It started in 1992
I was told, by a long time Mecedes-Benz fanatic, that 1991 was the last year that Mercedes-Benz simply built the best car it possibly could, and then put a price tag on it.
In 1992, they turned the process around. They started with the price tag that has a target market, and built whatever car they could while still making money.
Enter Chrysler, and the process becomes even more profit driven.
Do they still make a fantastic, top of the line, car? YES, as long as you steer clear of the mass market crap that they have been pushing lately.
Ever wonder what the "C" in "C" class stood for?
To me, it means CRAP.