How difficult is this car to keep maintained vs a brand new Mercedes-Benz?

Asked by Aug 07, 2016 at 12:41 AM about the 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How often did the older Mercedes-Benz models require maintenance versus the newer models of today? Is it less expensive to maintain a classic versus a brand new model?

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Really depends on the overall condition, but, Mercedes Benz cars have VERY EXPENSIVE parts. Read this,. new-car-and-stop-repairing-your-old-one-buy-or-repair/77930

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The new cars are a LOT safer and generally need less repairs and are more reliable.....I would ALWAYS choose a newer model for safety....

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Back in 1972 a Benz did require a fair amount of maintance, now today that car will require more just to keep running, today's fuel will cause internal carb and rubber hose failures, and then there are engine mods that you will eventually have to do just to burn the fuel, like new valves and seats. So basically as a car gets older it costs more just keep it running. So I would go as new as possible for your daily driver and keep the classics for special occasions.

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I completely agree with tennisshoes on this, excellent advice.

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Hey guys, thanks so much for your quick answers and advice! This would be a collector I buy later down the road. How much do you think an engine upgrade would cost, if it is done right?


It would depend on what shape the engine in when the heads are removed, but if in good shape should run about a grand or so, but do make sure you get a good machine shop to do the head work, you don't want a new valve seat coming loose and really mess up the engine.


Call and find a good independent mechanic who works on Mercedes Benz engines and have them rebuild the engine from the ground up... If you are keeping this as a collector's item, I would keep the car as original as possible... If you put in a brand new motor, I don't think it would be worth as much down the road..


If you are buying the car because you want a classic that few people have, for weekend driver - then have it professionally inspected. Depending on its history and the amount you drive it, repairs and upkeep may not be to bad. However, parts may be difficult and/or expensive to obtain. If you are looking for a daily driver - then look at much newer MB"s as others have suggested.

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How old are you?? Why? Whenever you want to become a "collector" , it's a distinct advantage to have "time on your side".. If you are buying something and thinking that you can see this increase in value in less than 10 years, you are fooling yourself.

Hey fellas, I am 33. It's not my intent to increase the value of the car itself when,I fins the' 72 280 sel, this is a car I intend to hang on to. I'm sure you're asking, why does he want a forty year old car when he can have a new one? I've had new cars and have had nothing but trouble, with older, I've always lucked out and just want that car that turns heads when you're driving by.

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