Originally Posted by o1marc
I hear Mercedes are very expensive to work on and require factory technicians that are few and far between.
We also try and shy away from buses newer than 03 due to problematic emission equipment that is problematic, hard to diagnose and very expensive to repair. The best Skoolie platforms are the earlier mechanical version.
What Marc said..
I have heard Mercedes owners gripe about the availability of parts and service. The nearest shop to me that will work on them is about 135 miles away. Also, I have heard talk of it taking a week or two to get parts.
As far as daily driving goes, the folks that I have talked to that drive them daily say good things to say about them until the first big breakdown.
I am with Marc on the issues on 2004 and later buses. The emissions equipment technology is not mature. New standards took effect in 2004 and again in 2007. The manufactures have not done very well at producing reliable engines that meet emissions standards. I suspect that they will get it figured out eventually. But for the time being the consensus is that 2003 and earlier buses are much easier and cheaper to keep on the road.