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post #11 of 50 (permalink) Old 10-16-2006, 05:52 PM
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I don't think It is the MB owners that have real problems here.
I work in service business as a repairman. For years I've been driving MB wagon as my primary work vehicle with big pickup as a backup.
Even in expensive CA neighborhood that generated few comments, because most of contractors drive $20,000 trucks.
I bought my first wagon for $2,500.
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Several years back I had a boss that gave me an end of year bonus that was $7,500. That sounds pretty generous but in reality it was how he equalized pay since my salary was about 5-8K below my peers. At the time I was responsible for more than 1/2 the profit in the office, he was responsible for the rest. And his bonus? Bought him a new, fully-optioned Grand Cherokee (yeah, his bonus was more than my salary for the whole year, bonus included).

The kicker to the story is that I ended up having to write the IRS a fat check for more than $1,000...when I talked with his accountant it turned out that the boss didn't want to pay enough withholding to support a $7,500 bonus but wanted to lay that check on me anyway. When I took that information back to my boss (tactfully) his only accession was to offer me an advance on my pay so I could settle with the IRS.

Any wonder I left not long after?

At least he did take pretty good care of the Cherokee.

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I agree that nothing irritates me more than seeing someone, especially some of these "kids" nowadays that seem to have had everything handed to them and whats worse, and almost always the case, lack any appreciation or sense of responsibility towards the very possession (be it a car, house, money whatever) that was handed to them. I too am a working man who has had many a P.O.S. before I bought my MB, but no matter how much of a shit box the car was I was always very good to it and would maintain, clean and treat it as if it were gold. I'm one of these car guys (ok wacko's) that developes a bond with their vehicles. Shit, I drove a Jeep Wrangler for 8 years and put over 240,000 miles on it for no other reason than I absolutely LOVED the little 4X4. It was more of a friend of mine than a car of mine. I guess I'm a bit off point... but yes I absolutely understand your guys frustration with people treating cars, especially MB's as if they are "only cars". I don't understand the behavior or the thought pattern behind it. I tell you though, it is great to see so many "normal" or dare I say "blue collar" people on this post who have 'made it' in their own way in their own right and are enjoying the priveledges of owning a Mercedes and treat it as such...
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I... but yes I absolutely understand your guys frustration with people treating cars, especially MB's as if they are "only cars". I don't understand the behavior or the thought pattern behind it. ...
For me that is exactly what a car is. It is a tool.
I just happen to love well made tools that handle well, feel good to use and are built to endure.
But I won't be naming my car, and I won't be mourning it when I move on to the next one.

God I hope my new baby benz doesn't hear what I just said.
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For me that is exactly what a car is. It is a tool.
I just happen to love well made tools that handle well, feel good to use and are built to endure.
But I won't be naming my car, and I won't be mourning it when I move on to the next one.

God I hope my new baby benz doesn't hear what I just said.


I think you owe it a wash and a fresh tank of 93...
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I think you owe it a wash and a fresh tank of 93...
Is that all "father " ? hahah.
Do 3 hail benzes, bathe the object of my worship, feed it's thirst and I'm good to go.
Now that's a religion I can get behind.
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I would'nt be jealous. Half or three quarters of the price of a Benz
is in the name..
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I would'nt be jealous. Half or three quarters of the price of a Benz
is in the name..
I would disagree with you on this. Mercedes is a Mercedes even in Siberia. I have just bought mine recently and, honestly, I have never driven a car that so well designed.

Because of the nature of my work I get to travel and drive a lot of rental cars. Some of the cars I have driven lately in the last couple of months include the following:

- 2006 Cadillac DTS V8
- 2006 Lincoln LS V8
- 2006 Volvo S80
- 2006 Volvo S60
- 2006 Lincoln Navigator
- 2006 Lincoln Aviator
- 2006 Toyota Camry
- 2006 Ford Explorer

None of those cars come even close to my 2001 E320. And I am not saying this because I am a Merc freak. I have really considered the driving capabilities, comfort and looks. From the above list the fastest and best (at least IMO) were the DTS and LS, but even they had some lag when accelerating. Also, despite the fact that they are 5 years newer than my MB, and being luxury cars of a similar class, the DTS, LS and S80 are ***still*** missing features that the E320 has since the nineties.

IMHO, Merc is DA BOMB!!! They were the first in this automobile business, and, now, 120 years later - they are still the leader of the field.

Just my 2 cents Canadian.

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I would'nt be jealous. Half or three quarters of the price of a Benz
is in the name..
Wrong. Go check the annual accounts and divide profit by number of cars made and it is really quite small. Most car manufacturers make little or no profit. Very competitive market and overcapacity. Rumours that GM may fold and Ford in big trouble are just examples of how tough this field is.

Really interesting thread this one and many interesting views. Very thought provoking. I heard a guy tonight say only 8% of people in the world own a car. So 92% have no car at all. He said all who have one are rich. Food for thought.

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Ill jump in here because for quite some time now this topic has been on my mind. I own a couple of business's. And one does considerably better than the other .. I personally struggled with the purchase of our first MB .. because i felt driving it to work (at the lessor profitable business) would be " in bad taste" because I cannot afford to pay those employees "top scale".

I treat my employees very well .. we are more like family than boss/workers. I feel that the "family" environment is better for all involved. I take time with my employees .. care about there lives .. and go above and beyond what I often should .. because we all are in this together. Here comes the issue tho .. driving a car that I know most of them would never be able to afford .. bothers me. It has bothered me to the point that I have just recently come to terms with driving an MB to work. Im not a "showy" person .. and would never want anyone to feel inferior to me .. thats just rude...and not very Christian IMO.

It occurred to me tho .. I put up with a ton o' crap in life. I work hard ... and treat people fairly .. like I said more fairly than I should at times. It does bother me to drive a CL500 to work .. given that most of my people cant afford one. Heres the part that occurred to me tho .. is it my fault that my situation (both economic and social) is different than there's? No its not .. I chose to educate myself .. to work hard .. and to be a fair and honest employer.
I dont control the decisions others make .. nor do I control the path they chose in their life. I feel I do have a responsibility to be fair and moral to the people who work for me ...

I dont feel that the statement of .. "Isn't it kind of rude to drive a car like that and park it in front of your employees whose entire paycheck is less than your car payment?" .. is a fair one.

Now that certainly does not give him the right to be or feel "better than anyone" nor does it give a right to be an ass to his emps either. But it that kind of thinking that has plagued me for years now. It seems to be a statement based in judgment. MB vehicles are not .. at least not to me .. a status symbol. I am amazed at how many people "know" what I am about .. by looking at my car. Thats just wrong .. and just plain sad. We live in a society that loves to judge other people .. so what do you do?

I have come to the decision that I am too da** old to care what anyone thinks anymore. If others will make statements .. like yours .. about me, well then thats just the way they will have to feel. I know, and the people who know me, know the truth. It just makes me sad to see the kind of judgment that people pass on one another .. when they know little or nothing about each other.

I am just too old to care anymore .. people can think and do as they feel they need to. I have worked and waited a very long time to drive this car, and I am going to do just that. Let the chips fall where they may.

So be it.

Just my 02 cents .. your mileage may vary

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