After three years of nothing but problems with the wife's 318 I did
something I should have do a long time ago .. traded it in for a Mercedes.
I feel so cheated that I wasted so much time on a car with such poor quality
components and a dealer network with no interest in sorting anything out.
Anyway .. What a difference .. the Mercedes works reliably and the dealer
still has an interest in looking after us and the car. I'm getting the
feeling that the saying is true that you never actually own a Mercedes ..
you just look after it for the next person. With the BMW I was just looking
after the dealer bank balance!
I would have through that as the 3 series out sell any other salon in Europe
they would have a product and dealer network that matched there advertising
claims. If BMW want to keep their reputation then they need to work not only
on the quality of their cars but also the manner of their dealers.
That's my moan over so come on BMW not every one of your customers is a
company car driver who does not have to worry about how much things cost to
What will this lamentation change for Bimmer fans ?
Possibly you got a lemon, possibly you didn't have a strong liking for the
Nobody will ever know.
Good luck with your Merc, and rendez-vous on the Mercedes Forum within some
months because I guess you'll have exactly the _same_ problems.
"billy" <nomail> a ιcrit dans le message
Yeah, I picked up a 94 318i conv w/ 91K miles last spring, we only put about
8K on it but the car didn't have a problem (other than a collapsing
headliner), rattle or repair. The previous owner said he had it for about
30K and did nothing but brakes and oil services.
I am a less than thrilled BMW owner also, have had less than satisfactory
People who are extremely satisfied with their version of a manufacturer's
product and people who are at the opposite end of the spectrum should not
automatically assume that everyone else has had the same experience.
All manufacturers of everything, no matter their quality control, will send
out some units with problems. BMW is no different than anyone else and there
are serious issues with some of their products.
Some consumers are never satisfied either . . .
I too wish I had bought a Mercedes, however.
If you were destined to get a and car you could have got a shitty example
of a Mercedes, too. Yeah I know, that's too zen for this time of the morning. My
But you're point is well taken, evenry car maker ships bad ones from time to
Except Fords which are all bad.
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Last one I drove was a 2004 model. Lively isn't the word I'd use. A
well balanced chassis makes for a dull ride when the car's got no
ooomph. It was quiet but that's about the only good thing I could
say about it.
mate bought one of the first 318 coupes some years ago - nothing but
trouble - air con / electrics/windows/paint (even matt leather one
side/glossy on the other door) etc etc
To cap it all he bought it new in October, when he got the reg. doc (V5)
the dealer had registered it for a few days in the previous month to hit a
Mate complained, dealer lost the incentive and then dealer principle had
great pleasure to tell friend when he complained about all the build quality
issues - well it is second hand (with a smirk)
I understand how you feel. Having had a 318 myself, less than stellar
car. What made matters worse was the lack of care at the dealership.
Granted it was only a 318 and not a 750, but they should have been more
I switched to a Cadillac STS after the 318...and like in your case,
what a difference!
Since then I moved to a different state. I am happy that the local BMW
dealer is much better, and I am happy with my X 5. It too had some
problems, nothing that dealer could not take care of, as a drive in.
Good luch with your Mercedes. I've had a few of those, including the
6.9! They are fine cars.
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