Wow! I'm impressed that you had that much go wrong w/ your car. It sounds to me like you got a lemon! And I guess an extended warranty would be a good thing to have when one buys a lemon. I wonder how many MB's are lemons and how cost-effective an extended warranty really is in proportion to the % of lemons produced by Mercedes Benz. Calling me a "shill" is highly insulting--not to mention wrong--and I would hardly call it just a "disagreement" as you incorrectly characterize it. It's kind of like saying your car has "problems" when, in fact, it is a flaming lemon. Capice?
Lemon? What about the C230 we had? Motor Mounts, Fuel pump, Water Pump, Window Switches, and this car wasn't even 5 years old. Lemon? My neighbor across the street has an 2003 E500 who had to have his transmission replaced within a year of taking delivery, (and still slips to this day) not to mention the electrical gremlins that have plagued it. Let's see, my co-worker's 2003 E500 spends more time at the dealership than in his garage. Another co-worker, her husbands 2001 E320 cannot be properly aligned and devours tires (never been wrecked) window switches, and the list goes on, so maybe you're a bit delusional or cannot accept that MB quality has gone down the toilet.
Fortunately I have heard stories of improved quality but that has yet to be seen, one thing is for sure, Mercedes is NOT what it used to be. I am in the automobile design industry (Large Japanese OEM) and the general feeling among the designers is that Mercedes it trying to be too many things for too many people, and that has led to the alienation of it's core luxury car customers. Not to mention that the current crop of Mercedes Designs leave much to be desired when compared to BMW. The Current S-Class is a good example, there is no cohesiveness to the design, the fender flares cheapen what was once a very stately automobile, character lines going every which way, it's as if now Mercedes is trying to emulate BMW and Lexus and is failing miserably.
That many MB dealers are now owned by large holding groups and not individuals or families is affecting how business is done. Here in Southern California I think Walter's out in Riverside may be one of the last family owned dealerships, and it shows in their superior customer service and satisfaction. For a while, the service advisors at my my AutoNation-owned local MB dealership were giving me a feeling of them being sleazeballs who were just looking to pad their bottom line, in one instance I had new tires installed and they failed to notice that my tie rods and ball joints needed to be replaced so my new $700 tires started to wear unevenly almost instantly. I even had one guy tell me that I "really didn't need the dashboard clock do you?" He didn't want to replace the bulb! The good thing is now I am dealing with a service advisor who is very thorough and actually shows sincere interest in providing good customer service and resolving my maintenance issues.
Again, I have no problem paying their ridiculous service prices, what I do have a problem with is a supposed luxury car that is "Engineered like no other car in the world" constantly having stupid little things go wrong that don't go wrong in "lesser" cars.
Jayhawk, that you result to using profanity just shows your maturity and intelligence level, and you are doing it again.