I have both a 1989 420SEL and a 1992 Lexus es300. The lex was the first year made, but believe it or not it has a very good build quality. The mercedes is also very nice and nothing comes close to the elgance of the Benz. After having owned numerous cars I feel that the reliability of the benz (olders) makes it like a lexus of the european cars. Try a Jag (older), or a BMtroubleU (older), or and Audi Qautto. These cars are built no where near as good as the benz.