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There is no doubting that the japanese can take something great like a Mercedes and make it better. (W126 and LS400) but it takes a special kind of company to actually BUY the rights to the W124 from MB and then lengthen the chassis and restyle it to look like a W140,... voila the Ssangyong chairman.
From their website:
" The Korean SsangYong Business Group was founded in 1939 and is now a large conglomerate with interests in cement, oil, paper and financial, information and leisure services. In 1986, SsangYong bought the Ha Dong Hwan Motor Company, which had been making four wheel drives and trucks since 1954. In 1991, SsangYong formed an alliance with Mercedes Benz, licensing light commercial diesel and petrol engines and other components. The SsangYong Musso has been in production since 1993 and the smaller Korando since 1997.
In 2002 production began of the Rexton and production of Musso Sports Utility began in late 2003. In January 1998, Korean carmaker, Daewoo Motor, took a controlling interest in SsangYong, but during the Asian financial crisis of 1999, the control of SsangYong passed to Korean banks, with Mercedes Benz taking a minor shareholding."

It's hard to dog them when Mercedes owns part of the company.

I want to know what is is that makes a Benz the ultimate luxury brand. I mean really, why do some of you think they are sooooooo awesome and superior to all other cars?
Reliability? Toyotas are just as reliable, if not more. Volvo is up there too.
Comfort? A matter of preference, but I don't see the Benz standing out as spectacular.
Sport dynamics? I think Benz loses that one.
What is it that sets the Mercedes apart from other cars besides the price and hood ornament?
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RE: It's Amazing Who Rides By Mercedes

buddy-

Do you own a Benz?

You can not appreciate the cars until youve driven and worked on an example from the pre-95 days(140 might be the exception)

they are sturdy, well built, heavy automobiles made to the engineers specifications and after this was accomplished THEN they were priced.

no car built to a price point can compare to these automobiles.

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I have an '85 380 SL. [:D]
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they are sturdy, well built, heavy automobiles made to the engineers specifications and after this was accomplished THEN they were priced.

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This is why Mercedes Benz is the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (and will remain so, as long as at least ONE classic model is still in existence, somewhere.)
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they are sturdy, well built, heavy automobiles made to the engineers specifications and after this was accomplished THEN they were priced.
Some buy them new, and then some buy used,.... either way they are getting one hell of a car for their money.
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See, I have purchased a new one, and I am so thrilled with it that I want to buy a used one just to have a second around.

Lexus (and sure; I'll say Acura, and Infinity) can produce great "rebaged" cars, and they can do a ton to keep the customer happy. That doesn't make it a great car, it means that they are willing to kiss your ass because you bought their car.

My new Benz has had ONE part break... The hood latch, and it was MY FAULT.
MBUSA replaced the latch, and lent me an E-Class to drive while mine was in the shop for two days... For FREE.
I broke it, but because they did not feel that the part was up to their standards (it bent to easily when pressure was applied) they replaced it with a new one (which does feel sturdier) and didn't charge a dime.

I can hear all the stories about Lexus that "Consumer Reports" wants to print, and they don't mean a thing compared to how I personally was treated that time, and how that represents to me that MBUSA will treat me in the future... Not with a $120,000 SL, but a $37,000 C230.
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RE: It's Amazing Who Rides By Mercedes

Some manager at target parks next to me in his 12 year old lexus. His car still runs (nobody said Toyotas weren't reliable mechanically) but it looks like complete crap. Everything is falling apart, the interior is in shambles. Same thing with my 85 Toyota Pickup with the 22r. 300,000 miles, and the only work it's gotten recently was a valve job. However, the interior is pretty much ripped to shreds. All the little plastic trim pieces everywhere are broken, inside and out.

What I've noticed when working on these two cars, is that when Toyota uses a plastic clip or some adhesive, Mercedes uses copius nuts and bolts. Where Toyota uses two bolts, Mercedes uses five.

However, new Mercedes are complete crap. They might turn that around, but it will take another five years before anybody notices. Still, if I had the money, I'd buy a new Mercedes. Would never want to be seen in a Toyota that looks like a Mercedes. A Toyota is fine.

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