Hey now everybody. I'm new to the forum and to the wonderful world of Mercedes Benz. I just finished college and I'm currently looking for a job. After that, I'm planning on moving out of my folks' house and getting a car. Preferably both as quickly as possible.
I live in the Netherlands, where cars are expensive as hell. On top of outrageous gas prices, we have to pay all kinds of taxes on owning a car. The bigger/heavier the car, the more tax one must pay. This is why almost everyone here drives around in small cars. I don't like small cars, I like space, luxury and safety. This tax rule doesn't apply if the car is over 25 years old, and this is where my question comes in.
There are plenty of old Mercs available from the eighties and seventies. These cars are just as expensive as a 10 year old Volkswagen Golf or similar over here, which is very appealing to me.
I would prefer to have a diesel engine because of great gas mileage and probably amazing reliability. A gasoline engine with an LPG (natural gas) installation would be cool too. Even without the road tax, driving a big car like an old Mercedes on gas would be expensive. Gas is around $10 a gallon here.
The problem is, I don't really know what to look for. I don't know which models are reliable, which aren't, what are specific things to look for, etc.
My spending limit will probably be around €5000-€6000 when the time is there. It'll be at least a couple of months, so I'll have some time to look around and learn about these cars.
These are two searches I did on autotrader.nl. The search criteria I put in are an automatic gearbox, A/C and manufacturing date up until 1987:
I heard the diesels are slow, and quite frankly, I really don't care about that. I mostly care about reliability and comfort.
What can you guys tell me about these cars? Many thanks in advance