BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Aug 2005
Vehicle: '79 450 SLC
Location: Slumming at Uni of Canberra
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They've been called over-engineered for decades now. Usually in comparison to other makes. For example the 600 had hydraulic, well almost everything. The windows were hydraulic, doors(?), the boot was too, (it opened AND closed by pushing the release button), and the suspension as well. There are many other examples too, especially in safety, with ABS, air bags, safety cells and even right down to the door handle design and catch release. They didn't just stumble across these ideas, they were worked on tirelessly, and continue to be, but only through extensive use of time and money. Therefore, 30 years ago, to get costs back they obviously weren't going to price it the same as a VW beetle. So of course costs were always going to be higher.
There's a recent add out that says at the start 'What goes into making a Mercedes Benz' then shows a montage of designing footage, crash testing etc, then at the end it says 'You have no idea'.
If you have to take apart your W123 then you'll realise. I know I did when I took apart my 450 SLC and compared it to a '96 Mitsubishi.