Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Yet another thread for which there are no clear answers...
Prior to the merger, MB cars had an excellent reputation largely based on quality, longevity and engineering. Chrysler had a shoddy reputation based largely on shoddy automobiles.
Post merger (and the resultant sharing of technology), Chrysler's cars and their reputation have gotten better and MB's reputation has suffered while it's MSRP's have generally dropped or stayed level (which suggests they are cutting corners somewhere, which is something Chrysler is all too familiar with). I've had a couple of little problems on my 210, but nothing like the owners of 211s have endured.
It's pretty clear which division fared better thus far. Daimler's working on their end to re-establish trust and their reputation, but right now it's much like the girl that slept around a bit in high school; it's much harder to fix a reputation than it is to keep it.
Take care and enjoy the ride,
Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy; its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery. (Winston Churchill)