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Old 08-07-2012, 01:28 PM
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PLEASE help me choose the Benz im going to buy :)

Hello all, so now i have saved up some money for myself, and i'm going to buy another car.

The car will be used for fun, and will not be my daily driver. Just a fun/cruising car.

Its one of these i want:

W126 560SEL with kompressor +++ over 400bhp. Also extremly rare custom interior. Full AMG body kit.

W140 S500/600

W124 E500 in perfect condition.

R129 SL500/600


I really like the 560SEL and the E500, but i don't know about the others.

As i said i want something fun to drive, so being that the 560 is tuned, is just a good thing, since i probably will tune the car i'm buying. Of course i will not tune or touch anything on the E500, being that is a such a special car.

I want to hear what other people think about a fun car to drive or to cruise with.

Hope somebody can answer my question

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Old 08-07-2012, 01:34 PM
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Are these actual cars for sale or just fantasizing? I'd take the R129 personally, without knowing any details of any the other cars. Also...buy the car that YOU want not that we want.
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Old 08-07-2012, 02:39 PM
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I have had most of these cars so here are my thoughts:

W126 is older technology but very easy to work on. I would avoid the kompressor and modified version... you are taking a simple car and making it complex, which means parts and servicing will be expensive. The 560SEL was a great car, so I'm not a fan of messing with it.

W140 is the car I liked the least. YES, it's built like a tank but fuel economy (on my 500SEL) was HORRIBLE and parts were very expensive. Went through tires and brakes and suspension parts like they were free (which they aren't!) Very solid feel (feels like driving a bank vault) so it's more of a highway cruiser than a 'fun' car.

W124 with a 500 engine will be fast as hell.. that is probably the fastest car (in terms of pure power) of the ones you are looking at, other than the modified AMG one of course. This is a monster of a car. If you're young, the insurance might be high on this car.. so check.

R129 - the best of the bunch. You get the power of the other cars, an amazing looking car (best looking of everything you mentioned) and reasonable service costs (these cost the same to service as a W140 even though you think they would cost way more. My R129 was actually LESS expensive to service than my W140).

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