Originally Posted by chinny4290
Actually, that was a bad comparison with Ferrari. What I meant was Mercedes was just like Ferrari, in the way how Mercedes made exclusive automotibles low in production numbers. Not in the way that both make well-engineered vehicles. Ferrari makes amazing performance vehicles, but they're Italian, which means they will catch fire while you're driving them (a sarcastic exaggeration).
Hey...... Sure my FIAT X1/9 pumped gass from the broken fuel tube onto the hot engine, but it NEVER CAUGHT FIRE!
I Love Italian cars. I lost out on my first Ferrari since it was the other half's chance to get a car and we got the S500 instead. Then, 1994, it stickered for $98,600, although I payed considerably less.
My LS430 isn't built any better then my Mercedes is. I have had electrical gremlins in it, it constantly sets it's parking break by itself. It almost crushed my head one time I got out of it and the seat freaked out and started raising up. However, because Lexus makes it so painless, by driving out 42 miles to my house with a new loaner, it is like the problems don't bother me.
You guys are missing the real point. The Engineers lost control of the company to the beancounters in the late 80's. That is the REAL reason. No longer are engineers saying "Okay, design that door handle to hold 200 lbs. in case they're hanging from it on a cliff." No longer is a Benz glove box better engineered then an entire Koren car.
Oh, one more thing. It was my Toyota Corolla Wagon that caught fire while driving, with 46,000 miles on it. I loaned it to my Dad and he bailed out at 30 MPH on the highway shoulder before the doors welded shut.