Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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To make it clear, I know as a fact that in 1998-2003 era MB did have some substandard materials used on their cars.
Like harmonic balancers, window regulators, rubber grommets on washer reservoirs in ML. . Those exact designs work on 20+ years old car, but fail on 5 years old, but use of plastic is a non-reversible trend like use of cellphones and no longer those hanging on the walls.
And you can complain about interior plastics fading on the sun, but would you want the metal inner fenders living in 4-seasons?