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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,204 20.67%
Performance 1,039 17.84%
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Safety 541 9.29%
Value 977 16.78%
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post #661 of 1352 (permalink) Old 11-30-2010, 02:49 AM
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Vehicle: 96 E-320, 91 190E, various and sundry Euro and American vehicles
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Easy Boys!
My E-320 is no saint, and is now up for sale due to it being untrustworthy.
The list of issues is too long to post here and I've had it 2 years. I am now to the point, I'm afraid to start it up, since when I do, I hear $$$ signs cha chinging. I've seen and owned beat up never maintained Fords and Chevys with high mileage outshine the W-210, and all issues are listed as commonplace.
Oh, and I'm not trolling. I've been here for 2 years, trying to keep my repair costs to a minimum, and help others with similar issues.
There is a timeline (and it seems to be around when Benz married Chrysler) when dependability went to hell. I hope they recover, but so far it hasn't come back to it's old glory of my 92, 190E (a bulletproof but rough riding car).
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had been riding Merc since i was a kid, 219 believe that was from 1957 ponton.

My uncle had the 100 aka 600 pullman SWB, it was a dream to drive.
Now I have a dozen of 300sd from 116 to 126.
had a couple of 123 240d and 300d turbo.
at the moment i have 2 w 126 1987 420sel & 81 300sd
a 87 190e 2.3

mercs on long trips are nice.

home of the 4,5,6 and 8 cylinders.
from happy British Columbia.
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post #663 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-05-2010, 12:07 AM
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Originally Posted by CMadden View Post
^This. I was so pleased by all of the above on my moms '73 450SL, I went and bought a non-running 277,000 mile 300SE for $700. $100 later for a fuel accumulator, it's tearing up the road again. Best $800 I've ever spent.

Well, then I had to drop $900 for cats, but that's another story...
that's inspiring me to blow $800 right now.
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post #664 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 03:07 PM
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New Benz Owner - Just Getting Started I Hope

I have previously owned two Volvo sedans as far back as 1971 and have gone the gauntlet of domestic and import sedans and suv's but nothing as high end as BMW or MB.

Stumbled across a 1994 S420 with 60,000 miles and couldn't pass it up for only $6,000.

It has the classic boxy look. Plenty of room on the inside. It is rock solid. Quiet ride. Has stupid features which are over the top (door close assist, powered headrests, and a wicked cassette player which everyone should have ten years or more ago).

As I told my wife, a few years ago, we bought a 2001 Nissan with 60,000 miles and paid $15,000....so even if I spend another $5000 in the next three years, I am still better off...I got a beast of a car !...if I spend another $5,000 after that, I am still OK.

As long as the car lives up to the durability reputation, I am willing to spend some money keeping it up. My goal is get me to 250,000 miles, or another 10 years or more.

It has low miles and qualifies for extended service plan. I could buy a $3000 power train service plan and get as much $12,000 in mechanical repairs paid for over the next five years, or 100,000 additional miles.

Wish me luck.

Three Year Owner - Green 94 S420 w/90k
Nissan Solar Yellow Xterra 01 w/188k
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post #665 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 03:53 PM
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Thumbs up Mercedes fan

I bought my first Mercedes.. a manual 1963 220SB sedan in 1976. A 'fintail' column shift, lots of chrome and wood in excellent order. Solid construction with easy engine access. The first car in the world subjected to full crash tests yet has no seat belts! I still have it. It starts first time. It tows a 21 foot boat with ease. Great economy. Everything works except the heater. Some parts may be rare but the basics are still cheap. Now I have 4 Mercedes. I must cull the fleet due to expenses soon but it is hard to choose. The W111 220s? The E200 W124? The W126 380sec? ...or sell her baby the W201 180E? None have stressed me out and all are fun to drive. Need I say more.....Bazza from AUS
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post #666 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by ramblinche81 View Post
My goal is get me to 250,000 miles, or another 10 years or more.
Only 250,000? I'm aiming to roll the odo over! Only 733,000 more miles to go.

1973 450SL - 104,000 miles
1990 300SE - 304,000 miles
1993 300TE - 225,000 miles
1991 300SE - 145,000 miles
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post #667 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-06-2010, 07:56 PM
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Good Luck ramblinche81
I love that car. I was looking to buy one 10 years ago when I first explored MeBe's. I had my heart set on a very cherry white one.. when I took my wife for a test in an E320. I was wanting to show here how much nicer the S was. I thought for sure she would love the S after moving from a 735iL Beemer. Damn she fell for the E and would not move back. Since she would be the prime driver of the MeBe we went for the E. Good luck with that beautiful car.
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post #668 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-07-2010, 08:24 AM
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I picked Other. It was passed down to me.

I want to by myself a CL65 AMG or SLS AMG someday.

I won't buy one newer than about 1998 that is not a AMG (I'm sure some here realize why.)

BMW is still a possibility too because they did not do away with the Inline 6.

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post #669 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-14-2010, 01:05 PM
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Mine was also passed down to me. I did not truely appreciate it untill I started working on it, and now am planning on keeping it forever!
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post #670 of 1352 (permalink) Old 12-16-2010, 04:02 PM
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I got into the turbodiesel benz's because of wanting cheap avalable turbodiesel engines-once i drove the first 85 sedan back to tx from Ca where i got it, i started getting intrested in the two door 123's. They are many things all in one,
Whoever thougt of the growly little engine in a luxury car surely had a few screws loose, But it sure is cool-if not really weird.
The cd is a contemporary-(kind of) , and a collectro/classic at the same time.
I can insure,inspect and register it for a year for $185.00 in Texas.
I think it will go up in value--But again The benz crowd is as frugle as ANY vehicle enthusiest group there is.
I got burned out on getting hassled by police for driving a SS two door chevy.
I got burned out on replacing cheap chinese lifters and cams that wiped out on startup in the old 60's chevy SS
I got burned out on a 10-15 yr old honda--The bens 300d is as cheap to operate as a honda.
I wanted to learn on different mantinance than a chevy 350 which i can do blindfolded. just a few reasons.
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