Originally Posted by pred02
The rust started to see through in 2005, which was the 6th year of the car. At that point the car had 65K miles (now it has 92k). Secondly, the rust appears on all four doors around the trim. It is evident that this is factory mistake, and not rust that just develops because of age. I believe this issue has been documented in the forums.
For the sake of comparison, our VW Passat 03 has 12years/unlimited mileage for the rust warrenty. The 1993 Camry is an 17 year old car with 125K miles and has no rust. Perhaps I am expecting a little bit too much from MB.
This was exactly my thinking before jumping on these forums, and other websites and reading the number of problems people had the W220. One person even mentioned, to qoute, that if he had no warranty, the repairs on the first year would have run him $20,000. Warranty or not, I am sorry, in and out of shop every couple of months is not someone expects of a MSRP $80K+ car.
My grandfather had a MB bought in early 1970s. He had that car for 20 years. Sure he had to replace parts on it, but he did not have it run into a shop every couple of months or so.
Someone perhaps is going to say, well, if unhappy with MB, then just get a Lexus. But we in fact do like MB, just trying to figure out which models are more reliable than others. And of course, I do understand that older cars do require more maintenance.
I don't want to be harsh either but I thought the doors were an issue on the W210, mainly the pre-face-lift, if not driven in dry weather. Are you sure the car has not been in an accident and not fixed properly? Note that I am not familiar with your MB model.
I know a lot of MBs that are rust free at the age of the Camry you referred to, and I know Camrys at the age of your MB that are badly suffering from rust. A few examples don't make a warranty fix automatic. If it really was an issue of your MB model, and the car was maintained and serviced well, then I could think of a dealer fix, that is what they do on the W210 in Europe that suffer from the material problem on doors.
Anyway, you obviously have learned the plus sides of an MB when you say you like it and would want to have one with least problems. In this case I believe you do deserve to get one. I hope you do stay in the family.