BenzWorld Junior Member
Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 2007 C 280, 2010 GLK 350
Location: Seabrook, Texas
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I'll be honest, I wanted one for the prestige - and I got it. It was surprising the change in peoples attitude (generally to the positive) when they saw me in my Mercedes-Benz. As I had always assumed I prefer the way they drive and ride too. The cars have always felt secure.
I've owned 7 to date. My first was a 1994 E320 (W124). I had a small windfall in the late 90's and sold my Toyota Corolla (6 years old 110,000 miles) to my brother-in-law for my niece to use and bought the M-B CPO from a local dealer. I've since purchased 4 other Mercedes-Benz from the same dealer and have had good experiences with that agency.
I've also owned two vintage Benz including a 1967 230S, thus my user name. For a 35 year-old-car that was owned by a spinster in New York it was remarkable. I make the comment about the previous owner to suggest that the car had very good but not obsessive maintenance.
My more recent purchases have been a 2003 ML350 (for the wife), a 2007 C280 (the E-class was costing more in maintenance than a new car but hated to see it go and still miss it), and a 2010 GLK350 (again for the wife). My wife drove a Jeep Cherokee before the ML so she thought the chariot from Tuscaloosa was heavenly. She likes the GLK and its smaller dimensions even more.
I find the C280 to be a superb commuter car (averages 25mpg on my 78-mile round trip commute to work each day) which I can actually use to take clients to lunch. It has more bells and whistles than my E320 but I can definitely see, feel, and even sense in some ways I cannot explain the dimunition in quality between the two.
I'll probably work for another 15 years or so but, once I retire and won't be driving as much, the impetus for owning a Mercedes-Benz will be greatly reduced. That coupled to the closing of the quality gap between these cars and others (and it is closing from both ends - don't be mistaken) makes future purchases of the marque a more difficult question. Too, though I've always had acceptable experience with the dealer I have used, its practice of "suggesting" additional maintenace service and the cost of all dealer maintenace in general is giving me good reason to consider something else. I use an independent Mercedes-Benz only garage for my cars' maintenance once they are out of warranty. Though not cheap, they are honest, reliable, and capable.
Why do I drive a Mercedes-Benz? To quote another Texan, former President Lyndon Baines Johnson, when asked the same question about why he drove Lincolns, "I just feel smart (meaning stylish and relaxed not necessarily intelligent) behind the wheel."