You boys are all talking about new cars.
I will tell it to you from the point of view of someone who has had
five Mercs now, all of them bought at small money with high
mileages (typically 100,000+)
Here in the UK we have an annual mechanical test of all vehicles
over three years old, which I think you have something similar,
and none of my mercs have ever failed permenantly on the mechanical
side of things. Any small faults found during the test were easily
fixed, such as worn track-rod ends and the like, which I consider
wear-parts just the same as brake pads and suchlike.
The ones that eventually ended-up on the heap were due to body
corrosion, and never to anything mechanical. I live very close to
the sea in a temperate climate, and this is the fate of most cars in
the UK. In Texas, cars probably go to the scrap heap when the
mechanicals are too expensive to fix; here it is the opposite, the
mechanicals normally keep going long past the body rotting.
I presently own two G-Wagens, one with 80 thou. on the clock
and the other with 130 thou. Both are rock-solid motor-cars, and
neither of them miss a beat. Totally dependable cars. I have problems
with them, of course, but they are always minor things and never
a cause of worry to me. Anything mechanical will fail eventually
even if maintained 100%, but all the Mercs I have owned have
given me a great deal less grief in that respect than other makes
that I have had.
How Mercedes' reputation for reliability will fare after the amalgamation
with Chrysler, and the policy that the conglomerate follows, is
But from a user of old Mercedes cars over a long time, I would say
that they have the edge on most other makes. Heaven's - I binned
my first Merc, a 115 diesel, after it had done 250,000 miles, and I
bought it after it had finished its life as a taxi in Holland with 110,00
miles on the clock.....
All the best,
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