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Old 01-29-2003, 04:49 PM
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Why do you REALLY drive a Benz ?

We own a body shop and I went to pick up a customers Benz that was wrecked and drove it in. This was in the mid eighties, and the car was a big sedan,,, an S class not an E. Driving this wrecked car the few miles into the shop, I realized that even being wrecked, this car drove better than any car I had ever driven. Once we started tearing it apart, {this was the first major job we had ever done on a Benz} I became aware of the engineering that had gone into the panels and structure of the car. They still amaze me on every one we do. At that time I swore I would own a Benz one day. We,,, my wife and I,,, now own three, and I just love these cars. I consider myself very lucky to be able to experience the thrill of owning and driving a Benz.

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Old 01-29-2003, 05:52 PM
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I beleive you were in the W126 S-class that was the S of the eightties. Its the car thats in my signature.

Its a great car alright!!
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Old 01-29-2003, 07:28 PM
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Yes, nothing drives like a Benz.I bought the Turtle to drive while I restored my old Mustang,when I replaced the upper control arms and saw the way these cars are put together I had an easy decision to make.Now if I can just find someone to buy my Mustang I can start shopping for a diesel G-wagen
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Old 01-29-2003, 07:43 PM
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The ride. Nothing rides like one. Nothing.
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Old 01-29-2003, 07:45 PM
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Because I couldn't find any more Peugeots
5 speed '91 190E 2.6 320,000 mi. (new car, fast, smooth as silk six, couldn't find any more Peugeots)
5 speed '85 Peugeot 505 2.5l Turbo Diesel 266,000 mi. (old car, fast for a diesel, had 2 others)
5 speed '01 Jetta V6 (new wifes car, pretty quick)
5 speed '85 Peugeot 505 2.2l Turbo Gas 197,000 mi. (wifes car, faster, sadly gone just short of 200k )
5 speed '83 Yamaha 750 Maxim 14,000 mi. (fastest)
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Old 01-29-2003, 09:16 PM
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I was looking for a new ride. I really liked my 92 Q45 (now the wife's) but I often have to park on the street and in my nieghborhood parking is at a premium. The extra size of the Q is nice until you have to street park it. So I started searching for a smaller size Q alternative (J30 I didn't consider an alternative, don't like the styling and it lacks the Q's refinement). That is what led me to the W124 400e. Much easier to park than the Q, yet room for my two year old daughter in the back. I also have to say that I considered MBZs after seeing how many people had such high mileage and were still going. I'm hoping that years from now I will be one of those high milage people!
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Old 01-29-2003, 09:30 PM
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I was checking out a 300TE for my brother-in-law, pre-purchase; what struck me, oddly enough, was the engineering that went into the fuel pump design. It's suspended by compliant rubber hangers, and even had a protective plate bolted to the underside to guard against errant debris strikes. Wow...for a fuel pump.

Within 2 weeks I had a 300TE, and a year later a 500E. I will not own another brand. Period (racecars excepted)
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Old 01-29-2003, 09:36 PM
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I started driving them years ago because one of my friends has a MBZ repair is the the most inexpensive car to maintain for me!

Plus all the other perks!
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Old 01-29-2003, 10:12 PM
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Because I think its better looking than most other cars on the road.

road feel
you name it, mercedes is the pinnacle of it.

you just can't beat a benz, period.

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Old 01-29-2003, 10:39 PM
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I hate SUV's.

I hate Mini-Vans.

I love Sports Cars.

I need to carry people and stuff.

I love engineering excellence.

I want fuel efficiency and resonable curb weight.

Do the math! A car capable of carrying four people and luggage that handles well and is built to last without being over 3500lbs and can break the US30mpg barrier? Can you think of a better fit than the C230? Not me.
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Old 01-29-2003, 11:35 PM
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I like the quality and reliability of the Mercedes. I own a 1994 E320 station wagon - the second one I have owned - and it has been pretty much bulletproof in terms of reliability. It just makes me feel good to drive it.
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Old 01-29-2003, 11:40 PM
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I have a Mercedes because it burns #2 fuel oil and doesn't have an aluminum cylinder head or a timing chain (otherwise, I'd probably be driving a VW). I will admit that, since having gotten the car, I've come to really appreciate the amount of work and thoughtfulness that went into the 123 design. This car is probably the easiest-to-work-on vehicle I've ever owned. I have no intention of getting rid of this car anytime soon, and unless I hold onto this car for the rest of my life I'll probably always have a diesel Benz somewhere.

I just wish I could get cloth seats...
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Old 01-30-2003, 11:24 AM
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I have one (I mean, three ) because I tend to keep cars for many years (see first car, VW on my sig).

My Dad had two. A 1959 190E that he bought new and kept for 14 years and sold for $1100!! It still had the original paint and looked great!

Then he later bought a 1971 280SE...he STILL has that one!

So I can attest to their durability and longevity...I know few other 10-yr old models other than MB that hold up and look as nice as my old W124.

And as previously stated...nothing like the RIDE!

That said, I took a ride in a 2003 C240 and was not impressed...felt like an Accord...
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Old 01-30-2003, 12:19 PM
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After spending many fun years driving Jettas and Golfs, I wanted a more classic, luxury european car that would be old enough to afford, easy-enough to work on and not break the bank as a daily driver.

....hmmm, I wonder how I ended up with a W115 240D? Couldn't believe that 25+ year old car had better brakes and suspension than my 20-year newer VW. The ease (and surprising affordability) of maintenace impressed me further.

Driving the later models was not only impressive, but downright astonishing with the perfect blend (to me) of safety, performance, longevity, etc, etc, etc....

I can say with confidence there will always be an MB in the driveway.

- Ryan
'95 E420 - 'Shadowfax' 138kmi.
'92 Volvo 740Turbo Bard 193kmi
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Old 01-30-2003, 12:36 PM
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Ditto just most everything that has been said.
My dad was an engineer, and taught me at a very early age how things SHOULD be built, and so far a Benz is the closest I've found that meets that criteria. They aren't perfect by far, but a close second place to whatever is!

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'68 220D
'68 220D(another one)
'67 230
'84 SD
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'93 Ford F-250
'96 Corvette
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