Woody: "I have tested several brand new ones from the MB dealer in a pot of hot water"
Any person of reasonable intelligence would know this is a totally inacurate form of measurement. You are comparing apples and oranges in regard to your test environment.
Speaking of crap, I had a 97' 850. The dashboard lights kept blinking and the hazards and turn signals came on at random or did not work at all. Secondly, the engine idled like a bucking donkey on initial take-off and at stop lights it idled too high. We're talking fairly new car with no previous accidents or damage record. Took a loss on that one. BMW has yet to make a car that lives up to my standards. I have owned Fords of far better quality than BMW. I will never buy another BMW.