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I meet more people who drive a MB who don't know anything whatsoever "about cars" and honestly, who cares, because these are not people who say things like "we enjoyed the drive through the mountains". They of course thought the drive was beautiful, but the trip wouldn't be about how fun the car is drive. Generally speaking.
The coolest MB drivers I've met make their own veggie fuel for older MB or are the rare "enthusiast" who absolutely know the differences between an E55 engine vs E63 or even better, the 2010 E63 engine vs the 2013 E63 engine, depending on which model it's in.

The key word about the BMW vs MB demographic comparison is that there are far fewer "enthusiasts" in MB than in BMW, Porsche, Audi, VW. Why? I suppose it's simply due to the offerings.

I'm a manual lover. So I currently have an Audi S4 4.2 v8 6mt avant 340 hp, and a BMW 535xi Touring, 6mt, 380 hp/420 lb-ft with the Dinan software yet I still get 25 mpg. They're both a lot of fun. Previously I had a BMW 328i Touring 6mt fully loaded, msrp $51k for a 3 series in 2007! Before that I had a BMW Z4 M Coupe.

None of these decisions were "price point". When buying the 535 wagon, I wanted a manual which narrowed the field and also all wheel drive, which made the choice simple.

Aside from AWD though, I like the MB E55/E63 and when you meet someone who drives one of those, you have usually also found an "enthusiast".

If MB brought even just the E350 Estate 4matic + diesel, I might be willing to make it my next wagon.
My selection is simple. And the not much selection :
Got to be a coupe, No more Japaness Auto
Don't get me wrong they are good car. But I own Toyota/Honda too long
Don't want them anymore.

With my limited price range I am Shopping for a 2013 Cayman S
, Bmw 335i (Humm), SLK AMG 55, C63 (Suck gas too much )
Audi S5 but there are more to come next year.
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MB vs Bimmer, just like Chicken vs Beef, Should I married or stay single.
Gm or Ford, Honda or Toyota, Ferrari vs Lamborghini, Samsung vs Apple
Obama or Romney

Never ending story except Obama or Romney

Is all Money talks. No Money no talk.
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You buy a M B for two reasons, because you want to and you can, the first one does not mean s*** if the second one is not true.
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Well when we purchase a car. I never consider how my car can handle a pothole. I am more worried other Driver taking Drug, Drink and Drive or talking on their cell.
I sold very nice ML55 AMG mainly because I made an error putting 20" wheels on it and ride become harsh for me, when unbearable for my wife.
So yes, the sports cars are out of our shopping list, although 20 years ago my wife drove Porsche, when I did Scirocco. Roads were better than.
Now Caltrans include potholes in new designs. We had the close highway resurfaced 2 years ago and not only I have to follow the route between the bumps to avoid getting airborne, but chunks of new asphalt are already missing.

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9 times out of 10 you will find an irate BMW driver. 1 time out of ten will you be cut up by a Merc. What does that say? It says what is official, BMW drivers are always irritating and I find that quite true of their personalities too. Cars are wonderful of course but not their drivers.
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9 times out of 10 you will find an irate BMW driver. 1 time out of ten will you be cut up by a Merc. What does that say? It says what is official, BMW drivers are always irritating and I find that quite true of their personalities too. Cars are wonderful of course but not their drivers.
Maybe that's due to more of an age demographic that ends up in the bmw. Less mature or less respectful or trying to "race" around town when we should all simply drive calmly around each other.

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Actually, some apologies from me. I just read the first few comments and assumed the thread was from UK readers. After writing it dawned on me that Merc as referred to as MB and as a wagon, not a saloon or estate. It does sound like BMW drivers are not viewed like that at all in the US. Am I right? If this thread was in the UK, we would comment on the kind of drivers that drive BMWs straight away and it's been made official here and widely published that BMW drivers in the UK are at the top of the list of angry drivers, beating the traditional "white van man" and that's PRETTY significant. So, sorry to my American cousins. I'm sure US BMW drivers are not like ours.
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In response to the OP's question, both MB and BMW drivers can be categorized variously as winners, wannabes, show-offs, and cashed-up criminals. (When the cops raid a drug dealer and confiscate his ill-gotten gains, what make of car do they have?) More than one may apply.
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(When the cops raid a drug dealer and confiscate his ill-gotten gains, what make of car do they have?) More than one may apply.
In Europe and Asia very likely BMW.
In USA Hummer or Navigator.
I would love to see 350 lb guy getting behind the wheel of 3-series
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I would love to see 350 lb guy getting behind the wheel of 3-series
It will never be formally studied, but I suspect that statistically, the average Body Mass Index of MB drivers is greater than an age-matched BMW-driving sample group. A reflection of affluence.
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