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Old 11-12-2014, 08:02 PM
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I donít think my expectations pertaining to quality of the mass-produced MB cars is unrealistically high, but when such a defect shows up on a brand-new $250K machine, it really doesnít help paint a better opinion.

In summary, it's a paint drip on the left rear door on the bottom side next to the front door. Itís definitely a factory defect that may have been the result of an overspray. Currently trying to find a matching touch-up paint for Mocha Black and get a professional detailer to rectify it. Factory QC sucks!

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the image appears quite distorted, hard to tell exactly what we're looking at: still at that price point I agree with you 100%!
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Your a brave man spending $250k I can't even think what someones salary is or car payments.

The sales persons look must of been

Id have a fear of driving and having a $2000 caravan hit me,I would be devastated.
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I donít think my expectations pertaining to quality of the mass-produced MB cars is unrealistically high, but when such a defect shows up on a brand-new $250K machine, it really doesnít help paint a better opinion.

In summary, it's a paint drip on the left rear door on the bottom side next to the front door. Itís definitely a factory defect that may have been the result of an overspray. Currently trying to find a matching touch-up paint for Mocha Black and get a professional detailer to rectify it. Factory QC sucks!

This is difficult for me to interpret what I am seeing. If this is a paint run in the clear coat a pro detailer will be able to wet sand it down. If this is a paint drip/splatter on top of the clear it will also be able to be removed through claying, wet sanding or some other technique. If this is a paint defect beneath the clear coat then it will be a little more difficult to repair but a very experienced detailer should still be able to repair it using touch up paint in combination with the other tools/techniques.
Pretty poor quality control for a car of this price.
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Nice to see the car safe and sound at home. I'm also glad that Plycar ended up pulling through for you. How long until I will find this car at the tinting shop?
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Nice to see the car safe and sound at home. I'm also glad that Plycar ended up pulling through for you. How long until I will find this car at the tinting shop?
Not for another 1.5-2 weeks.
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This is difficult for me to interpret what I am seeing. If this is a paint run in the clear coat a pro detailer will be able to wet sand it down. If this is a paint drip/splatter on top of the clear it will also be able to be removed through claying, wet sanding or some other technique. If this is a paint defect beneath the clear coat then it will be a little more difficult to repair but a very experienced detailer should still be able to repair it using touch up paint in combination with the other tools/techniques. Pretty poor quality control for a car of this price.
I appreciate your input. The above picture is indeed of a bad quality and I'm going to collect a better one. Hope MBUSA will agree to reimburse me for the removal of this nasty paintwork bug.
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I appreciate your input. The above picture is indeed of a bad quality and I'm going to collect a better one. Hope MBUSA will agree to reimburse me for the removal of this nasty paintwork bug.
It's hard to tell from the pic- what is it? Is it a run, chip or something embedded?
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Pretty poor quality control for a car of this price.
Why do people bring up the price when discussing the MB QC process? MB has one QC System in place that they scale to all their cars. You can't have say 10 different QC processes in place with different SOPs and training programs for a multibillion dollar global corporate behemoth. The company would grind to a halt if that happened. MB has the same QC and mfg process for an A class as they do for an S65 or an SLS. This is how MB gains economies of scale and ensures consistency in their level of quality (whether consistently good or consistently bad is another topic).

Yeah the AMGs have he whole one engine builder gimmick, but that's mostly just a dick stroke to get customers to feel like there's a level or artisanal craftsmanship in their car. He rest of the car is churned out in an assembly line exactly the same way for all models regardless of price. That is how a large scale mfg company is run period.
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Why do people bring up the price when discussing the MB QC process? MB has one QC System in place that they scale to all their cars. You can't have say 10 different QC processes in place with different SOPs and training programs for a multibillion dollar global corporate behemoth. The company would grind to a halt if that happened. MB has the same QC and mfg process for an A class as they do for an S65 or an SLS. This is how MB gains economies of scale and ensures consistency in their level of quality (whether consistently good or consistently bad is another topic).

Yeah the AMGs have he whole one engine builder gimmick, but that's mostly just a dick stroke to get customers to feel like there's a level or artisanal craftsmanship in their car. He rest of the car is churned out in an assembly line exactly the same way for all models regardless of price. That is how a large scale mfg company is run period.
I have a different opinion. When you are paying this price for a car you expect to have an attention to detail that won't be there for a car costing 1/4 of the amount. This is part of what we are paying for in the price. Based on the price and number of cars MB has sold in the past year they can afford to have a different SOP for QA on their S Class line.

But I will give you that this particular paint defect should not require a better QA process, it should have been caught at the factory and addressed by experts there before shipping. This specific example should not be acceptable on any car at any price that MB makes.
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All opinions taken and respected. The price tag does not matter, but the lack of basic level QC is evident.

I am sending these pictures to Germany FAO Dieter Zetsche. No expectations for his response, just raising an awareness and elevating the importance of why it is a bad idea to allow these (and any other) defects to sneak into the luxury car buyerís territory.
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See video, same S65 post by username Terminator.

I have two videos about it, but, i know how i can post it, if you help me?

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Hello, can i send you by email? and you post it here
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See video, Terminators Car

I have two videos about it, but, i know how i can post it, if you help me?


Who are you, and why you are taking the liberty of posting this content without owner's consent?

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Who are you, and why you are taking the liberty of posting this content without my consent?
Wow, I can't believe you don't know about this. This is a serious violation of your privacy.

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My 2 W212 E Classes actually suffered worse paint defects.

My 2010 had a staggering amount of hardened "run" on the naked painted steel on the outer edges of the inner doors. Some of it so hardened and "pointed" that it was literally sharp. The trunk had an area toward the inner edge of the passenger side that had "run" so much that on the inside portion of said edge, it was a little "paint puss ball". I got frustrated with it and tried to "push it in" to hope that it would be hidden better whenever I opened the trunk, and it actually peeled. Brand new car, paint run managed to peel (when I tried to mess with it). This car also had several little paint "dots" that seemed to be some sort of dust or spec of something that made it into the paint during the painting process.

My 2011 E had the exact same issue. Lots of paint dried up paint runs on the inner doors (naked painted steel parts) and some pointed in a way that was actually sharp. It didn't have any "paint *****" that were big enough to peel, but it did have a very big paint "drip" on the passenger side skirt that I had to point out to the dealer, which they got rid of. It also had at least a couple little "dots" in the paint that seemed to be debris or something making it onto the body before the painting process.
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Wow, I can't believe you don't know about this. This is a very serious violation of your privacy.
I don't know this person. He/she appears to have been registered today just to post some information about this car. I wonder what is the intent and whether or not they understand the consequences?

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Who are you, and why you are taking the liberty of posting this content without my consent?
This is a public forum, the information is about a car, not about a person, and i'm not in USA.

How i know you are really the owner?
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Originally Posted by fhe363 View Post
This is a public forum, the information is about a car, not about a person, and i'm not in USA.

How i know you are really the owner?
I am very confused with such a dialog. I would appreciate if this conversation ceases to exist with an immediate effect.
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