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Old 03-29-07, 09:15 AM   #1
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Mercedes B-Class?

My wife drives a New Beetle that is now 9 years old. It's really starting to show its age and I think we should unload it before it really goes down the tubes.

One of the cars we were about was the Mercedes B-Class. Anyone have any thoughts/experience with this car?
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Old 03-29-07, 09:46 AM   #3
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No, I'd rather get a BMW E46 but she's not too keen on that style/size car. She's expressed an interest in the B-class amongst others but I know little of MB reliability, etc. which is why I'm asking.
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Whatever you do, don't get an inline
Changing the spark plugs on an inline is a ****ing PETA and wouldn't you know that was the side the dealer had let the car go out with a snipped wire going from the distributor cap to spark plug.
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Whatever you do, don't get an inline
Changing the spark plugs on an inline is a ****ing PETA and wouldn't you know that was the side the dealer had let the car go out with a snipped wire going from the distributor cap to spark plug.
Yea, thats the main problem with inline engines. Back to the topic, i have read that new Mercedes and BMW's are made in such a way where you cannot maintenance them yourself. The quality is also not that great as it used to be. Who knows thought, those were just reviews. Personally i would get a BWM.
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The latest reliability figures have Mecedes doing poorly. None of their vehicles are recommended. Too many electronic gizmos and doodads are causing reliability problems.
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Old 03-29-07, 11:08 AM   #8
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Yea, thats the main problem with inline engines. Back to the topic, i have read that new Mercedes and BMW's are made in such a way where you cannot maintenance them yourself. The quality is also not that great as it used to be. Who knows thought, those were just reviews. Personally i would get a BWM.
I agree, I would prefer a BMW but she'd prefer a Mazda3 or a MB B-class. However, I do have a 2004 BMW (E46) and have had no issues doing straight forward maintenance like change brake pads, spark plugs, oil, filters, etc. The E46 has an inline-six engine and changing spark plugs is not difficult.

I have been concerned with the reliability of Mercedes especially since MB went slumming with Chrystler. When I was shopping for my car I discounted the Mercedes C-class because of perceived reliability issues. I was hoping they would have worked those out by now.

The B-class is a relatively new car. I think it was only introduced in 2005 in Europe and came to North America in 2006 so it's tough to judge.
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PS - Trucks suck.

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PS - Trucks suck.

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I am stalking you, santiago. There is no avoiding me. I am everywhere. I am nowhere.

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I am stalking you, santiago. There is no avoiding me. I am everywhere. I am nowhere.

PPPPS - New Beetles suck.
Unfortunately you are correct. The New Beetle we have is from its first year (1998) and it's had its share of problems. Luckily my wife barely drives the car so wear and tear has been kept to a minimum. It only has about 110 000 km on the odometer.
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Unfortunately you are correct. The New Beetle we have is from its first year (1998) and it's had its share of problems. Luckily my wife barely drives the car so wear and tear has been kept to a minimum. It only has about 110 000 km on the odometer.
Overall, I odn't have much faith in VW. Bad experience with a 1995 Jetta. Forget about the Benzo and get her a Porsche Cayenne.
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After 1992, MB's quality went downhill big time! And their customer-service even worse. You're standing there showing them a 2-year old car with a shorted wiring-harness that's on fire and what do they do? Shrug their shoulders and walk away!!! No way would I own another MB.

Look at BMW or Porsche, much better reliability and service. Cayenne Turbo's looking darn nice...

BTW - if you can't read the numbers off your spark-plug wires, you shouldn't be doing auto service at home...
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With a BMW, you know you are getting a vehicle that will remain in your garage, not the mechanic's garage for work done.
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After 1992, MB's quality went downhill big time! And their customer-service even worse. You're standing there showing them a 2-year old car with a shorted wiring-harness that's on fire and what do they do? Shrug their shoulders and walk away!!! No way would I own another MB.
You wont buy another benz because of crap customer service at one dealer?
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I would never buy a B-Class, they are absolutely FUGLY. Just like the a-class, they should never have been made IMO.
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Or something in between, like an IS300 aka really expensive Altezza.
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Or something in between, like an IS300 aka really expensive Altezza.
It really came down to pointing out cars on the road and her giving a thumbs up and thumbs down. She is really looking for a compact car that offers room. I've pointed out the Honda Fit, Toyota Yaris, Mazda3, Honda Civic, MB B-Class and several other cars. We want to move away from the small two-door because we now have two kids so the Mini, C30, etc. are out.

I really tried talking her into getting a BMW but she wasn't interested so it's not a status symbol thing. She wasn't interested in a pre-owned E46 either. I think they're fantastic cars but she veto'ed that.

The only two that have stood out for here are the MB B-Class and the Mazda3. I know several people with Mazda3s so looking for info/history on that car is easy to come by, no matter how contradictory it's been.

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Overall, I odn't have much faith in VW. Bad experience with a 1995 Jetta. Forget about the Benzo and get her a Porsche Cayenne.
I will never get another VW so no problems there. We are not truck people either so no interest in any SUV. The closest we would get is a station wagon.

I think if the Mini Traveller was immediately available, we would seriously consider it but who knows how far we are from that and there very likely be premium to get the first ones.
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Scion xA anyone?
Scion isn't available in Canada. I would have like d that one as well. I'm into quirky shaes. The Honda Element is close but I think it's getting into "too big" territory for her.
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really? i saw a bunch for sale at one dealer in Regina, they mustve been used then.
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really? i saw a bunch for sale at one dealer in Regina, they mustve been used then.
I've seen one rolling around in Montreal but I haven't seen them at any Toyota dealership. I think it was imported.
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I've seen one rolling around in Montreal but I haven't seen them at any Toyota dealership. I think it was imported.
actually, my friend bought one and used it as an advertising vehicle for his restaurant. I should ask him if he got it brand spankin new.
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My wife drives a New Beetle that is now 9 years old. It's really starting to show its age and I think we should unload it before it really goes down the tubes.

One of the cars we were about was the Mercedes B-Class. Anyone have any thoughts/experience with this car?

Why would you ask about cars on a bike forum. I certainly wouldn`t ask about bicycles on an automobile forum.

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