Date registered: May 2005
Vehicle: '07 GL320CDI
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Ain't nothing to do with Chrysler.
It's all about Lexus.
Lexus can make a car that looks to most people equal to a Mercedes and sell it for less.
Remember that the first Lexus had a V8 when all you could get in a W124 was a six. 400E came quickly as a result.
Just as everyone rushed to apply Deming management principles upon the rise of Toyota, Mercedes needed to "change its ways" a bit, too. The transition wasn't easy as is obvious in hindsight. Need to remember also that car assembly is all about suppliers and this was also the period of squeezing suppliers on price (remember the purchasing guru GM accused VW of stealing from them?) and quality from suppliers suffered as a result--thanks Bosch and Siemens.
BTW, BMW suffered all the same problems as Mercedes--it was really a German thing. Since they're not "top dog," they don't get all the potshots that Mercedes does, however. IMHO BMW is the least reliable car sold in the USA even today.
Mercedes appears "back" from the quality problems, thankfully.