Date registered: Nov 2002
Vehicle: '82 380SL+'02 ML320
Location: Portsmouth VA
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RE: Another survey hitting Mercedes-Benz's image
Toyota produce great quality for many reasons, not least of which is their lean manufacturing system that puts incredible pressure on suppliers to perform from quality, price, and logistics standpoints. In return, they get to sell a billion of each part, assembly, etc.
As a 163 owner, I can tell you nearly every problem I have had (and it is a bunch) has related to a defective part or assembly.
When Porsche created the Boxter, they worked closely with Toyota for manufacturing. Hyundai went from crap quality to incredible in a few short years. The good ones all do it the same.
At the end of the day, great design counts for a lot, but what the individual customer puts on the road is all that really counts. Comments from teenage boys (old and young) about what they read in car magazines and see on internet boards doesn't mean shit. SLR's and CLS's and new SL's are fantasy land for middle aged farts like me.
I am truly to the point where I need to dump my ML, keep the SL, and jaunt around in a sporty Acura. I can't believe I said that.
1974 280 (gone)
1982 380SL (schwarzekatz)
1984 300TDT (why did I get rid of the best one?)
1992 300E (gone and forgotten)
1993 190E (daughter drives)
1994 E320 Wagon (gone and forgotten)
2002 ML320 (thank goodness for extended warranty)