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Old 12-31-2005, 11:51 AM
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What is the most trouble-free Benz?

I'm in the market to purchase another 1990s Mercedes! I have a 1997 E320 and an 1987 300E. I want to purchase an additional early 1990s to mid 1990s Mercedes!....I know that diesels tend to have less problems and I am seriously considering purchasing one, again.

I am asking, from the perspective of YOU, the owners, which Mercedes do you find to be the most relaible and troublefree based on my above mentioned criteria!

Thanks, one and all, for your input!

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Old 12-31-2005, 12:44 PM
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DEFINATELY a 1995 E300D

There is only one car to go with............
A 1995 E300D Special Edition. It will put you back about 11 Grand but it will be the best $11K you will spend!
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:27 PM
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At least the conflict of interest was disclosed. And there is no doubt an argument for that car.
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Old 12-31-2005, 05:43 PM
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Most trouble-free Mercedes-Benz?

Undoubtedly, one which is still in warranty.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:18 PM
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I would nominate the 1996 E320.

It has the venerable inline-6, M104 engine, without the the wiring harness issues the W124 E320's have. It is also the last year of the 722.3 4-speed automatic transmission, which has proven to be quite durable.
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Old 12-31-2005, 06:48 PM
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At least the conflict of interest was disclosed. And there is no doubt an argument for that car.
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:00 PM
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Not a 90s model, but I would suggest a low mileage, well cared for 1981-85 300SD turbo diesel.
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A post 2000 E320, or any C. The C220/240/280/320 are all pretty bullit proof little cars.
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:26 PM
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Old 12-31-2005, 07:31 PM
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1996 Sl320!

That is my vote!
easy belt tensioner, the M104 without an ignition or fuel distributor, the 5 speed 722.5 trans, No harness issue, and hardtop coupe that converts to a convertible! Best in Black!
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Old 12-31-2005, 11:56 PM
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W202, '97 to 2000. Never spent more that oil filters/tires/brake pads. 130K miles. 8 years on batt. Beats every other car I have ever owned.
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2nd biased vote on the 1995 E300D, but despite the bias, I bought it because I thought it would be one of the most indestructible high-mpg cars on the market that wouldn't cost pile of money in depreciation.
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The most trouble free Benz I've owned was a 1983 240D with manual gearbox.

I think most all models have certain areas where things will break and wear out. Having said that I think the 124 chasiss 1992 300 E cars are very solid cars that will last a long time so long as they are maintained. I have two 92's, one an E the other a TE.

The 123 chassis cars, which I have owned and driven for many years, are probably more reliable than the 124 300 gas and diesel models but they are not as comfortable to ride in or drive and they do not handle as well as the 124's.
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2nd biased vote on the 1995 E300D, but despite the bias, I bought it because I thought it would be one of the most indestructible high-mpg cars on the market that wouldn't cost pile of money in depreciation.
I know what you mean
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Old 01-02-2006, 02:35 PM
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Undoubtedly, one which is still in warranty.
Funny stuff!!!!

I hear that hte 1998 E320 is a very good car....or at least I am hoping so.

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