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Old 12-28-2002, 10:00 PM
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AMG build quality

I've been wondering about the average build quality of most Mercedes' since, well, the mid-90s (around when the first official Mercedes AMG cars were introduced).

Is the general quality better on AMG cars? I think the interiors were built by AMG rather than Mercedes - are the standards much higher? I also wonder if the same materials were used in the interiors (dash plastics etc) of AMG cars or something better (I for one hope so, especially on the early C-class and W201 E-class).

Do the interiors compare to, say that of a W124 300E?


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Old 12-29-2002, 12:33 AM
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Our 1995 C36 had a pretty standard "C280" W202 interior except for a few touches. I don't think AMG built the interiors, but simply made select modifications. (instrument cluster, etc.)

Our car had 100K-miles and was like new. AMG driveline bits seemed bulletproof. The new owner had an intensive PPI done, and was surprised when the engine ran compression new spec on all six cylinders.

And our 1998 C230 has about 85,000 non-babied miles, and is dead reliable and has terrific build quality. Build quality in both our W202 cars are examples of very high standards.
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Old 12-29-2002, 02:14 AM
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AMG keeps the interior modifications to a minimum. New seats are about as far is it goes. The M division of BMW is totally different, going the extra 500 yards like hand stitching the dash on the M5, but then of course, its BMW, and who wants to drive a BMW?
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Old 12-29-2002, 06:48 AM
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FYI: AMG curently only builds the W210 E55 AMG wagon in their factory and will continue building this car untill it gets replaced by the W211 E55 AMG wagon (which won''t take long anymore).
Besides this E55 wagon EVERY SINGLE AMG is produced on the exact same production line as where the other non AMG benzes roll is no longer a separate made product (like it was in the 201/124 days).
This mixed production of the standard models and AMG models started with the W202...

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Old 12-29-2002, 02:54 PM
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My guess would be that interior components are mostly cosmetic upgrades. AMG's strong suit is the "one man, one motor" philosophy that the powerplant work is done by one technician and not on an assembly line.
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