I remember when Mercedes Benz used to be one of the strongest cars on the road in the 1990s. Politicians who don’t don’t drive Peugeot 505/504 use Mercedes C230 Flatboot in their convoy fleet or sometimes both – due to their safety and reliability.
Fast-forward to less than two decades later, today’s Mercedes seems to be focused on atheistic beauty and speed, no longer for undisturbed, seamless driving.
This is no surprise as to why the working class and top income earners, politicians and most serious-minded people have shunned the German brand, opting for more reliable brands like Toyota and Honda. Nevertheless, Mercedes Benz cars still appeal to celebrities, drug dealers and Internet fraudsters aka yahoo boys.
Many people have described recent Mercedes cars as “money-pits” for drivers amid several widespread incidents like the recall of the A-class over stability issues and more recently the recall of the 2015 C-class that burns itself even while parked (a driver said he witnessed his Mercedes-Benz burn to ashes same week they bought the 2015 C-class ).
Few weeks ago, I checked the 2019 Consumer Reports rating of vehicle brands by reliability and saw Mercedes still drifting down the ladder at number 17 (against number 14 in 2018 and pales in comparison to Toyota’s Lexus which was ranked the #1/most reliable car brand). Today I was going through my social media timeline and stumbled across some serious reliability complaints by Mercedes drivers on the German brand’s official Instagram page and one question have stuck then: why are Mercedes cars no longer strong as they used to be?