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Old 04-01-2003, 03:41 PM
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I'm affraid of the repercussions of what I'm about to say:

Get the Honda.

Reason being is that the w123s are more DIY hobby type cars that requires the owner to be more aware of whats going on with it and be willing to either do the work that needs to be done or pay for some one to do it. You can't skimp on these cars or else everything goes downhill. Especially the 300D Turbos, they are a lot more complicated then a 240D 4-speed and require more time and money to keep on going. I personally don't have a problem doing things ranging from the std oil change to major brake or suspension work, and when the time comes Engine stuff. While my car sits out back waiting for repairs I can hop in another car (most of the time my dads Saturn) and drive down to MB and get a part or just go hang out with friends. (In other words I have a spare car).

With a Honda though you don't have to worry about ANYTHING. even oil changes seem optional (for the most part). My friend's dad has a Acura that they bought 14 years ago. They haven't had to do any major repair work to that thing, and it sees action all through Dallas and Ft Worth.

Sure a Honda isn't as unique as a old MB, but on the other hand, can your mom handle the responsiblites associated with an old MB.
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Old 04-01-2003, 08:30 PM
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Well it is quite obvious what I would buy for myself, but being most women tend to hate diesels and like Capt Kirk stated these cars take a little more awareness of things, it would probably be better to buy the jap car.

Oh and one other thing, I feel your pain on the 94 Grand Prix I sold my 91 Grand Prix in August 2002 for something easier to work on. (notice date registered )
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Old 04-01-2003, 11:50 PM
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Thanks again for the comments. She said in no uncertain terms that she doesn't want "my car", so the final nail's in that coffin...not that I'm surprised, but still...

As mentioned before, I had decided that I shouldn't be involved in the selection process (put bluntly, I have a very strong bias against Jap cars; my blood pressure rises every time I think of her in one, so I had decided that the best course of action was to stay away) and told her this and my reasons why (I wasn't mean or anything ), and she told me that she would also consider a Volkswagen, so maybe I could get her into a TDi...
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Old 04-02-2003, 12:39 AM
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You made the right decision Warden. You have to want a MB. You have to love it. Jap cars are for people that think of vehicles only as a way to get from A to B. They have as much character as a toaster, are about as reliable, and when they break you just get another. My inlaws have two identical Camrys. I do some of the maintenence on them. I have never driven a more soul-less car. The perfect vehicle for the "Casper Milquetoast" type. They are made to be ignored. Let her get whatever she wants. Save the MBs for the people who will appreciate them. RT
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