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post #71 of 106 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 02:41 PM
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I've owned both. The demographic for Benz owners has to be at least 3-5 years older than BMW buyers.

BMW targets the younger (in age or heart) demographic due to their sport luxury offerings. Benz is after the person that already has owned his share of sports or sporty cars and is looking for a luxurious ride to work with little to no headaches and in a comfortable manner.

This is my take.

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post #72 of 106 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 12:58 AM
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I have been watching this thread and have been biting my tongue to try and stay out of the fray, but I am caving in.
I had a 1997 M3. Waited months for the 4 door to be built. It was over 3 months. The car was at the same dealer I got my MBs from at least once a month for several days under warranty getting fixed. Shifter, clutch, then entire transmission, gauges, and then headlight issues. It started eating fuses like a kid eating popcorn at a movie.
They finally got it sorted out. The car was a hoot to drive. It roasted the C43 AMG I would run with at open track days.
It was my 2nd BMW.
My boss sold me his 87 L6 and it was a nice car, but it was only three months before it ate through my budget and I sold it with 55k miles.
Enter my foray into the W124s. I got an 88 used and it never caused me one problem. Sold it for a 1990 and it is still running. I gave it to my father a few years ago at 274k miles after a snow plow totalled his Audi A6. He drives the 1990 300E daily.

I agree from first hand experience the the BMW parts are more expensive. I also agree about the interiors being more industrial and less luxurious. However in mot cases I found the BMWs to be more sporty.

Recently I drove a 540 BMW wagon and although it seemed to to handle better than my E500 wagon it was very pedestrian in every other category including fuel mileage.
The E500 is like being in fine dining restaurant while 540 BMW seemed like being in a franchise place to eat.
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post #73 of 106 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 08:32 PM
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Does anyone find the newer BMW turn signal operation a PITA and a real turn off for the brand?
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post #74 of 106 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 10:05 PM
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one thing I noticed, owning both right now. Service departments! Mercedes is 10x more knowledgable and friendly compared to the local BMW dealership (I was calling around to get the transmissions serviced on both vehicles)
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When the cops raid a drug dealer and confiscate his ill-gotten gains, what make of car do they have?
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In Europe and Asia very likely BMW.
In USA Hummer or Navigator.
I'd like to see what BMW have to compete with this bulletproof W212.
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post #76 of 106 (permalink) Old 11-03-2012, 02:47 PM
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I see a lot of women in bmw's so fuck bmw ! And more often then not the bitch driving it is a horrible driver ... seem like a bitch car even though they are sportier then benz .

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Well at least we have proof that one CLK is being driven by an immature moron.

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post #78 of 106 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 01:12 AM
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I worked in a lot of dealerships and panel shops, plus mates have owned both so I've driven many of each, fewer late models since I changed work industries. But up until a few years ago, and especially among 80s-90s-00s models I found surprisingly I much preferred the way MB drives over BMW, although post-2000 Beemers improved a fair bit.

I preferred the way beemers looked, and they looked like they should handle better, but I can throw a bigger Merc that looks heavier around quicker, with more control and confidence than a Beemer, I don't know if it's chassis balancing or suspension tuning or what, but I find a W124 handles better on the throttle than a similar vintage 3-series Beemer in my hands, the W201 I've got you can toss around or park like a hatch.
I also just feel like when I floor a Beemer around and treat it rough a whole bunch of things from the cabin to under the hood are going to break, when I do the same thing in a Merc it feels bulletproof. I'm not even confident I won't break the BMW shifter, the Merc one I use manually with no fear of breaking, I don't like such distractions since I'm concentrating on engine speeds and driving conditions. But if something weirds me out I'm going to think about it despite myself and Beemers weird me out to drive.
I just find the Merc more of an engineers car, the Beemer more of something for the kids.

driving a fast car should feel like falling off a building.

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post #79 of 106 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 11:20 AM
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Don't bother, I'm tired of arguing with you. Instead why don't you translate your foreign signature?
Why should I? You seem in no hurry to translate yours.

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Why should I? You seem in no hurry to translate yours.
Do you just like to argue or do you adopt your Dr. Hyde persona when you are drinking alcohol? I'd beware of the next FAA physical you take.

Concerning my signature, mine is the advertising slogan they use here in English and also in Germany in their language. So it is certainly appropriate for a Mercedes forum. With your "know it all" attitude I'm surprised you didn't realize that.

Mercedes Benz - The best or nothing.

Now what is that crap that looks like Italian you sign off with?

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