Date registered: Sep 2007
Vehicle: '95 E320, 175K miles
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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While my current and previous cars are/were Mercedes, I'd always stood by the logic, if you're willing to repair it, pretty much any car can last an indefinite amount of time.
This is barring accidents/theft/etcetera.
There is always a point of diminishing marginal returns, and that point is sooner with other vehicles. A Hyundai Pony will run/move forever, but honestly, who wants to keep working on it that much?
Actually, I'm certain there is a small group of people who do, but I don't know them.
However, the 123/124/126 MB's are, in my opinion, the last of the cars which were built as a conglomeration of parts, not assemblies. This is crucial for longevity, because when something fails, you can either repair just the one broken piece, or if that is not possible, you can get around whatever isn't working, probably for an indefinite period of time.
My power antenna has a loose connection in the body where the motor is. I've had it apart enough times this summer to wait until autumn to mess with it any more. Ergo, I played with the connections long enough to get the antenna up, then I just unplugged the power so it remains 'up'.
My wife's 2002 Lexus (Toyota) RX300 will likely be similar in longevity to the MB, however, I know there are assemblies in it...like for the satnav and the instrument cluster. I merely hope those don't fail, that's all....
'95 E320, mostly stock, 220K miles, known as Baby Beater Benz...gave to my stepson...still original transmission, still no reverse
'05 Cadillac STS, V8, pearl white, 113K miles, my DD
Wife's ride: '02 Lexus RX300 AWD, all the options but a hitch, 114K miles
'99 Fleetwood Bounder Diesel 39Z diesel pusher motorhome, which has visited 9 provinces, 1 territory, and 49 states under our ownership, 127K miles and many modifications