• According to Wiki, as of Jan 2013. R series is still sold outside North America. While also selling poorly in Europe, German press reports that it has sold relatively better in China.

  • ~ looks to me like a viable replacement for the Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo Griswald Family Truckster. moving up-market, of course.

    • Both are bad on the maintenance/repair…who needs the troubles? The best part is the looks and the rear legroom, other than that it is cheap plastics etc. In my experience the Lexus RX series are far better in quality and reliability and resale. Miles better actually….Mercedes is just overpriced troubles.

  • ha, was just about to send in a tip on one of these and i thought, nah, they won't go for it – i recall reading an article when they came out that said "this is the real car of the future" or something similar, but google was no help tracking it down – i guess the future came and went – gotta wonder, what's the car of the future now?

  • I never thought I'd see a Chrysler Pacifica on here. These are nice driving if you're looking for a minivan, I guess.

    • i'd always assumed these were badge engineering twins – however, a little poking around reveals they mainly shared a concept and not much more – here's about the most concise explanation i could find (lifted from an MBWorld.org forum post):

      The Pacifica and the R Series both came out of Mercedes ownership of Chrysler. The Pacifica came first on a Chrysler unibody chassis using a Chrysler 3.5L V6 and a Chrysler 4 speed automatic (probably the weakest element of the car). The only really Mercedes mechanical design element was the rear multilink suspension borrowed from the E-Class. The Pacifica is basically a front drive platform with a transverse mounted engine and transmission. Its AWD system uses a cheaper viscous center coupling.

      Then came the R Series with some of the design team from the Pacifica transitioning onto the R Series design team to produce a conceptual clone of the Pacifica using the Mercedes M-Class unibody chassis and off the shelf V6 and V8 Mercedes engines along with their new 7 speed automatic. The engine and transmission use a traditional rear drive longitudinal orientation and the AWD system uses a center differential, open I believe.

      most commenters seem to say there's no comparison in terms of driving, with the R far superior and the pacifica basically a sloppy old-school minivan, but that the interior of the R is considered way below mercedes standards and a real disappointment

      then again, i remember when the dodge journey replaced the pacifica and used a super-cheapo plastic interior that got terrible reviews compared to the pacifica – they upgraded the interior after a couple of seasons, and i found it reasonably ok when i rented one recently

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