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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-27-2005, 06:26 PM
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Just an idea but if you want reliability and good gas mileage you might think of going with a 300CD.
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Late 60's?,buy a 280SEc 3.5 coupe,now you live in Frisco you have your pic of the US's best Merc specialists!!
I have 5 mercs from 1965 to 1983 ,i owned dozens of different ones but the 280 3.5 coupe is stylish in that Audrey Hepburn way,Ne plus ultra!!!!
Everything else including those awful looking 107's with their US spec bumpers are just common.[8D][8D][8D][8D]
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I drive my W111 3.5 three to four days a week and it's been pretty darn fun and reliable. It has surprised me.

However, I agree with previous posts that the 500/560 SEC is the easy answer. I'd hate to subject a 3.5 to daily SF city abuse. Ugh.


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...then you have never had a 500 engine shit itself when the timing chain breaks....,drive a 3,5 and it will live forever.been everywhere there and done it.still doin' it.buy the 300SEc and cruise in style.
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That's great to know!


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MercMad, you're so mean to the poor 107s, I agree, the US additions are the worst thing ever (even Porsche was destoryed by them) but not all are bad. In 72 (and 73?) the bumpers had minimal additions. See my lovely 72' 350sl (which has a 4.5 L engine, contrary to the badge number...). [:D] At least you didnt trash the looks of the W463 G-class.... heh [8D]
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Sorry i posted them twice, i tried to delete the first set, but i am having difficulties.. oh well... now you can admire its beauty even more! hah
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Searching "backwards" like that is a brilliant way to buy a vintage car. Unless you're the übermechanic, you'll need an expert on your side... and then you'll be at his mercy, unless you have more than one.

That said, it's likely that you'll be put off buying a classic or semi-classic altogether. There are few models that mechanics swear by. After all, they spend their time repairing cars, so they are always encountering cars needing work? Kind of obvious, huh.

And that said, I would highly recommend the 3.5 Coupe version of my W111 at left. This car is rock-solid and virtually never has an issue. OTOH, I only drive it once or twice a week, depending on the weather.
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