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