Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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This is turning into psychology. I never owned Lexus by my family drives top end Toyotas for long years and I get to drive them when they go to airport.
The other story is that at the time when I was taking our new ML320 for skiing, my ski buddy bought new Nissan Pathfinder and was giving me a ride.
My impression become that raising the voice while talking to others inside Toyota, or Nissans is absolutely normal - in Mercedes this will trigger a complain.
While Toyota bottoming up on freeway bump is normal - Mercedes will go back to a dealer with complain.
While using a knee or hand push to close door on Toyota or Nissan is as normal as breathing- need for 2 fingers to close Mercedes door will make warranty order.
With $150/hr labor rate at MB, I was getting $220 quote for replacing light bulb in the cluster, so sure if you plan to take MB to a dealer, you will need big check book.
So the things are not as equal as they might appear, but what else is new?
Good luck on your choice this way, or the other. I might buy a Lexus at some time just for try, but isn't lower end Lexus the trimmed up Avalon I already know?