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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,198 20.72%
Performance 1,031 17.83%
Prestige 1,369 23.67%
Safety 536 9.27%
Value 971 16.79%
Other 678 11.72%
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post #421 of 1335 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 04:27 AM
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Which car?

Of the four that we have (2 in Bangkok and 2 in USA) I prefer the SLK200 for the way it looks and the way it drives. If I am a passenger I prefer the S600 for the comfort and the cool goodies.
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post #422 of 1335 (permalink) Old 07-23-2009, 01:36 PM
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I bought mine because of the particular car's history and racing pedigree
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post #423 of 1335 (permalink) Old 07-25-2009, 06:21 AM
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needed a 4 door which can haul around town w/ kids and groceries rather quickly
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post #424 of 1335 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 02:48 PM
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Post looks and value

I've had 6 different Mercs - so far the E class has been my favorite.
I always get them used and have ahd great luck with them.
Prestige is a given with this cars, attraction, performance and comfort is just right. Got a great 04 0 in complete prestine condition and push start, navigation, 20" custom wheels low profile tires, for only $11,800.
I can't believe you can get a $65,000 car for $12K in just a few years. I will always have a least two Mercs in the family - I will get a 500SL in three years when I turn 40. ** even when you wash the Mercs you can feel the smoothness of the body lines - unline those other vehicles there is no continuation in their designs.
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post #425 of 1335 (permalink) Old 07-29-2009, 08:33 PM
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My BMW 325I was totalled (Penske truck rear ended it) and the insurance company paid me out far more than expected. I was then in need of a new car.

Around the same time that a friend was selling her 1998 E320 on autotrader.com. She & her husband found out that they were expecting a second child & they didn't want the Benz anymore since she did not like the idea of 2 car seats in the back at all time. Plus, they owed me a significant amount of money. They offered the car as the pay off at a $3K discount.

After checking KBB.com & a few other places, my boyfriend explained that it was too good of a deal to pass up....so I took it after having it checked out by a Mercedes shop. He had a 2001 CLK430 and had always love Mercedes.
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post #426 of 1335 (permalink) Old 08-03-2009, 12:24 AM
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I really would have seriously considered buying a Renault Scénic if they had been available in Canada - I drove one all around Europe in 2005 and my wife and I plus the 3 kids loved the body practicality, space and fuel economy.

The nearest thing we could get to it in Canada was the B 200, which although it's not as practical, is pretty nice all the same. We got ours in late 2007. We weren't able to get the CDI so it had to be the 2 L naturally aspirated gas engine with the 5 speed manual, for better fuel economy than the turbo. I've driven the turbocharged version and found the non-turbo to be more homogeneous. The B Class has more interior room than the E Class, so it's very practical for a family, and it has a massive trunk under the hatch. Our car's lifetime fuel economy is 32.2 MPG US in mixed driving conditions (see my signature for a link to the records).

It's a bit of an anti-Mercedes as it has zero snob appeal, which I like. I don't think that anyone would buy a B for the "prestige"! The looks are decent and the car has road presence due to its height, is easy to get in and out of (especially the back seat - it makes the back seat of the W 204 seem like that of a MINI).

So in summary, we bought it because it's a typical very efficient (with both space and fuel) European car.

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why??

I was filming a Honda car commercial in San Francisco...
The camera rig was a ML430 with a camera crane on top...
When we did car chase scenes thru out the hills of San Francisco..
the shots all came out smooth and not jerky.. this handling form the ML
convinced me ///

so now i own one...

aloha!
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post #428 of 1335 (permalink) Old 08-06-2009, 09:45 PM
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Because it's the all known status quo

The idea of letting one know you are ,or are pretending to be well off, financialy secure (image) , have the finances to maintain a MB ,etc.
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Reliability is missing!

we purchased our classic motorhome based on MB 207D because both the van and the Company are reliable. I can purchase ANY kind of spare part. Which is usually readily available or shipped in less than 48 hours. To be a 'shipped' part, instead of readily available, one needs to ask for really special parts (for example a 'rotation' engine).
I don't know of any other car manufacturer being so serious and reliable.
MB forever!

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post #430 of 1335 (permalink) Old 08-07-2009, 02:51 AM
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we purchased our classic motorhome based on MB 207D because both the van and the Company are reliable. I can purchase ANY kind of spare part. Which is usually readily available or shipped in less than 48 hours. To be a 'shipped' part, instead of readily available, one needs to ask for really special parts (for example a 'rotation' engine).
I don't know of any other car manufacturer being so serious and reliable.
MB forever!
oooppss... with 'classic' I mean 27 years old...

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