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Subject: [Leica] Car Prices
From: stasys1 at (Stasys Petravicius)
Date: Sun Jun 5 07:48:23 2005
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Frank- my newest car (of 5 German cars) is a  1993 400E MB with 97,500 
miles on it.  Just drove it to Las Vegas NV and back this weekend. It's 
a pleasure to drive. I have owned MB's since 1971. I'm 62 years young. 
Best. Stasys
On Jun 4, 2005, at 1:15 AM, Frank Dernie wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> I bought my first Merc in the 80's and have had one ever since. The 
> best of them, and the only one I have kept, is a 1991 500E, the best 
> car made IMHO, and I've tried a few. I have owned a BMW M3, which had 
> a good looking but uncomfortable seat and a stuffy ventilation system, 
> the engine was great but I got rid of it after a few months as I was 
> never comfortable in it, particularly in winter. I borrowed a M5 once 
> and it was a great car but not up to the 500E standard on manufacture 
> and less suitable for every day use.
> I do now do work for a company for which BMW is a sponsor and engine 
> supplier but I have not bought one, nobody gets one given!
> Frank
> On 4 Jun, 2005, at 08:51, Mark Rabiner wrote:
>> On 6/4/05 12:27 AM, "Frank Dernie" <> 
>> typed:
>>> Hi Mike,
>>> I think different cars appeal to different people. One thing I have
>>> noticed, as a long time Merc owner, is that Mercedes have had to
>>> lower quality to keep their prices competitive with other brands,
>>> some of which have gained a good reputation by marketing despite
>>> being very cheaply made.
>>> Another point about gearboxes. The Merc cars do not particularly suit
>>> manual gearboxes, they have foot parking brakes and their latest auto
>>> 'boxes give away no performance and little economy to the manuals.
>>> BMW's OTOH are much better as manuals, firstly it suits a sporty car
>>> well second the BMW autos kill the performance and economy.
>>> Frank
>> Frank I'm amazed you go for Merc over BMW am I the only one?!
>> Mark Rabiner
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