Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: W211 E320 Bluetec R129 SL500 - $1300 car ........ Ford F350 6l
Location: CA Bay Area
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RE: Consumer Reports '06 car picks
I think Consumer Reports is doing good job.
Actually this is the only independent publication, that does any testing and reporting on US soil.
How different from Europe, when even a small country has a dozen such agencies.
To understand how the car report works you have to follow the "chain". CR takes the data from the subscribers.
Subscribers answer the question about what they have based on what they know about it.
Now try to figure out, how many average owners have an idea how computerized traction control, or ESP works? Than how about GPS, smart key, adjustable suspension, integrated phone, limping modes and other stuff, that is so popular on MB, but mostly unheard on other brands.
General perception is, that when we don't understand something, than it has to be bad.
Other thing is the mass media brain washing.
We are all flooded with BS how excellent hybrids are, when information about 21-Century diesels is suppressed.
So when you get average Joe report comparing those two, what opinion would you expect?