People expect more out of a Mercedes than they do an average car because they cost so much more. For instance, a Dodge truck that runs like shit but is, otherwise, reliable will be viewed as a 'decent' vehicle. Buy a Mercedes that has the same problem, it's a piece of sh^t. That being said, they are much less reliable than the '80's and early '90's models, which were built like tanks. If my friend ever decides to get rid of his 91 300SE SWB sedan, I'm snatching it up because it is a beautiful car and drives like a dream.