Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, So I ended up switching gears again... in General Discussion; The 320 is plenty good for pulling the weight of the car around, believe me, its the 280 thats crap.
When I used to take my S600 for service at the dealership, they used to give me a S320 as a loaner. I was surprised how well the engine pulled the big car, especialy the SWB version. You have less to worry about with the S320 because it lacks the expensive air suspension and sensors. Also, the inline 6 cylinder parts are MUCH cheaper than the 8 or 12 (plus there are so many used engines available because it was used throughout the MB lines). I think you should go with a S320, put a S600 grill, AMG Monoblocks, and enjoy it! Try to go for a 1997-1999 if you can.
The W140 has depreciated greatly and they are an excellent buy. I cannot see them getting cheaper than what they are now. I just looked at KBB value for my car and it makes me shiver just thinking about what I paid for the car back in 2000.. then again cars are not an investment unless they are antiques.
Almost got into that S Type R but just decided I like money so I wanted something on the cheap again. Then I realized you can get a nice clean example of a 1995-ish Mercedes Benz S Class (W140) for around 7-8k. It has to be 95 or newer because most of the parts are interchangeable between those years, particularly the headlights, which can be converted to Xenon with a swap from a 99. I have to admit, these things have some pretty luxurious amenities in them, like carpeted knee bolsters and vanity mirrors in the ceiling for the rear passengers.
Ive seen many between 75-145k in very very well kept condition. And not having a car payment ill be able to easily afford the maintenance costs. I was really wanting to go with the Mark VIII, but for the Mark VIII I want itll be at least 9 to 10k no matter what, and I dont want any high mileage Lincolns or Cadillacs. BMWs of that age I trust even less... sorry BMW.
Heres a couple I was looking at:
Heres a 95 with 144k miles S420
Heres another 95 with 72k miles S320
Those are on ebay for about 6500 and 8000 respectively.
Expect to pay the same if not more for a clean w126 560 SEL or 420 SEL as you would for a w140. The gentleman who bought my 1989 560 SEL from me years ago just sold it for $7000 and it had 162,000 miles!
well if it came to W126 Vs W140 i think i would HAVE to be the W140, they are indestructable, and the reputation of reliabilty with MB came after these cars, so they both fall into the "mercedes benz bulletproof" era