This may be a little late replying but I guess you and I are of the old school. Hope u will be able to read this.
In 1969, I wanted to buy a gull wing, but my husband, then my BF thought I was too extravagant and thus, I ended up with a 280SL with convertible hood with the hard top which by the time we got married, was building this custom house that took 6 years before we could even moved in, had less than 30,000 miles on it.) I had to sell it bec the house still did not have a garage, we were short in cash and of course, no garage on a waterfront location meant a lot of salt water which would damage the car. I had an accident during an emergency with ice on the road , so it was in the shop for 6 months. I loved that car, and owned many Mercedes since. When I went to Germany, tried to buy one but was told it was unavailable esp with he stick drive and 5 shifts. When the station wagon diesel ( had over 400,000 miles) but had to turn it in bec AC kept on leaking, although MB warrantied it, charged it and gave me a loaner car, it was the perfect car for me. The last Benz , 2013, a E station wagon was in perfect condition but had a head on collision with a young punk on drugs, without insurance driving on the wrong side of the road. It was the car that saved my life. I had retired by then, thought it would be the last Benz I would own. Instead, had to buy a used BMW wagon ( cannot afford a new car when I also have a 2 year old BMW sedan that I did not like) as that is now the trend, my son wanting BMW instead. I never liked them, Have not driven the BMW sedan since 2013 but I am with you. Good old equipment last many years. My Vulcan stove has been around since we moved in 1979. The 3211 subzero’s fridge compressor went at which time , after 31 years, I decided to retire it. Being a plumber(?) , you have to understand that I have ARWAA faucets ( same model from 1979-2016) and when the ARWAA had a problem with the pull out chain, afraid it would leak, instead of finding parts, I looked for an ARWAA 2 years ago. I understand that the company in Sweden sold to a Spanish company and no production was in process then . Could not find an Area Quadriga at that time, searched everywhere, tried EU, but was told there is a difference in plumbing pressure, finally Gemini found me one that is exactly what I wanted, nickel plated but without the pull out . I went with it, and hope it will be the last during my lifetime.