BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jul 2012
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Newbie seeks direction
I've owned a LOT of cars, mostly junk, mostly selected solely on price.
Finally i can drive what i want (more or less) I still can't make myself pay a lot for a car and it has to get great MPG because i do a LOT of driving (40K mi/yr)
So i find myself in a 2006 Civic Hybrid. Wonderful car but it is soooo BORING.
In the next few months I plan to dump the Honda and get into an older mercedes.
I want diesel for the MPG and durability, and Mercedes because no one else makes a reliable diesel (except maybe VW)
Target price is $2-3K but i could go higher depending on the answers to the following questions.
- besides the 190D, which models get the best MPG
- Looking at prices it appears that nothing really great was made after about 1990. What's the deal? The 80's cars seems to fetch more money.
- What are the hottest models that comes in diesel, in terms of being sought after and selling quickly?
- And the reverse? - which are the least popular but mechanically sound and able to be had for a great price? Undervalued Bargains (like Volvo 240's used to be)
- I've maintained all my own cars and I sure can't afford to pay an MB mechanic, which models are going to trend toward fewer maintenance challenges?
- Are turbos problematic after a certain age? When I had a Saab the other Saab owners talked a lot about turbo problems.
So far in my research I'm leaning toward a 190D from the mid 80s' but I am very intrigued by the 1995 E300 diesel.
I can't find any explanation for how cheap the E300's are. THey got great reviews, high marks for reliability, yet I see them on craigslist for as little as $4K.
I hope these questions evoke some informative discussion.
Dave Silva - Eastern NC