Until recently (recently beginning in 1992), Benz was building far better
cars than BMW. I don't know if BMW was doing this, but until 1992, Benz
would build a car then price it, not the other way around.
The last well-built MBs were the 1991 420/560 S series if you are looking
for a big sedan. 1992 was when quality started to slide as the marketing
department too over.