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A friend had a ml63, ended up trading it in after a few years for a diesel..
We have the Ml320 BlueTec, and that car has sucked out so much money out of our pocket with problems. Nice car, but not worth the thousands of dollars in repairs.

Why did your warranty not cover things?
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TC, the torque is beyond insane....just when your think it cant pull more...it pulls your body back harder into the seat and you feel is in your face! The dynamic seats are superb in turns, thats one feature that works as claimed, and massage is not too bad.
JayJay, agree totally, the night vision is not only useless, its a dangerous distraction. I took this picture with my 10 yr old daughter in the passenger seat and she likes it, as you can see my revs are sedate.
Regards.

Yep, we got the dynamic seats too, it's nice to have the feel of a sports seat in such a big car, you get a much better sense of how nimble the car really is. The only unfortunate aspect about them is my wife's settings make the seat way too tight for me and I don't think you can assign the dynamic settings to the individual seat memory.

What color is your 600? Any pics?
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I've never seen an S600 of any generation that wasn't black by majority, or otherwise, white, silver, navy, or champagne.
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Someone in my building bought one of these, its in 335is price range, is faster and is electric. Call me a hippie but if I had $70k lying around its this I'd buy.

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Those seats came in my new GL and sort of freaked me out the first time I felt my butt getting grabbed in a corner.
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At what age did most of you buy your first luxury vehicle? I know it's relative but would like to get a general idea. I don't mean at what age did your parents buy you the benz or bmw, at what age did you use your own money to make the purchase.
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Define luxury?
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Someone in my building bought one of these, its in 335is price range, is faster and is electric. Call me a hippie but if I had $70k lying around its this I'd buy.

Blows my mind that a 335 is 55k if you want decent options on it. Seems like a ripoff to me.
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At what age did most of you buy your first luxury vehicle? I know it's relative but would like to get a general idea. I don't mean at what age did your parents buy you the benz or bmw, at what age did you use your own money to make the purchase.

I did my first substantial car buy this past year at 28 (97 911 C2S). I wouldn't say it is a luxury car, though.
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At what age did most of you buy your first luxury vehicle? I know it's relative but would like to get a general idea. I don't mean at what age did your parents buy you the benz or bmw, at what age did you use your own money to make the purchase.

I bought a 1996 E36 M3 at about 25, might have been 24, I don't recall. It was like a 7 year old car at the time.
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I've never seen an S600 of any generation that wasn't black by majority, or otherwise, white, silver, navy, or champagne.
I've seen a red 220. It wasn't pretty.
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TC, the torque is beyond insane....just when your think it cant pull more...it pulls your body back harder into the seat and you feel is in your face! The dynamic seats are superb in turns, thats one feature that works as claimed, and massage is not too bad.
JayJay, agree totally, the night vision is not only useless, its a dangerous distraction. I took this picture with my 10 yr old daughter in the passenger seat and she likes it, as you can see my revs are sedate.
Regards.
I agree completely about the dynamic seats, they're worth every penny.
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Originally Posted by CalTex View Post

At what age did most of you buy your first luxury vehicle? I know it's relative but would like to get a general idea. I don't mean at what age did your parents buy you the benz or bmw, at what age did you use your own money to make the purchase.

I bought a brand new Porsche Boxster when I was 25. I was making good money and didn't have any financial obligations besides rent for my downtown loft. Everyone thought I was a complete idiot, even though it wasn't all that much more money than a new chevy Tahoe or nice BMW 3 series. I was a total car nut, and most of my social and hobby interests involved cars, so it was very easy for me to justify the cost.
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All of the states in America require a periodic inspection so that people get a sticker for their plates to drive on for X number of years; in most states though, the 'inspection' doesn't really consist of much and people get by with parts duct taped on and so forth. If it's a more stringent state they will stick a sniffer in the tailpipe and make sure the car still has 4 tires. That's about it. So... to answer your question - yes, things are much different than in Europe, and no, many Americans do not take care of their cars the same way people in other countries do. Very few people do preventative maintenance. Also, mechanics in America tend to vary in honesty and they charge a lot for their work (like, $100/hr and then tons of hours by the book for a job that actually takes a fraction of that), so there's a lot of suspicion regarding that.

There's a lot of truth to this post. Consider also that - in TX at least - inspections focus more on taillights and wiper blades than actual driving capability - because then the station can coerce you into replacing these things and mark them up accordingly. Other than that, preventative maintenance is a big-time Not Happening around these parts - partly due to the complexity of these cars - partly due to time/cost constraints, and partly because people figure they'll just trade it in on a new unit and let someone else take the hit for the 60k maintenance bill. Then they procrastinate and go 90K+ without doing the big service.

I will say that from what I've seen on the Mrs' wagon, Mercedes has a ridiculously-long maintenance schedule. And they're - most of the time - intuitively easy to work on. (I may amend this after changing out the spark plugs, though)
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Originally Posted by TC (Houston) View Post

Yep, we got the dynamic seats too, it's nice to have the feel of a sports seat in such a big car, you get a much better sense of how nimble the car really is. The only unfortunate aspect about them is my wife's settings make the seat way too tight for me and I don't think you can assign the dynamic settings to the individual seat memory.
What color is your 600? Any pics?

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Originally Posted by impolyt_one View Post

I've never seen an S600 of any generation that wasn't black by majority, or otherwise, white, silver, navy, or champagne.

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I agree completely about the dynamic seats, they're worth every penny.

Its Black/Black, nimble as there is very little lean of the car in turns. The base setting of the bolsters on sides. thigh, shoulders can be set, but dont remember if they are retained in memory for dynamic.
Just came back from a long lunch and drive, almost sad to get home and the massage ended.

Regards.

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