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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-27-2008, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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When were the "Golden Years"?

OK. So I'm new to the forum and have joined because I'm thinking of getting a MB for a daily driver. I have been a loyal BMW owner all my life owning 4 diffferent 3-series models and now owning an X5. The 3-series cars were all great vehicles giving me relatively few problems over the years and running trouble-free into the 200k mile range. However, my X5 has left me a little bitter due to several repairs in the one year of ownership and only 70k miles. For this reason and the fact that I'd like to down-size to a sedan I am selling it. I have considered getting a jap car for reliability but my soul just won't let me do it. I have always been fascinated by MB vehicles and think they are very classy so I'm considering one.

I am looking to move to a mid-size 4-door sedan and want some advice. I want an honest opinion on the reliablity, cost of ownership and advice on choosing a relatively hassle free MB.

For starters I'd like to stay under a $15k purchase price. For this reason I've all but eliminated the newer models (3 years old or less). In fact I kind of like the idea of driving an older vehicle so I am open to any year model going back all the way into the 80s. I realize I may be giving up many "creature comforts" found in newer vehicles by doing this but that is OK. I don't expect this next vehicle to have much more than leather, power steering, locks and windows. From my initial research it seems that an E-class sedan may be the car for me but I really don't know. For the moment I am leaning towards a model like the E-320 or similar. I am also considering a diesel version but have never owned that type of engine.

Given the fact that this will be a daily driver for me (my only car) reliability is fairly important.

Can someone please recommend a vehicle for me? What years did this company so rich in heritage make the best cars? Which were the most reliable years and models? Were there any "Golden Years"?
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the w123 and w126 deisels of the 80s are very good cars for the daily driver, one being a bit better on the luxury side, and the other being alot easier to park. both can be found for under 5k in nice shape, dont worry they can go for 15k if they are the exception. i wont go into any great detail because i simply dont own one, but would like to down the road.

i myself am stuck on the mb's of the 80's. as the s and e classes of the 90's dont do anything to appeal to me.

if you want something a little newer, faster, non deisel, look at the 300e and 500e. but dont expect to 450 miles to the tank.

im not sure how fast your looking to go, you may already have something in your garage for that.

for sale: Car Domain 80 EURO 280CE M110.984 english red, white cloth interior 194k
daily driver: 93 toyota MR2, black 5spd non-turbo, may just have to remedy that
mopar: 62 chrysler newport 4DR white 361 V8, 36k miles

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