Date registered: Jun 2005
Vehicle: 1990 300E, 2002 ML500
Location: Boone, NC
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RE: Complaint Site
Well only the M and R class are built in Alabama.
Of course Mercedes has their issues, but the newest models such as the SLK, M, CLS all seem to be of the best of quality.
Now I own a W124 300E and a W163 ML500. Both are of great quality. I think one of the problems is that people think the car should roll off the line and be perfect forever, not always the case and I don't see why people complain so much as there is a thing called WARRENTY. That way anything that wasn't quite right at the factory can be fixed at no charge, now that one dude on the rant site should have paid more attention to the coolant then he did.
A complaint site gives an extremely biased view, as it is a complaint site and not a talk about your car site. Unfortunatly the main reason people come online to car sites is to solve a problem or complain, but almost all of us love our cars.
You want to know what Mercedes approach is? Well it varies model to model, one of their main and primary goals in the US market is luxury and quality. I have been in a 2 year old BMW that looked more beaten up then my 1990 300E and the 2002 ML500 still looks factory fresh.
Granted a BMW M3 coupe has 333 HP, but it also has a redline of 7,900. That definatly helps max HP output. The CL500 has a max HP output of 302 at 5,600 RPMs with a redline of 6,000 RPM. Most driving however, 80% I believe is done with torque. Torque is what you use the most, it is what gets you moving. Now a BMW M3 coupe has 262 Ft/lb torque at 4,900 RPMs as where the CL500 has 339 ft/lb torque at 2,700-4,250 RPMs. So while the M3 provides more HP, the CL500 provides more torque.
I like BMW, especially the M3, but I think Mercedes makes a better product and a much more varied product line.