It's the cup holders! Mercedes started downhill when they put cupholders in their cars.
At this point, I wouldn't own a new Benz. I'll wait another 8-10 years and let some other unsuspecting poor slob replace all the hi-tech crap that's going to fail. Then I may snag one.
Mercedes used to run a body style 9-10 years, now it's 5-6. Mercedes also had a uniqe look to them. You wouldn't mistake one for any other make. The new C coupe looks like a Honda Civic and last years E class looked like a Geo from the rear and the new one ain't much better, IMO.
I think Mercedes big mistake was forgetting who and what they were and tried to out Japaneese the Japaneese.
91 300E 120K
90 300SE 275K (sold)
92 BMW 525iM 120K
90 BMW 525iA 175K
85 300D 175K (sold)
84 300SD 245K (sold)