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post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
I don't know about the new GL SUV, but the old Geländewagen would be far more of a proper off-road vehicle. It's a Hummer without the bling effect.

Edit: And the G-wagen will "win" most crashes.

Or at the very least climb over the other vehicle . But if you are THAT worried about all that, go with a Unimog!
post #17 of 26
If you are truly not looking for 'flash', then why are you looking at Mercedes? If you really just wanted size, you would be looking at Fords or Chevys, but in the end the brand is very relevant to you strictly based on the fact you are looking for Mercedes.

Putting a woman behind the wheel of a massive car just so that she 'wins' the crash is remarkably short-sighted, stupid and selfish. You are essentially condemning whatever poor soul she hits. And, as someone mentioned, because the mobile such a behemoth, evading the accident is almost out of the question.

In regards to accidents, are you looking for car vs. car accident safety, or car vs. object? Regardless, I would look into a Subaru Forrester since, as you said, 'Flash doesn't matter', and the safety, maneuverability, size are all ample. The only reason to buy a Mercedes SUV is to play the, "Which of us can afford to consume more resources unnecessarily" game.

Look at a Forrester, an Audi wagon or a Honda Pilot. The Honda is a remarkably maneuverable car and has plenty of size. It is quiet, powerful and will be much cheaper. I never much understood the attraction to a leather upholstered car when its going to get all dirty and muddy.
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sean
If you are truly not looking for 'flash', then why are you looking at Mercedes? If you really just wanted size, you would be looking at Fords or Chevys, but in the end the brand is very relevant to you strictly based on the fact you are looking for Mercedes.

Putting a woman behind the wheel of a massive car just so that she 'wins' the crash is remarkably short-sighted, stupid and selfish. You are essentially condemning whatever poor soul she hits. And, as someone mentioned, because the mobile such a behemoth, evading the accident is almost out of the question.

In regards to accidents, are you looking for car vs. car accident safety, or car vs. object? Regardless, I would look into a Subaru Forrester since, as you said, 'Flash doesn't matter', and the safety, maneuverability, size are all ample. The only reason to buy a Mercedes SUV is to play the, "Which of us can afford to consume more resources unnecessarily" game.

Look at a Forrester, an Audi wagon or a Honda Pilot. The Honda is a remarkably maneuverable car and has plenty of size. It is quiet, powerful and will be much cheaper. I never much understood the attraction to a leather upholstered car when its going to get all dirty and muddy.

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post #19 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sean
If you are truly not looking for 'flash', then why are you looking at Mercedes? If you really just wanted size, you would be looking at Fords or Chevys, but in the end the brand is very relevant to you strictly based on the fact you are looking for Mercedes.

Wanting a Mercedes doesn't mean that you want flash. On the contrary, the Mercedes is a far more understated vehicle than the Fords and Cadillacs of today. A colleague of mine looked at the Escalade last year and was turned off by the salesman who kept wanting to sell him some aftermarket rims.

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Putting a woman behind the wheel of a massive car just so that she 'wins' the crash is remarkably short-sighted, stupid and selfish. You are essentially condemning whatever poor soul she hits.

Well, if you hit someone, a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the victim's family will cost you far less than an injured victim's pain and suffering award.

Anyhow, back to the topic, I think I saw that the BMW X5 comes as a 7-seater now, so that's another option. And yes, the new Lexus is out in a year and a half I think.
post #20 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sean
If you are truly not looking for 'flash', then why are you looking at Mercedes? If you really just wanted size, you would be looking at Fords or Chevys, but in the end the brand is very relevant to you strictly based on the fact you are looking for Mercedes.

Many of the new Mercedes look quite nice and in a quiet manner. You shouldn't discount his aesthetic sensibilities.
post #21 of 26
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Originally Posted by alflauren
Wanting a Mercedes doesn't mean that you want flash. On the contrary, the Mercedes is a far more understated vehicle than the Fords and Cadillacs of today. A colleague of mine looked at the Escalade last year and was turned off by the salesman who kept wanting to sell him some aftermarket rims.

Don't knock the Escalade's 22 inch rims until you tried them - I have my company car set up that way and it is freakin' smooth.
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post #22 of 26
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Originally Posted by dirk diggler
Don't knock the Escalade's 22 inch rims until you tried them - I have my company car set up that way and it is freakin' smooth.

You can't really believe that 22 inch wheels makes a car worthwhile.
post #23 of 26
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Originally Posted by briancl
You can't really believe that 22 inch wheels makes a car worthwhile.

sure, why not. surprisingly comfortable ride. they look smashing. valets put your car right in front. and wearing a suit and being well-dressed while driving it makes that extra statement. why is that differnet than being in a lexus or a mercedes?
post #24 of 26
Because 22 inch rims are a statement of impractical excess? Because they are the automotive equivalent of Goldie or Genesis P. Orridge's gold grille? Seriously, few things I find as flashy and in bad taste as masses of chrome and flashy rims. But hey, whatever you find tasteful. Plus if you can afford the repair bills from hitting potholes...
I have a gripe with Mercedes awful habit of selling cars in this country with chrome rims, too - I mean that is just something I'd expect to see in a gansta rap or hair metal video, not from a company that claims to sell things in good taste. I even heard that Alfa Romeo will offer chrome for the Brera's rims once it is sold in the USA. That is just...WTF!!!!
post #25 of 26
how is it any different than having an expensive sports car or a suit by a certain designer that costs thousands? or shoes? or anything else we obsess about on this site? If you can afford it, fine. If you can't, fine. The only problem is are you purchasing something to the detriment of your future, such as retirement? If not, fine.
post #26 of 26
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Originally Posted by skalogre
Because 22 inch rims are a statement of impractical excess? Because they are the automotive equivalent of Goldie or Genesis P. Orridge's gold grille? Seriously, few things I find as flashy and in bad taste as masses of chrome and flashy rims. But hey, whatever you find tasteful. Plus if you can afford the repair bills from hitting potholes...
I have a gripe with Mercedes awful habit of selling cars in this country with chrome rims, too - I mean that is just something I'd expect to see in a gansta rap or hair metal video, not from a company that claims to sell things in good taste. I even heard that Alfa Romeo will offer chrome for the Brera's rims once it is sold in the USA. That is just...WTF!!!!
mercedes designers lost it in the late '90s when they started painting the word 'sport' near the front wheel wells of their sport models. they have not yet recovered.
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