I had an expensive repair with the "auto-suck" closing doors. Brake pads
NEVER lasted more than 10,000 miles, rotors usually every other pad time.
Michelin Energy tires every 18,000 miles...and while my driving IS somewhat
aggressive in the up-and-down hills of Pittsburgh, NO CAR ever ate brakes
and tires like THAT. Also, I had a dash light problem that was expensive and
a number of other "nickel-and-dime" stuff that never ended.
People may not research the fine points, but most people spending money on a
top car understand that when an "S" Class or even the E and C cars go out of
warranty, it's a finanical time bomb just ticking. Sure, the cars will still
run forever, but will cost an arm and leg to get there. Those same people
are smart enough...in fact, they DON'T HAVE to be smart any more...just
informed enough...to know that Lexus will go forever without the expense and
Geeez. So what? If you like a Lexus, then buy one. They do nothing for
me. Until I get my 355 Ferrari Spyder, I'll drive my luxury boat. So
far, no problems. But if it needs fixing, I'll get it fixed.
99 S 420
Not sure what the Hell they meant by "aging". The C is only two years on,
the E one year. The S is 5 and showing up poorly in recent tests against the
competition. SLK & ML are the only really "aging" products I can see, unless
you want to toss in the G Wagen" ;-)
This report is more a function of the previous year's cars and how they do
at trade in time.
Do you have a link to the story?
Also it should be considered that price
can be a function of other things than
Supply can affect price. From what I understand,
Mercedes has substantially increased
its volume in the USA and so
a greater supply for a specific type of
used car may well react with a static demand
to produce a lower price.
As someone else mentioned, this may be a good
thing if you want to purchase a used Mercedes.
It can be a good thing if other people do not
want what you want because that leaves more for
Gay rights is another category where this logic
applies. I have never understood homophobia. It
seems to me for every gay guy out there that frees
up one more girl for me! Support gay rights!
No, I got it out of Automotive News, this week's fron't page. I'm sure it's
on their website.
a greater supply for a specific type of used car may well react with a
static demand to produce a lower price. <
True, but in this case there's other factorrs, as all the other brands that
increased their residuals (BMW, Lexus, Acura) have pumped up their volumes
Indeed, thisis VERY good news for used MB buyers, provided they're not
shopping MB Starmark, which goes at quite a premium anyway and likely won't
relect the reduced residuals for some time...but, you can still dicker!
applies. I have never understood homophobia. It seems to me for every gay
guy out there that frees up one more girl for me! Support gay rights! <
Now there's a man who understands the big picture has his priorities in
Is there anyone left out there who knows there is more to experiencing a
fine car that can be found at the bottom of a spreadsheet? No matter how
comforting they are to the accountants, the Lexus, the Acura, the Infinity
have never come close to stirring the passion, the motion the pure thrill of
driving that Mercedes does. It is timeless.
Of course this comes from a guy who is just as excited in my top-down TR6 as
in the black leather of my W210. :^)
It's all a matter of taste. You are correct that some people by cars by
whatever makes their heart flutter. In the end, however, Toyota's rise to
the #2 automaker in the world...just recently surpassing Ford after
surpassing the Chrysler division of DCX just a few months before...proves
that the masses buy cars based on, in this order, the following:
And I would argue that ANY year LS400 Lexus (1990-1994) is just as timeless
as almost any Mercedes. Maybe moreso.
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