DaimlerChysler AG announced Friday that the Mercedes Car Group is recalling Vaneo and A-Class models built between April 2002 and March/April 2003 because of a potential problem with the windshield wipers. The recall affects primarily European-market cars.

The company recalled 1.3 million cars earlier this year because of electrical system problems.

Over on eMercedesBenz.com (all Mercedes, all the time), they have an interesting take on these problems. Basically, they'd rather have a Mercedes with a few problems than a bland, characterless, problem-free Lexus/Acura/whatever. (I'm paraphrasing, here.) Clearly, Mercedes still has a tremendous amount of brand equity with its legions of fans. Let's hope they can fix their production issues before squandering all that goodwill.

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