Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: S430,190E 2.6,SL500
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RE: Mercedes-Benz Quality Rising!!!!
I promise to myself that I will not buy another Mercedes until they are what they used to be. Since that will probably never happen, my 2003 E-Class and 2002 S-Class are going to be up for sale soon. In the past year I have bought 3 Accords and a Civic and I cannot believe that a Honda is not only on par with Mercedes, but much, much better. One of my Accords is made in Japan and I can assure everyone that it is a MUCH better car than my S430 in terms of quality, reliability and customer service.
Mercedes of the past was exclusive, it took 10 years to sell 50,000 190's vs. one year to sell 50,000 C-Classes.
Mercedes used to build completely solid cars using only the best materials in and out. The front of my S-Class looks like a toy playcar sold at Toys R Us. The overhead assist handles are made of the cheapest plastics.
Mercedes is going radical with it's design. With that alone, when a Mercedes does not look like a Mercedes, quality is no longer an issue.
My 200 and 190E are now over 20 years and reliability has been faultless. My 2003 E-Class had a dozen problems in the first three weeks.
I could go on and on about the problems I have had with my S-Class. I'm sure you die reading my ten page complaint, so I'll leave it at that.
The S-Class was facelifted after 3 years. Higher quality materials were used. It is a way that Mercedes admits that the original sucks.
I almost cried knowing that I will have to end my relationship with Mercedes-Benz, and that the legend and over engineering of Mercedes cars will be gone forever. Just over a decade ago, Mercedes-Benz was the best. Period. Nobody else could come close.
1985 190E (2.0)
1992 190E 2.6