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Date registered: May 2005
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RE: Help! Purchasing 2 door late 60's-early 80s Mercedes coupe
Thanks flyboyike, this really helps.
I'm quickly realizing how little I truly know about these cars. As I look at the different cars you suggest, there are obviously a number of models that I would find acceptable. Really, I am looking for two doors, two or four seater, convertible or not. It is the more streamlined look that many of these autos you and others have pointed out that interest me, not so much the more austere and majestic look-and-feel of the sedans. Yet, there are many different models that all seem OK to me, and I am uncertain what the differences are or how they might best serve my relatively humble needs, which also include:
* Not looking for a show car or big investment score, just something that is well designed and relatively affordable to drive
* Something that drives well and is safe (good handling, etc.)
* Something that has relatively controlled worst-case maintenance costs; again, I would like to spend a total of about 20K over five years, or 4K per year. I can spend it all up front, or in maintenance over the ownership cycle. Of course, if someone tells me I could spend 30K up front and get something ideal that would be reliable as a new car and the best possible ride, I would be willing to spend more. My biggest concern on cost is not wanting to both spend a lot up front *and* find myself spending a lot in ongoing maintenance.