Hi all. New to the forum. I have been wanting (and saving) for a while to get an MB and now that I have the money I need some advice. First things first. I dont do finance (only buy when I have all the cash needed) and dont like to buy brand new cars (2-3 years old are the perfect ones in my opinion since that is the time when they lose the biggest chunk of their value). And I dont change cars every few years (I like to keep a car for around 10 years) . My first and only car I have had so far is a Vauxhall Corsa 1.4 petrol. Lovely car (if you like riding on a turtle that is). I'm planning to get a 200 or 220 C or E class, diesel engine, manual. Wanted to ask some advice and a few questions (well, quite a few) if I may: What is the difference between a C and E class? I do around 10000 miles per year (although this may increase in the future). Is diesel the right choice? A lot of people have said to me that MB are the king of automatic however I am quite keen on manual (have always been a bit weary of automatics). Is my weariness not justified in the case of MB cars? Another common bit of info I keep hearing is that Mercs are expensive in parts and that you can only buy parts and get the repaired at a MB approved place. Is this correct or just a myth? If Mercs are more expensive in parts than other cars, to what degree are we talking about? Sorry for innundating you with all the questions and hope you can give me some advice.