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my mb ownership goes back about 3 days now. a long glorious history. seriously though, i was looking for a combination of luxury and sport, i am 6'5" and there arent too many cars that i fit in that are nice cars. plus i need v8 rwd. what other options do i have? lincoln ls? please. and for my budget(25k) i cant get anything better. i was close to pullng the trigger on a 4.2 v8 a6, and to be honest with you, the a6 has a better interior, but it all came down to, "its just not a benz"
yeah, I hear ya!
The A6 is idd a very attractive car nowadays. It's quite stylish, fast, quality, etc. But idd, it is still not an MB, not by miles...

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I used to count all the different MB types and badges during our vacation drives through Germany in the 70s....and the ones bugging me the most were those guys that debadged their Benz.
However, the fascination remained.
Originally I was planning to buy a 1992 VW Corrado VR6 until my sis-in-law offered me to sell her 190E. Did not take me long to think that over.[:)][:)]
good choice, but the VW Corrado are very nice. I always wanted one. Didnt audi make one like the corrado at the same time period?
Audi had that 90 Coupe in the late 80s, early 90s... looks were kinda weird (especially the ones they sold in the USA) but they were sturdy and had Audi's awesome 5 banger 2.3 litre engine or the 2.8 V6.
Corrados were based on the Mark II Golf (that's why... I used to know these little cars by heart) and there were a lot of good ones around in Southern California mid/late 2003. However, now I am sure the choice for a Benz has proven a lot better
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my mb ownership goes back about 3 days now. a long glorious history. seriously though, i was looking for a combination of luxury and sport, i am 6'5" and there arent too many cars that i fit in that are nice cars. plus i need v8 rwd. what other options do i have? lincoln ls? please. and for my budget(25k) i cant get anything better. i was close to pullng the trigger on a 4.2 v8 a6, and to be honest with you, the a6 has a better interior, but it all came down to, "its just not a benz"
yeah, I hear ya!
The A6 is idd a very attractive car nowadays. It's quite stylish, fast, quality, etc. But idd, it is still not an MB, not by miles...
A6 4.2 rocks

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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?
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RE: Why did you buy a Mercedes Benz?

good question.

i did get one not only for looks but for the comfort that it offers. in many ways it is unique and stands out from other cars whether its new or not. to me, mercedes is made with high quality materials and the construction is solid (especially for the older ones.) the one thing i like is it never goes out of style.
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good question.

i did get one not only for looks but for the comfort that it offers. in many ways it is unique and stands out from other cars whether its new or not. to me, mercedes is made with high quality materials and the construction is solid (especially for the older ones.) the one thing i like is it never goes out of style.
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the one thing i like is it never goes out of style.
exaclty. a mercedes benz will always look good whether it is in super condition, or whether it is in horrible condition. That 3 pointed star just makes everyone in sight take a second look.

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I had always wanted the ml when it first came out but could not afford it. a mercedes,awd for 32k was a good deal back then. Now, igot a 99 ml 320 instead of a new Rav or Element,Crv for my daughter mostly..
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RE: Why did you buy a Mercedes Benz?

i believe that Mercedes put an enormous amount of thought into their cars to make them virtually bulletproof as long as proper servicing is carried out and they are looked after.

Having said this,Mercedes has lost a little of its way in terms of some interior materials they use these days but I guess they had to succumb somewhat to a throwaway style modern soceity.

My first Merc was 1978 280E and I bought this because I needed a cruiser and wanted to impress my wife!Well,maybe not in that order but I was definately looking for a car to cruise with her in it!

After I sold it,I realized how good Mercedes cars really are and 7 months later I bought a 1992 300E.After selling this I only lasted 4 months b4 I had a new Merc,my current 1988 300SE.There is no denying the solid build of the W126,but for everyday driving I could settle for a C250 diesel.However,when I think I've made it,I will go and write a check for a brand new S class.

Why?

Of course the short answer is timeless design,class and safety.

The long answer is that for me,they make the best car in the world,period.

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the short answer is timeless design,class and safety.
Definately. A mercedes will never go out of style. It looks good wherever it goes. An the safety has had a very good record, and one of the main reasons that someone buys a MB is for safety

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