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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,198 20.72%
Performance 1,031 17.83%
Prestige 1,369 23.67%
Safety 536 9.27%
Value 971 16.79%
Other 678 11.72%
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post #981 of 1335 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 05:01 AM
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Vehicle: 1998 c 230
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How and why? simple it was cheep

I bought my MB off my sister in laws lease, she drove the car 20,000 miles in 3 year lease and paid the highest down payment I ever heard of for a c-class so when her lease was up and she wanted a new car I bought her old one off lease saved a load of cash. As long as she wants to impress people by driving a MB I'll sit by and wait for her to get rid of them every 3 years.
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post #982 of 1335 (permalink) Old 11-24-2012, 04:53 PM
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I bought my merc because I always loved them. When I was a kid my dad bought a 1992 190E and I loved everything about it. But I always wished he had bought W124 as they were new at the time and a much better car. 7 years ago before I got married my wife needed a new car. At that time our family doctor was selling his perfectly maintained W124 300E. I went there offered him half what he was asking and drove home in my new 300E. It has been the best car I have ever owned. The car has 380 000 klms on the clock and I will keep it til at least 500 000klms.
I also remember watching an Australian movie years ago (don't remember the name)about criminals. The older crim was mentoring a younger crim and his first piece of advise was to buy a German car preferably a Mercedes like his 'because you will need a reliable get away car. Last thing you need is trying to get away from a burglary and your car won't start'. LOL.
I haven't used my car for crime but it needs to be reliable to take the kids to and from school and me to work everyday. If only my doctor had another Merc so I can buy it but alas he has switched to Volvos. I think I need to find another doctor. LOL
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post #983 of 1335 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 02:53 PM
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In 1998 I built a 1936 Mercedes kit car. Since then I've owned a couple of motorcycles and 'vetts. We were looking for something to take on a road trip for our 25th wedding anniversary. Wanted something not everyone had and it had to be a convertible. Found a 2005 CLK320 with relatively low mileage at a great price. We are getting the same mileage with this car that we were getting with our 2000 Honda Accord, V-6, amazing. Just love the car.
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I thought it would have the quality equal to its reputation. Boy was I wrong; one of the stupidest mistakes I ever made. The car (99 SLK 230) is ALWAYS giving me trouble!
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post #985 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 08:51 PM
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Always wanted to own a Mercedes, bought a GL-550, I am spoiled now. The ride quality, build quality and acceleration the best I have ever owned. I am spoiled now, will never drive any thing but a Mercedes from here on out.
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post #986 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 06:28 PM
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Arrow

It would be hard to say its any one thing, this car is in a class by itself, thats my reason
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post #987 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 06:28 PM
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Its the best of all cars
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post #988 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 06:54 PM
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The bad Years

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I thought it would have the quality equal to its reputation. Boy was I wrong; one of the stupidest mistakes I ever made. The car (99 SLK 230) is ALWAYS giving me trouble!
Unfortunately, you are in the possession of the range of bad cars MB built from about 1996 to 2002 or 03, except the W140 (which seemed to stabilize toward the end of its 1999 life), and the wonderful R129 (SL's), which was on a W124 chassis. I stayed away for about 10 years. My opinion is that 1) MB was pre-occupied with Chrysler and 2) its experienced engineers retired and a "young", in-experienced group came in.

The 96, 97,98 E classes were particularly bad (apologies, if offended any of those owners), with terrible crash test results and funky other stuff. I hope that does not include the M113 V8, since I have that in my 2000 SL5000. I have never read how the M113 3v was better than the M119 4v.

At any rate, proof anyone can bad cars. However, as of 2007-9, MB had recovered and wss building some very nice cars.

Caveat, I don't like the follow-on to the R129, in any number of ways. The R129 I will be keeping forever. Oh, well.
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post #989 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-13-2012, 09:25 AM
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Arrow Not All E's are Bad

My daughters and son-in-laws late '97 E-420 has been good. Almost 200K since October 1997 and nothing major.

A good MBZ to get but not for everyone is a 2005-2006 E-320 CDI. Helps to be mechanically inclined
and to be able to do some things for yourself as they are expensive to simply take to the dealers, but there
are independants who are reasonable and it helps to be able to get parts at a discount also.
Nothing that size or with that performance can touch your fuel costs per mile.
Shop for a good used one and do not worry about how many miles are on the odometer.
A careful shopper should be able to find a good well-cared for model for less than $20K.

I am currently running ours for less than eleven ($.11) cents per mile for fuel.
Fuel economy is never less than 35 mpg!
Fuel is the highest in California, but like I said,compare the cost for fuel per mile.

Study my F E on Fuelly under all 2005 E-320 CDIs.

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Unfortunately, you are in the possession of the range of bad cars MB built from about 1996 to 2002 or 03, except the W140
(which seemed to stabilize toward the end of its 1999 life), and the wonderful R129 (SL's), which was on a W124 chassis.
I stayed away for about 10 years. My opinion is that
1) MB was pre-occupied with Chrysler and
2) its experienced engineers retired and a "young", in-experienced group came in.

The 96, 97,98 E classes were particularly bad (apologies, if offended any of those owners), with terrible crash test
results and funky other stuff. I hope that does not include the M113 V8, since I have that in my 2000 SL5000.
I have never read how the M113 3v was better than the M119 4v.

At any rate, proof anyone can bad cars. However, as of 2007-9, MB had recovered and was building some very nice cars.

Caveat, I don't like the follow-on to the R129, in any number of ways. The R129 I will be keeping forever. Oh, well.
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post #990 of 1335 (permalink) Old 12-17-2012, 05:34 PM
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First Car - Best Choice

WHen searching for my eldest daughters first car I had always assumed I would pick out a Volvo, but those are not what they once were. Reseting my search I began investigating older, large sedans that would keep me from developing stomach ulcers when she finally began driving on her own. I kept coming around to the w210. Then I drove one (1997 e320) with impeccable service history and bought it on the spot. Four years later and the usual bumps and bruises from the early driving years have finally diminished in frequency and I am in the process of getting it back into proper shape.

I took her to a BMW CCA Street Survival School and the car really surprised those aficionados of the lesser German brand and she (and I) gained a lot of confidence in the car's abilities in radical maneuvers . No ulcers and no worries! She is in a car as capable, reliable, and safe as anything out there and moreso than 95% of new vehicles.

My only problem now is I have to drive it sometimes and it makes me hate every other car I own. Nothing approaches the handling, performance, and ride combination of the Merc. I am currently on an ongoing hunt for a 2008-2009 e350 or 2006-09 SLK (manual) for myself so I can stop coveting my daughter's car.

Me second daughter is approaching driving age and she will be in another w210, perhaps a later model.
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