Date registered: Jul 2007
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Been a firm believer in the brand since it saved my life
My 1st card was a W123, 250 model when I turned 18. The car was a donkey - did 0-60mph in 18 seconds - but my dad was smart - he knew that kids like to race, and got me something which was it's time was ultra-safe and ultra-slow.
Racing from traffic light to traffic light was an impossibility, so I didn't bother.
2nd Car was a 1986 W123 230E. I used that car for 10 years, and put 380,000 miles on it (627,000 km), mostly long distance trips. I had a very serious accident in the 230E. I was driving on the highway. The afternoon sun was ahead of me (so I had the sun-visor down), and just as I got over the crest of the hill, I came accross a car that was stopped dead in front of me. I slammed on the brakes (couldn't swerve as it was peak hour traffic), and hit the guy in front at 55mph (90kph). His car was an old Datsun (the ones which were solid).
My front bumper was found 15 feet behind my car. The Merc emblem tore off was embedded in his dashboard.
My glasses came off my face and we never found them again, but other than that and a bit of whiplash, I opened the door and walked out.
Since then, I had: Isusu SUV (what a load of rubbish), BMW 3 series diesel (which BMW couldn't repair), W123 280E, W126 (380SE, 300SEL, 560SEL), E-200K (2002), E-200K (2007), and now S600 (2005)