My dad had an '88 300 SEL - had a leaky sunroof and needed top end motor
work at 65K miles while on a trip. The day after he sold it to the mechanic
who had worked on the car most of its life, the tranny suffered a major
malfunction. I talked him out of an E wagon in favor of a Lexus RX330 about
18 months ago. I'd be very leery of buying a MB right now.
BMW makes some nice cars, but I haven't seen a 300 series where the door to
fender creases weren't off a bit. Saw the same on a brand new 750iL
today...........when we took delivery of our Carrera I went over that car
with a microscope - the fit and finish were perfect. Of course, BMW makes
about 10 times the number vehicles Porsche does annually, but you'd think
they could at least get the fenders on straight.
Newsflash: that engine sucked. The top ends on most (vergasser) MB's
seldome last mroe than 150K miles but the bottom ends seem to never
die. 65K is a little early and sounds like too infrequent oil
Sadly that's true, but it's not endemic to just MB. Any contemporary
German car out of warrenty is too scary to consider - the shadetree
mechanic has somewhat less of a fightiung chance these days which is
putting it mildly.
You get what you pay for.
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And you know this how? Tea leaves? Crystal ball? Newsflash for you: my dad
halved the service interval for oil/oil filter changes (as he has always
done with his cars). Stick to what you know and not what you'd like things
I understand your point, but he suggested a cause that would be negligent
maintenence without knowing any specifics about the car. Now that he knows
the car got oil/filter changes at half the factory recommended intervals,
he's still pushing the "didn't change the oil enough or something" BS.
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