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ON: (Expensive Euro Cars Bought New): GLC 300 any good?

Posted 11-15-2021 at 02:10 PM by Blondebaerde

Originally Posted by beach43ofus View Post
Thinking of trading our current car for a 2022 base model GLC, w/ just a few option on it, like classs-B hitch for bike racks, and all around camera option.

Its a 4-cylinder turbo, & I prefer naturally aspirated 6's, but dont want to go up in size.

US News & World Report and JD Power both rank it as a top 3 in its class...luxury compact SUV.

The BMW is #1, but cost is much higher, & Lincoln Corsair is hig but local dealer has none and no White ones coming in.
Changing to a blog entry. I find posts like the above frustrating. Pointing out facts about European cars and SUVs doesn't seem to solve much. So, an op/ed it shall be.

GLC 300:

Since "JD Power" is based on so-called initial quality rankings and clearly in the tank for God knows who, wouldn't take that terribly seriously. May want to add, "....value for the money" onto the end of said-rankings, which naturally leads one to vehicles like the Lexus NX instead. Vehicles time-tested, number of issues per mile driven and depreciation curve included. Whatever.

I would however take seriously projected depreciation curves for various European SUVs. Seems to vary for each and the market's in a weird place. Fortunately, we live in a data-rich time in history so puzzling that out shouldn't take long.

Owning prior two BMW cars, one bike, two Porsches, and three Ducatis I find the European experience superlative. Performance and style, they can't be beat. I never take them too seriously on absolute quality compared to JPN brands like Toyota or Lexus, naturally. Ditto Honda or Acura. If you want it, buy it. If it plummets in value like a lead zeppelin, so be it (or not: see previous paragraph!). I'd lease before buying in the case of anything BMW or Mercedes as the smarter money, assuming those calcs add up correctly as-well.

My work horse is a Toyota Land Cruiser, could care less how many miles pile on as it's a 250K - 500K mile vehicle. Some European ****wagon will start to break at less miles, end of story. So probably better to ask "across what time horizon" and "does image matter more than longevity." Hope that helps.
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