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(BBC)   In addition to 1.3 million vehicles, Mercedes recalls an era when it made quality cars   ( divider line
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12307 clicks; posted to Main » on 01 Apr 2005 at 1:41 AM (13 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2005-03-31 05:14:15 PM  
Good headline, submitter.
2005-03-31 05:18:05 PM  
I have a 1999 C280, and I'm starting to have problem afer problem with it. I'll be getting a Japanese car soon.
2005-03-31 05:21:42 PM  
I just bought an Acura over a Benz for that very reason. Come on, you bastards, what happened to making cars that were actually worth the insane price tag?

I guess merging with Chrysler infected Mercedes with the low-quality American car mentality.
2005-03-31 05:25:50 PM  
Yup...I'm going to tarde in for a new RSX type S with about $5k in extras. I'm gonna be a ricer!

18 inch enkei wheels, cat-back exhaust, A-spec body kit, blah blah blah...

I'm excited about it.
2005-03-31 05:29:46 PM  
Mercedes, for the most part, are still a helluva lot more fun than anything Japanese to drive. That's the tradeoff in buying most European cars. If someone doesn't appreciate the difference, that's perfectly fine--Japanese cars are the most reliable on the planet and make the most financial sense IF you don't value the driving experience as much.

I heard this mentality put best in a review: The BMW 5-series is a car you really, really want to drive. The Lexus LS430 is a car you really, really want to ride in.
2005-03-31 05:34:17 PM  
While I agree with you on some levels, Nikolai, I just want a sportscar. Not a sports sedan, a real sportscar. I can't afford a german sportscar, so I have to look to the Japanese.

The new RSX has gotten rave reviews from the car mags as being a true "driver's car" and that's what I want. And it's damn nice inside, believe it or not.
2005-03-31 05:37:15 PM  
2005-03-31 05:21:42 PM vpRockstar

I guess merging with Chrysler infected Mercedes with the low-quality American car mentality.

So did they also infect BMW and VW as well? Their cars have suffered for several years.
2005-03-31 05:49:54 PM  

I was speaking generally, not directly to you--I really enjoy the RSX, almost as much as the Miata (and it's actually got usable space inside!). Those things are like street-legal luxury go-karts.

Mercedes doesn't even really serve this market, unless you count the little C-coupe. BMW will be bringing the 1-series (maybe it was the 2, I forgot) to the States in that same range. I saw one in London last year, looks like it might do well here. But right now, it seems like that sport compact market is mainly ignored by the Euro lux-makers.

Funny thing is that it's like they met halfway. On the other side, Chrysler is now getting good reviews for the Mercedes influence.
2005-03-31 06:35:50 PM  
Clever headline.
2005-03-31 07:27:11 PM  

/headline of the week
2005-03-31 09:49:28 PM  
Love the headline.
2005-03-31 11:45:30 PM  
I don't know, the MP4-17D is pretty nice.
2005-04-01 12:54:10 AM  
The headline went over my head. Maybe I need more caffeine.

/Bork! Bork! Bork!
2005-04-01 01:45:34 AM  
That might be one of the best headlines I've read on FARK. Congratulations, submitter. Well done.
2005-04-01 01:47:52 AM  
Had an E36 M3. Buying an S2000 soon. Had to sell the M3 due to poor-college-student reasons. I'd buy another M3 except I guess I just can't deal with the idea of spending money to buy something I already had once. Seems like time to move on, and I want a cabrio for the sunny CA weather.

S2000, hell of a sports car. Probably one of the rawest, most emotional cars the japanese have built in a long time... sweet! can't wait.

/no point.

"It's curtains for you!"
2005-04-01 01:48:49 AM  
now that is a headline.
2005-04-01 01:49:01 AM  
I know more than one person who has had the dashboard in their Mercedes fall off. Yes, you read that right. They swore they'd never buy another Mercedes. One of them went to Lexus.

/Lexus driver
2005-04-01 01:50:16 AM  
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2005-04-01 01:50:44 AM  
need a new keyboard after that headline. Haven't laughed at a headline here in weeks.
2005-04-01 01:50:48 AM  

"I don't wanna die!"
2005-04-01 01:50:55 AM  
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2005-04-01 01:51:06 AM  
seriously...the last 24 hours...anarchy? anyone? late thurs night adult swim fans? anyone seen what's going on?
2005-04-01 01:51:32 AM  
woah. Lop some boogie. pwnd. Word!
2005-04-01 01:51:40 AM  
dammthe semiotic object, I want to be filtered.
2005-04-01 01:52:23 AM  
Dude. I bow down to the dialectizer filter.
2005-04-01 01:53:54 AM  
Anyway, that big pig-latin'd post up there was about how I liked my girlfriend's dad's C32 better than the RSX-S. And other assorted small Japanese cars.

"I'm cryin' on the inside..."
2005-04-01 01:55:14 AM  
Yo comprendo ahora...


