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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,202 20.65%
Performance 1,039 17.85%
Prestige 1,374 23.61%
Safety 541 9.30%
Value 977 16.79%
Other 687 11.80%
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post #731 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 10:59 AM
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I needed a 7 seater and after looking at the VW Caravelle and the V220 - no contest really - I've had her for a year now and love her despite the problems - I love driving her and the kids love the space in the back - gonna keep her for a while and then get another one.
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post #732 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-05-2011, 06:29 PM
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I've wanted one really badly since 1972 but knew I would never be able to tolerate either the dealer or the drive from Bloomington to the dealer. Finally I met the local Mercedes mechanic and I was sold. What a sweet guy. His wife said he liked the w126 the best so I started looking. ( they cautioned me not to buy before I'd gotten an inspection). Took a couple of weeks and a few road trip.

Bought my big blue cloud 1987 420 SEL from an old man who had purchased it to be his
grandsons first car. Clean as a pin 116,000 miles.

So I bought my benz because I understand it is one of the best cars of the very best manufacturers in the world and because I have a fantastic mechanic to care for it. Don't car much for the throw away world we live in.
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post #733 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-15-2011, 09:36 AM
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Never was very interested in M-Bs...thought they were for oldtimers...maybe I just grew up enough to take a long hard look at them. Was looking to replace my Lexus LS...grew tired of the pillowy ride - nice for long trips but required constant steering input to keep it between the lines. Was seriously considering BMW 5 series but came away disappointed in the performance of their 6 cylinder engines and couldn't afford what I liked in a V8. So on a whim I stopped by the local M-B dealer to get a first-hand look at what I was seeing on line. Ended up buying an '07 E350. For me, it is the perfect combination of ride, handling and performance. So far, I'm happy with it. It looks good and seems to have a cache that the Lexus never did. Thanks for the opportunity to tell my story.
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post #734 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-16-2011, 05:06 AM
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I was looking for a cheap car to drive around town as I have been putting WAY too many miles on my 07 GMC with a Duramax,I am at 130,000 miles.

I wanted something comfortable was thinking maybe a Cadillac when I saw a 96 S500 advertised for 5,000.00.

I went and looked at it and took for a test drive.The guy selling it told me about his financial situation so I offered him 3500.00.....he accepted my offer.

This was back in January,since then I have put on close too 7000 trouble free miles.
I almost feel guilty for low balling the origional owner....NOT! LOL
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post #735 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-21-2011, 01:51 PM
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I voted value on the poll, but that's only a small piece of the puzzle. I've always wanted a powerful, classic car, but wanted it to be more modern amenities-wise, and didn't want to constantly have to wrench, or only get 10MPG. I can't remember how I stumbled upon the W126 chassis, maybe a movie, but the more I researched it, the more I wanted it. I was looking at a 560SEL, too much gas/more costly to maintain, as well as an SEC, which I really wanted 4 doors so that was out. I found my 500SEL just 15 miles away, from an Austrian guy that grew up working on the cabs there (Mostly Mercedes.) Everything about it is great. Well worth the extra maintenance costs. She's beautiful, powerful, luxurious, large, and nimble, all at the same time. Almost every time I go out someone asks me about her. Nobody guesses that it's an 80's car. I even had someone guess 2001-2, haha. If you're considering getting a w126, just do it.
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post #736 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 02:07 AM
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Hi there,,,

I have driven several brands and sizes and only one I have felt comfort, safe, performance, trust, luxury is the Germany made vehicle. Basically, I trust it so I love it.

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post #737 of 1352 (permalink) Old 06-23-2011, 03:01 PM
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I've always been interested in the German engineered vehicles. I recently had a 2007 BMW 525i which I used as a trade-in to get my new 2011 C300 sport. I know it is entry level, but it is still a very nice vehicle. So far so good!
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post #738 of 1352 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 10:15 PM
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i have not purchased mine yet currently researching due to budget i am considering the c 200 compressor about $1600 us dollars in Trinidad but what concern me is durability and reliability for the amount of dough i'll be spending to purchase and own and maintain it i've driven sprinter vans but that was the closest
mut the 5 cylinder crdi diseal turbo mated with 4 speed triptonic-like transmition made it fun to drive unlike the japs that iwas accustomed to also heard when purchased new last 0-5 years with low breakdowns (wikipeadia) but it is a company that invest 1million euros a day into reasearch and development into their vehicles(top gear) that alone says a lot
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post #739 of 1352 (permalink) Old 07-09-2011, 11:30 PM
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Triinidad. Go find a used AMG GL63. On road or off road you'll rule the country.

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post #740 of 1352 (permalink) Old 07-10-2011, 08:56 PM
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I purchased the 2007 ML350 as a better tow vehicle over a 2005 Chevy Astro Van. The Astor Van was rated at 5500lbs towing capacity and the ML is rated at 7200lbs. We have 22 foot travel trailer that has a dry weigh of 3900lbs and we are thinking of getting a 26 foot travel trailer.

Oh yeah, I think pick up trucks are a bad choose of vehicle in the pacific northwest where anything you put in the box will get wet and the lenght of a 4 door pick up makes it way to long to be driving and parking in the city.

The ML350 tows the trailer like a dream. The biggest defference is the feel on the raod. The best way I can describe it is, the trailer "bullied", pushed around, the Astro Van whereas the ML barely has any change in handling. The van/trailer got pushed around by wind from big rigs, large trucks and to a lesser degree other RV's. The ML/trailer does not notice them.

The only problem with the ML is that it is so comfortable to drive I don't want to stop. This the missus problem not mine.


2007 ML350 tows a Mallard 18CK (22' travel trailer)
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