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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,197 20.73%
Performance 1,029 17.82%
Prestige 1,368 23.69%
Safety 536 9.28%
Value 968 16.76%
Other 676 11.71%
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post #551 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-01-2010, 06:49 AM
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I was ready to try something new. I had been driving beater cars for quite sometime and the car I previously owned had a bad wheel bearing and that was the last straw for me. Unfortunately for me the car demons followed me right to my 2004 C230 K. It had 2 bad front wheel bearings within 6 months of owning the car. Also, I forgot to mention I may have bought the car to piss off my ex-wife (hehe).....

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I thought it would help me get laid.
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post #553 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-03-2010, 04:45 PM
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Post *** Now...just exactly what does a new MB really feel like? ***

My 1st Benz was as the 3rd owner, from a lady I worked with...she had two cars and didn't need the added expense of insurance and the yearly maintenance on two vehicles. She came to me (back in Noveber of '94) asking what one she should sell...I asked her "What vehicle to you like the best?" She loved the Benz, but she really liked having a convertible...so she decided on the ragtop and then she asked me if I'd like to buy the Benz from her for an even Grand. I just couldn't quite swing it at the time...money was squeeking before it even got printed on the check...so about a year later, she asked again...money was a little more lubricated, but it still made a scary sound coming out of the wallet...but as long as she was willing to take $50.00/pay period, we were both happy. After a test drive and some Non-Lien paperwork (Nov.'05), I owned my 1st MB! That year, the company was quite generous with X-mas bonuses, so I was able to clear the debt a bit sooner than I expected...and as it turned out, finishing up the sale resulted in me getting the Benz instead of the ex-wife...I managed to get her name off the title before the assets were looked at, and since she couldn't afford to deal with regular maintenance and repair expenses, the "Judgelette" figured that it would best be my problem. I think the "Judgelette" assumed MBs were too expensive and that I deserved any problems that would come up. Boy...was she off. Anyways, I got to keep ALL the toys and only needed to pay off about $800.00 worth of her debt.

As for the '77 280E? She's still in my stable and I've been able to get some of the body work done on her...courtesy of a few years' worth of nice bonus checks. I still take the ex & family around with her (Fausta, the car, not the ex-wife) and when I'm on the road or stopping to gas up, the looks and conversations are always positive and light-hearted. AAMOF, I didn't even have ownership of the car for more than 45 minutes when I was offered twice what I paid for her...the guy wanted it for his "newly-licensed-16yo" daughter. He's still on the top of my "Check-Before-You-Sell" list. He still has a few ankle-biters at home...just waiting to turn into asphalt-phone-texters...

Now, as for my 2nd MB...the '76 450SLC...well...what can I say? When you have the foundations of an addiction, you always want more, faster or both, right? Well, I liked the idea of the MB SL line...but the prices were just a bit more than I felt comfortable with...and since I didn't have the years of experience with MBs like I did with the Chevrolet and Fiat lines...I wasn't quite sure what to expect or how to guard against getting taken. But, I ran across this particular unit, spent about 2 days with the owner to see and feel what I was getting into and decided that pulling the trigger on the deal was a "Doitoryou'llregretitfortherestofyourlife!" situation. I haven't had to look back since. To be pratical...you have to understand that you're buying a vehicle that has some years on it...more than 30 for both of these. But, I've always bought used vehicles and until the '76 unit, nothing was ever more than $2.5K.

But, when I got into the 450SLC, started it up and started down the roadways around Peakskill, NY, with their 2-laners...snaking in and down, up and around tree-shrouded tunnels of greenery...and when the highways would open up for a mile or two and I pressed the gas pedal into the carpet...the throaty whine and revs of the V8 just begging to be set free of suburbia...I knew it was the right thing to do. I bought her and haven't regretted it. For a +33yo car, I never drove anything, even new, that felt as solid and sure as the 450SLC.

I can only imagine what a new MB feels like...orgasmic...maybe?

The Star is only one of the many reasons I bought the 1st one...but I believe curiousity to be the top reason more than anything else.

The 2nd MB? Experience of the Star. And the community of owners that are on this website, as well as others, that share their love and compassion for a properly designed and thought-out vehicle.

Other car companies and goverments may try to talk you into their way of liking their product, wanting their product or even thinking their way.

But only Mercedes Benz can demonstrate why you should only think their way.

M. G. Burg

..'76 - Mercedes Benz 450SLC - 107.024.12 / < 85.7K
...'77 - Mercedes Benz 280E - 123.033.12 / >128.0K
....'00 - Chevy S-10 SL - The Daily Ride / <360.0K
.....'67 - Chevy El Camino - 283 / >207.0K
......'87 - Chevy G20 Sportvan / >206.0K
.......'75 - Yamaha - 650-XS / >21.3K
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post #554 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-03-2010, 08:53 PM
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Count your self lucky...

...if you don't find that the only one you screwed by buying one was...yourself.

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I thought it would help me get laid.
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post #555 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-04-2010, 03:46 PM
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I will only drive and own 1995 or older model Mercedes Benz vehicles (I personally have a 1995 W124 E320 with 392,000+ miles). I've owned several models of the other "high end" luxury brands (namely all 3 BMW models 3 /5 / 7 series, Lexus LS400 GS300, Acura Legend / TL / RL, Audi A6, a few additional (you get the idea). There is no other car maker in the world as nostalgic, well made, or or that inspires more passion then a Mercedes Benz. Every time I drive my trusty old E class it's a new experience and I fall in love with it all over again. If ever by some random twist of fate I was asked to drive from my home in beautiful Kentucky to say the southern tip of South America, I would cringe at the fact I would be missing work, but the driving task (quite lengthy I presume) would be the least of my concerns.
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post #556 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-06-2010, 10:45 AM
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cause it's the shit
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post #557 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-09-2010, 09:34 AM
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Post Becuase its a Benz

Who wouldn't want a car that makes a statement!
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post #558 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 05:03 PM
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I couldn't find the right 911 after 2.5 yrs...

and the MB W140 was the next best thing...the best bang for the buck
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post #559 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-11-2010, 07:18 PM
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Cut my teeth on GT and Shelby Mustangs for years in my younger days. Loved the the jarring thrust of the big 428 ci./ 425 hp monsters. Settled down to monotonous domestic and Jap imports. Had my mid life crises, told my wife , "I DON'T WANT TO HERE ANY ROAD NOISE OR TIRES WHILE DRIVING!". I also didn't tell her I was getting "THE BEAST" to tear up the roads and put those little buzz saw tuners in their place-BuriedSo I picked up the VIPER KILLER.

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post #560 of 1332 (permalink) Old 04-14-2010, 07:55 PM
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My first MB was a pumkpin-orange 1977 280SE four-door. I bought her in 1992 in Heidelberg, Germany as a young Specialist in th U.S. Army.

God I loved that car.

Despite having 240,000 km on her, and a slight lope to the idle, she was a tank, and always took care of me. At that time, she was 15+ years old, with many an Army owner, but was tight as a drum- even the abundant chrome throughout the cabin was shiny, and everything worked- it was amazing.

Ugly as sin, but I still miss her dearly.

* 1stCAV * 207th AVN * 140th AVN *

* Brothers Gone, But Not Forgotten *
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