A car you can use every day should be something that you can depend your livelihood on; a mode of transport that is ready to be overworked and underpaid. If you’re a car enthusiast, it should also reflect a bit of your personal style and deliver an experience that you can look forward to at the end of a long shift at the office. Here’s how I plan to create that ideal in my $3000, 17-year-old Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
Before I get blasted in the comments for slathering the headline with hyperbole, I will disclose that I’ve been driving my car, a 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, for the better part of three years as my primary mode of transport. It has been supremely reliable for the most part, and even managed to haul all of my personal belongings more than 1,000 miles from New Jersey to my new home in Florida as a sketchy but reliable tow rig.