The German's are having problems with quality of late principally with their
electronic systems. They feel they must be state of the art in that regard,
but they end up putting their customers on the bleeding edge of technology
because their engineering and manufacturing (suppliers) are just not up to
The traditional hardware they still do well. Consumer Report comments on
this whole thing with the Germans in their latest issue.
Would I trade a Merc on a Chrysler? Especially a first year Chrysler. Well,
if all you had to spend was under $40,000 and had to have "new", maybe. If I
were willing to buy used, I would run (not walk) to a Lexus dealer and pick
up a 2-3 year old lease turn-in GS or LS for the same money. I would get the
best reliability on earth in the bargain, new or not new. And, if it was a
GS430, it would be a fun car to drive, to boot.
"It's good to want things."
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