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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.
#24660 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [benznessman]
Aug 20, 2009 (8:17 am)
Car and Driver compared 50K cars and the ranking is
1) Audi A6
2) BMW 5 series
3) Infiniti M45
4) Jaguar XF
5) 2010 MB E350
They did not have much good to say about the car (compared to competition)
According to car and Driver MB is the car that you buy to impress the neighbours..
Also in SoCal with all the incentives available a base 2009 E350 can be had for 40K..if you can find one.
#24661 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [benznessman]
Aug 20, 2009 (9:39 am)
I compared prices on Edmunds and from dealers. LS460 is not much more than a comparably equipped E350, but the LS has more features on it that E350 does not.
#24662 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [carolinabob]
Aug 20, 2009 (10:20 am)
couldnt agree with you more...
there are better choices out there for the money and prestige...
unless you have to have three-pointed-star to boost your ego...
#24663 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [sanjaysdca]
Aug 20, 2009 (12:46 pm)
It was kind of interesting that in the same issue, after ranking the MB in last place, they also had an article about the MB E-class CPO program. Seems to me they're a better deal used... MB adds something like another 50K miles to the warranty, plus there's no deductibles.
Aug 20, 2009 (6:28 pm)
Sat in the new XJ in Pebble over the weekend and I couldn't believe I was sitting in a Jaguar. For a ton of money, I would love to get my hands on the new DBS Volante..stunning. But the Jag, a bit more realistic for me, was something unexpected.
#24665 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [sanjaysdca]
Aug 21, 2009 (10:26 am)
again i say test it for yourself...i personally have 2 MB's myself and i havent had a singl problem out of either of them and i wouldnt dare sell them...i have tried bmw, audi, lexus, acura, and infiniti...i have even owned hem all b4 and i can assure you they would stil be in my driveway if they were any good what so ever...ea. had very similar problems...terrible suspension, electrical failure, and in the infiniti transmission failure...and to those who assue all mercedes owners have ego issues your wrong...we just enjoy buying cars that last more than 5yrs after they leave the assymbly line
#24666 of 24726 Mercede Benz and all the others
Aug 21, 2009 (11:09 am)
A recent review of the so-called top 5 $50k automobiles ranked the Mercedes Benz last and grudgingly so.. The Audi A-6, BMW 5 series and even a Jaguar far exceeded anything MB sells, including quality control issues which have plaqued the manufacturer for decades. Every Benz I have ever owned spent an inordinate amount of time in the repair shops... Never Again!!
#24667 of 24726 Re: Mercede Benz and all the others [bob204]
Aug 21, 2009 (2:45 pm)
However, that same review ranked the Audi in first place, and I have not yet met an Audi owner who would ever buy another one. I know a number of people that took meticulous care of their Audi, and had premature transmission failure, electrical problems, etc. And most repairs are $1K +.
The point being, I take all the car reviews with a grain of salt. The reviewer generally looks at how well-engineered the car is. But good engineering does not always equal reliability.
#24668 of 24726 Re: LS vs. E350 [benznessman]
Aug 21, 2009 (2:58 pm)
I was just stating facts..
I had a 1995 infiniti...lasted 14 years/140000 miles. All I did was regular maintainence and finally sold it last year only because I got bored of it....
My wifes 2000 infiniti has 9 years/85000 miles no problems at all....so my experience with infiniti has been good.
Last year I test drove (extensively) bunch of cars including (MB E class) and was underwhelmed by it...In fact to me (for the money) Genesis felt a better deal.