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I want to be loved for who I am, not how much money I have.

took of the Rolex and slipped on a timex indiglo, works every time. You look a little silly wearing a $6,000 watch while haggling over free matts and a cargo net.
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Re: Here in the US

I disagree the MB demands higher quality from their suppliers..even their Pres has admitted they are having major problems with their US suppliers; and he has voiced an committment to change. The ML line, and it's lack of quality speaks for the inability of MB to obtain quality parts from American suppliers, nor can they get a quality vehicle which is produced/manufactured here in the good ole USA.
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Re: Apartheid was about rich kids not being paid attention to

Can someone explain to me how Apartheid (which was the South African government's policy of rigid racial segregation from 1948 until 1991)has anything to do with buying a Mercedes?<br> <br> <sheesh><br>
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Quality here in the US

The US is capable of building world class vehicles. Just look at what Toyota and Honda are doing. It just doesn't happen overnight. I work for a supplier to MB(and most of the other auto companites). We supply the US plant, but most of our product ships from the US to MB in Germany. We have been a supplier for many many years. The requirements for the US parts are no less stringent than what goes into the German built models. We have the advantage of being a long time supplier. I'm sure that many of the others do not have that background and are going through a difficult learning curve. MB will reject parts that many other will accept every day of the week. As for the ML, its was a new model, built in a new plant, on a new continient, with a lot of new suppliers. I have a 99 ML and while I'm somewhat disappointed with it, in light of all that I've said, its still a great vehicle. Probably about the best SUV on the road!
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At least Al Bundy did not have to worry about taking his Rolex off... ;-)

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Re: Apartheid was about rich kids not being paid attention to

Hmm, as far as I know the 'rigid racial segregation' was limited to one issue - Apartheid made mixed marriages illegal. All of the other stuff you've heard consists of half-truths. For instance, the movie theaters were not legally segregated. however, some showed movies with swahilli subtitles and others with afrikaaner subtitles. How many of you would choose a to go see a french movie with spanish subtitles? Right...<br> I found that out in the 80's, when the horrible things were alleged in the US press to be happening in SA due to 'racially motivated violence'. I believe 4 people died. I tried hard for several weeks to find out why the violence was 'racially motivated'-no result. Later I found out that it was a labor dispute. Ironic part of it was that at the same time there was a teamster strike in the US and 5 people were killed in the 'labor related violence'. <br> Do not believe EVERYTHING you read...
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Every time I go into my local MBZ dealer, Von Housen in Sacramento, I am not greeted, and after I find a salesman, I am treated like garbage. They expect to sell 100K+ cl's and sl's and will not even talk to you or give you a brochure. And their waiting list all of sudden disappears as they speak of 'alternative' cars that are available at above list prices with pack. Friends of mine that have bought there say they treat you just like a Toyota dealership
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I have never experienced a problem with a MB Dealership in the US, I mean I am 16 in a dealership that sells up to 6 figure priced cars and I am still treated very well. Not to mention the very pretty girl behind the desk who offered me a soda* of course when she offered the same to a 80 year old guy breathing on an oxygen tank i realised, they know how to treat people. When i get my car serviced ( 94' E320 Sportline ) I am given VIP service ( free waxing, polishing and interior cleaning ) discounts on touch ups for the paint ( which my car needs in 3 small places ) and treated like a king by everyone. I don't know if this is just a speal to bring me back for future purchases, but The dealerships here are quite amazing.<br> I hope other countrie's dealerships can follow like the ones I experience.
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I know what you mean. My dealer is great. But I first went to another dealer when I was shopping for an ML. They had told me over the phone that they had one on the lot with the colors and options that I wanted. I drove 30 miles to find out that they hadn't bothered to mention that it had 1800 miles on it and a bad ding in one panel. They offered to fix the ding and knock off $800!!!! Needless to say, I bought my ML elsewhere.
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