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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ-Series, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volkswagen Phaeton, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Sedan
Let's try to define this forum as being limited to luxury performance vehicles where the mainstream version in a typical configuration has an MSRP of at least $60k.
A luxury vehicle with a base price of $59k qualifies because it would typically be bought with some additional equipment, bringing the MSRP over $60k.
Vehicles like the E, 5, A6, M, or GS, even if available in certain versions over $60k, don't qualify because they are cars from companies that have higher end cars in their lineups.
#11210 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [syswei]
Nov 09, 2005 (9:25 pm)
But when you started to become an MB fan (early 90s?)...did you actually like the styling?
Picture it, America 1986. Riding along I noticed a rather different looking car on the expressway next to us. It said "300E" on the back of it, with this little star in the center of the trunklid. It was a curious machine. The right side rear view mirror was a different size from the left side rear view mirror it had this single blade windshield wiper and styling completely different from my favorite brand of car at the time (which was American btw). That car turned out to be the brand-new-for-1986 300E, precusor to today's "E-Class". Now prior to this I had seen a rather "large car" with the same symbol and some numbers like "380SEL" on the back of it, but wasn't sure who made it or what it was but it wasn't until I saw the "300E" did I truly start becoming a fan of what was called a "Mercedes-Benz". That E-Class of 1986 went on until 1995 and during that time there was a Coupe (300CE), Wagon (300TE) and two V8 sedans were added (400E, 500E) the latter of which continues to be my favorite Benz of all time to this very day.
So yes I like the styling, it was different and very upright, but much "cleaner" than my favorite luxury brand at the time. No I won't say what that brand was.
Of course there are stories about the first time I rode in and drove a Benz later on, but the above is pretty much how I remember the whole thing getting started.
#11211 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [merc1]
Nov 09, 2005 (10:43 pm)
I've always liked MBs. I actually considered buying a used 190SL in the mid '70s, until I tried a spunky little Healey 3000. The Benz was very nice, but I just wasnt ready for a big GT convertible at that point. Plus (IMO) the Healey was the more attractive car. Compared to the convertibles that came out in the nightmare world of '70s auto design, it was a super model. I still miss that car sometimes. The '60s were definitely the golden age of the convertible.
#11212 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [lexusguy]
Nov 09, 2005 (10:47 pm)
It would be nice to have some of those brands back again, but in this day an age I guess we're lucky that Maserati is back, and possibly Alfa-Romeo might come back by 2007. I would love to have an Alfa-Romeo, gorgeous cars imo.
Nov 10, 2005 (2:25 am)
I'm 28, so take it with a grain of salt, but I haven't played a CD in my car in a real long time. I will not own a car again that does not have at least an auxiliary input for an Ipod or MP3 player. So far superior to CD changers, it's not even funny.
#11214 of 24726 Re: Music Options [sellaturcica]
Nov 10, 2005 (7:19 am)
Before I jump on mp3s in the car (preferably flac files, but I suppose at least 256 VBR mp3 would be enough to get by) I want to see storage built into the car's sound system. Even a million dollar car stereo will be killed by the 12 cent DAC thats in pretty much all portable mp3 players. Almost as bad as those cassettes that connect to a portable headphone jack.
Until then, I'll stick with my dino era CDs, and their infinitely superior sound quality.
#11215 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [merc1]
Nov 10, 2005 (7:28 am)
I think the new Austin Healey "Mk IV" concept is stunning, but there are just so many things stacked against it. Austin does not have the rights to the Healey name, and without the backing of a major auto company, I dont see any real chance of success in the market place. I'd absolutely love to get behind the wheel of an Austin Healey again though, and this time it would have the benefit of having (supposedly) 300+ hp V8 engine. No longer the "poor man's Jag".
My Mk II was just like this car, two tone black over white, with the bolt on windows and impossible double-clutch four-speed. At least I never had to worry about my wife driving it
#11216 of 24726 lexusguy
Nov 10, 2005 (7:39 am)
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#11217 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [merc1]
Nov 10, 2005 (10:41 am)
Are you refering to this car ?
Hmmm !!! Merc1 if this car was your wake-up call to the MB stable, I am quite surprised. Compared to today's styling, this MB is kinda stale and bland as vanilla....
#11218 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [oac]
Nov 10, 2005 (12:46 pm)
I'm surprised you would view the late 80's 300E as offering better styling than say Audis of that time.
#11219 of 24726 Re: Mercedes-Benz vs Lexus - The Sequel [syswei]
Nov 10, 2005 (12:58 pm)
The 300E was hardly an inspiring car IMO. Now the SL - totally different story - that always was the MB I wanted amd interested me in the brand from day one.