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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-25-2011, 10:35 AM
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I daily'ed a 250 Sedan for a couple years in my early 20's, it was a solid reliable car.

It actually ended up costing me less than most of the "newer" cars to own and operate.

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post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-26-2011, 04:19 AM
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I have used a 70's w123 platform for an every day car, commuting about 15 miles to work, it never let me down.

Will it start and run every day with little maintenance, yes.

Is it a gamble as to whether you're setting yourself up for a lot of future headaches, also yes. You'll definitely be ordering parts online.

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and of course ebay.
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dynocase might i suggest for a teen driver a model 123 or 126. (No offence to Scoot or any other dash 8 folks) the 123 is from 1977 to 1985 gas and diesel models (majority diesel) if the word diesel doesn't scare you a good 240 D or 300D for 2-3 grand would be a solid car. Also the 126 (300 E or 300 CE, the coupe will cost you more) 1986 to 1991 (they ran thru 1995 but I would avoid later years, potential wiring harness issue) a 300 E is an inline 6 gas and if potentially replacing a head gasket and valve seals doesn't scare you the enging is otherwise damn near bulletproof. Both of these models were excellent sellers, there are a lot of them (for sale, replacement parts & in the boneyards), They are quite safe and get reasonable mileage. West coast examples (Washington, Califronia, Nevada, Oregon) rust free are readily avaliable.
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If your daughter is looking for a vintage Benz to look great in while tooling around town, consider an R107 chassis SL.

These roadsters have got all the charm of a vintage car, but with modern car levels of reliability and day-to-day driveability. You even get airbags, ABS, and cruise control in later models.

There are so many on the market, you should be able to find a well-maintained, low-mileage peach without too much trouble.



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dynocase Also the 126 (300 E or 300 CE, the coupe will cost you more) 1986 to 1991 (they ran thru 1995 but I would avoid later years, potential wiring harness issue) a 300 E is an inline 6 gas and if potentially replacing a head gasket and valve seals doesn't scare you the enging is otherwise damn near bulletproof.
Just to clarify, i think you mean the w124. w126 is s-class, 300SE, 300SEL etc.

A w123/w124 would be better but you have to factor that this girl "likes" a specific car, when I saw my first w126 (still have it ) I KNEW that I had to get one and wouldn't have settled for a "sensible" w123.

All in all, these cars DO take some maintenance and it can be quite expensive if you do not want to do all/part of the work yourself.
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My daily driver is a '72' 280SEL sedan with the V-8. I get about 12-13 around town and got 17 on a 500mile trip a few months ago. I would not hesitate to drive my car any place or any distance.

If your daughter wants a 250C mercedes and you can work on cars, then do it, but do it with your eyes open.

I can tell you that they are easy to work on, parts are not hard to come by and they are not all that expensive. I put about 5,000 miles on my benz this year and I have spent $560 on parts and labor this year. That included dropping the transmission to replace leaking seals (included new flex disks and mount), new master cylinder and new power steering pump.

My car is eating seals right now because she sat in a barn for 10 years before I found her. If the car you are looking at has been driven regularly, it should not have those issues.

At the end of the day, they are not modern cars with all the modern conveniences, but that is what I love about my car. Every week I get stopped and asked about my car.

Buy what makes you happy.
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If I were to stick a 16 year old in a car, I would probably put an AIRBAG as a fairly high priority. Toyota, Honda, Mazda, even Ford would have economical used cars that would cost you about what the 250 C would cost you and be lower maintenance, higher economy, and safer.
I agree with most of your post however there is no one who is ever going to make me believe that a Toyota, Honda or Mazda and Ford are safer than my 1971 250C 114. No way.
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I agree with most of your post however there is no one who is ever going to make me believe that a Toyota, Honda or Mazda and Ford are safer than my 1971 250C 114. No way.
I love vintage cars. Three words to your reply: High strength steel- old vintage cars just don't have it. I would NEVER put any 16 year old in a vintage car. http://
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