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Which Classic Mercedes Is A Better Choice?

Updated on February 1, 2015

Mercedes Benz Convertible or Sedan?

Many people may be considering the purchase of a new, (to them), classic Mercedes-Benz car. There are quite a few spectacular examples available to choose from but which should you get? Luckily, prices are generally down now and they may stay soft for some time. This means that you may be able to afford a more attractive car than you previously could. Typically, convertible models are more expensive than sedans. Coupes are perhaps a good alternative to both. If you analyze your needs and desires, you may be able to find the right car from the list of those available in your area.

All buyers of classic Mercedes-Benz cars must be extremely wary of rust on a car they are considering. Classic cars are usually very old. Some cars were made more poorly than others so they may be more susceptible to rust. The car that the car has received during its history can have a large effect on rust. Sometime poor maintenance, such as a poor paint job, may actually cause more rust damage to a car than if the car had been left alone.

A classic Mercedes-Benz convertible may appeal to you if you want a distinctive car that you intend to drive fairly infrequently. Ideally, you should only drive such a car on those days that have good weather. Mercedes-Benz convertibles are tolerant of some bad weather but this is mainly when the car, and especially the convertible top, is in good condition. An older car will have poorer seals which may allow water to get into the car. Older Mercedes-Benz convertibles usually have fairly primitive climate control systems which limits occupant comfort during drives.

A classic Mercedes-Benz sedan may appeal to you if you want a car that can be used on days with bad weather. A sedan is not usually vulnerable to water infiltration from the top. Of course, there are still window and door seals that may be aged and leaking. Most Mercedes-Benz parts, such as door and window seals, are available from the dealer. Since many more sedans were made, there are more of them available in the auto wrecking yards. You may be able to find more inexpensive parts from such sources.

All classic Mercedes-Benz owners are lucky in that parts are fairly available for their car. Except for some of the most exotic models, most parts are available these classic cars. That said, some parts have been discontinued at the dealer. In many cases, a more modern part has been deemed a proper substitute. The local parts manager can provide advice.

Help from Amazon

You may want to consider some literature to help you deal with issues that may arise when you own a classic Mercedes-Benz.

Classic Mercedes-Benz Poll

A pair of Mercedes-Benz choices
A pair of Mercedes-Benz choices

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Mercedes-Benz Models On YouTube

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      stella vadakin 3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Wish I had one, I like the convertible the best. Nice Hub.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Am on my second Mercedes classic - sadly they are expensive to keep on the road, as wonderful as they look and as safe and comfortable as they feel. Blessings.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Enjoyed reading about the classic Mercedes-Benz cars. Congratulations on getting featured in Squidoo's Car Show winners circle!

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      Laraine Sims 6 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      It would be hard to turn down any Mercedes-Benz models. I love all of them. I enjoyed reading this lens. Blessed.