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#1756 of 2088 S-Class under NHTSA Investigation
Nov 15, 2005 (9:59 pm)
Benz S-Class in NHTSA Study
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has begun an investigation into recent versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for a potential problem with the vehicle's gauges, according to the Associated Press. NHTSA has received seven complaints about speedometers and fuel gauges that failed to light on the 2000 and 2001 model-year vehicles. Seventy-two thousand S-Classes are being investigated for the problem, which could become a full recall if the agency determines the problem to be a flaw in the vehicle's design.
#1757 of 2088 why do they sell them in the first place/
Nov 28, 2005 (6:27 pm)
After reading through many of these comments, why is Mercedes still in business, and where do they get their reputation for quality? Certainly not from the owners. I was planning to buy a 560SL(as new), but that doesnt seem to mean much either. Is there any certain year or model or both, mercedes that one should even consider purchasing? I hear same complaints about BMW, rolls jaguar etc., and yet they seem to be able to find buyers for these higly expensive to buy cars. Anyone shed light for me>
#1758 of 2088 Re: why do they sell them in the first place/ [500slover]
Nov 28, 2005 (7:26 pm)
500slover, come on over to the "High End Luxury Marques" forum (under Sedans) and you can join the neverending discussion of this issue. Sounds like you'll enjoy the debate.
The fact is Mercedes makes (1) great looking, (2) great handling cars that used to be (3) "built like tanks". They still succeed on (1) and (2), but have totally fallen down in point (3). For some people, 2 out of 3 is still good enough; for others, they hadn't heard the news on MB's reliability problems until after they plunked down their $70K+ and learned for themselves.
If you've got time to burn and like the coffee, perhaps you won't mind the time spent dealing with the dealer's service department. Even better, if you can have your personal assistant deal with the service department for you while you ride in one of your other fine autos, who cares about reliability?
Personally, my time is my most precious commodity, so I had to pass on the S last year when I was in the market (I still own 2 older MBs), and went with a Lexus LS430. It's a great car that I am enjoying a lot, but I would have rather gone with an S if it was even reasonably reliable. But selecting any one of even all these great and expensive cars involves compromises in some regard or other. It just comes down to how you order your own priorities between styling, handling, gadgets, brand prestige, dealer experience and reliability.
#1760 of 2088 Driver's seat cushion
Dec 25, 2005 (12:59 am)
5 days ago, I started to feel that 2 areas on the cushion were sticking up from the bottom and poking my butt!!! I could feel the protruding material (probably steel) by pressing on the cushion by my thumb. It seems like the cushion is thinning and that should not happen coz my S430 is only 4 years old and has 44000 miles on it. What should I do? Can someone enlighten me?
#1761 of 2088 New Mercedes S
Jan 05, 2006 (3:11 pm)
I was just reading about the LA auto show and the S would cost between eighty six thousand or so...How does that compare with the accessories etc that were in the previous model??...Also how much does the radar system cost that will completely stop the car? I look forward to seeing one Tony
#1762 of 2088 Re: New Mercedes S [anthonyp]
Jan 05, 2006 (10:54 pm)
Well the new S550 has been officially priced at $86,175, which is little cheaper than the outgoing S500. However I expect the options list to be just as, if not more expensive as before. The S600 curiously this time around has no options, everything is now standard. The S550 in both MT and C&D this month (Feb) appeared to have everything including the fancy cruise control and Night View, both were over 100K.
The S450 should be shown at Detroit and price a little below the outgoing S430, which is priced at $78,025.
#1763 of 2088 Re: New Mercedes S [merc1]
Jan 06, 2006 (12:20 pm)
I wonder about the `night view` as it would be difficult to see it and drive at the same time..I remember gm projected the view onto the windshield and thought that was probably a good idea...With the a8 pop up screen you would be able to monitor it fairly easily, but with the bmw setup it would be difficult....The radar cruise control put the breaks on fairly agrssively in the a8 and further puts them on more if I don`t respond, but I think I would be hard pressed to just leave things alone with the car about to hit an object....It probably works well, but we`l see. Tony ps with the cost of repairs what they are, money seems to be no problem with the high end manufacturers
#1764 of 2088 Re: New Mercedes S [merc1]
Jan 06, 2006 (6:45 pm)
Will the S450 be long wheel base? Approximate horse power? Same standard equipment as S550?
#1765 of 2088 Re: New Mercedes S [houstonmerc]
Jan 06, 2006 (7:07 pm)
Will the S450 be long wheel base?
I don't expect any of the new S-class models sold in USA to be short-wheelbase models, in deference to Mercedes-Benz selling this car as a top-line luxury model.