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View Poll Results: How long should a Mercedes last?
Should last at least 8 years/150,000 miles before major repair costs 4 100.00%
Should last at least 10 years/200,000 miles before major repair costs 12 100.00%
Should last at least 12 years/250,000 before major repair costs 3 100.00%
It is the best MB design vehicle so far at will last at least 15 years/300k 5 100.00%
THE FOLLOWING ARE HOW LONG TO YOU THINK THE ML WILL ACTUALLY LAST 1 100.00%
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Old 12-01-2004, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How long should a Mercedes last?

How long should an ML last? You can make two selections.

First, assuming normal maintanence and $300 per year in additional repairs, how long SHOULD an ML last before you have to starting paying thousands in repair costs year after year? Please make your selection with these assumptions.

Second, how long do you think the ML will ACTUALLY last before you have to starting paying thousands (i.e. $1,000, $2,000, $3000, etc...) in repair costs year after year.
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Old 12-01-2004, 06:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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RE: How long should a Mercedes last?

How about http://tinyurl.com/45zha

or even

http://www.ausfx.com/forum/index.php/topic,1889.0.html

(Not ML's, but should be interesting to enthusiasts.)

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Old 12-01-2004, 06:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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first ad looks bogus

The guy listed it as a 2001 E, but doesn't that look like the redesigned body w/ the sloped headlamps :-)
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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RE: How long should a Mercedes last?

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How about http://tinyurl.com/45zha
$15,000!!!! for a 2001 E55AMG with only.....

Miles: 432,000!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-01-2004, 09:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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RE: How long should a Mercedes last?

I voted same as everyone else

I also think that "major mechanical work" would be "very expensive parts"

btw, the day when engine goes out, I'm ordering a Brabus 6.xL engine or w/e is another one available [8D]
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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RE: first ad looks bogus

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The guy listed it as a 2001 E, but doesn't that look like the redesigned body w/ the sloped headlamps :-)
The pic is that of a W211 whereas it should be a W210 for 2001.
Anyway, the absence of VIN is suspicious!
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Old 12-02-2004, 11:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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RE: How long should a Mercedes last?



I have about 300,000 miles on this one, 30 years old and on it's original engine. No engine rebuilds or anything, but the original transmission was rebuilt once at 180,000 mi. (By an MB independant, Reimschüssel, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.) I drive it today, runs great. :)
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Old 12-02-2004, 12:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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RE: How long should a Mercedes last?

The problem with this scenario is the assumed $300/year in repairs. My 2000 ML has had every problem that is regularly discussed here (and other problems). Fortunately, it has been under warranty. I dread my warranty expiration. Any problem will be many hundreds (a simple brake job is $400 at the dealer!) and a major repair (like a transmission) will be thousands!
I've also owned several Toyota's. They require very little maintenence and virtually NO repairs. I don't want to argue about brands, but that's the facts.
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Old 12-02-2004, 01:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
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and a major repair (like a transmission) will be thousands!
I just looked up how much Reimschüssel charged for the transmission rebuilt in 1989, 15 years ago:
Parts: $533.80, labour $512.50 and tax $26.69, pretty reasonable. Today it would cost $1350 plus about $200 to install, still reasonable IMHO. [:)]
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Old 12-02-2004, 06:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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OK, so here's my point... its not what a repair might cost, its the fact that yet another part has failed. People on these boards report engine failures and transmission failures. I've driven several Toyota's to 140,000+ miles with no major failures, very few minor problems and low maintenence costs (like brakes lasting over 100K miles. Most of us love the ML or we wouldn't be here trying to keep it running. But let's not confuse loving a vehicle or brand loyalty with quality. I've had two ML's. Same story on both. I can't speak for other Mercedes models but there is alot of information out there about which brands & models have high quality. Draw your own conclusions.
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