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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 #631 of 1332 (permalink) Old 09-21-2010, 05:52 AM
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Vehicle: Vito 115 4x4
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Never had a new car, still don't have one.
All of them were second hand.
Lots of bangers going like a bomb ready to exploded any minute.
Going off-road on Samurais and Cherokees had the wife's couple of Audis and a BMW 316 that paved the way for the three pointed Star.

Everybody around me was getting one on credit, I got mine for cash.

Proud rider of a 2007 Vito 115 4x4 gradually converted to expeditioner.
Reliability, endurance, driveability, comfort, safety and convinience not neccesarily in that order make life better

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post #632 of 1332 (permalink) Old 09-25-2010, 12:10 PM
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Just bought my first MB, a '99 ML430.

My wife totalled my beloved '99 Chrysler 300M. It was modified the way I wanted it; springs, shocks, tires and wheels, Borla exhaust, s/s grill, and in immaculate condition. In eleven years in a hostile climate, the only thing I ever had to have fixed was the driver's side power window; power windows live a hard life in a cold, wet climate. It died a horrible death on the bumper of a pickup that she pulled out in front of. Yes, she's OK. I was a little unhappy with Chrysler for letting the value of these cars go away, but the insurance payoff on the '99 300M bought the '99 ML430. The 430 is in very good cosmetic shape, uncommon for a car that has spent much time in Alaska and appears mechanically sound; mechanic pronounced it OK. Clearly, the guy who owned it had reached a place in his life where he couldn't afford it and needed the money more than the car, so we got it at a good price.

I don't have any illusions about the butcher's bill for maintaining a complex German car that is eleven years old, but it appears well maintained, and I'm in it well enough that I can afford to maintain it, and it won't kill me to dump it if I have to if maintenance and repair becomes too much of an issue. Rides pretty well, feels very solid, and for almost five thousand pounds goes like Hell; thing actually scared me when I pulled out to pass a motorhome and floored it at fifty and change - LOTS of torque.

It is different to drive a truck and I don't like the tires on it at all, but it is time to put the studs on and I'll deal with new shocks and better tires next spring. Now I just hope she can get through the winter without hitting or being hit. Crossing fingers now!
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post #633 of 1332 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 03:41 AM
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Reliability, performance & Looks!!!

a star on it's hood; wings on it's wheels!!
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post #634 of 1332 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 09:38 PM
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New car, new reason.
Reason #1: Needed a tank to traverse CA-17 in.
Reason #2: It was $700.
Reason #3: I adore straight-6 motors.
Reason #4: The cars design reflects my personality almost perfectly.
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post #635 of 1332 (permalink) Old 09-28-2010, 09:42 PM
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I was shopping to replace my 1995 BMW 540i with a 2002 BMW 540i and came across this beautiful black on black 2002 S55 AMG. I am SO happy!
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post #636 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-20-2010, 09:51 AM
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I grew up in northern Michigan. When I received my driver's license, there was an old man who was selling a 1970-something 240D. My dad would not let me buy it because diesel cars are extremely finicky in subzero temperatures. That experience fueled my love affair with Mercedes-Benz cars. When I became an engineer, I worked with several German mechanical engineers who were here building our dynomometer. They swore by Mercedes-Benz and vouched for their demanding standards. I have a friend who is a mechanic here and he drives a 1983 300SD. He told me a story about when he was in a car accident in a previous car, a 1980 300D. His car was still driveable, whilst the Chevy Tahoe was not. I don't know the details of the accident, but it seemed remarkable. That is when I finally bought my first Mercedes, a 1983 300SD. It had 494,XXX miles when I bought it and well over 510,XXX when I sold it. I loved it. The only reason I sold it was because it had too many electrical gremlins. I have also owned a 1974 450SEL, a 1992 190E, a 1981 240D, and a 1979 300SD. I just love Mercedes. They are bulletproof, classy, comfortable, and fun to work on.

'81 240D 364,916 Miles, Little Champ!
'92 190E 222,000 Miles (SOLD)

'83 300SD 493,653 Miles, Running STRONG! (SOLD)
'74 450SEL 144,000 Miles, BAD FUEL SYSTEM! (SOLD)
'07 Toyota Corolla, Not quite a MB (STOLEN)
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post #637 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-21-2010, 10:09 AM
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Bought it because of it's performance especially it's torque. And with a few minor mods it's even torquier. LOL!

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post #638 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-21-2010, 04:43 PM
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Talking I didn't buy it

I didn't buy it......it was given to me. The PO hit a deer with it and wanted to get it out of his garage.

1983 300SD Turbo blue
Parting out 126 chassis PM me for your needs. All parts available. Diesel or gas. I have a few of them.
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post #639 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-29-2010, 04:14 PM
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5 million or 5000 years ago, depending upon your religious construct, man stood up. Unfortunately, Ford GM and Chrysler did not note this for the 75 or so years that the full size van has been breaking backs.

I bought a Sprinter for that reason alone, recognizing maintenance would be significantly higher.

Plus, the CRASH TESTS of Sprinter, compared to OTHER similar loaf-of-bread-on-its-side-vans is sobering.

I just wish the lashing rails that I eas charged so much for, had available accessories to utilize them.
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post #640 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-31-2010, 01:07 PM
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Bought my first Benz at 23 years old, a 2-year old '65 190Dc in 1967. As an engineer myself, I was attracted to the engineering. Ads and sales literature were focused on safety and engineering, not appearance or sexiness. Went for the diesel because then, diesel fuel was half the cost of gas, and I believed the story that Diesel maintenance would be cheaper than for a gas car. Also, frankly, because I liked being different, not getting what everyone else had. No tune-ups, etc. Drove that over 100K miles, joined the MBCA, became active. Kept buying second-hand diesels, saving on fuel. I remember when diesels were only cars that could buy gas on any day of the week, during the gas rationing during the "eneregy crisis" in 1970s. So i could always get fuel, always go when I needed to. For many years, had long commutes so the fuel economy of diesels held appeal. Felt safer in the Benzes, too. Eventually, the cost of diesel matched or exceeded that of gas, and gas cars became much more efficient, so that advantage essentially disappeared. Also, I realize I am spending more on maintenance and repairs of my aging Benzes than anyone else spends on more ordinary cars. (They really are costly to maintain, no matter what anyone says.) But every time i needed to buy another car, i stuck with the MBs, partly from habit, partly familiarity ("the devil you know..." and all that), loyalty (I wanted to stay in MBCA where i have many friends), and as a hobby. Plus, i love the way the cars drive. I have not particualrly liked the front wheel drive cars i have tried. At this point, I work from home and drive fairly little, so i tolerate the cost of owning the 300E and enjoy the ride and the camaraderie of the Club. So I picked "other." It had nothing to do with prestige or ouside appearance. It was about engineering and substance. If I were 23 now, the choice would no doubt be different, as the avaialble cars are much, much better, and the circumstances are vastly different.
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