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Recommendation Needed - Used MB

Hello,

I have owned a few MBs of the years including a 1986 300E (used), 2000 ML320 (new), 2004 E320 (new), and a 2006 E350 (used). With the exception of my ML, these were great cars. The ML was the single worst car I have ever owned.

I will be working in South American for about a year and need a reliable but inexpensive MB. I am 6'6" and 300 lbs. This limits the cars I fit in. The 2006 E-class is a tight fit but doable. (In the U.S., I currently drive a BMW 740il). After this assignment, I will sell the car locally. It will not be coming back to the U.S.

I have found two ads that I plan to investigate, a 1991 300SL and a 1995 E320. Both cars have about 110,000 miles. The selling price is about $7,000 and $3,000.

Would I fit in these cars? I would take BMW, but it is too large for the streets and too expensive to maintain in that environment.

How reliable are these models?

What should I look at before making a purchase?

Any other suggestions about reliable MBs that would fit me?

Thanks
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I am much smaller than you, but with long legs and I was getting cramps in W124.
Seems lately lot of Seattle members come to California to buy W210 wagons 4Matics
There must be something to it...
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I looked at the W124 at the dealership. I am too big. The roof needed to be 3 inches higher in order to give me enough clearance to safely and comfortably drive the car.

Thanks for the input.
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Hello,

I have owned a few MBs of the years including a 1986 300E (used), 2000 ML320 (new), 2004 E320 (new), and a 2006 E350 (used). With the exception of my ML, these were great cars. The ML was the single worst car I have ever owned.

I will be working in South American for about a year and need a reliable but inexpensive MB. I am 6'6" and 300 lbs. This limits the cars I fit in. The 2006 E-class is a tight fit but doable. (In the U.S., I currently drive a BMW 740il). After this assignment, I will sell the car locally. It will not be coming back to the U.S.

I have found two ads that I plan to investigate, a 1991 300SL and a 1995 E320. Both cars have about 110,000 miles. The selling price is about $7,000 and $3,000.

Would I fit in these cars? I would take BMW, but it is too large for the streets and too expensive to maintain in that environment.

How reliable are these models?

What should I look at before making a purchase?

Any other suggestions about reliable MBs that would fit me?
Thanks
Get a Gelandewagen.

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You mention South America but not a specific country. So its hard to say. I lived in Brasil for 10 years and you would be by far better off to simply purchase a vehicle there locally as opposed to trying to bring one in from the states. I'd be willing to bet its the same for other SA countries as well. Forget the cars, they're all tiny. Go with a pickup, which by the way, the vast majority are diesel. No diesel cars in Brasil. Be prepared for super high prices for any fuel.

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Get a Gelandewagen.
Frankly, I did not drive Gelandewagen, but I did rent Hummer and it did offer less leg room than ours W210.
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You mention South America but not a specific country. So its hard to say. I lived in Brasil for 10 years and you would be by far better off to simply purchase a vehicle there locally as opposed to trying to bring one in from the states. I'd be willing to bet its the same for other SA countries as well. Forget the cars, they're all tiny. Go with a pickup, which by the way, the vast majority are diesel. No diesel cars in Brasil. Be prepared for super high prices for any fuel.
I am going to Colombia. Buying a car locally would be far more expensive since high import taxes are built into the prices. My employer ships my car from the U.S. and I avoid all taxes. Before I leave Colombia I will sell the car for exactly what I paid for it in the U.S. (profit is not permitted).
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Well okay that's great! If you're interested in a W210, I've got a real good 1999 E300 Turbodiesel, or a W126 1990 350SDL, which I would sell either. PM me if interested.
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Well okay that's great! If you're interested in a W210, I've got a real good 1999 E300 Turbodiesel, or a W126 1990 350SDL, which I would sell either. PM me if interested.
A diesel might be a good solution. We were told not to bring turbocharged cars because the gasoline is very low octane. High octane is not needed since Bogota is at 9,300 feet. A gas turbo would detonate like crazy.

I am guessing that a turbo diesel would have no issues and that the turbo would easily compensate for the high altitude and lack of air.

I am going to send an e-mail to our administrative staff and find out if there are any issues with turbo diesels. If not, I am interested and will send a PM.

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