Mercedes-Benz cars built before 1990 are considered some of the best cars commonly available for $1,500 or less, according to automotive enthusiast site Jalopnik. The high manufacturing quality of these vehicles means that they often operate reliably despite the advanced mileage typical of cars at this price point.
While fundamental mechanical systems such as the engine are highly reliable even on older Mercedes-Benz cars, comfort systems such as air conditioning are often more likely to malfunction. These types of issues do not usually make the vehicle unable to function, however. One additional consideration for potential buyers with long commutes is that the fuel efficiency of an older Mercedes-Benz is often lower than that of newer cars, so it may be worth considering a slightly more expensive car with better gas mileage.