Date registered: Feb 2008
Vehicle: 2004 W220 (S430) ; 2001 R129 (SL500) Sport
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast--formerly Charlottesville, VA
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Probably accident speed has to do with the higher (seeming) number of BMW fatalities. In my experience, people who drive BMWs (generally) drive faster with no more driving skill than average. They appear to believe the engineering excellence and the handling capability of the car they own makes them invulnerable...until they smack something really solid really hard.
My wife was involved in a rear-end accident where a driver hit her (stopped) W124 at 45 mph. She was unhurt aside from a seatbelt bruise, and drove the car home. The rear bumper was pushed up into the backlight, and all the sheet metal from the C pillar back had to be replaced. We drove it another 40k miles after repair. No air bag deployment (rear end), just solid MB engineering. I absolutely believe if she had been in any other sedan she would have been seriously injured or killed. I absolutely could not believe she drove the car home after a thump like that.
I agree the safest MB is probably the S-class. My W220 feels like it's carved from a solid billet of steel. If I get into a really serious accident, I hope it's in that car rather than my R129. Roadsters and coupes are missing some of the strength a B-pillar offers.
Sorry about your phobia but you'll be hard put to find a more reassuring ride that a MB.
"Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you."--John Steinbeck