From: Me on
Larry Thong wrote:
I'll be buying Mercedes this spring

Read user experiences in this forum first:
http://www.mercedes-benz-usa.com/

Post 1980s MBs are one of the biggest marketing cons thrown at US
consumers.
From: (PeteCresswell) on
Per Bill Graham:
>This is why I abandoned the US auto manufacturers about 30 years ago. I have
>owned nothing but Subaru's for the last 12 years. I have one with 150
>thousand miles on it, and it only quit once, when the speed sending unit on
>the transmission failed. And even then, it still ran, but didn't run right,
>so we had to replace the part ASAP.

I've got a Chevy Suburban: first (and probably the last...) new
car I've ever owned. Might buy another GM product, but it would
only be because I couldn't find anything else with the ergonomics
for my right-of-the-bell-curve body dimensions.

Before the 'burb it was a series of beaters.

The 'burb has stranded me more times (six) than all the beaters
put together (one). Google "4L60E valve body" and you'll get a
little glimpse....

One story I've heard - that rings true to me - is that American
auto companies tend to be run by business school graduates, while
Japanese auto companies tend tb run by engineers.
--
PeteCresswell
From: Bill Graham on

"(PeteCresswell)" <x(a)y.Invalid> wrote in message
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> Per Bill Graham:
>>This is why I abandoned the US auto manufacturers about 30 years ago. I
>>have
>>owned nothing but Subaru's for the last 12 years. I have one with 150
>>thousand miles on it, and it only quit once, when the speed sending unit
>>on
>>the transmission failed. And even then, it still ran, but didn't run
>>right,
>>so we had to replace the part ASAP.
>
> I've got a Chevy Suburban: first (and probably the last...) new
> car I've ever owned. Might buy another GM product, but it would
> only be because I couldn't find anything else with the ergonomics
> for my right-of-the-bell-curve body dimensions.
>
> Before the 'burb it was a series of beaters.
>
> The 'burb has stranded me more times (six) than all the beaters
> put together (one). Google "4L60E valve body" and you'll get a
> little glimpse....
>
> One story I've heard - that rings true to me - is that American
> auto companies tend to be run by business school graduates, while
> Japanese auto companies tend tb run by engineers.
> --
> PeteCresswell

All of my life, Detroit built what they wanted to build, and then hired
Madison Avenue people to get the buying public to think they wanted it. The
Japanese polled the public to find out what they wanted, and then built it.
This is the main philosophical difference between the two, and it is the
reason why I now buy strictly Japanese. (Although I was very pleased with my
BMW K-100 motorcycle.)

From: Larry Thong on
Me wrote:

> I'll be buying Mercedes this spring
>
> Read user experiences in this forum first:
> http://www.mercedes-benz-usa.com/
>
> Post 1980s MBs are one of the biggest marketing cons thrown at US
> consumers.

OUCH! Thanks for the link as I never knew this.

From: J. Clarke on
Larry Thong wrote:
> Me wrote:
>
>> I'll be buying Mercedes this spring
>>
>> Read user experiences in this forum first:
>> http://www.mercedes-benz-usa.com/
>>
>> Post 1980s MBs are one of the biggest marketing cons thrown at US
>> consumers.
>
> OUCH! Thanks for the link as I never knew this.

Germans used to build good stuff. They're too in love with technology for
the sake of technology today--they need to get back to making good stuff.