W212 Artico Seat Split

MB-BTurbo

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I don’t think I can give Mercedes serious concideration. They know full well about the seats yet persist in selling a known fault.
My B class was the worst car for reliability I’ve had in 20 years of driving. The seats being one of the many issues. A quick search and it’s suggested that MB have done nothing to improve quality. Is all their R and D going on aesthetics and technology?

Such a shame as the C class appearance inside and out is fantastic for a my17 car considering the price but MB just seem ethically wrong.
 

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All manufacturers are as bad as each other. My other car is a one year old Audi and the quality and R&D evident on that is abysmal.
 

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You have a point to some extent, the VAG cars a perhaps worse than Mercedes in that regard. BMW aren’t that wonderful either. For some reason German cars have a misplaced reputation. I wouldn’t say ‘all cars are as bad as each other’... I think Japanese and Korean cars may have something to say about that.
 

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Mine has this too, was told under approved used warranty its not covered :(
 

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MB and BMW use to niche high quality and very expensive players small product runs now mass market product just like Ford, GM etc.
 

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Mine has this too, was told under approved used warranty its not covered :(

This winds me up. I would love to get a 3 year old approved used C class but it’s going to have to be a 2 year old Honda Civic. A shame as for the same price the Mercedes looks far better but the Hondas build quality and service just puts Mercedes to shame.
 

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Have same problem with 05 CLK, MB still using this Artico crap!!!!!! My 1960 190B has MBtex, no splits/cracks some stitching has come undone, a bit grubby but in good condition.
MB Tex is indestructible, like Captain Scarlet . I’ve had it in several cars and , as you say , other than stitching , does not wear through or rip .

My dad’s 1964 190 had it as well ; still perfect when the car was written off in 1970 .
 

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