Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog How To Articles Tech Forums
Call Pelican Parts at 888-280-7799
Shopping Cart Cart | Project List | Order Status | Help



Go Back   PeachParts Mercedes-Benz Forum > General Discussions > Off-Topic Discussion

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 02-19-2002, 04:37 PM
Tom McMenamin's Avatar
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Orange Park Florida
Posts: 365
Need a recommendation!

Trying to buy a car for my wife.

She is about 5'3' and she has a heavy foot! She has wrecked every car I have ever bought and I refuse to let her drive my 560SL.

Her last car was a BMW 635Csi and she wiped it out and the ins. co tottaled it! (1987) Beautiful car.

At any rate, I need some recommendations on what to get in the Mercedes line that doesn't require massive maintenance (Is their such a thing?) Is real stable and is reasonable to operate?

Any Suggestions? I'll take all I can get to make a decision!

No Sherman tank recommendations! I've already thought of that but she can't reach the pedals!

__________________
1988 560SL
Black Pearl/Palamino
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 02-19-2002, 04:45 PM
Johnson Chan
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
No sherman tanks, hmm, well how about a Hummer? Get a nice big hummer with a seat cushion so she can see out the window and scoot up so she can reach the pedals.

ask her to picture herself going shopping with her girlfriends in a hummer, lol.

I too have wrecked many many cars, i had 6 cars before i was 18. and had a few more since then (now 21). so i kinda know where you and her are coming from.

A benz or volvo is a safer choice, since she cannot drive a big big car due to her size. Porsches are smaller and faster so she might enjoy one of those.

But if its a mercedes you want, hmm then get a 81-85 300D turbo. They are safe, not too big and with the heavy foot, you are mechanically limited to your speed at take off. they are very troublefree and long lasting.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 02-19-2002, 06:51 PM
Kuan's Avatar
unband
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: At the Birkebeiner
Posts: 3,811
Well, how about a W123 240D? 0-60 in 28 seconds. Since she's totalled every car you've ever bought. Not too much maintenance involved in these diesels and they run forever.

Kuan
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 02-19-2002, 07:11 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Posts: 3,126
I agree with Kuan. Built solid and will last a long time with proper maintenance.

240D/300D? Yes!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 02-19-2002, 08:29 PM
Clauser1
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Get her a 500E-E500 and a Shoei helmet.(just kidding) W124 260E!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 02-19-2002, 10:05 PM
mbz380se
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Are you kidding? Don't waste a good 300 CE on someone who has "wrecked every car you have bought her." I'd go with something reasonably safe and very common so there will be no tears shed when/if she smashes if up again. Get her a Ford Taurus from the mid 1990s.

And besides, I might want to buy a 300 CE in a few years, too.

-Sam
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 02-19-2002, 10:24 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
Posts: 8,538
My answer depends on your budget.

Naturally, the current models will have less maintenance, but are really expensive.

If your budget is $20,000 and higher, then an E320 would be my recommendation, or a 98 and newer C-class.

If you're in the $10,000 - $20,000 range, then I would recommend a 94-97 C220, C230, or C280. You can also afford any W124, which, according to my local MB dealer are better cars but more expensive to maintain.

If your budget is less than $10,000, then any 190E and any early model W124 would be in your range (86-92). You can sometimes find a 93-95, but they are usually higher mileage and therefore higher maintenance / repair costs.

I can't imagine your wife would drive a diesel, especially after driving a BMW 6 series.
__________________
Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 02-19-2002, 10:37 PM
3 MB's and counting!
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Toronto, Canada
Posts: 1,825
If it is planning to get wrecked, I would not consider a Mercedes at all!! But then again, safety is another issue, which no other car has.
__________________
99 C43
98 S420
99 C230K
01 C240
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 02-20-2002, 12:33 AM
mbz380se
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
She could get a Volvo 850. Plenty of those around, 8-second zero to 60 times, and there's that Volvo safety.

My earlier recommendation still stands, though.

-Sam
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 02-20-2002, 12:52 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: ajax, ontario, canada
Posts: 773
you could invest in driving lessons. You could get a Sherman tank of a car and she will come out unscathed, but what about the other people driving around her?
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 02-20-2002, 03:26 AM
mikemover's Avatar
All-seeing, all-knowing.
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Atlanta, GA
Posts: 5,514
I agree with Kuan, get a 240D or a pre-82 300D. Both are non-turbo diesels, very slow, very durable and very safe. Both can often be found in good shape for reasonable prices, too.

bobbyv is right also: How about investing in some driving lessons for her as well!

Mike
__________________
_____
1979 300 SD
350,000 miles
_____
1982 300D-gone---sold to a buddy
_____
1985 300TD
270,000 miles
_____
1994 E320
not my favorite, but the wife wanted it

www.myspace.com/mikemover
www.myspace.com/openskystudio
www.myspace.com/speedxband
www.myspace.com/openskyseparators
www.myspace.com/doubledrivemusic
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 02-20-2002, 05:40 PM
G-Benz's Avatar
Razorback Soccer Dad
 
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Dallas/Fort-Worth
Posts: 5,711
I recommend....BUS PASSES!!!
__________________
2009 ML350 (106K) - Family vehicle
2001 CLK430 Cabriolet (80K) - Wife's car
2005 BMW 645CI (138K) - My daily driver
2016 Mustang (32K) - Daughter's car
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 02-21-2002, 10:45 PM
ebennz's Avatar
Fire/Medic
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Hurricane, West Virginia
Posts: 878
hi tom
i'm partial to the w124 for the overall quality and safety and reliability and survivability. 300e/e320, the later ones have dual air bags.

i do have to politely disagree with suiginami's "dealer", i don't agree with the statement on maintenace.

consider checking what consumer reports says on cars in your price range.

just my opinion

peter
__________________
*92 400e 124.034, SOLD

*92 300e 124.030, SOLD
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 02-22-2002, 12:45 PM
Moderator
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Southern California, U.S.A.
Posts: 8,538
Ebenz, you are more than welcome to disagree!

I am also partial to W124's. I test drove some used C-classes before I bought my 93 W124, but they just didn't feel as solid.

I wonder what the dealer meant by the C-class having lower maintenance costs.

Maybe he was referring to the 98 and later models that have the computer that tells you when to take it in for maintenance on the "A" or "B" schedule. They run on synthetic, and I've read on this forum that the dash light doesn't come on very much. Well past the 7,500 mile mark between oil changes.

The early C 280's have the M104 engine so one would think they'd have the exact same maintenance costs.
__________________
Paul S.

2001 E430, Bourdeaux Red, Oyster interior.
79,200 miles.

1973 280SE 4.5, 170,000 miles. 568 Signal Red, Black MB Tex. "The Red Baron".
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 02-22-2002, 08:08 PM
Diesel Power
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
I must also concur the 240D route. With an auto, she'll never be able to get it going fast enough to do any real damage.

I would have recommended a Yugo, but somehow I doubt that you are as eccentric as I. :p

Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Pad Recommendation for 300e rcapi Tech Help 10 05-19-2017 08:15 PM
Recommendation on Windshield Replacement in Northern Virginia stephenson Tech Help 0 08-27-2002 05:54 PM
Car recommendation purchasing guide RON FINLAY Diesel Discussion 7 08-24-2002 10:14 PM
air compressor recommendation dweller Mercedes-Benz Wheels & Tires 4 06-05-2002 04:31 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2018 Pelican Parts, LLC - Posts may be archived for display on the Peach Parts or Pelican Parts Website -    DMCA Registered Agent Contact Page