Haven't totalled the invoices yet, but the thing that strikes me from the prior responses is the random nature of parts failures. This has been my experience too. Odd occurrances such as three flex discs failing on the 95E300 over 130000 miles while one failure for the same part on the 87300TDT over 179000. Water pumps seem to fail frquently
on these cars, which would indicate to me a manufacturing problem. Imagine if your water pump was made to last like MB-Tex! It would be interesting to see what the true cost per mile driven is taking everything into account (including
residual value) and compare it to other brands.