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Date registered: Jun 2013
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Help me pick my next Mercedes
Am looking at buying a cheap Mercedes (under $5000) and could use some advice.
This will not be my first Mercedes, I bought my first one in 1972 (a 62 220SE sedan) and have also owned a 1958 180D, 67 220, 69 220D, and an 85 300SD.
I also worked in garages and body shops for years and am a decent mechanic if I say so myself. But these days prefer to let others do the work.
The other factor is size. I am 6'3" tall and weigh 270 lbs (have heard of diets but find them unappealing) and at 62 am not as limber as I used to be.
So, I am thinking the C class is out. Although I like them, suspect they are too small for someone my size.
There usually a few decent looking E class sedans for sale on Kijiji in the local (Toronto Canada) area, mid 90s to early 2000s for $2000 to $5000.
And there are 3 possible S class cars, a 1991 with 177000 kilometers for $2700, a 95 with 210000km for $2000 and a 98 with 165000km for $3900.
Am leaning toward the S class cars. The size and gas mileage don't scare me but the chance of a complicated and costly repair does. The 91 is the last of the W126 models which is good, but is over 20 years old, not so good. The newer models are a little newer, don't have too many miles on them, and are nicer cars.
I don't expect miracles and realize at these prices you can be a little chancy. Am willing to take a reasonable gamble that a car could quit within months, and if I get 2 or 3 years without a major repair bill (over $1000) will feel I have got my money's worth. PS I used to buy all my parts from Autohaus in Arizona, OEM name brand parts for half or less the suggested retail price.
Have not driven or examined any of these as the closest one is 75 miles away. Would appreciate any constructive suggestions from those more experienced in these models.
Last edited by Rusty O'Toole; 06-28-2013 at 06:50 PM.