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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 #941 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 01:41 PM
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Why did I buy a mercedes?

I have always been a Mercedes fan since I was a kid. My grandpa always had european cars like volvo, land rover and then he decided to switch it up to 1988 260e. At that time i was only 6 years old and would pretend to drive his car all the time. The minute i turned 24 and finished college the first car I bought that wasnt a beater was a C280 sport line with AMG appearance package, the car was a head turner as it looked sporty and it was lowered with silver and black leather 6 months later i got into an accident and it got totalled. A month after my accident i picked up a 1996 c280 and drove it for 3 years, I put over 60k miles on it with only changing brakes oil, and a tie rods ever since the Mercedes fever wouldn't leave me and now over the past 6years I've owned 5 different models (1995 c280 sport line,1996 c280 classic,1996 c220 , 2002 clk430 and now I have the all mighty 2003 w211 E500 sport with Airmatic and panoramic roof. I seem to have also given the Mercedes fever to most of my friends and we almost have our own little club with a 2005 e55 amg, 2006 cls55, 2001 cl500 sport, 2006 c55 and my 2003 E500 sport the looks we get from people when we are all driving around at the same time is priceless as we all are between the age of 25-30 but at the same time the tratement you get when we pull up into a hotel or a restraunt is like royalty.

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2003 W211 E500 Sport with Pano Roof
2002 w208 CLK430
2006 Nissan Altima SE-R
1996 w202 C280
1995 w202 sport line with AMG trim C280
1996 W202 C220
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post #942 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-03-2012, 02:32 PM
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I bought my w124 after falling in love with a w140 in middle school. I wanted an inexpensive used car that didn't reek of defeat, and I absolutely [I]needed[I] something very safe, as I am a college student surrounded by people who drive Mommy and Daddy's SUVs at breakneck speed, even in snow. Though the car is rapidly becoming a moneypit, I drive it with the certainty that I'll survive my undergrad adventures (in black leather and zebrano).

Also, there's nothing quite like having your arrival announced by the gleaming pedestrian-sight at the end of the hood!
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The devil made me do it.

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post #944 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-04-2012, 09:11 AM
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Arrow Being a Certified Car Nut . .

Here's a list of the MBZs I have had in the past plus the one we have now:

Currently, a 2005 W-211 E-320 CDI.

Past MBZs include mostly diesels, but also a couple of gassers.

A pair of '99 E-300 DTs, at differenty times of course.

A 'baby' 1984 190D 2.2 with a five speed manual.

A 1981 240D with a manual four speed.

A 1976 240D with a manual four speed.

A 1974 240D with a slush box for the wife. Can you say SLOW?

A 1972 220D with a manual four speed.

A 1970 220D with a manual four speed.

A 1966 200D with a manual four speed.

And my first Benz, a 1966 190D/b with a manual four speed 'on the tree'.

Gassers included a 1974 450 SLC and a 1973 450 SE. Very fast after I tuned 'em myself.
But very thirsty vehicles for sure when compared to the diesels.
Wife could not stand her 240D slush box although she put only 43K miles on it in but
18 months and simply had to have that 450SLC, a rather rare and expensive vehicle.

As you might gather, I prefer diesels, especially the one we now drive.

This is simply a partial list of the numerious vehicles I have had since receiving my first car, a 1937 Austin of
England Bantam
in 1950 at only fourteen years of age, a gift from my uncle in 1950.
There is no way I can recall, let alone list all the vehicles that I have had
since then as there were, simply put, too many!
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post #945 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-06-2012, 08:12 AM
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Post Austin Bantam

They were American made.......

Good little cars IMO as I love tiny vehicles .

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Mine was free.

But I like it better then BMW. (thought I would never say that)

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Austin Bantam aka American Austin

Originally Posted by vwnate1 View Post
They were American made.......

Good little cars IMO as I love tiny vehicles .
I recall my mother mentioning that when she was young, and the first generation Austins were new, that she liked them because they looked like a pocket-sized Lincoln.

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My dad has always loved Mercedes cars. He is a retired mechanic and the way he got his first Benz surprised me, the owner lived up the street at the corner of the top of the hill. He didn't have the money to repay my dad so my dad kept his Mercedes! Since then my dad has always liked Benz and he recently bought 2 more. A 126 and a 140 for $1,500. He likes Benz because he knows they are safe cars. First he bought a 92 500 sel, a month later he found a 560 sec on eBay a d bought it too. He buys them primarily because of their safety.
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Bought the first one almost 30 years ago, a somewhat tired but running 190SL to restore. Never got around to it.

Bought the next one, a new C Class, as a daily driver for the wife. She enjoyed it while we owned it.

Bought the current one, the '89 560SL because we wanted something to enjoy on sunny, summer day as an alternative to the Harleys. Wasn't necessarily what we were looking for, but couldn't resist this low mileage (26,000), well maintained and pampered vehicle.
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post #950 of 1332 (permalink) Old 10-07-2012, 06:58 PM
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Perhaps . . .

Originally Posted by vwnate1 View Post
They were American made.......

Good little cars IMO as I love tiny vehicles .
I was only 13 or 14 years old at the time, and of course, there being no internet,
I did not know and could not care less.

The motor was tiny, the battery was larger.

The reason my uncle gave it to me was that he thought I could learn on it by replacing
the bad rear crankshaft roller bearing it had. We could not find a replacement, but
my friend and I drove it anyway even though it knocked, but never broke anything.
Being an import from England was perhaps the reason we could not get the part we needed.
Cannot recall what happened to that Bantam. After all, It had been more than
60 years, and I have simply had far to many vehicles.

One thing I do recall, it had a tiny button for a clutch petal. Total travel was less than
one inch. It was either fully engaged or disengaged, there being no inbetween.
A four speed with a floor shift; The shifting fork directly from your hand to the gears.
Other 'extras' included a sliding sunroof and leather bucket seats.

This was indeed a very simple car, but it drove, and that is all I cared about then!


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