Last post on Aug 05, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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#154 of 160 Re: FYI (Mr_Shiftright) [fintail]
Aug 02, 2009 (8:09 am)
For most luxury car buyers, over engineering is a positive. For me it's a negative. I appreciate the high quality, luxury, style and driving dynamics associated with luxury models, but don't care for excessive features, some of which detract from, rather than enhance, the driving experience. The new German luxury brands have gone beyond my needs and desires in terms of features. What would get me to take out my wallet would be a decontented A-4, 3-Series or 5-Series, or C or E-Class. Keep the basic quality and goodness, but spare me such things as backup-up and lane change alerts, to name just two of many things I'd delete. I'm not holding my breath.
#155 of 160 Re: FYI (Mr_Shiftright) [hpmctorque]
Aug 02, 2009 (12:44 pm)
Amenities can be fun, but they have to be durable and reliable. Nobody likes a car with a defective air suspension or goofy electronics.
An interesting new MB would be this - E-class size, high output diesel, manual, high quality cloth or Tex interior, manual windows and seats, maybe a manual sunroof - kind of like a new old car. But given MBs marketing schemes, especially in NA - it's a pipe dream.
#156 of 160 Re: FYI [fintail]
Aug 03, 2009 (2:23 pm)
The only item I'd add to your imaginary E-Class is power window. They're hardly high tech. A somewhat decontented C-Class would work for me too.
#157 of 160 Re: FYI [hpmctorque]
Aug 03, 2009 (9:05 pm)
I don't mind manual windows - but they have to be a quick crank ratio, no more than 3 from up to down. MB has always had a few issues with power windows - at least through the W210, where regulators are not 100% reliable. If new ones have that solved, I am all for them - esp one touch up and down.
I don't see a return to a 4cyl C until higher output small engines are in production.
#159 of 160 Re: FYI [fintail]
Aug 05, 2009 (1:32 pm)
I have a question for you, fintail, about the new E-Class, which I'll post in the 2010 E-Class discussion of the Future Vehicles forum, since it doesn't belong here (but I thought I could catch your attention here).
#160 of 160 Re: FYI [hpmctorque]
Aug 05, 2009 (2:11 pm)