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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    A shame. Looks like Mercedes is not for me then, at lease as a daily driver.
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    You've not kept your cars for that long if you've had that many. That works out at a change of car every 12 months or so over 50 years. You have to keep a car for a good few years and do some high mileage to get a feel for reliability. Thanks for the detailed reply anyway. Appreciated...
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    This is what I'm here to learn about. The Merc cars that you can wrench on yourself without a dealer. ;)
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    No. I've driven the same car for 22 years. Listening to others in my office and family that have bought new cars. I've stuck with my older car as it's reliable. Things do fail on it, but the small stuff doesn't seem to stop it. Have you tried keeping a car for 10 years while doing a lot of...
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    Yep, which means *all* cars over 8-10 years old. I've owned plenty like this in my life.
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    Agreed. This is why I brought up the late 90s / early 00s when cars had OBD ports for diagnostics and electronic injection for fuel efficiency. That's seems to have been the sweet spot for cost of ownership, longevity and reliability. 190Es were known for doing 250k miles without major issues...
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    I'm OK with that. Driving a 21 year old car ATM. Depends on the dash implementation. Some cars have 100% LCD instrumentation or multi LCD like the BMW iDrive.. No analogue clocks at all and the software designers go for a massive warning window. Useful if the warning is genuine, but if it's...
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    Correct. All new cars have some level of dealer lock in now, but I wanted a Merc as I've never had one. It's not so much the lock in, but the nagware when things do go wrong. It used to be just the check engine light came on, now you get full screen warning with buzzers and there's no way of...
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    When did Mercedes stop making cars that people could work on without a garage?

    Hi, First post on the forum, and I'm looking to buy a used Mercedes. Something like saloon or coupe, an E class, preferably a turbo diesel. As the post title, when did Mercedes stop making cars that any old garage or enthusiast could work on, and start making cars that needed to go back to the...
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