It amazes me just how complex cars are nowadays- even my 5yr old coupe, particularly the canbus communications plus the intricate mechanisms on even apparently simple things. Are there any published figures for how many parts are in the average MB these days. If so is this figure for parts as per part numbers, or individual pieces- for instance one part number (eg a switch row) could have many pieces & electronic components inside it? Purely for interest & wonderment... When thought of in these terms & the r&d, they aren't such bad value!