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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,204 20.67%
Performance 1,039 17.84%
Prestige 1,376 23.63%
Safety 541 9.29%
Value 977 16.78%
Other 687 11.80%
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post #1331 of 1352 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 05:34 AM
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I was looking for a replacement for my dd which got totaled by an inattentive driver in a Honda, it was in the age range for what I was looking for in a vehicle (pre 88) thus it's immune to Ontario emission laws and I thought it might make a good touring car. While mentioning it to a few of the guys I work with who are turbo diesel nuts I was convinced to give it a go, so now I have it at home and need to get a first appraisal before tearing into it.
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post #1332 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-18-2016, 02:14 AM
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post #1333 of 1352 (permalink) Old 11-02-2016, 07:18 AM
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My dad's fault... He bought a shiny black new 300E back in 1988 (I was 13) and I fell in love with the marque. I'm now 40 and still biased to Mercs. So is my son now...he's 6 six years old
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post #1334 of 1352 (permalink) Old 11-13-2016, 05:50 AM
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Wicked price on a almost new vehicle.

I purchased this vehicle as our complimentary vehicle (3rd vehicle) and it was a case of... being at the right place, at the right time. To be honest I didn't even consider the B250.

But I spent slightly more than I wanted to, as a spare or backup vehicle. My budget was about 20,000cdn. I ended up spending 23,000cdn. I got a 2014 B250, base tourer model, with about 2500km

Now, I was as skeptical as the next person (the used car dealership had two hideously low mileage B250's, identical) so I asked the dealership for the VIN. MB Canada confirmed the vehicles, and the Service Center where the vehicles (belonged to) and serviced them confirmed the mileage and last year / month.

I figured, how much use or abuse could they have received, right? I went down to look at them at bought one right on the spot. Clean, accident free, smoke free, carpet perfect. It had the typical it was washed and dealer taken care of look. But give me a day, and I will have the paint and the interior looking like the day it was born off the manufacturing line.


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post #1335 of 1352 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 11:43 AM
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In my case, it was an inheritance, a gleaming white 2000 S430, which my Dad purchased brand-new. He bought it because he liked the styling, the car's full size (he preferred full-sized cars for safety and comfort), and its many amenities. I'd rather not have the car just yet, for obvious reasons...

...but since I do....

I need to learn how to properly care for this car, to his standards, but on my budget. Only way to do that is hands-on. That means a project car was in order.

Therefore, some months ago, I bought a silver 2000 S500 which has needed plenty of TLC, and that was the point of the purchase. This car has been quite a lesson, and a good one; thanks to that car and this forum, I have learned a lot in the last several months getting this car back into ship-shape. Among things learned are as follows.

1.) W220's are surprisingly easy to work on for the DIY'er. I'd heard horror stories about German cars in this regard. Not so much with these, and that's a good thing.

2.) For 2-ton-plus luxo-cruisers, they feel surprisingly light on their feet, and they even handle reasonably well. Cruising at speed in a W220 is pure joy.

3.) Parts aren't exactly cheap for these cars, but they are readily available and won't necessarily break the bank (even OEM). For what the car is, it's really not too bad.

4.) The V8's and that 5-speed transmission can take a surprising amount of abuse and neglect and still run well. That's definitely impressive. Of course, the proper maintenance should always be done!

5.) Having a STAR Diagnostics system is MANDATORY for owners of these cars who, like me, aren't filthy rich and can't afford to go to the stealership every time. Just include that in your mind as far as purchase price goes.

I would buy and have bought another one (or two), and I'd recommend them to others, provided the maintenance has been done on them.

2000 S430 (Dad's car)
2003 S430 (just 'cause I like it)
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post #1336 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-23-2016, 10:37 PM
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It was my fault. When we were young, I told my dear husband I saw him in a white Mercedes. He hadn't thought about a Mercedes before, but we visited a lot and he fell in love with a used C model, probably a within a week of me saying that. He has been driving the brand ever since, with the exception of the last two-three years, in which he is in a Volkswagen, and I am driving a Mercedes. He thinks I am the lucky one in this scenario. Maybe I am.
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post #1337 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-26-2016, 07:31 AM
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Thumbs up Similar Here

My then 57 Y.O. Sweetie asked me to get her a Diesel Mercedes and I did, was summarily hooked she's now driving a Diesel Mercedes Wagon, we still have that original Sedan (I'm overhauling the engine and rebuilding the tranny right now) .

I know beyond the shadow of any doubt that I and the lucky one .

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post #1338 of 1352 (permalink) Old 01-13-2017, 03:26 PM
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I have always been intrigued with the Mercedes brand. I have rode in a few but never thought I would actually own one. I love older cars and never owned one that wasn't older than me. I was in market for a vehicle after 3 years without one. I had my eyes set on a 72 Cadillac all black with all red interior. Then I ran across this 85 380se in OK shape for the asking price. Mistakeningly I bought the Benz which needed a bit of work to get running. I did not know what was in store for me. Older Benz but still with new Benz part prices. Although parts have been a bit expensive, I tackle most jobs myself and it has been really reliable for me as long as I give it attention. Over the time I have had it, I have grown very fond of my Mercedes and obsessed with the need to get it back as close to restored as I can with a bit of my custom touch. Don't hound me. I came from a Chevy family so I love my Chevy's. I almost had a nerve to drop a 5.3ls Chevy under the bonnet because I couldn't figure this system but I have came a long way. I hope to have help from benzworld to get my baby up to part. I want to do a 5.0 swap one day when I tire out my 3.8. It's already a little bit whimpy but it still moves a bit.
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post #1339 of 1352 (permalink) Old 01-28-2017, 05:54 PM
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I was given the 1996 C220 by a relative. It was not in very good shape because it was sort of forgotten for a few years after it had a small accident and nobody wanted to put the money to fix it. However both previous owners did take extremely good care of it, so I learned how to restore any part of a car and fixed it.

Once it was back to its former glory, I was surprised and continue to be surprised by the level of refinement, and by how fun and comfortable this car is to drive. I fell in love with older mercedes, the way they are engineered, built to last and use very high quality materials in the interiors, and how they just soak up long distances which leave you wanting more by the end. New cars have completely failed to impress me in all of these aspects. I honestly can't see myself ever buying new cars, because not only the monetary loss is pretty large, but for a fraction of the price of a new eco box, you could drive some of the finest machines ever built.

Old benzes have won my heart over, and you just cannot match that classic look.
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post #1340 of 1352 (permalink) Old 02-01-2017, 03:30 PM
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A telephone pole was my reason.

In the back of the ambulance, the medic asked: "You know you should have died, right?" I said "no" because I hadn't seen the car. He said "Yeah, next time buy a Mercedes". I said, "Ok".

Three days later, right after a finally saw the car and took this pic, I went out and bought my CLK430. It was late, pouring rain and I didn't know anything about Mercedes except all of my preconceived notions of them being overpriced status symbols. I'm on my 4th MB now.
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