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RE: Favorite things about owning a Mercedes-Benz??

I have an S500 and drove a 300D and a 300SD for a LOOOONNNGGGG time. I think that when you compare a 300SD (126 body style) and an S500 (W140) you are comparing apples to oranges. I loved my 123 and my 126 BUT they are very simple cars. I think that the most complicated part was the ACC or the power doors. My S500 is an extremely complex automobile. When you shift into reverse the parking assist raises antennae to help you see the back of the car. When you open the trunk, a handle pops out so you don't have to get fingerprints on the paint. If I leave the sunroof and windows open I can close them from 25 feet away with the remote....closing assist, etc.

With each new version of the "Sonder Klasse" Mercedes-Benz is deleting more "convenience" options. The early W220 S classes had a feature that when you put the car into reverse the right headrest went down and the passenger mirror tilted down so that you see the curb and not scuff your tyres...now it's gone. W220's that had the convenience smart key option would move the seat, steering wheel and mirrors to the position of the key owner as soon as the door was unlocked.....now, gone.

I think that Mercedes-Benz tried to compete with Lexus and Infinity's features and couldn't make them work reliably. If you want reliability and cheap replacement parts buy a W126 300SD or SDL. If you want average reliablility and an impressive ride that was meant to compete with Rolls-Royce buy a W140. BUT, they are expensive to maintain and repair.

After all, when the Maybach was designed the engineers started with the W140 chassis NOT the W220. [:D]

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