Posts Tagged ‘Mercedes-Benz’

Life in the Slow Lane: a Mercedes 240D Ownership Story

In April of 2021, I purchased a 1977 Mercedes-Benz 240D from its original owner, who had special ordered it, picked it up at the factory, and then used it as a daily driver for some 45 years and 250,000 miles.

Here I’ll be chronicling my own adventures with the car, including how I came to buy it, what it’s like to live with, and how much it costs to run.

Welcome to Life in the Slow Lane.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel with 98k Miles

For November 20, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel sedan in handsome Midnight Blue factory paint and with just 98k miles from new. It’s offered on Autotrader by a private seller in the Washington D.C. area for $7900.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Small Car, Big Engine: 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG

For October 1, 2020, our used car find is this nicely-kept 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLK55 AMG roadster with 93k miles and a potent 355 hp V8 engine under the hood. It’s listed for sale on craigslist by a private seller in the Tampa area for $14,500.

Here’s what makes this one special.

190E 2.6 Sportline with 5 Speed Manual

For September 2, 2020, our used car find is this 1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.6 with 60k miles and not only the rare Sportline package but also an almost unheard of 5-speed manual gearbox. This unicorn is listed for sale on eBay in Traverse City, Michigan, for $17,900.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Buying a Used Electric Car? Here’s Everything You Need to Know

Shoppers often miss great bargains when they overlook the occasional used electric vehicle that pops up during their searches.

Electric cars — whether battery-electric EVs with no gas engine at all, or plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) that combine electric drive and internal combustion engines — are still a mystery to most Americans.

What’s the Best Cheap Mercedes S-Class? Generations W126 vs. W140 vs. W220

They say there’s nothing more expensive than a cheap Mercedes. And if by “cheap” they mean run down, neglected, and worn out, they’re absolutely right. But the truth is, even though a Mercedes S-Class represents the very best in German engineering and can sell for well over $100,000 when new, you can find outstanding used examples for as little as $10,000. You just have to know how to look.

That’s why we’ve put together this guide to the most affordable S-Class generations from the last 40 years. Check it out to learn which one is right for you.

The 7 Best Used Luxury Cars for Less than $25,000

A great used luxury car for less than $25,000 may sound like a fantasy, but they’re as real as rain. You just need to know what cars to shop.

Luxury cars are notorious for shedding value, which makes them great used car buys, and there are millions of nearly new, fun-to-drive, leather-lined sedans and coupes out there from BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Lexus, and other luxury brands just waiting for their next owners.

Cheap Cars with Great Engines: 10 Picks For As Little As $5000

While there are some excellent battery-powered vehicles like the new Chevrolet Bolt trickling into our garages, the good, old fashioned, oil pumping, octane swilling, internal combustion engine is still at the heart of the automotive experience. It has been ever since, some 130 years ago, Karl Benz bolted a one banger of his own design onto the back of a three-wheeled cart.

And it’s been a glorious run. Sure, there were low points, like the anemic power plants that wheezed through the 1970s while automakers struggled to cope with strict new emissions and fuel economy regulations. Anyone remember the 1975 Ford Granada? Its 4.1 liter inline six had a California variant that puttered out just 71 horsepower. Folks, that’s less than 20 horsepower per liter.

The 10 Best Used Convertibles for Less than $15,000

Buying a convertible certainly seems like the very definition of frivolity. But that’s only if you buy one new. Used convertibles shed their values almost as quickly as they drop their tops. Combine that with the fact that their owners tend to drive them only occasionally, keeping the miles low, and it makes convertibles a terrific used car bargain.

In fact, you can have that perfect open air experience for less than $15,000. There’s no shortage of makes and models to choose from, even at that modest budget, so to help you start your search we’ve assembled this list of ten that offer what we feel to be the best mix of style, performance, and overall desirability. Some even have the potential to increase in value over the course of your ownership.

1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL with 52k Miles

For October 4, 2020, our used car find is this well-preserved 1992 Mercedes-Benz 500SL with just 52k miles and two Pacific Northwest owners from new. It’s listed for sale on Autotrader by a private seller in the Seattle area for $7500.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Scam Alert: Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel with Odometer Rollback

Today’s find is actually a warning and not a recommendation. In our daily hunt for used car gems, we came across this clean looking W124 generation E Class diesel, which is listed for sale on craigslist in the Sacramento area. With a claimed 57k miles and a clean vehicle history report, it was looking like a pretty strong buy at the asking price of $9500.

However, a little digging revealed that this was not such a great buy at all. In fact, it is quite clearly a scam.

Buyer’s Guide: Mercedes-Benz SL-Class R129 Generation (1990-2002)

The noble R129 Mercedes-Benz SL-Class specimen pictured above, a 1998 SL500 (5.0-liter V8, 315 hp), sold for $8300 in early 2016 with 91,000 miles, a thick stack of maintenance receipts going back four years and a clean California history.

As the number of well-kept Mercedes R129s dwindles, and savvy car-shoppers realize how much craftsmanship went into these cars, there’s nowhere for the prices to go but up.