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Old 10-23-2002, 01:13 PM
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What will your "next MB" be (and be realistic)?


I was thinking this over at breakfast this morning...wondering if there is another Mercedes in my future, what I want it to be.

400E/, but big V8 in W124 body may lose some serious serviceability points.

C280...ok. 94 and 95 had some problems with wiring harness, but I think a 1996 C280 would be a nice well-rounded little car. 194 horsepower, a little over 3000 pounds, small size for carving through slow-movers on the freeway...yeah.

Of course, this would be in about 5 years or so, since my ol' Volvo turbo does just fine right now, and being in college, the last expense I could assume would be a C280 payment.

What does everyone else visualize for themselves (and I mean realistically...a 6-speed manual, twin-turbo 500E isn't going to be realistic for EVERYONE )?

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Old 10-23-2002, 01:37 PM
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I would want to move up from the w126 to an early W140 but they are still out of my price range and dont forget the horror stories from those. I guess a 93 190e or 94 c-class.
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Old 10-23-2002, 02:03 PM
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95-96 W140 or same year SL if and I do mean If I budget correctly.

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Old 10-23-2002, 02:33 PM
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I hope I'm done for awhile...

Depending on what happens in the future...I'd love to eventually purchase an R107 for myself, as I dreamed of owning one when I used to gawk at SLs in the dealer showroom during my college years.

My daughter will probably turn 16 before that happens so I'll hunt for a W126 for my daughter. I need to have her drive something BIG, so that she stands a chance of surviving a collision with a Texas-sized pickup or SUV.

I saw the results of a 20mph collision in front of my neighborhood involving a Cavalier that rear-ended an Excursion. Needless to say, not a scratch on the Excursion, but the Cavalier was totaled! So note to myself, my daughter is NOT driving an econobox!
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Old 10-23-2002, 02:34 PM
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I've been thinking about this for a while now.

1. 240D 4-speed MINT call it a downgrade if you want but I think the 4-speed is fun.
2. R107 560SL - I really like the classic body style and I long for a convertible. I don't really need a practical car as I don't drive to classes. Walking is fine, healthy, cheap, and I see beautiful things everyday hehehe :p
3. W124 .... basically any W124 would do.. the perfect sedan. Elegant, yet understated. 300D Turbo and 300E 5-speed are my top choices along with the coupe.
4. W210 Turbodiesel (E300) - for very obvious reasons.. refinement + diesel
5. This one borders between realistic and unrealistic... R129 300SL/500SL (early model as they are the most affordable).
6. W126 300SD, 300SDL, or 560SEC! or maybe a 91 350SD/L with rebuilt engine.

Not in order but the convertibles -> 2-doors -> 4-doors is the order.

If I had the cash.. I'd get the R129. Very nice looking roadster.
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Old 10-23-2002, 03:17 PM
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Good question!
I would have to say that I would definitely get something NEWER than what I have now...

Like a 1984or 1985 300DT (5-speed manual if I could!)

That is the truth.
These MB's are the only MB's that my ego and checkbook can afford.

I would be VERY willing to get another 240D.
It would also still have to be manual everything.
Current: '91 300TE 4MATIC 317k and climbing...
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Old 10-23-2002, 03:33 PM
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C240, realistically speaking that is. But if I ever came across a 190E like the one on Ebay recently my heart would pull me towards it...and it just might win over my head
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Old 10-23-2002, 04:18 PM
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The new (current) E class when it is about four years old appeals to me!

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Old 10-23-2002, 04:25 PM
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Old 10-23-2002, 04:26 PM
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Eventually, I would like to move into the new SL. However, I am quite satisfied with my current R129. I am at least 3 years away from this and will purchase a E class for the wife first. She LOVES her C class but I know that in a few years she will want to move to the E.
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Old 10-23-2002, 04:32 PM
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Depending on who wins the battle on who gets the next used car, and also depending on whether or not my wife and I have kids:

Not in any order:

1. '91 560 SEC
2. any year W140 S500 coupe
3. SLK (either engine)
4. R129 500 SL
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Old 10-23-2002, 05:03 PM
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560 SEC Something that goes when you hit the happy pedal! I love my diesel, but once in awhile I wanna accelerate a little faster. Plus I love the look of the SEC's.
BTW, I'll still keep the diesel!
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'68 220D
'68 220D(another one)
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Old 10-23-2002, 06:10 PM
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well, my next car wont be another MB, but instead most likely a 1997 528i BMW. If the BMW turns into a maintenance and reliability nightmear(it will have 200k when i inherit it, but all highway), then i would look for a really nice 90-91 560SEC, or however nice 88-up 560SEC i could afford. I love that car almost as much as the 528i
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Old 10-23-2002, 06:26 PM
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I'm thinking off-lease W211 also, depending on how the early model reliability pans out. I'd like a optioned-out one too- BiXenon, keyless go, panorama roof, maybe even the heated seat/steering wheel option. Distronic would be nice too. And a color that doesn't suck. I could manage with a 320, a 500 would be better.

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Old 10-23-2002, 06:35 PM
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I really really want a Mike Tangas 4.5 car. For the wife, maybe a W211.

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