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Old 09-09-2009, 08:58 PM
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10 GREAT AND SAFE RIDES FOR TEENS

On page 22 & 24 of the September 7 AUTOWEEK.
Included among the list of new and late-model cars, including the Honda Accord, VW Rabbit, Ford Focus and Mazda 6, is the (QUOTE)
"1979 - 81 Mercedes-Benz 300TD.
AVERAGE PRICE RANGE: $6000 - $14000
Nothing will make you cooler and keep you safer than a vintage Mercedes wagon."

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Old 09-09-2009, 09:10 PM
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Nothing will make you cooler and keep you safer than a vintage Mercedes wagon."
maybe a vintage Mercedes sedan
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:17 PM
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Certainly not going anywhere fast either
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:49 PM
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The clatter of a turbodiesel . . . chick magnet.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:51 PM
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The clatter of a turbodiesel . . . chick magnet.
my ex girlfriend loved my mercedes, but she wouldnt want to own an older, like almost every person i meet.
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The clatter of a turbodiesel . . . chick magnet.
Though curiosly, they only listed the '79 to 81 wagon, which I believe, wasn't a turbo-diesel.
Maybe they considered the turbo models too fast for teenagers!

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Old 09-09-2009, 10:06 PM
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If I had a kid, and they were hard on the accelerator pedal, I would get them an auto 240D.

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Teens belong in something big (for safety), cheap (because they'll probably destroy it), and slow (safety again). Because of #2, I'd try to avoid anything particularly rare or classic. 123 wagons are too rare to give to some teen to total, unless they're almost there already.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:01 PM
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Interesting that they chose the 90hp N/A wagon with SLS and the Evil Servo climate system as an ideal teen car! LOL. One of those is probably the least likely old MB that I would want.

My guess is that finding a nice example of one of those would cost far beyond what the average teen is willing to spend anyways.....I have never actually seen one of that vintage around here, ever. Just some turbo wagons.....and the later W124's....I've seen some sedans of that time frame, but never a wagon.
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My 16 year old son drives a 1985 300D just for that reason-Big, Heavy & Slow (by rice rocket standards)
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Interesting that they chose the 90hp N/A wagon with SLS and the Evil Servo climate system as an ideal teen car! LOL. One of those is probably the least likely old MB that I would want.

My guess is that finding a nice example of one of those would cost far beyond what the average teen is willing to spend anyways.....I have never actually seen one of that vintage around here, ever. Just some turbo wagons.....and the later W124's....I've seen some sedans of that time frame, but never a wagon.
I thought it was more interesing (or maybe just curious) that along with the other 9 choices from 2003 to current models, they would pick a car that's 28 to 30 years old!
The article didn't discuss whether a teenager would WANT a 300TD, though when I was that age, given the choice between paying for my own choice, or driving an old Mercedes, I would have, and did choose - the old Mercedes. That 'old Mercedes' however cost $200, not 6 to 14 K, or whatever the equivalent was in 1973.

Today, I do have a 5-speed '84 NA 300TD without the dreaded ACC of any kind. Of course it's a Euro model. Does have the SLS though.

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Old 09-10-2009, 06:27 AM
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My 21 year old is driving my 82 300cd. She loves it, calls it Neville and has been driving it since she was 16.

Neville is getting a little shaggy these days, especially the leather.
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Old 09-10-2009, 06:58 AM
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I bought my 1978 300D when i got my license, but for slightly different reasons: A) I wanted as few electronics and computers as possible so i could fix every thing. B) It didnt say Civic anywhere on it. So far the slowness does not bother me, cant say the same about the people following me
i do however live in upstate NY therefor in the winter its cold and there's salt on the roads...rust...
most people cant fathom why i would get an almost 32 year old car, oh well.
Its probably because its a rich town so people so up in their 2007(new then) Bmw's and dont see why i would want to fix it "you just take it to the dealer" "its got a warrenty" ugh
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Old 09-10-2009, 07:09 AM
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I agree I had my 300CD when I was 16 and it was a great car but to be honest I would not give any teenager I know a TD or for that matter a CD too rare.....a nice 240D would be the perfect fit..
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Safer? I don't know about that! ANY car you can lay down in usually isn't exactly "safe" when you're a teenager!
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