Date registered: Dec 2004
Vehicle: 300TE 4-Matic 300GD
Location: Oslo Norway
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RE: why would you get a 25 car year old with all the problems it implicates?
Very interesting views.
"Why do you think cars and parts from the dealership keep going up just a little every year? It's to make new customers pay for the warrenty work done one Joe Blow's C280 from dealsership 37364 in Nowehere, USA last year."
Concidering that my brother just recived 4 new doors and a lot of painting and all covered by the warranty on his 97! E290 wagon. Reason; rust! That's gotta cost someone.
He also took it to the specialist in Norway who modify imported ambulance engines for Binz. He went for the full package. Step 3. That cost him an engine. It did'nt even last 40 000 kilometers. Had to limp down to Flenburg to swap. You would'nt belive how much that cost. He should have been suspicious when he pulled away from my unloaded 300TE with a packed fully laden car up a long hill. And I was really whipping it. So that cost him.
Having my toe dipped in the business, I sometimes get to talk with german MB people, and they allways speak about how much they save in production costs per unit. I think it's a bit weird that it costs Daimler Chrysler less and less to produce one unit. Of course they have huge research projects that cost a lot of money. But spread out on the units, it's becoming suspiciously low.
"there's no real incentive to improve quality because there's no real financial penalties for the faulty product"
I think that's correct for now. I think future customers will realize and punish. Lets hope the "Chrysler guys" will contribute to that, in the right direction.
I don't think Daimler Benz ever were strong in public relations. Information has allways been tight with dem.
"Sorry - I just got home from a bad day at work"
Well, jugding from your pictures, at least you can compensate with a nice ride.
"4523957834897 other people having the same one!"
It's nice to think that you and I belong to a much more exclusive bunch. My newest car is an 87 300TE. I just bought a 84 190 for training my son. He is soon ripe. We are currently replacing the engine with an 84 2 liter E. Pulled straight out of a customers rear-ended car before we dumped the rest at the chopper. (With his permission of course.)We would not want to waste good parts. And last but not least a 69 280S.