[}]I heard the same thing and that is what convinced me to buy an SC 430 Lexus last April which I traded in with 1,900 miles on it last week on an '05 SL 55. Thes seats on the car basically started to disintegrate after 700 miles. 8 attempts and the Dealer made it worse on each attempt. Resolution "This is all that we can do". $65,000 car and that is all they can do. Car was in the rain less than 10 times was never allowed to sit in the sun afterwards : acid rain spots on the hood, roof and trunk. Resolution "Yes the paint on these is very fragile": well known fact. 15 chips in the winshield: the car was on the Freeway system no more than 15 times, 8 of which were to take it back to the dealer longest distance 20 miles. Again well known fact the glass on the Japenese cars is prone to chipping Annoying rattles from the seats and door panels that were repaired by the dealer. Enough of the "Ultimate Pursuit of Perfection" crap.wirelesscoyote - 2/19/2005 7:39 PM
Driving is good with the M45, but the interior the E500 is better. Its a very tough choice...still don't know which one is better. On the reliability issue, i heard japanese manufacturers are better.
Thx man...I will take a longer time to think about it before I make the decisionwhitejavaS500 - 3/19/2005 7:26 PM
Hey before you make this decision, it happens i drove an M45 sport today! I have driven both and honestly, even after falling in love with Mb, the M45 is much more fun to drive. It is also loaded with more features than the E500 for less of the price. The E500 in my oppinion isnt even in the same leuage as the M45 or its closest comparison, the 545i. E class is beautiful, dont get me wrong, but if you want a reliable, fast, sporty,and sexy car, go for the M45. I think it might even be my wifes next car, replacing her 95 Nordic. When i drove it, i was completly caught by suprise seeing how sporty it was, after being skeptical of it being just another ok effort by a jap manufacture. Make your own decision, but i suggest atleast seriously considering the M45.
Hope this helps,
(PS I bet all of you hate me right now, liking an Infinity over an MB. But when it comes to brand loyalty, I choose MB anyday. This is just an honest oppinion!)