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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2016, 06:34 AM
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redghost comment has merit

I think a diesel would be a good choice for you. Those are available in E and S classes only.

I have a 2008 E-class diesel. We bought new and it has been dead-nuts reliable with zero corrective maintenance required. It is also a great place to sit and in your case you will be spending plenty of time doing just that.

May be a few dollars more than a C-class but given the miles traveled in your case you should get much of it back. We get 34 to 36 mpg depending on the mix of city/country driving and I have seen 39 mpg on a long trip.

Potential longevity in a diesel is a major factor and you may find yourself keeping it longer than you would a gasser. My 1983 diesel has 320000 miles and uses no oil between 6000 mile changes.
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Modern gas engines last 400,000 miles, while I am afraid for 1 CPO E class diesel you can buy 2 of CPO C class.
Decisions, decisions.

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Being a cheap bastard, I looked at the C as a viable candidate for the stable when my E300 was in a wreck. I have yet to find one from the past decade that was comfortable to sit in for any amount of time. Maybe I am a wuss. The feel from the E to the C seat was jarring and bad. Even in the show room, walking from my S to try out a C, there was no way to get comfortable.

I drove the E coast to coast one summer. Spent 8-10 hours a day in the seat and was happy to climb back in the next morning. Easy to churn out 600 mile days all week long. I pulled a few 24 hour days in the S driving from PNW over the Rockies to the Mid West. Not a trouble with my ass or back. There was no way I could have done any of that in a C. The noise, the seating, would just push the fatigue wall such that a 300 mile trip would be comparable to sitting on a Harley for the same miles.

My local dealer has two dozen lifts. While wasting my time having those idiots try to service my S, I noticed that almost half the lifts were hoisting recent C class models. Three days of thumb twiddling and the parade of C class cars was steady.


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