The Best advise I've heard ...
The best advise I have ever read in a forum - addressed to me - was ...
There is no cheap mercedes!
You will either pay now or later.
With that said I have purchased a 1993 500SEL 2.5 years ago and 40K miles.
I have invested about $9,000 in repairs, then there was the God blessing - the deer kicked my front radiator - $5,500 additional (new radiator and air conditioning components)
I love the car - it is so much better than other cars in the drive and comfort.
My next car will be a E class, with a V8.
This car was never ment to be inexpensive! As others have posted - "small" things are expensive and I have not had a computer break yet - which is my real fear.
I've replaced the ...
rear blaters (shocks were recommended to be replaced - but I said no and live with a sqeek)
transmistion ($3,000 from mercedes)
electronic fuel control
and other items -
I would go with the Starmark car - more money and better warranty. I did puchase an aftermarket warrenty that paid most of my expenses.
Has anyone advised you that the air conditioner dryer for the 140 chassis is behind the dash board - 2 days labor just getting to it.
Summary - I'm glad I have it, I wish it didn't require the maintenance it does - but with the work done - I'm keeping it.
I purchased it with 92K.
There ois a cooling concern with the 140 chassis - as the engine is aluminum - if it ever over heated - it may be warped - bad news.
If you find a 140 that you like - be sure to remove the plastic at the back side of the front wheel wells. If the car ever overheated there will be some oxidized aluminum there.
Comment - my car didn't have the aluminum there - but shortly after I bought the car it did start overheating. That is when the deer (really a deer) kicked my front end - insurace replaced the radiator - andd I have had NO over heating issues since.
Good luck - sorry for the long message.
Thanks for the help
'86 560SL (186K) - Now a 'classic' : Registered as an Historic Vehicle
'95 E420 (188K)
'03 LS430 (Lexus)
- - - - -
'95 E420 (231K) Sold to a happy buyer, new to Mercedes
'90 300E (65K) Sold to an Mercedes Lover
'92 190E (215K) - retired to the salvage yard, sigh
'93 500SEL (214K) - Moved to another family, still runs like a young pup