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{Wheels.5.6}: Ben Conover {benc} Sat, 06 Mar 2004 17:44:29 CST (55 lines)

I got to be chauffered around in, and to drive, a Maybach today. The
REALLY huge one.

"Well?? How was it?" I hear you cry.

Ehhh...

Let me start by saying that I would have more then a little problem
buying a car that costs $396,000. (That's what the sticker price was
on the one I was in.)  That's more then the house my parents bought
up in Maine cost, and my parents house has a LOT more room. The
sunroof costs $20,000 for God's sake.

You could buy a quite decent car for the price of the sunroof in a
Maybach.

First off, this is a big car.

Wait, that's not quite right...this is an IMMENSELY HUGE TITANIC
automobile.

But it doesn't feel like one when you're driving it, which can lead
all to frequently to the situation I found myself in today, where I
think we are just tooling along at about 75mph and I look down at
the speedometeer and the needle is resting at 120mph.

That happened no less then 4 times while I was driving the monster.

It's very quite, in fact a little too quiet.

It would take me a good 5 hours to go through the book that comes
with the car and just begin to mess around with all of the various
gadgets.

Did I mention that the sunroof costs $20,000?

As for being a passenger, while you are wrapped in leather and the
seats recline all the way back and you have a footrest and a
refrigerator and you can have an optional microwave installed and it
has a DVD player and satelite Tv, and God knows what else, it still
felt rather cold and unfeeling to me to be a passenger in the back.

Overall I really have to wonder what the point of this car is and
why Mercedes-benz decided to ressurect a fairly obscure automobile
brand name. I've heard that they are using the Maybach to compeet
with BMW vis a vie BMW's acquisition of Rolls Royce, which doesn't
really make a whole lot of sense to me. The biggest reason for that
is that the Maybach looks too much like the Mercedes S-Class of
about 5 years ago. I would think if they were thinking of competing
with Rolls that they would come up with a brand new design which
took very little if any cues form and of the Mercedes Benz line, but
I guess I was wrong.

If I had the money to buy the Maybach, I would buy 2 or 3 good cars
and invest the rest.

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