Mercedes quality vs Lexus?

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Old 16 Jan 2014, 10:40 am   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 2010 Mercedes Glk350 4matic. I've had it three years (longest I've ever kept a car!). It has moved with me from East Texas to the Ozarks.































In Texas it got decent mpg, in the mtns it gets awful mpg (average 9mpg). I have to replace the pricey tires on it yearly. It is very small and we are outgrowing it. Those are my only complaints.































I am hesitant to replace it because it is reliable, comfortable, drives great, and is unique looking. The paint on it looks almost new, and the windshield is very strong. I gave had several large rocks the windshield and the most damage is a small chip that isn't noticeable. The leather inside has held up well and looks new.































I am considering a 2014 Lexus GX. I have done research on the paint, and will be putting a protective barrier on the front (3m). How does the windshield hold up to debris hitting it? I do a lot of highway driving. Is it reliable? Comfortable? Do little things on them break constantly? How does the interior hold up?































I plan on this Lexus being my last car for a few years. I want to make sure it isn't a stress to own it.















I drive about 30-40 thousand miles yearly. I have the 20 inch wheel option, and have up sized the tires (Nittos) and I'm still having to replace them. I guess the all time 4wd and 20 inch wheels don't play nice together. I don't understand the mpg either. It got decent mileage on the flatter terrain of East Texas, but changed drastically when we moved.
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buy the lexus
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Old 16 Jan 2014, 11:09 am   #3 (permalink)
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My father used to be a Cadillac guy. Every 3-4 years he would buy a new one just so that it would be under warranty. In 2006 he bought a Lexus LS420, the difference in quality has been so great he has no plans to sell it. Assuming the GX is made in an automated factory in Japan, you will have the same experience.
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Something doesnt add up..for one thing why are you changing tires yearly?Your 9 mpg sounds very bad for that car.As far as buying the Merc. are a Lexus i would buy the one that was closest to a dealer if you are buying new..Most importent is to buy the one you like best..We had a couple of Mercs.as well as BMWs and Nissans My wife insisted on the new Charger when they came out in 06 so we bought the 1st one in our county...It is the Hemi and very fast and manages 23 mpg on the road and about 16 around town.After 110,000 mi. she still loves it and it's trouble free.
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OMG..where do I start...my mom had a Lexus that went to 309000 miles and still ran great! We sold it cause it got old...she has a rx350 now no problems. Lexus is so reliable great quality great all around...durable cars...dont get me wrong Mercedes is great too but...get the lexus
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Old 16 Jan 2014, 11:55 am   #6 (permalink)
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**The Mercedes GLK competes with the Lexus RX, not the Lexus GX. The Lexus GX is much bigger than the GLK.































"I have done research on the paint, and will be putting a protective barrier on the front (3m)."















^^ This is a great investment and worth it!































"How does the windshield hold up to debris hitting it? "















^^ It would be the same as your Mercedes.































"I do a lot of highway driving. Is it reliable? Comfortable?"















^^ I cannot answer reliability but Lexus has been well reputed on building reliable luxury vehicles, even past 100K. And yes, most Lexus vehicles are comfortable.































"Do little things on them break constantly?"















^^ No not really.































"How does the interior hold up?"















^^ If you are talking about build quality and refinement, then it is not up to par with Mercedes. The GLK (and all German cars) is suppose to be a high speed highway cruiser (quiet and comfortable) and the Lexus is not. You might hear a bit of tire and wind noise at high speeds with the Lexus.































"I plan on this Lexus being my last car for a few years. I want to make sure it isn't a stress to own it."















^^ It won't be a stress but with the switch you might lose the German quality and refinement but gain the Japanese reliability. I would highly advise you to test drive the Lexus and then make a decision.































"I have the 20 inch wheel option, and have up sized the tires (Nittos) and I'm still having to replace them."















^^ Its your wheel size, bigger the wheels better the handling but the tire life is shortened, car has to work harder to pick up speed (therefore your vehicle is drinking more fuel) and ride quality is worse, not to mention fuel economy is worse. See link below.































"I guess the all time 4wd and 20 inch wheels don't play nice together."















^^ 4WD vehicles use more fuel than a front wheel drive (FWD) vehicle. The Lexus GX is front wheel drive. 20inch wheel, see previous question above.































"I don't understand the mpg either."















^^ If a car advertises 30 miles per gallon. That means a car can travel up to 30 miles before using 1 gallon of its fuel. The higher the miles per gallon number, the more fuel efficient your vehicle will be. Normally cars like Honda Civic would be extremely fuel efficient because of their smaller engines and they are front wheel drive (FWD) but cars like Mercedes GLK would be thirsty because they are 4WD and a bigger engine. See the link below if you want to learn more.































"It got decent mileage on the flatter terrain of East Texas, but changed drastically when we moved."















^^ If you moved to a hilly area then your Mercedes is going to drink more fuel because it has to work harder to keep all 4 wheels moving.















































MY SUGGESTION:















If you are interested in cutting costs down, consider either the Lexus GX or RX models. (The LEXUS RX is a much better vehicle) Go ahead and test drive them, make your decision based on that. The Mercedes is a nice car but in time you will realize that it is more expensive to own than a Lexus.































Links:















http://carsort.com/compare/Lexus-GX-...Benz-GLK-Class















http://autos.yahoo.com/car-compare/o...&trimId1=29322































Pros and Cons of Bigger Rims:















http://tires.about.com/od/understand...nus-Sizing.htm















http://forums.maxima.org/4th-generat...gger-rims.html































Understanding Miles Per Gallon:















http://autorepair.about.com/cs/gener.../aa022501a.htm
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