that's what I've heard about MB, the ongoing servicing costs.Hi conwelpic,
I just got the base model. I tried the + but I couldn't really feel the difference in HP. To me, it didn't justify the extra money.
As far as the MB goes, don't get me wrong, it was REALLY nice, but just not practical. I've got a wife and a couple of dogs. We go to music festivals and camp, etc. I'm not taking the MB to festivals to hang out with my hippy friends.
As far as reliability goes, it kind of sucked. It never really did anything that got me stuck or anything, it's just that there are only certain shops that have the tooling to work on it, therefore, $$$ adds up. Each year for the annual inspection, you are going to pay at least 500-600 for an oil change/filter change and just for them to take a look at it for an hour. That doesn't count if your front/rear diffs/transmission/etc. needs changed. The lowest price the transmission fluid flush alone I could find was $500. The dealer was the only one that could do it because no one else had the machine.