Well, isn't THAT the whole deal about buying a Merc?
If you fork over $60k for a car, you should expect nothing more than perfection, period!
On other hand, if someone buys a cheap $12k Daewoo or Huyndai, as the old saying goes, "you get what you pay for," and of course he/she will be able to forgive some minor faults.
That is the problem with actual Benzes, particularly with the current W210 E-class and S220 S-class. Cheap feel materials, poor workmanship, no real M-B soul. The new E-class is proving to revert a little this trend, and whopefully the future S-class will revert it some more.