OK so they do rust but they make Volvos feel a bit flimsy
That's the thing... I really, really hate rust! Probably doesn't help living right by the sea, but I've had too many years of dealing with dissolving Land Rovers (which I love regardless - you can at least take them apart and galvanise everything and still hope to put them back together in working order!)
I do like older Mercs and considered running one, but the lack of proper rust-proofing is a deal killer for me. It's a shame, because a bit of galvanising during manufacture is all it would have taken...
Al - I do very much like your Amazon (I'm sure you showed a pic on here once?) although I suspect my own Volvo daily driver has left me slightly spoiled for creature comforts! (S70 2.5T CD - last of the "even kind of proper" Volvos in my book, I think the original full-height headlight 850 was everyday motoring perfection)