Date registered: Jun 2008
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Try to get a Cadillac repaired in Germany. It'll be worse.
Price has no correlation to quality. And price is irrational, having nothing to do with intrinsic value, but rather who can get as much money for something as possible. Even "supply and demand" doesn't explain it. One store will sell bottled tap water for a dollar that you can get for a fraction of a penny so tiny you can hardly see it with the naked eye.
In Italy, you'll take a rickety rackety rusted old train to the remote Amalfi, but if you call a taxi, chances are you'll get a late model E or R. And, trust me, over there, benz's are the standard cars, and it's no big deal to work on them.
Come to America, and Europe's Crown Victoria becomes a status symbol. And while European makes get more cushy suspension, Detroit is making suspensions stiffer, even though our roads are full of pot holes.
Or, go to China, where people worship the Buick. Or, go to Siberia, where you wouldn't dare drive through frozen tundra with no one in sight for 200 miles unless you have a Toyota.
For you, in the most practical sense, yes. If you're going to have that $3000 beast in good shape, you'll spend $3000 in repairs your first year alone. Or, you can save your money and just drive it into the ground. Benzes only last forever if you keep replacing all the parts that go bad. It's really up to you. Some people just like Benzes, and some people like old Triumphs, Cameros, or whatever.
Best advice I could give you if you need to buy a star: learn to do DIY. There's nothing special about these cars, and you CAN learn how to fix them.
Beware of stealers
(and shill posters who work for stealers)