Date registered: Dec 2008
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Should I give up my 1991 300E?
I am facing a difficult decision, and thought I'd elicit some general input from the forum. I have found the forum members very helpful in the past on specific issues, so here goes.
I have owned and babied my 1991 300E since new, and am now considering moving on to something newer. I have had some considerable expenses over the past 2 years including timing chain replacement, serpentine belt & tensioner, head gasket (2), valve job, etc. etc. The ac needs recharging, but of course the banning of Freon would require a reworking of the system. The car has 178K miles, mostly in California and now in British Columbia where I now live. I anticipate continued repair/replacement as it ages, with unknown costs.
On the other hand, the car is in excellent condition for its age, always serviced by authorized techs, still sparkling inside and out. Furthermore, I love the car and how it drives, and have no compelling reason to get something different (would get a new E-class if I could afford it). I no longer commute to work (which puts a huge premium on complete reliability). Lastly, there's not a robust after-market for 20-plus yr old sedans, and any trade-in value will be low.
I guess my reason is weariness from several large repairs over the past 2-3 years. 178K miles is not insignificant, even for Mercedes. What major additional repairs might I be facing? My "upgrade" would probably be something different like a Honda CRV - no way could I get a better sedan.
Any opinions would be helpful.