I could see easily spending $2000 just to get good functioning air conditioning in a 108…
AC? $2k easy. Think about all the rubber bits on the undercarriage. From the looks of the pictures they're all original. Not hard to source, for the most part, but very labour intensive to replace. I shudder to think what a door seal for one of these costs nowadays.
Odd. I don't think of them as plain. I think of them as having quite a nice ride…
I'm not referring to the ride - I'm referring to the design, body style, etc. The finnie has some real panache, but the 108 it far more plain in its design. Call it reserved, if you would, but plain. Not flashy.
A late 90s sedan is a depreciating car that will become unmaintainable from an electronics standpoint. A late 90s car is a drive-it-til-it-drops but you can't afford to fix it car. Definitely more safe in every way, but of no interest to someone who cares about cars.
I would take exception to this. For that matter, the late 90s cars are very stable, reliable, and easy to maintain considering their complexity. I drive a 1995 W140 coupe with over 250k on it, and it's never had an issue with electronics. Now about that engine wiring harness…..
Sort of like the unappreciated W114 coupes.... I can't understand why people aren't as impressed with those as they should be... some day…
Again, the W108 and W114 are plain Jane cars from a design standpoint. I have owned both, several 108s, for that matter. I had a 250C that was one of the most fun MBs I've ever owned, but it was plain. Dull. Unassuming.
Prior to the W108 you had the finnie. A really unique car design-wise. After the finnie things became utilitarian in my humble opinion. Very subtle lines, simple shapes, etc. Styling didn't seem to really take off again until maybe the W116 and the W126.
. If you want a "daily driver" buy a Honda Fit, a Prius, a Crown Vic....
I humbly disagree. That would imply that even a car like a W123 wouldn't be acceptable as a daily driver, and I can count on both hands the number of people I know that are using 300Ds as daily drivers….