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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-07-2012, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Help please/ need Mercedes advice

Aloha (yes, I moved to Hawaii, and that's part of my vocabulary now)

Really need some help/advice. I've recently been bitten badly by the Mercedes bug. I can't drive down the street without being drawn to them. I'm a valet attendant at a nice resort, which has made matters worse, as I'm constantly driving them now (for very short distances of course), and of course I've fallen in love with the comfortable interior, and the solid amazing way they drive.

So here's the problem. I'm not rich by any means. I currently drive a reliable 94 Civic that gets me around fine, and I have no finance payments to worry about every month. But I still can't stop checking out the used MB's on the island.

So, I've found a few MB's in the 2003 ballpark, and have found a couple with only 60K miles on them for anywhere from 10 grand to 15 grand. I don't have the money to buy one outright, but I could finance one.

HERE'S where I really need advice from people who have had their fair share of experience with them. Obviously if/when it breaks down, it's going to cost more than a Honda; that's a given. But a fair price to pay. But HOW MUCH can I expect problems, breakdowns, etc. Because I don't know what would happen if I was financing a car, and then had to drop a ton of dough on constant repairs.

Can ANYBODY please tell me what to expect? or is that impossible?

I greatly appreciate any and all input!!!

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I have always regretted financing vehicles. The new car bug goes away after a few months and then your stuck with hundreds of dollars a month for car payment. Smart thing to do would be to keep your civic and invest in your education. Then you can get a high paying job that will pay you good money and let you afford a mercedes. Or you could buy an old mercedes for 4 or 5000 dollars and learn to work on it yourself. Anything 1985 or older will be extremely reliable and very easy to work on when it needs it. Don't paint yourself into a corner with monthly payments and borrowing money. It's a horrible way to live.

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Great advice. Really smart thinking, and I realize I just need to snap out of it, and as tempting as the comfort and power is, I just don't really NEED one.
So you're saying that the 2003's aren't super reliable compared to older 85's huh? Interesting.

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You can find a 300 series s class 1985 or older for about 3 grand. It will be in decent shape and you can learn how to work on it. You appreciate the car much more.

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Some people are gonna kill me for saying this but yes older mercedes are easier to work on and more reliable as long as you have a solid engine. As soon as computer systems were introduced into vehicles the reliability level went way down and required much more technical work. For example I have a 1969 gto in my garage. I work on it once every couple of months and it runs like a dream. The cars over 40 years old. Do you think you're going to see a modern 2000 to 2010 vehicle running in 40 years. No because the components were not designed to last that long.

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Thanks JT
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Glad I could help. I'll look you up if I come to hawaii for vacation. We can go check out some old mercedes on the island. I bet you can find some really interesting cars there.

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