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Date registered: Aug 2006
Vehicle: 1997 E320
Location: Mountain View, California
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Why Did I Buy a Mercedes Benz?
Mine will probably be the most unusual story. But I want to digress first, since high school I have always liked German cars. The first car I drove was my step-father's "work car" a 1958 Opel with three on the column. My step-father's commute was all of about 2 miles. So I drove the car in high school, this was in the late 60s/early 70s. By the time I graduated high school, I wanted an Opel Kadett. Then there was a brief love affair with an Austen Healey 3000. After spending tons of money constantly on repair, I unloaded the AH and got a Volkswagen Scirocco, then later on an Audi. So the move to Mercedes was inevitable.
However, how I came to becoming a Mercedes owner is quite a story. A friend of mine has a Ouiji Board. He was looking to buy another car, a used car that is, and decided to ask the Board mostly out of curiosity. Since it takes two to work the board, he asked if I could lend a helping hand (literally and figuratively). When he asked the question, the response was Mercedes. We're like yeah, right. So we asked the Board again, what car and we again got Mercedes. So then we decided, ok, let's go down this rabbit hole and see what comes up. So we asked which class. We got E or S class, not C class. Then we asked which years, the response was 1995-1997. This was very interesting to us, since neither of us knew that much about Mercedes at the time, other than the merger in 1998. But, my friend knew a woman that just happens to be a Mercedes sales rep at Beschoff in San Jose, she has been one for many years and knows the lines very well. So my friend asked her if there was anything significant about the 1995-1997 E/S class sedans. Her response was "those were the strongest production frames Mercedes ever built." And, yes the hair was standing on the backs of our necks when we heard that.
So my friend looked around and found a 1996 E320, in great shape and bought it. Then he took off for Europe for a couple weeks. I kept the car at my house while he was gone. And though I had an Audi at the time, I had to admit curiosity got the better of me. You know what they say about how it's not good to let a car sit for long periods of time without turning over the engine and letting it run. Well, I certainly didn't want to risk my friend's new car to deteriorate! What kind of friend would that be? So I drove it around a bit. By then I was hooked.
So fast forward a couple years, my Audi broke down, and one of parts the mechanic couldn't get. There was some inventory problem, every time you punched in the stock number, you got a different part. They even tried ordering direct from Germany, same result. It took over five weeks to get the part. By the time the car was in the shop the second week, I pretty much decided that if parts are going to be that difficult to get, then it was time to get a new car. And after all the research we did on the E320s, I pretty much knew what I was going to get.
So I got online and found a 1997 E320. A beautiful emerald green, with a sun screen in the back window. It was July at the time, and scorching hot heat wave was upon us. All I recall is when I saw this car in person, I was sold. The cool emerald green color, the air conditioning was going and the rear sunscreen was up, casting a welcoming shade in the interior. Given that I'm a red head, shade is important. Shade on demand at the press of a button, I'm sold. So my mechanic checked it out and passed with flying colors. That was a couple years ago. The car is still running great, I have no regrets. The "Board" was right when it comes to cars. Winning Lotto numbers, well that's another story.