I'm currently running a very battered old c180, and now that i'm in college a couple'o'days a week, and living over an hour away, the poor old w202 has been having to do ALOT of freeway miles!
The condition it's in, cosmetically at least, is pretty damn good. Restored paintwork, $70 on a Pioneer sound system and a cheap Chinese 'avantgarde' grille have brought the car into the 21st century! And comparing to examples that have sold in my area recently (w202's are VERY sought-after in WA) it should be worth around $10,000.
My issues, like i said, i do a lot of high-speed freeway driving, and it seems to me, the c180 is HORRENDOUSLY underpowered for the weight of the car. I try not and rev too much, but a crappy auto 'box often refuses to change gear when i want, causing me to get close to the redline and as a result, average under 20MPG or 13-14L/100KM. Which is crazy for a car with no power.
So, i was thinking of selling the W202 while its still worth something, and buying another car, with a larger engine to cope with my 'lead feet.'
And i stumbled upon a very, very cheap w140, with high mileage but a well looked after 3.2L v6. And i thought to myself, hmmm that looks tempting, but also looks just like an elongated '97 C180, which i already own...
Then i found a stunning 2003 w220, with low-ish milage, black rims and gleaming white paintwork, with all the interior comforts 2/3 hour daily trip would require.
Now this car was $16,000. Which was $6000 more than i wanted to spend, but if i were to find a mechanically-sound but COMPLETE BUCKET of a w220, be it with some cosmetic accident damage, and restore it as i did with my w202, with the total bill coming to just under $10,000.
Will this be a bad idea?
Will i be left with a car that does even worse gas-mileage than the one now, and $4 left in my bank account.
Is it an amazing idea that will leave me with an excellent drivers car that will be a nice place to sit/live & also be able to beat a Hyndai Getz away from the lights ?
Should i man-up, keep my c180 and buy an oil well.
I look forward to your answers to my pathetic dilemma