For the reliability of my 400E, hadn't I done all the repairs for my 400E by myself, I would have gone broke.
I use a tracking sheet to record all the maintenance record for every car I own, it has been 1.5 years since I bought my 400E, it has been pampered and driven only 20K kms, I have almost 5 pages of records for my 400E. I have owned my Ford Explorer for 3 years, it is the working horse with 60k kms driven, it has only 2 pages and most of them are routine services, last time I did repair for the Ford was 2 years ago for an IAC valve.
I too have a mixed feeling, this car drives like a dream on the highway, and feels rock solid after 11 years of use, but is that enough to compromise all the troubles? Reading all the enthusiastic posts from members, I still believe Mercedes can't be that bad, maybe I just took over an abused one from the previous owner.
99 BMW 540i 6-speed 110K Km
03 SAAB 9-5 wagon 80K Km
92 400E (Sold) 245K km
Still missing the days with the Benz, it kept me busy.