Originally Posted by mstone
I am a bit disappointed in the build quality of my 2012 BMW. The fit and finish is not very good. The paint is terrible - orange peel is hideous. A lot of cheap plastic parts. I think I will look into buying one of those Austrian made Mercedes old school SUVs not sure what the model name is. Of course I already have an SUV so I don't really need another one but...
Hm, depends on the series, really. The new 1- and 3-series models (except for the GT) do indeed have cheaper-looking plastic parts standard. And I agree that this was a crap idea. But it seems that this was the result of some market research. They made some other, previously paid, options standard to somehow compensate for that (e.g. the 1-series in Europe now has A/C, powered windows in the rear, eco/sport drive mode selection and a vastly improved automatic gear shift, 8 gears iso 6). I still think taking away from the premium feel is something they shouldn't have done.
I went for a 6-series model in 2012 (I had the original 635 csi back in 1985 and always wanted one again) and the interior is certainly top notch, same goes for the 5- and 7-series models we have in our company. But I agree, even the "lower" models should maintain some differentiation to the Japanese and worse rice burners.
I assume you mean the G-Class Mercedes (or Puch in the Austrian variant) SUV? That is a great off road car, but the inside is pretty bare bones and it is quite noisy inside. Considering it is in a similar price range (here at least) to a BMW X5 or a Porsche Cayenne, it would not be my first choice (unless I would drive off road most of the time, in which case it would be my first choice).