Date registered: Feb 2007
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The fact of the matter is that MB tried to incorporate a lot of technology which it isn't good at. When the cars were simpler they lasted, had low maintenance costs and MB earned a great reputation. Then they tried to keep up, or go ahead of, some serious competition and started to have quality problems. The bean counters took over the organization and the quality went down even further until you reach today's level. Keep in mind that the "taxi cab" is still built the way they used to build them. (Nothing exotic) I've owned many MB and the quality definitely has gone down hill. It also costs MB more hours/sales $ to build than almost any other car. They just can't produce the old quality and remain at a competitive price.
After one gets over the ego trip you realize that the cars are now good but no longer great! Every Lexus sold is at the expense of MB and BMW.