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Old 01-02-2013, 09:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Over Xmas I house-sat for the chauffeur business i work for part time. Snapped a couple pics of mine with the new equivalents which I thought looked funny.

I like the new S class but it feels flimsy in comparism to mine. Still, its a gorgeous car. I think next to my old S it looks almost like a cartoon car though.

And the 7 series, how boring is that to look at, complete fail, you'd never know it was a top of the line car. The interior is extremely nice, very attractive indeed, but all the switchgear feels like its made of cheap brittle plastic.

Both the newer cars have acres of room in the back as they are the 'L' versions, like the SEL. (Mine is an SE so positively cramped in comparism!)

I know which I prefer
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Got to love the look of the older W126
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Youe SE definitely reigns supreme among the three.

It's a shame that the newer cars aren't made to at least FEEL as substantial and well-built as our beloved 126's, and I agree with you that as far as looks, the current BMW lineup leaves a lot to be desired.
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I know that the new S class and 7 series are expensive vehicles, with scads of high tech stuff. And I also know that we all tend to defend our own choice for a personal automobile. Knowing this, I'll take the 126 any day.

While driving one of the newer cars has its appeal, owning one for me, does not. I doubt that i could afford any repairs to these cars, and I also doubt the dealers capability to actually fix one if broken! Lastly, these cars look indistinguishable from Hyundai or Kia these days. Not for me.
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Lastly, these cars look indistinguishable from Hyundai or Kia these days. Not for me.
True, but not to the fault of Mercedes, many companies have been taking their "style" from MB for years. Not much you can do when the new Hyundai looks like the MB from a few years back.
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i think the s 550 is a beautiful car. The 126 cars are in their own way also beautiful. There is a certain sense of something special in both cars,
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Nice W126 Mr Random
While I love the W126, I'd still take the lowliest W221 over any W126 sedan...then I'd sell it and buy a widebody 6.0 SEC

The latest M6 is pretty sweet to look at when seen in the flesh IMO...it's low and wide
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Wow the w126 looks much smaller and shorter in comparison!
The w126 is better but the w221 sure is beautiful
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I'd rather have my W126. Although I really like the look of the 06 S55 AMG.
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I am not a big fan of how the new Mercedes feel. They drive a little "distant" for my taste. Whereas the 126 has better control harmony, especially when pushed, they seem to hunker down whereas the newer MB sedans I've driven seem vague.

I recently acquired a 2005 BMW 330Ci "ZHP" and I mean to tell you that is one of the finest cars I have ever driven. Build quality is superb, handling is erotic...
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