I say this is not fair because for Mercedes to charge $1700 to upgrade tele-aid, well you know it costs substantially less to manufacture as it is the same box that goes in all Mercedes since 2005 and on.......Mercedes sees fit to make a profit and play off of my fears that my Fiance who is with our first child would drive my car and be involved in a automobile accident.......Mercedes know that people who buy these cars have$1700 to spend and are taking advantage of us......it would have been "fair" to offer the upgrade at cost. As far as wanting to "immediately sue somebody" well I made no such statement.......if you mean to say that by me exercising my constitutional right to have access to the US court system if I feel I have been harmed, well then you should go back to 4th grade and take civics again because the last time I checked that was still a constitutional right.......wait unless our Congress passed another law last night without reading it that took this right away too.........plausible?
GM has the same problem with Onstar. At least with MB you can upgrade if you pay enough. Older GM's aren't even upgradeable.
Not mercedes problem or GM's problem IMHO. When these systems came out analog was still very prevalent, and no one new what digital standard would be around. At the time there was analog (NAMPS) TDMA, and CDMA competing in the US. NAMPS had the largest coverage and the others were just emerging so that's what they used since it was the only viable option.
TDMA is gone, kaput, CDMA is still around and now GSM replace TDMA. No one could predict what would happen, other than analog (NAMPS) going away, and it wasn't feasible to put CDMA and TDMA and GSM and Analog in the cars, especially since the 1800MHz band, which is used today, wasn't even available!
How about we sue them since it's getting hard to find casette tapes as well, or maybe an 8 track player.
Oh, and I can't recharge my old R-12 AC anymore either. and it's getting hard to get 6V headlight bulbs to.