires considering all factors. You tell me - what price do you put on the sheer enjoyment of being one with a car?

If you're looking for transportation only go to the Toyota or Honda.
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Great advice for the many complainers and old ladies that voice their rants on this website. They wouldn`t know quality if it bit them.
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