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I am a recently retired professional living in North Miami and Europe (half a year each). My wife and I have owned Mercedes C class (x2) and an R350. Our 2005 C240 is still running well in Croatia with 73,000 km. Our 2012 C300 has been a recent pain because of ~$7000 in transmission repairs in the last year. We are in the market now for a reliable car but are gun shy on another MB.
Looking for some recommendations for a reliable but stylish car (that will appeal to my wife's tastes) without breaking our retirement budget.

Priorities: Reliability & durability / Fuel economy / Materials & workmanship

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 10000
Maximum age: 2 years

Maximum price: US $ 40000

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Response from LectroFuel

2:33 am October 15, 2019

If you want reliability, fuel economy, and good overall quality, you should look into the Lexus ES 300h. There are also slightly used cars like the BMW 530e plug-in and Mercedes GLC 350e that are good if you care less about reliability, but want the German feel and fuel efficiency.

The Tesla Model 3 is also a good choice, but isn't for everyone. It fulfills your requirements. I haven't heard of many reliability problems with it lately. Quality has improved A LOT since they first went on sale. You'll also be using no gas at all and have instant torque.

If you could provide more information it would be helpful because most cars fall in your requirements.


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