Just compare the two. The 2005 S430 is far superior!w108 - 2/17/2005 1:14 AM
Compare a 2005 S430 with your 1988 420SEL.
That's why there's no good news articles. It's not a luck game - it's about how they make the product right now.
You just made my point. MB was an exception. Why aren't they still and exception? I'm not questioning that all these new cars have fantastic new toys, efficient/powerful power plants and very safe airbags and presafe systems. My point is that somewhere along the way, high quality craftsmanship and quality parts somewhere fell off the band wagon. There's three general types of people on this site, I find. Hardliners that are old skool MB. Hardliners that love the new cars. Then people who love all MB's. I am a hardliner that loves my old MB's, not because of the size of my pocket book, but because of my experience with all cars and how the way new cars are going. You can't deny the slip in car quality and the troubles MB is having that it shouldn't.Most everyone made cars with quality problem in the 1980â€™s. MB was an exception.
That's correct but I work in the service department of one of MB's primary competitor, Audi. It's not MB, granted, but they do have something in common and it's ridiculous quality control and constant visits to the mechanic shop and ever increasing warrenty staff working at the dealerships. I wasn't just picking on MB, it's a lot of the new cars out there. I am am proud to say I do not own a new car, and I consider it an educated choice in choosing a high-quality reliable vehicle and recyling at the same time as opposed to always having to have something new all the time. It's not for everyone. If you love the new cars, that's great, just don't go around telling me I am blinded and don't know anything about new cars, please - because it's not true. Besides, there's dozens of other topics with the same types of conversations all over the place on these forums and at different times - this I think you know, people who share my opinions that debate this old topic with the people who have strong support for the current models. I will never say you're blind just because you don't share my opinions, experience and ideas - life is all about differences in opinions. Anyway, as it stands, both new and old cars have their pros and cons, but I prefer an engine that doesn't send a check engine light on for stepping out of emissions boundaries for a fraction of a second and other problems you have to deal with. So, I humbly ask you again to look at that 1988 420SEL compared to that brand spanking new S430.My final point is to W108, you have never owned any of these cars that you condemn so how can you judge?