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What would I give for a properly reliable V8 E-Class for 70k USD. They are fantastic all rounders and built like tanks but just miss the reliability mark. That's the best personal example I can give for myself.
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What would I give for a properly reliable V8 E-Class for 70k USD. They are fantastic all rounders and built like tanks but just miss the reliability mark. That's the best personal example I can give for myself.


Curious here. Do you get the Chinese made Benz there or the German variety?

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German. Checked the plates on the cars and they were made in Stuttgart. Not sure they make them in China.
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German. Checked the plates on the cars and they were made in Stuttgart. Not sure they make them in China.


I'm being told the Chinese vehicles are sold in China only. I was just curious if perhaps they were "servicing" other markets in the area as well.

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German. Checked the plates on the cars and they were made in Stuttgart. Not sure they make them in China.

The E200 in Australia is apparently made in India......

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Funny question Magick. Particularly in lieu of the myriad issues with fit and finish the Corvette is having right now.

We tend to lower our expectations as prices of vehicles climb ever higher .

 

Still for 70k I think it is reasonable to expect. All body panels properly aligned with consistent gaps. Trim pieces well secured with no squeaks or rattles. A rock solid drive train with no transmission play or suspension anomalies. Consistent paint from nose to tail. Full electrical functionality (amazing in this day and age that can still be an issue). Head tail and marker lights properly installed and aligned. Upholstery stitched and spotless. Headliner fit properly (another pet peeve here).

 

In short a car that adheres to the original blue print, not assembly line Monday "close enough"

Cant these things be found in small japanese hatchbacks? 

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India does assemble a few E and S class Mercedes-Benz.
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Besides Germany it's the only other nation building the S Class. Very interesting story about how Mercedes-Benz India ended up building the most prestigious Mercedes sedan. I'll post it later.
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If it's a $70K car aimed families or business executives, you should expect it to be always reliable and to use plenty of high-end materials (though not anything exotic). Fit and finish should be such that you wouldn't be able to point out any faults at a glance. If it's a performance car, some of that could go out of the window as R&D dollars are traded for performance instead of fit and finish.

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