Date registered: Nov 2006
Vehicle: Oo == oO 98 E320
Location: Nashville, TN
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I think the brand itself took a hit when the ML came along. Good design but lots of little things that drove owners crazy. Now they have other suv-ish vehicles that makes the product line very broad. To top it off, the product refresh cycle is nearly half the time it once was due to competition. MB used to be able to stay years ahead of it's competition: specific example was Acura using the '86 design 124 chassis as the goal for NVH characteristics in it's '96 RL.
MB was able to do a much better job when they had 2 or 3 size sedans & a couple of cool coupes/convertibles to keep up with. I think the early 80's to late 90's were the best years MB has seen so far in it's existence.
'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