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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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Positive comments on longevity and quality of your 96-06 Benz

Maybe I'm not the only one who is discouraged by the frequent citation of quality faults in the Mercedes of the past 10 years. If you have positive comments about the quality and longevity of your car, then please post it here. Maybe satisfied customers had no reason to post due to lack of problems. Here's a more positive reason.

(hoping I'll have many positive posts regarding my E320, taking delivery in a few days)

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 10:28 PM
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RE: Positive comments on longevity and quality of your 96-06 Benz

Well my 1990 300E is the most solid car I have ever owned.

I am on my second ML. If I hated the first one I would not have gotten another one. Both purchased new.

It had its share of issues, I had a good dealer and MB stood behind the product. At 124k miles it is still solid. I just did shocks on the rear. It just got its second set of front lower ball joints.

Really big issues MB handled. I got a new engine at 72k mile under a campaign. When the trans let loose at 112k MB bought the $6000 trans and I paid $660 labor for the install. Seemed more than fair.

A lot of the ownership experience seems to come down to the servicing dealer. If they are straight and have a good rapport with MBUSA a lot of support is there for the cars.
For example, the dealer I left had the service manager from Germany retire. He was in MB service for over 40 years. He had a hotline to MB and they trusted him. If he said this should be covered they did cover it. When he retired the new SM and his crew were worthless. So I went to another dealer and built a strong relationship where I get fair treatment. Case in point, during the ball joint repair the wheel speed sensor had gotten frozen in due to corrosion. It broke during removal. The SM had the tech clean up the corrosion and get a new one ($88) and put it in at no charge to me.

I used to live in Tenafly long before I owned Benzes. So I can't tell you who is good, but there are a lot of members from NJ and they can help guide you to a good servicing dealer.

These cars are far from flawless, but the driving dynamics, the safety and styling still make them at the top of my list regardless of what the press says about reliability. That being said I think the E class is one of the higher quality built models and will make you happy. If you plan to keep it more than the factory warranty then I would suggest the MB extended warranty that suits your situation for length of ownership and expected mileage before moving on to another car.
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RE: Positive comments on longevity and quality of your 96-06 Benz

Congrats, FireFox on the new car - you must be very excited.

However, you should have asked that question before you even commited to take delivery of one.

There are a lot of people happy with their newer MB's, but there are dissapointed ones.

I, too like you, have concerns about the newers ones - that's why I still drive my older ones.

Enjoy your new car and post some pics when you get it.


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RE: Positive comments on longevity and quality of your 96-06 Benz

I love my W220! It has been all that I hopped for and more. I had a lot of problems w/ my first MB (a 1970 280SL), but loved it too. It was beautiful, but had many more problems than my current S500. I don't know why there is this image of older MBs being more reliable than those in recent years. It is a bogus image, in my experience.

My theory is that when people pay a lot for a car they have unrealistically high expectations, and w/ the advent of the Internet they have a lot more forums (like this one) on which to bitch. Therefore, there is a false perception that newer models are worse than older ones, and nothing could be further from the truth, IMO.
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RE: Positive comments on longevity and quality of your 96-06 Benz

I have only been an owner for about 6 months, but I feel these cars are fairly solid. I purchased an 05 pre-owned, and have had minimal problems. The biggest issue I see with these cars is the cost of simple non-warranty items such as brakes, and oil changes.
I also agree with the fact that your owning experience has a lot to do with the dealership you use for service. I use one in New York that is very accomodating.
I think you'll be satisfied with your purchase.
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