Mercedes is advertising a lease on the ML350 for $450 a month. Pretty pricey.
The SRX is every bit as good as the Mercedes or BMW. Ever talk to somebody who owns one of these? They have just as many problems, if not more than the domestics. You're just paying for an inflated reputation. Post warranty service on the imports will bleed you dry.
My daughter was a BMW service dvisor. I ook her through the service history of my last few cars. Owned 2 Corvettes over a 6 year period. One had a set belt retractor problem, one hd a baffle rattle in th cat converter. Owned 5 Cadillacs over a 9 year period. One had a brake line leak. One had a battery that went out at about 12 months. That is all except for minimal scheduled maintenance. I still don't think she belives that is all there is. Oh there is one other thing, I had to replace an antenna on a Vette. (garage door came down sooner than I expected).
I have never owned anything other than an American brand and never will. The MB article certainly makes me feel better after sticking with American brands back in the day when American auto quality was an oxymoron.
Geez..it's nice to have the internet as a resource. I was considering a mercedes before buying my 04 CTS, and I sure am glad I made the choice I did. My CTS had a few rattles that needed fixing...all fixed now btw... but those mercedes owner horror stories pretty much says it all.
No car is perfect, but I feel much more comfortable with service and parts availability...not to mention cost of repairs, with my American built CTS.
I'm glad parts are cheaper for our Cadillacs than the European makes! Have you all read the 4th post on the link? $1,500 dollar cat converters! For each side!! That's like a nightmare for some, especially when a vehicle is recently out of warrenty. I know that Caddies are more for parts than other GM cars, much like Lincolns are more than other Fords, etc. My Mercury Grand Marquis needed parts occasionally, and the dealer shop parts guy even told me that for the same part on a Lincoln it would cost more.
But seriously, what's the worse recall or problem with the SRX, a simple computer re-program??!!