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Old 01-19-2005, 08:02 PM
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What are the greatest Mercedes to you, and why?

What do you think are the top 3 best Mercedes in your opinion, and why?

We're thinking of buying a very basic cheap '94 C180 as a runaround.

It has no electric windows, cloth interior, a 1.8 four cyl which is fairly nasty but smoothish and faster than a 190E 1.8 (but so is a steam car). Sounds nasty doesn't it, but on the other hand for the lady owner it's been a reliable, simple runaround and I think MBs are great cars for everyone, not just movie stars and bank managers.

But my favourite are:

W126 S-class - Just so right. Looks just as good as a new S-class, and you look even more important in one (new S-class is for movie stars, old S-class is for third world dictators ). You shouldn't feel the need to sell a car when the warranty runs out, but this is probably the case with the W140 and W220 cars, good though they otherwise are.

190E of course, I'm biased - It's probably true that Mercedes before this were too big and too expensive to run for most people. Sure they were lovely, but anyone can make a big lovely expensive car. So, they built a smaller one, and that was it. They didn't build a cheaper one, or a cut-down, inferior one to fit into an 'identified market segment'. Of course it had competitors, but none that could make you feel like you're in a far higher class of (or these days, newer) car. It feels like 98% of a 124 or 126 of the same era with the 2% more than made up for with improvements in nimble handling, reasonable running costs and the ability to go fast without a huge engine.

Parking the '94 C180 next to my 190E I realised that, the 190E is a car with good identity and character, and I feel people took passion in designing and building it and were definitely pleased with the result. However I don't think anyone designed the C-class and said 'I really like this work we've done'; some accountants paid some guys to modernise a car they already had, improving the obvious parts as per new technological developments and cheapening the rest.

Not that the C-class is bad, it drives nicely, but noone would ever call it great.

300SEL 6.3 or 450SEL 6.9, take your pick - great because cruising around in a luxury saloon that can also blow away contemporary Ferraris and Porsches must make you feel completely superior to everyone and everything. Happily revived in the S55/S600/S65 .

I guess other people's favourites might be 300SL gullwing, R129 500SL and W123, it probably depends on what Mercedes-Benz means to you .


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Old 01-19-2005, 08:04 PM
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The next one I buy, because I haven't spent a dime on it yet so I can't call it an expensive piece of s**t!
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Old 01-19-2005, 08:18 PM
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Two of my pic(k)s weren't even road cars:

The explanation is rather simple.

Fangio in a Mercedes GP car, driving in shirtsleeves and trousers is the classic image of racing before Nomex, sponsorship stickers plastered on cars with wings.

The C-111 showed that Mercedes was still an engineering driven company that still knew how to design "knock your socks off" visually appealing cars. Sacco had his "A-Game" when he came up with that design.

The 600 Pullman is just so beautiful in it's sheer size and audacity.

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The top 3?

1. W108 / W109's

2. W126's

3. W124's
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:12 PM
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AMG------any of them.
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:39 PM
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Originally Posted by MedMech
AMG------any of them. wont find another car that has as much brute force and finesse combined as a real AMG Mercedes...

and i have to say the 85 300SD...i could be biased, and i wouldve said all w126 SD's, but the 85 has better gear ratio, IMO
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Old 01-19-2005, 09:52 PM
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In that case . . . anything from

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Old 01-19-2005, 10:42 PM
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1. W126 an almost perfect sedan.

2. Pullman, old world class. Says "old money" to me.

3. SL65 AMG, I think the new SL is one of the best looking cars ever made. And how could you not like bi turbo V12.
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Old 01-20-2005, 12:37 AM
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SWB W100 Pullman
W108 - think I could put a 240D or 300D in one?
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:15 AM
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Since I'm a coupe guy...

What do you think are the top 3 best Mercedes in your opinion, and why? no particular order:

560SEC: This car has presence. It's beautiful, refined, luxurious, fast and comfortable.

280 SE 3.5 coupe Beautiful and rare. This car captures the essense of Mercedes-Benz rich history, classic appearance and quality craftsmanship.

300SL Coupe Better known as the Gullwing. Need I say any more about this choice?
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Old 01-20-2005, 02:25 PM
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Later model 85-90 sel (longer version v126) Get the 8-cylinder. PERFECT CAR! Check out this wonderful w126, c126, v126 site.
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Old 01-20-2005, 05:31 PM
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W126 V-8's-
Perfect for long distance trips and drives on relatively straight 2 lane highways through scenic countrysides- A buddy of mine has a 91 560SEL that a family friend sold to him for $5000. Heres the catch: It only had 89,000 miles and was religiously maintained. WHAT A DEAL. Everytime I drive that car or ride in the big back seat, I droool!
Fit and finish is excellent, styling is subtle and elegant, and nearly timeless. And lets not forget its powerful.
I particularly like the look of 16" 8-holes MBZ rims on a W126 SEL. AWESOME car indeed. Hasnt been an S-class with so much real CLASS since the W126. I also appreciate the fact that the w126 looks like a blown up and elongated, modernized W123, which leads me to...

W123 diesels!-
There couldnt be a more perfect car in my eyes. Suure, some may want more power, some may want more creature comforts, but in my eyes, thhe W123 has all that you really need. Durability, economy, comfort, and unheard of build quality. The W123's embody everything Mercedes-Benz stands for to me. Built to last, built to love, and built to use. As far as styling goes, there couldnt be a more perfect car in my eyes... I agree so much with every design element inside and out of these cars that I feel as though the styling was created by myself! Theres not one thing I would improve upon in the styling dept.! Understated elegance, impeccable fit and finish- chhrome in all the right places, crisp lines, and graceful wheel arches- I could go on and on. But really guys, what other car offers so much greatness in such an attractive body? Cruising down a country road with the HUGE sunroof open or heading down the interstate at a comfortable 80mph with nothing but wide open space and the hum of the diesel engine charging along... life coudnt get any better!

And lastly, the W201 190E 2.3-16, 2.5-16 & W201 C class AMG's-
Subtle, stylish, FUN to drive, manageable size, and built like tiny vaults. I love the W202 C-class styling, perhaps my favorite design exercise from MB since the demise of the late 80's designs in 1995. Handsome, very subtle, and elegant. And they offer a nice teutonic, "designed to be functional" atmosphere, which seems to be absent from any of the newer Mercs. And they feature a minimal amount of un-necessary gadgets and gizmos, keeping it simple in a sea of cars that if re-wired could probabaly walk, talk, and take over the world.

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Old 01-21-2005, 11:06 AM
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Nothing says class, style, luxury, and "old money" like a well maintained w126, c126 or v126. The cars design is timeless, elegant, graceful and very formal. My 1989 420SEL (restored to showroom condition) draws looks of admiration and desire from all the yuppies driving their entry level Mercedes, Bmw's, Jag's and Audi's. The understated and elegant S-Class. True automobile excellance in design, beauty, form, and function.
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:02 PM
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As follows from my experience:

1. The W126

2. The W123

3. The W117
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Old 01-21-2005, 12:43 PM
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1936 260D. Why? It was the first production diesel passenger car. It is the example of innovation back when a diesel engine being used for anything other than stationary use was unheard of.

The Gullwing. Sorry, I don't remember the years it was produced, but it was THE cool car.

W123 chassis cars - the example of MB at their prime.

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