what great old tanks , love them . I want a 124 wagon (1987 E class) 4 Matic (4x4) EV and love the old 123 300TDI don't think that it is GM that has improved, but moreso that Audi, BMW, Mercedes have seen their quality deteriorate. Electrical issues are becoming very common among those cars, and they are *very* expensive to fix. Mercedes does not build "Bush Taxi Tough" cars anymore like they used to; their 190D, 240D, 300D, 300SD, and 300SDL models very commonly exceed 500,000 miles on the original engine without a rebuild.
I've abused my 300 SDL for nearly 2 years straight; I bought it for $1200 in rough shape with more than 200,000 miles on the odometer, it's probably spent more than 3,000 miles under my 2 year ownership at speeds in excess of 100 mph, I do burnouts with it regularly, this car has been abused offroad, and nothing major has broken yet or shows any signs of it(exception: wheel bearings and UV joints will need to be changed soon; they've never been changed in the entire life of the car and a few weeks ago started showing signs of wear and tear). This tired old German car of mine can take more abuse than almost any brand new American car.
Mercedes does NOT build them like that anymore, and probably never will again.
Well you said it. At these miles or more it is not really a consumable item. So they had to jump on the band wagon and make it more consumable. Make em too good and you don't make money on ancillary items. Make em to break em and you do. Remember we live in a consumable world. Too bad they followed every one else. Should have been the other way around but noooooooooooo......commonly exceed 500,000 miles on the original.........