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when will MB step up and offer better warranties?

all these cheap brands like Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler & Jeep are offering 10 year - lifetime warranties, and 2-4x more expensive MB still only offers 4-5 yrs? or they are selling well so there's no reason to offer more huh.

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you answered ur own question when u said "cheap brands"....

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I don't know how it works in the US but here they offer 5 year warranty but you are supposed to use their service program which is extremely costly. A long warranty time clearly does not mean a high quality product, specifically if you have to pay a lot for it, in one or another from.
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MB will go out of business if they offer long warranty with its current reliability

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When you read the warranty specifics on the brands mentioned you find the coverage is a very limited powertrain warranty. Few MB's or any other cars have trouble in the 1st 100k that would result in a claim of any real size of this nature.

Further, if your engine blew at 75k & 7 years & you had your service records most mfg's would at least chip in on repairs.

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They know that many of their buyers trade their cars at the end of lease or after 5/60K miles and don't really want to deal with the secondary market.

If you want a long warranty that covers everything, there are plenty of aftermarket warranty companies that provide that service well past what Mercedes would provide even if they went to the 100K mile model. What you want warranty on is all the electrical/electronic stuff in the newer cars anyway. The odds of engine/tranny going bad in the first 100K is pretty slim unless you were a complete moron and never had your car serviced.

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MB USA offers a 7 year/100,000 mile warrantee. It's good at any franchised MB dealership in der US of A. No idea what's offerred anywhere else.

As for sales, MB USA reported 19,589 new vehicles for June. That means the total for the first half of 2007 was 118,240 units. That's 2.9% better than the first half of last year. 2007 is the best first-half sales year in the history of MB USA. So yeah, they're swimmin' in it.

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Lot of hammers (not Hummers) manufacturers offer unconditional lifetime warranty.
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The newer MB's are expensive to keep up because they are always having some kind of technical problem. My little 1979 280CE has a few problems but nothing like the new ones, mine almost never breaks down.

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I think it has to do with once it leaves Europe, they don't really want cover it too much. BUT, you can find good extended warranty companies out there that will help you keep your benz. one that comes to mind is Warranty Direct check them out, they cover a lot of major stuff like water pumps and flex discs, but stuff like ball joints and brake issues they won't cover because those parts are designed to wear out anyway. I saved at least $4,000.00 in repairs with them already.
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