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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,199 20.72%
Performance 1,033 17.85%
Prestige 1,369 23.66%
Safety 536 9.26%
Value 971 16.78%
Other 678 11.72%
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post #1331 of 1335 (permalink) Old 05-15-2016, 06:34 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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Thumbs up MB is the BEST

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post #1333 of 1335 (permalink) Old 11-02-2016, 08:18 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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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 1335 (permalink) Old 11-30-2016, 12:43 PM
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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.

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