I am very spoiled by my two Mercedes, but i wonder if anyone knows of
someone that has bought a Mercedes and then later sold it and not
replaced it with another Benz? I have heard of many buying a newer
Benz and keeping their older one instead of trading it in. Anyone ever
been turned off from Benz? If so, what did they go to?
80 450SL 218k miles
86 300SDL 286k miles
You're brutal McBrue
but that's part of your charm
You say what you think
and cause no small alarm
But this one thing know
your opinion is respected
In spite of the bridge
your good judgement is not effected.
And now recent events
with my MB's sublime
Have given me pause...
made me think one more time
Are MB's all they should be?
No, decidedly not!
The next car in my garage
may be Mercedes, or not!
Dale (not Camille)
just traded the 96 S500C :-(
This is my last Mercedes. I am out shopping now and it is either Infinity
of Lexus with Lexus in the lead. The quality of Mercedes has just dropped
too much and their styling is boring. Yes the Lexus styling is perhaps
worse but they are cheaper and better.
I did not mean to post my message to hassle you Mercedes lovers. I had 7
Mercedes over the years and other family members have had 5 or 6 others. In
the end they were great cars to drive but the overall Mercedes ownership
experience was ALWAYS "love-hate". One particularly annoying problem here in
the steep hills of Pittsburgh was the constant brake pad wear. Yeah, yeah,
yeah...I heard all that dealer crap about soft pads blah blah blah blah. If
I can get 40,000 out of pads on my wife's Explorer, why not more than 10,000
on my (former) S320? In the end, if you review recent history, Lexus came
out with a better product 14 years ago. And while Mercedes did (in 1994 or
1995) finally realize they had to compete on price, they just have not
gotten anywhere NEAR the quality that Toyota/Lexus has. It's 14 years later
and nothing has changed. Nothing. I owned the very first Lexus LS400, 1990
Model. I sold it and started buying "S" Class Mercedes. After 12 years of
driving the "S", I realized that that darn Lexus was the best overall auto
ownership experience I ever had. So I went back and now enjoy a 2003 LS430.
It's just "no-hassle". And to make matters worse, the sinking financial boat
known as the former Chrysler Company seems to have made Daimler cut corners
EVEN MORE in the Mercedes division.
This all reminds me of how the "Cadillac" name...one where I grew up (I am
43) to understand it to be synonomyous with "quality" degenerated into a
joke in the mid 1980's and beyond, except to old retired men in plaid pants.
Mercedes isn't THAT bad (yet), but seems to be moving in that direction.
I thought Mercedes OWNS Chrysler. not the other way around. that is what the
dealer told me... but hey. dealers right....
That Cadillac story is soooo true. how did that happen eh? darn. crazy. and
look they have that 2 setter which is plain as day and they want so much
money for it.
PLEASE tell me what does this car do?
How many years did you own S Class vehicles, cumulatively?
Did you own the 140, and if so, what year, and what hassles did you have
with that vehicle?
My '99 is now at 54,000 miles, and I'm concerned. I have the 420 if that
matters. Car seems like a very good car after about 1.5 years of ownership.
I had them from 1991 (the 126) car to 1999. My last was a 1999 S320...same
year as your car. Kept it until a few months ago with 73K miles. I had a
few electrical problems out of warranty that cost me maybe $1500 total.
Actually, the '99 was the best car of the lot...maybe they "got it" by the
time they made that last of the 140 cars. The main thing was tires, brake
pads and rotors. ALWAYS something needed replaced. Tires NEVER lasted more
than 18K miles. I'd be inclined to say that at "a mere" 54K miles in a '99
S420, you'll probably be OK at least for a while. Especially if you've had
the car as you stated and it's been OK. The car IS truly the king of the
road, so enjoy it. Until you get your Lexus (heh, heh).
Not true on the tires. Mercedes initially shipped the 1992 140 cars (prior
bodystyle "S" Class, first year) with UNIROYAL tires that burned up almost
immediately. They then went to Pirelli. Those lasted 8,000 to 10,000 miles.
Eventually, Michelin made them a tire and they got about 18,000 miles. The
problem had something to do with the weight of the car and the distribution
of it. Anyway, Michelins go miles and miles and miles and miles on most
other cars. The 140 was a tire eater. MUNCH!
I have had my current 98 S500 for a couple years and it has now about 90K
miles. It has been basically problem free for me except the radio antena
(motor) and a few minor issues. I've also had a 93 500SEL before this one.
I've had some problems with it. The other MBs we had, ML 320, C280 all had
more troubles when we owned them.
I've had two LS400s during the same time I have had the S500s. The LS400s
are amazingly reliable and comfortable
cars. No problems with them whatsoever. All you do with them is drive them
and change oils.
LS 400 & LS 430
no i can't afford one but i drive a friends often.
they NEVER SEE the shop
you could not hear the 400 when it was running. to bad for the starter
as it always got ground into an already spinning flywheel.
NOW about my MBs
82 240 / 82 300SD / 84 300SD
now thats the way MBs should be!
all three having over 250,000 miles
and cold AC.
the C Class destroyed MB!
the case, minus a few cans!
I really hate Toyota (Lexus) personally, I am thinking my next car will be
Honda Legend or Accord Euro. If MB keeps its quality today for another 10
years, MB will certainly die like UK car industry.
A MB Owner
E14 4NS Docklands
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