I cannot belive why MB gets so much bad press, I have had no problems whatsoever with any of my MBs, and in my opinion they are the best cars money can buy, far better than any Bentley could ever be, although you do not get the looks, or the brand status, you get a car, which is flawless in every respect. The ride quality cannot even be matched by the Phantom or the Bentley Arnage T Red Label, in my S55 and my wife's S500, you just will not get the quietness or the stability (in cabin).Now Jaguar, that is a car I can fault in every respect, I test drove the new XJR, and I was simply shocked and appauled as to why they could ask 60k for a car that felt like a go cart to drive, it was frankley no different to a Rover 75 (I've also driven one, another employees car, they always want to borrw my cars, and because I am such a nice guy, I end up letting them, and then I have to go home in the trash that I gave them). The space inside is appauling, a C Class is bigger, so I would not even want to be driven in it. And the damm noise, when I pay 60k I DO NOT expect it to sould the same as a beefed up boy-racers car, I mean come on, a loud fine tuned engine is nice, but it has to be refined, an you'd think they would do nomething about wind noise, I may aswell stand on the road.
Quote:Actually, I did mean that the S55 is much much better than the Bentley is, however just because it is handmade and has an impeccable finish, as a car its just is not so good. For a number of reasons, firstly, in the Mercedes, you hear the beautiful sound of a V12, but it is muted to such an extent that it has all the depth, just like a whisper. Then there is the seats, oh don't get me started on the seats, I mean what is with all that vulgar black piping on the Bentley. Let alone the fact that it feels like they are filled with foam, whereas in the Benz they are firm and support you well. Then there is handling, oh dear... Corner at 100 in the Benz as a passenger and you will not move from you upright position, in the Bentley you will at least be putting pressure on the seat belt, let alone being flung across the car. As a driver it gets worse, in the Bentley although I must say it is fast, it certainly isn't easy to get it going, cornering is a dire chore, and the sound can be a little uncouth at times. I will not deny that the Bentley's interior is pure opulence, and you sure get stares, but what is the point if it cannot get the basics right. As you may well know the Maybach is handmade, whereas the s class is machine made, yet the few people I know who have one say that the build quality is seldom different from the s class. I know I am going 'against the grain' but so be it - that is my opinion.