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Old 12-30-2001, 06:46 PM
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Looking for advice on a .......

good reliable used Benz for my 63 year old mother. She has always purchased Chrysler products and they have always broken down. Want to purchase her a nice used Benz that is easy to maintain and keep up. Thanks in advance for the assistance.
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Old 12-30-2001, 07:14 PM
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How about a 300E? Just make sure you get one in tip top shape. Take care and time looking for a good one and get a thorough inspection.
Jason Priest
1999 E430
1995 E420 - retired
1986 420SEL - retired
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Old 12-30-2001, 09:21 PM
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1992- 300E E320 cars are nice. Reliable and nice to drive.

1994- C-Class cars are VERY reliable cars, four cylinder cars 1996-1998 especially. Very popular with small families and retired folks not looking for giant interior spaces.

On most 1992-95 MB products, watch for defective wiring harnesses and OVP relays. The former is expensive (>$1K) and the latter is cheap (<$200).

Also, on the M104 engine (93-97 300/320's and 94-97 C280) watch for short lived head gaskets.

Road and Track published their survey results for the 1996-2000 E320/420/430 cars, and found it to be one of the MOST reliable cars they've ever done. Surprised? Not me. Despite the "not a decent MB made after 1900" arguments oft heard around here, I feel that the newer small and midsize cars are MUCH better than their 1980's counterparts.

We love both our 1998 MB's, and have found them to be Lexus-like in their reliability and general build quality.

If it's in the budget, a used W210 1996- E300/320 is a terrific car, as good as any Japanese luxury car in build quality and much better to drive.
John Shellenberg
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