Diamler bought Chyrsler, not the other way round! It was ballyhooed as a merger, but it really was an outright purchase.
Volvo has gone the junk parts route too, long before Ford aquired a controlling interest -- my next door neighbors just sold the 850 they bought to replace their 240 wagon (with 250,000 miles on it) -- only had it about a year before they got fed up with endless repairs, some of which had already been done once.
Very sad, the only reason I would every pay the going price for a new Benz is the condition of my 1972 280 -- inspite of serious neglect, it still runs and drives, and can be competely restored to new condition. Not so anymore......
1972 220D ?? miles
1988 300E 200,012
1987 300D Turbo killed 9/25/07, 275,000 miles
1985 Volvo 740 GLE Turobodiesel 218,000
1972 280 SE 4.5 165, 000 - It runs!