[QUOTE=Jayhawk]... It's a little like an ant crawling up an elephant's leg w/ rape on its mind.
Jay-oh man, that is entirely too funny to think of.
Anyway; Yes yes yes I love my MB. That issue is settled.
However; I am a firm believer in competition.
Let me give you an example.
My Honda VTX 1800 is a monster of a motorcycle. 110Cubic Inches, big frame, super reliability and great looks.
But what gets my goat is even with its advanced feature it lacks some basics
What the other Jap bikes have, I don't have and can't get. Dial by number the lever positions. No RPM gauge. Limited gauge information.
Don't get me wrong, this Bike rules. But dang it, when we go to Bike Shows and I see the other bikes, and it was on their bikes 10-20 years ago it frustrates me.
Same exactly philosophy rules Detroit. Lots of doohickeys and whiz bang stuff but covering the basics like reliability and function escapes detroit. No wonder the Japs are murdering us in our own backyard!
I love competition. It weeds out old-encrusted ideas and forces innovation and change.
Example again; love my MB; but the freaking Radio and Speakers, who is the bone head in Stuttgart who put this in? Sheesh man. The never ending Brake dust.
Still I love my MB.
But dang it yall-you Managers, Engineers in charge of vehicle production really are stodgy bas**rds.
Lexus vehicles are super luxurious and engineered like nobodys business.
But do we have to lose some more ground to Japan, again?
I've sat in them both and I really do like the Lexus, but for pure selfish reasons I must go with Deutschlands MB, which comforts me with my memories of Germany.
I remind myself that when I'm replacing parts or having technician charge me several hundred dollars. Yes I remind myself a lot
We have clods who run these companies.
Vent your frustration at them, not us for buying it.
Well that's my two euros worth...
I'm off to drive my MB to town and show it off