Bavarian Motor Workshop or popularly known as BMW and Daimler formerly know as Mercedez Benz around the world is quite an expensive car in our country with our high automobile tax. We will never get both of this new car with less than RM 160,000 and even secondhand of 4 or 5 years we will hardly get less than RM100,000. The maintenance and service for this car are expensive for example to change the car tire it may cost us RM 1000 per tire as it is a run flat tire for both of this car with no inclusion of the spare tire. With the depreciation value of the car can go for more RM86,000 and RM55,000 in just 2 years both of this car have low resale value but Mercedez Benz fared better than rival BMW.
Both of this car have many variants to choose in their arsenal such as for BMW 3 series they are a 318i, 320i,320d,330i,335i and for Mercedez, they are C230, C250, C200 and they is also sports model for both. For Mercedez Benz is AMG and for the BMW is M Package such as M3 and M5. Each variant is more expensive with more features and more firepower in the hood. We like this car and love the car and when a person have a sufficient purchasing power both of this brand will be their first choice based on their preference.
But with both of this car have a high maintenance, high price and low resale value it is still favorite among our car driver in Malaysia. You may see in our country that both of this car is more in the road of our country compared to Audi and Porsche. The next German car that you can see more in our country is Volkswagen but the price for this cheaper compare to both of this brand.
For most of us both of this brand will be on the list and for some, this will be a dream car in whatever variant. The BMW lover mostly known as “bimmer” and for the Mercedez Benz, we are calling them “Merz”.
With all this we Malaysian like this car for several reasons. Both of this car is innovative in term of their exterior and interior. The BMW had introduced the laser light in their current BMW 7 series and BMW Display Key where the driver can park and reverse the car via the key itself. The Mercedez Benz on the other is the one that has introduced the Smart Key where it eliminate the need of mechanical lock and this can be said as the start of the Keyless Entry. The Mercedez Benz also had introduced the Electronic Stability Program or ESP where it had become common in the present car and one of the most important features in the car safety.This innovation will then be used as a selling point for the future user and the user will be proud and interested in being the first to use the car that brings a new innovation.
For some that a purchasing power to buy this car it will fulfill their dream as for some both of this brand is dream car and gave them some kind of excitement, satisfaction, and joy. Many Malaysian loves to own a BMW or Mercedez Benz due to the style, elegance, comfort, and performance. Owning this car does show the status of the person in an instance as the person who owns a BMW 3 Series we may recognize them as a professional young executive and for Mercedez Benz as a businessman or tycoon. A car that shows and relate the owner with the status and current ability will attract the future owner.
The maintenance of the car even it depends on the variant but the support that provided is one of the best in the premium German car. Mercedez Benz and BMW have more service center after Volkswagen among the German car and this can make the life easier for the owner to service the car depend on the location. In BMW they are teleservice where the owner can make an appointment for their car on the iDrive itself. The service and convenience by both of this brand make the user feel valued and appreciated and adequate with their purchasing power. In term of free service and warranty the BMW provide 5 years warranty and newly introduced 2 years warranty for their run flat tire while Mercedez Benz is 2 years warrant with extendable to another 2 years make it 4 years warranty. A good purchasing power with a free service can be selling point and attract the user like a magnet to buy this car.
The high technology in this car also makes it popular. The iDrive in the BMW and the COMMAND in the Mercedez Benz where the user can control, check, the reminder of service, check in black oil, car condition, car setting include lock, and many more feature are available with just a knob rotation for the iDrive BMW and touchpad in COMMAND for Mercedez Benz.The knob and the touch pad is located near the gear knob and it makes the easy access for the user. The disadvantage it may take user some learning time to use it since they are many options.
Both of this brand had built a great reputation around the world for the performance, luxury, safety and brand name. Both of this brand is known worldwide from America until Africa hence they have built a good reputation for the premium and luxury. The user that buying this car knows that he had bought a brand that is reliable, great in performance, excellent luxury, innovation, and last long. Most of us willing to spend big money when the brand is reputable and reliable.
Another recently the government had given the BMW car Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) certificate and the price for the all the mode had been reduced the 8% and this will make another selling point for the user to owning this car. Even though the Mercedez Benz does not have EEV certificate but if we compare the Mercedez Benz with Porche, the Mercedez Benz is still far cheaper than Porsche and had more service center than Audi in our country.
With this, the demand for both of this car will still be high and we will see more of them on our road. And this is the reason why I will say the BMW and Mercedez-Benz are still the most favorite premium German Car.
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