Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: Oo == oO 98 E320
Location: Nashville, TN
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I'd rather have a recall where all the cars are inspected & repaired than to have a number of rusting front spring perches (W210) that have not been recalled.
Yeah, I'd rather have a Camry LE over a Prius: roomier, more comfortable vehicle for about 3k less similiarly equipped.
The Prius owners I talked with usually got mid to upper 40's mpg-wise, 52-56 if taking it real easy. They can be coaxed to 60. That said, the EPA testing will soon be going through more revisions to try and make them more realistic. The cars were ok, but not unlike a Corolla, I just didn't feel there was enough heft to make me feel safe in a 30mph+ accident.
The Camry hybrid...now that's nice! Hard to justify the additional cost over just a few years of ownership but you probably could over 10+ years. Toyota has done a good job of making sure the hybrids are very trouble-free, realizing consumers would not even consider buying vehicles with such technology if that were not so. I hate to say it, but I feel very sure a Toyota hybrid would be more reliable for the 1st 100k miles than a Mercedes as well as costing much less to maintain, but lacking personality and any sense of driving fun. Simple: If you're a "car person" get a Mercedes. Otherwise, you'd enjoy a Toyota more.
'87 300E: sold after 11years @ 230k & still on the road somewhere in rural Tennessee.
'94 C220 with 93k totalled 10/06 by hit & run broadsiding monster truck: not a scratch or bruise for me