Maybe not everyone is satisfied with mediocrity? -- Just a thought.
Well according to ConsumerReports.com the Mercedes brand has one of the most "mediocre" ratings for reliability, and durability.
The Toyota Camry is profoundly higher in reliability and loses much less in depreciation then any of the Mercedes.
Like I said, it's peoples way of saying "I'm better then you"....Me? I'd rather perform true investments, like in real-estate rentals..and in fact I put so much $$ in rentals that all I could afford was a 2007 $12,800 Toyota Yaris...another car that rates higher in reliability then ANY Mercedes, to be sure. Not bad for a middle-aged 48 year old guy yea? I bought the rentals when the market crashed, and the pmts are paid entirely by the tenents....my neighbor? Well, his lease pmt on his 700 series BMW (which he can't write off) with gas and insurance is over $1,000/month, and that 1 year old car is worth $15,000+ less today then when he bought it new...but hey, he's "better then me", yea? I will say I love the looks of his car though...beautiful, and it drives like a freakin dream too! In fact I would say that it drives around $7,000 better then a $24,000 Camry, yet it costs a heck of a lot more.....one day if I win the lottery and become truly rich (truly), then I too will have a 700 series brand new BMW sedan too...lol
Seriously, my point is that many people are so shallow, materialistic, and class-aware that they would rather buy a profoundly inferior super high priced vehicle over one that is profoundly more reliable and profoundly cheaper too. I mean, what will the neighbors think, yea? These idiots buy Range Rovers, Jaguars, and other very high priced inferior cars...amazing, to be sure. I read a People Magazine study years ago that showed that more then 80% of the buyers of foreign made luxury high priced cars actually cannot afford them...this disease is found more in the USA then Europe, however...
Sorry for being way off topic....