You can buy either a 1997 - 2000 used Buick LeSabre OR a 1997 - 2000
used Mercedes "E" Class for the same price?? Buicks must have gone up -
Mercedes-Benz cars are very well engineered - conceptually - and are
quite advanced BUT, unfortunately, their component quality is only
average and, considering the Mercedes' premium price, their component
quality is unsatisfactory, in my experience (since 1980).
In fact the latest issue of a consumer magazine tested various luxury
cars and could not recommend the M-B model due to M-B's lousy repair
record despite the testers being very favorably impressed with the car's
on the road performance. We M-B owners have a love-hate relationship
with our cars - the on the road performance is excellent but too often
the drive is to the dealer for a repair. If you buy a M-B be sure it has
a "Starmark" extended warranty so its major repairs, if any will be paid
by the warranty for dealer service is very expensive.
As a prospective owner you ought to think of european luxury cars, BMW,
Jaguar and M-B as you would a "trophy wife" - lots of glamour but
potentially VERY expensive.
Are you up to it?