I don't quite understand the point of "real people" commercials for cars. How many people are actually stupid enough to believe them? I swear the people in marketing must think literally everyone in the country is legally retarded.
Dunno, but it seems to be afflicted with erectile dysfunction...
Edit: Which, come to think of it, is probably a good description of much of their latest product lineup.
Dang it, you replied to me even though I deleted the message pretty much after I wrote that. :lol:
I had the tab open for too long and didn't realise Rick has posted exactly that.
What do you mean by crippled E-class?
I've been in many, many taxis powered by this lump and I can't say it's very refined, not considering it's supposed to be a premium car. It's also hilarious how the stop/start system makes the entire car rock left and right. :lol:
Flash forward to a couple years ago and Mercedes decides they want to change things. The E-class moves slightly upmarket in price; the diesel I6 is gone and it's replaced by the E250 BlueTEC I4 engine.
I thought you would be really happy Mercedes stopped bringing the straight six diesel to the US? Nothing wrong with the engine, but the W211 body that came with it...
In other news: A little less than ten years ago, friend of mine asked me which diesel car he should buy; he had a New Beetle TDI courtesy of his then-wife and he'd decided his next car should be a diesel. The selection being pretty slim back then, he initially was asking which VW TDI he should buy. I did manage to convince him that the Mercedes, despite the problems Merc had with Mercedes Rot at the time, was a far, far better choice than the Volkswagen options. He ended up picking up a 2006 W211 E320 CDI in 08 or 09 from a local dealer as a CPO lease return with as much warranty as he could pile on it. It's been a really good car for him, the warranty ate most of the Mercedes Rot problems and it has vastly outlasted the VW products that other people in his circle of friends bought - and it's not being recalled to be crushed because the manufacturer lied to everyone.
Today I got a phone call asking me to help him source some W211 body panels. It seems that after more than 180,000 miles, he's managed to kill it (at least temporarily) - he plowed into a fire hydrant with it. He at first claimed it was a 'glancing blow'...
Well, at least there's no shortage of dead W211s to get parts from in junkyards or even broken W211s to buy for cheap and scavenge body parts from.