"Oh, look who thinks he's Clever Dan!"
2005-04-01 01:55:16 AM  
I'll start by pilin' on w/ the "Great headline" comments, by golly.

But seriously, the old Mercedes cars weren't any higher quality than the new ones -- it's just that American (and, to a lesser extentification -- I mean --Japanese) cars were lower quality back then than they is now, and whereas their quality has gone up in absolute terms, Mercedes' has been flat.

So Mercedes did a lot better vs. the average car then than now, but the absolute quality hasn't dropped off.

Oh, and due to more lax laws and -- but first things first. The -- These absence of Ralph Nader -- I think --they didn't have to recall stuff back then, so if frequency of recalls is bein' used as the standard, there will be a selectification bias.

/too latify to be thinkin' this hard
2005-04-01 01:56:12 AM  
i've got the 1999 c230k and i love it.

"I'm buying you a pizza."
2005-04-01 01:56:16 AM  
Just my luck to get filtered the one time I'm trying to be taken seriously...

/with my luck, it will happen again
2005-04-01 01:57:13 AM  
anyone see that hack attack?
2005-04-01 01:58:25 AM  
'Swhy I bought a Jaguar!


/joke's on me
2005-04-01 01:59:13 AM  
SlowTimedRapid: luck

Join the club. And yes, Japanese cars have come up a lot as of late, whereas Germany continues to solidly build their cars. It just looks like Germany's cars have fallen in quality.

US Cars are...making a comeback. Somebody realized that not every car needed a V8. Now we just have to follow suit in build quality. And looking at my friend's Focus...we've got a ways to go.

"They tell me not to, but I still drinks it!"
2005-04-01 02:00:04 AM  

i cannot believe this hasn't been posted yet.
A whole wesite dedictated to exposing how mercedes are crap
2005-04-01 02:00:43 AM  
m44t3 daaamn. should i blame filters?
2005-04-01 02:00:50 AM  
2005-04-01 02:01:07 AM  
nice. i can't bewieve i even twied any hawdew to get to dis page....

anyway... wewe Mewcedes evew good at aww?

"Oh, I get it. You're supposed to be, umm, the witches' brew."
2005-04-01 02:01:40 AM  
I am not the only one getting the hacked page, am I?


"AaAaAaAaAaAaA! I was raised by a cup of coffee."
2005-04-01 02:01:44 AM  
I am just posting this to see what happens.

My grandmother still talks about how good their mid 60's Mercedes was.
2005-04-01 02:02:15 AM  
but they're so 'spensive, don't that guarantee quality?
2005-04-01 02:02:33 AM  
In my oopeeniun, zee lest genereshun S und SL clesses vere-a zee lest ooff zee guud Mercedes.

Zeey need tu stert mekeeng cers leeke-a zee elmeeghty 600, 6.3 & 6.9 egeeen.

/Oovns a 6.9 :)


Boot sereeuoosly, zee oold Mercedes cers veren't uny heegher qooeleety thun zee noo oones -- it's joost thet Emereecun (und, tu a lesser ixtenteefficeshun -- I meun --Jepunese-a) cers vere-a looer qooeleety beck zeen thun zeey is noo, und vherees zeeur qooeleety hes gune-a up in ebsuloote-a terms, Mercedes' hes beee flet.

I teke-a it yuoo'fe-a nefer seee zee 70's ira deeesel Mercedes thet ere-a steell used es cebs in muny perts ooff zee vurld tudey?

"My chocolates! Come back, chocolates! I didn't mean what I said!"
2005-04-01 02:02:40 AM  
One person got a shiatty car?

Oh noes. Because that's never happened to any brand before ever.
2005-04-01 02:04:19 AM  
Hooray for puns! I think that headline is a pun. Based on recall having two meanings. Way to go.
2005-04-01 02:04:36 AM  
My boss just got an SL55 AMG.

There goes my raise.

Hail Big Brother!

"So I'm gonna have to jump!"
2005-04-01 02:04:43 AM  
Okay -- I think --the Swedish Chef filter is the greatest ever.
2005-04-01 02:05:05 AM  
Oh yeah.

/1967 Mercedez 300SEL owner
//Not worth maintaining
///Drunk and fears spelling error backlash
////out of things to add after slashes

"The Double Deuce!"
2005-04-01 02:06:35 AM  

I have seen ultrafark!

/was not worthy, will go sob now, for he will never experience it again
2005-04-01 02:06:54 AM  
m4tt3: lionfish
One person got a shiatty car?

hey, dumbass, look at the site, pick a model and read the HUNDEREDS of complaints that will ensue.

then comment.
/that is all.
2005-04-01 02:07:07 AM  
The filters are back!
2005-04-01 02:07:21 AM  
Is someone adding these weird sayings to the posts? If so, that's funny.

"and a pair a 'boobies', makes me wanna get on my knees and beg for buttermilk. A$$ like a ten year old boy!"
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