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Just a thought. My Grandma was telling me how much better a Mercedes is than any American car. Correct me if I'm wrong but I always thought that European cars were a hassle. What are better qualities of owning a Mercedes rather than a luxury American car?

posted by  SyntheticTrust

Why didn't you get a Mercedes?

Mercedes doesn't make a van.

I have the little 3 inch windshield wipers that wipe off the rain in a storn.

I have a place to f*ck your sister












Forgive me if I missquoted, but you get the idea.

posted by  giant016

Before I go on as to how such a generalized statement is idiotic, subjective, conditional, and gratuitous, I will just say this:


Mercedes basically is an American car company.

posted by  Bronxie

Oh really? I didnt know that. She was just going on about how her American cars were so horrible but once she started purchasing Mercedes it was a whole new world.

posted by  SyntheticTrust

This thread really has me confused. Mercedes don't make a van? Mercedes is American? Maybe, but still deamed European in every form. Last but by no means least, Synth thinks that European cars are a hassle, yet she owns a BMW? :wink2:

posted by  Cliffy

Mercedes not making a van was in reference to a Ron White (American comedian) joke. He was impersonating his rich inlaws who wanted him to get a Mercedes. He instead got a van with a fold out bed in the back.

posted by  giant016

But they do make a van....here at least, lol. :laughing:


Merc Sprinter
http://www.selectvans.co.uk/Logos/SprinterArcticWhiteSideBig.jpg

aka Pontiac Sprinter?
http://www.bertogdenchryslerdodge.com/images/edmunds/VEHICLE/2006/Dodge/100 564391/20028718-T.jpg

You probably already knew that though, lol......

posted by  Cliffy

Shut up cliffy...:laughing:

posted by  99integra

The tow truck operators here always have something to say about the number of Mercs and Beemers they handle.

posted by  Wally

Yeah, I'm sure those are just the only cars they notice... If 3 out of every 10 cars you see on the road are BMWs, it's likely that 3 out of every 10 towed cars will be BMWs also. Doesn't mean there's more being towed than others cars... percentage-wise.

posted by  Bronxie

Dont you remember the thread I made on my birthday about what happened to the BMW? When it fell apart on me.

posted by  SyntheticTrust

I seem to recall you mentioning something about the wheel hubs falling off.....:ohcrap:

posted by  Cliffy

I think its a Dodge Sprinter....you know...Daimler Chrysler....

posted by  Mathew

or freightliner Sprinter!!!
http://www.fruitfull.com/images/FaithVan.jpg

posted by  True_Brit

The R-class is a van.


You guys forgot about that huh?

posted by  Car hippie

Isn't it the other way around, Chrysler is pretty much German? Not M-B is American.

posted by  jedimario

You know what I meant, lol...I just tapped it in to Google images. All these variations of companies, and 'badge sharing' messes with my head, lol. While we're on the subject, do you guys get a variation of this? It's the Mercedes Vito, there's also an MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) version called the V-class....

Older one

http://photos.net-truck.com/photos/mercedes-vito-121205u22.jpg

Newer one

http://photos.net-truck.com/photos/mercedes-vito-114339060706u13.jpg

I wouldn't call that a van.....I guess it could be by the way it's viewed over there, but it looks more like a large estate/MPV to me.

http://www.canadiandriver.com/photos/2006/mercedes-benz/r-class/06r-class_1 -1.jpg

posted by  Cliffy

It's a van dude. A luxury van. Has all the features of a van.

posted by  Car hippie

not in england, we're different, a van is a commercial vehicle! a luxury van is a commercial vehicle with a cd player and electric windows!:laughing:

posted by  True_Brit

No, it's not. It's a wagon/SUV corssover thing.

THIS is a van...

http://www.diecastfast.net/images/reviews/74chevy40.jpg

http://www.hollywood-diecast.com/charlie's%20angels%20custom%20van.jpg


lol!

posted by  ChrisV

Indeed, lol.

Bronxie, I know you have different views in the US, about what vans etc are, but believe me that is NOT a van.....Chris said so too....and he's from the US of A :laughing:

posted by  Cliffy

Ever noticed how cross ply tyred, exhaust silent black vans, stacked with armed thugs, 1000kg of gold bars, several missile launchers, an atomic bomb and a 53kg big bosomed, fat lipped female hostage can out manouvre the fastest growling V8, tyre screeching supadupa pursuit vehicles in the movies?

I want one of those vans.... who makes them?

posted by  Wally

sometimes it's even semi's outrunning ferrari's ... see Bad Boys II

posted by  windsonian

hollywood!:mrgreen:

posted by  True_Brit

Can't argue w/ that. Those are definitely vans.




But what about things like the nissan quest, sienna, odyssey, town&country, caravan...etc.


Those are vans, right?

posted by  Bronxie

Minivans. I guess one type of van.

posted by  chris_knows

Well, those are the same as the r class!

posted by  Bronxie

never heard of the above apart from the odyssey and the caravan (which is the Chrysler Grand Voyager in europe) but those are known as MPV's or people carriers here

posted by  True_Brit

The following link shows the dimensions of the R-class...I would say that's a large estate car or wagon size, The cars you mentioned could be descrided as large cars or possibly minivans in my opinion. In the UK we call them MPVs. Mercedes has described the R-class as an MAV or Multi Activity Vehicle, and says that they have offered all the space required, and the sporty ride and characteristics of a smaller car....

Merc R-Class (http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdo m_website/en/home_mpc/passenger_cars/home/products/new_cars/r_class/technic al_data/dimensions.0004.html)

posted by  Cliffy

No, the R class is that new category of crossover, that is more of a carlike SUV wannabe, not really a minivan.

posted by  ChrisV

Yeah, I saw edmunds.com classify it as such. I just thought it looked like a minivan but Mercedes was trying to hide it from looking exactly like a minivan.


Oh well.

posted by  Bronxie

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