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|15th October 2009, 17:48||#46|
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All said at the end of the day the S Class does have more features built into it, whether we like it or not, need it or not. Someone somewhere is ready to pay for those features and its not that he/she doesnt have a choice.
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|16th October 2009, 19:45||#47|
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Also, you should probably talk to the owner of a Merc dealership whose cars air suspension collapsed on a holiday in Panchgani. He had his W221 S-Class transported on a flat bed truck to Mumbai. The car was barely some months old, mind you.
Most importantly, in Team-BHP's own ownership survey, about 40% of S Class owners give it below average / poor ratings for reliability, a 3rd faced some issues or the other and only 20 odd percent had zero issues.
That said, the W221 S Class has improved quality / durability over the W220. Credit where it is deserved, Merc is working hard to get back to its days of sheer durability. But it isn't quite back to the old Merc days yet. Too complicated, too many loose ends, lots of work to be done.
And for all this talk of features, the Lexus LS has 99% of the features that an S Class offers. And even betters it in some (8 speed gearbox versus 7 for the S, automatic parallel parking etc.). No one driving an LS will be shortchanged on features. Further, BMW has a superior reliability rating overall to Mercedes. If you do want to go high-tech German, you're probably safer with the 7. Ever think about why BMW overtook Mercedes in India? A lot to do Merc owners being previously burnt (ask me and I'll tell you some), and BMW's 5 year complete maintenance packages.
Imagine an 80 lakh car that can't do a Mumbai Goa trip as often as a Toyota Fortuner, due to lack of reliability. Or one that leaves you stranded on the road to work (just ask Ritesh Deshmukh).
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