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RE: Why did you buy a Mercedes Benz?
I think that if you ignored the historic value in the cars' labels, the products being put out by BMW, Mercedes Benz and Audi are generally equal.
BMW obviously puts a lot more effort into the drivetrain, and it shows. In recent years, BMW has given more attention to interior quality and comfort. Audi focuses on interiors, and it shows; and has more recently focused on drivetrains. Mercedes kind of runs the middle ground, having utilitarian roots; but more recently developed world class drivetrains. Each of them has changed their product in order to compete with the other. All three now offer all-wheel-drive, nice interiors, and high performance.
They are all being threatened by the Japanese cars (Lexus/Infiniti/Acura), but luckily those brands have never stirred any emotions in any real car freaks.
And we, the consumers, get the benefit of the competition!
In the end, they are all great cars that will run for 100,000 miles with little trouble. They will run for 200,000 miles BUT the repairs will be prohibitively expensive. I just replaced the transmission on my Audi A6 and it cost nearly $6,000. That's on a car that is worth perhaps $15,000. At some point, the cost of repairing these cars will significantly undermine their market value. What value would you put on a 100,000 mile German car with it's original transmission?