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post #1 of 18 Old 02-27-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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Mercedes Benz Maintanence Cost and Reliability

It seems like there is a big assumption that german cars in general have very expensive maintenance costs and aren't very reliable.

Is there any data to prove or disprove this? How much is it really more to maintain a Mercedes Benz over say an Acura/Lexus/Infiniti?
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From my understanding is that maintenance for any German or European vehicle is at least 15-20% more than your average cost of service. And this is not only at the dealerships.

Not sure where i read an article of comparable reliability for brands of vehicles, I think it was JD Powers, but since the 90s japanese vehicles have been at the top and known for reliability. The german auto makers always released new gadgets but were prone to failing. Not only did they create a hassle but werent necessary. It seems like the past times were having the newest technology and who was to bring it out first without testing. Mercedes vehicles can last long but who is not to say they've had a couple hiccups in between. Ask any real owner, it doesnt matter is it breaks by an inch or a mile, breaking is breaking. So off to the dealership you go with a frown.



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Ask any real owner, it doesnt matter is it breaks by an inch or a mile, breaking is breaking. So off to the dealership you go with a frown.
hahaha. am I the only one who got that one?
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Lmao I see what you did there...

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The electric brakes on the older E Class were a good example of such a fiasco.

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It is 2013 though. It seems like the newer cars are starting to become more reliable. At least in terms of electronics. I remember older BMWs, Mercedes, and Audi vehicles had many electrical problems down the road. Anyone who owns an older Mercedes Benz knows what I'm talking about.
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My 2008 isn't all that brilliant either.

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What sort of problems are you having with your 09 B?

I'm not saying that the problem is fixed but I do think it's getting better. The maintenance problem isn't as bad as it use to be. People blow it way out of proportion.

The truth is people are starting to have problems with Infiniti, Acura, Lexus (japanese luxury brands) more often now and the German brands are starting to become more reliable. Most of the Japanese luxury manufacturers shifted manufacturing over to USA and quality control has gone down alot. I've heard many complains about Infinitis have problems often from friends who have recently purchased them. I've also read of many problems with the Acura cars having bad quality control. In terms of the motors the japanese cars still have great reliability but the electronics aren't exactly as perfect as people say they are.
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Well Mercedes does replace my 2003 E500 brake module for free @ 90k miles and give me a free loaner. In contrast a Honda dealer charge me $55 engine diagnose fee for the lifetime warranty seat belt replacement for Accord.
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I think Consumer Reports and JD Power (BTW, it is not Powers) put out a list of the most reliable auto makers every year. They take data for actual owners so I would imagine their info would be the most accurate.

My father had a Lexus and a MB at the same time and by far the Lexus was much more reliable... but he still loved his E-class. As for me, I wasn't very impressed with the E-class. It was nice and all but I don't think it was worth the $50+K he paid for it back in 2003.
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