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Date registered: Mar 2016
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If they're comparably priced and in good condition, I'd go with the 89. After about 93 practically everything became computerized. It's just my personal opinion, but I'd rather have an older MB that I can work on myself than a newer one that having to take to a computer programmer will cost.
I now own my parents 89 560SEL, with 216,000 miles, and just replacing the older parts that will eventually go out (staying ahead of problems) has been a lot less expensive than when they have to take their newer E320 and CLK550 in when the computer tells them there's a malfunction somewhere.
Additionally, especially those that are in really good condition, like mine is from being kept in a garage and out of the elements, will begin appreciating from any work you do to it. I mean like any of the regular wear and tear parts. Where that 95 still has some depreciation, and won't ever appreciate any where near what the 89 will. Back in 89 they weren't using lighter material like they began doing after 90.
Regardless of which one you get, but especially if you go with the 89, I'd jump ahead of the game and at least buy parts that will go out...and mimic worse problems than they are. Just two that come to mind... $3 bushings to the shifter linkage to the transmission (an unscrupulous mechanic will tell you that your car isn't shifting because you need a new transmission when you don't). And, the $70 transmission vacuum modulator valve. When it goes bad it will suck ATF into your exhaust and look like you've blown a head gasket. Both are super easy DIY's.