Date registered: Aug 2002
Vehicle: S430,190E 2.6,SL500
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RE: Mercedes-Benz's Reliability!
What about the German Mercedes taxis that have close to a million miles? You can't compare a 10 year old Mercedes with mostly city miles to a 10 year old Toyota with only highway miles. You have to compare two cars with the same type of driving and the same type of maintenance. So, basically, all those surveys and such are not exact science. I wouldn't let JD Power or Consumer Reports influence me too much. Also, a Honda made in Japan has better reliability than a Honda made in Mexico.
Simply stated, to rate reliability of cars is impossible.
I think reliability comes in two. There's engine reliability and then there's structural reliability. Mercedes cars are still solid after decades, whereas in a Toyota doors will creak, windows will rattle, etc.
Mercedes cars were more reliable back then when they were mostly mechanical based. These days, with the use of electronics, a simple Toyota can be more reliable.
I will know longer trust Consumer Reports. They say the new S-Class has "poor" reliability. My 2002 S430 has 17,000 miles of both very hard city and highway driving and nothing has gone wrong. How can Consumer Reports sum up a car's reliability with only a few months of testing it?
1985 190E (2.0)
1992 190E 2.6