Date registered: Oct 2012
Vehicle: 68 250S, 91 300se, 98 SL500, 450SEL 6.9, 14 CLS550 Past MB's; 300SD, 300E, 300TE, 190E, ML420
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
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I dont necessarily disagree with innovation560, but if you get a GOOD car and maintain it, you will only occasionally/rarely get stranded, and some of those can be avoided by learning thing that happen at high mileage, like the alternator brushes. I think I have only been stranded 2 times in 20 years with the car. 241K miles now.
BUT, you will need to occasionally spend a week or four performing a major refresh of some system. So you need to have a backup car.
I just spent 4 weeks (yeah, I work slow) complete front suspension rebuild, new front torsion bar weld on tips, brake lines, driveshaft donuts(3) , replace outside mirror and fix a rust spot and replace a few deteriorated plastic and rubber parts I found as I worked on it.
3-4 years ago I spent a couple of months replacing the head gasket and all the rubber parts involved and other parts while I was there.
I just drove my R129 instead, which I normally dont do in winter. Rest of this week I will change the trans fluid in the R129.
Like I said, W126 great daily, but have a spare car.