What has happened to Mercedes reliability?

They used to be like Toyota and Honda.

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I see reports of this too, but I have three recent MB cars (the oldest is December 2004) and there have been no problems with any of them apart from the C Class which had a damaged supercharger (damaged in the factory during fitting) that had to be replaced under warranty.
I know that the surveys that are done in the UK tend to rely on people reporting faults and I suspect that MB owners expect more and are likley to be more disappointed when a fault occurs and therefore more likely to give a bad review. I know that MB in the UK looked into the problems and found that a lot of the disatisfaction was dea;er related with the big groups for whom MB was just one franchise of many not giving as good customer service as the smaller specialist dealers. I think I have been lucky in this regard because although the dealer I use is quite large and has a lot of branches they only sell luxury brands and they do have quite high standards of customer care.
My A Class has done a high mileage and not been well looked after but it has never had any faults. The SLK has been trouble free too. I like the C Class a lot but the boot is too small so I am swapping it for an E Class. Having so many cars means that none of them do a high mileage and I never keep them long enough to need tyres or exhausts.
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My 2001 CLK Cab (25K miles) has not, so far, given me any serious trouble and has never refused to start.
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I have a 1983 240 Diesel that has about 90,000 miles on the odometer. The only serious problem I have had with it was the water-polluted diesel fuel sold in the US. I ordered that car from MBZ before it was built and I specified everything simple and mechanical - manual windows, manual sun-roof, etc. The simpler the car is and the less gimmicky, the more reliable it will be.
According to Consumer Reports many MBZs are now below average in reliability. I have heard comments that it mostly related to the untested "gimmicks" that they are building into them.

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