Defects in the highly regarded Mercedes-Benz 3.2L V-6 engine could be at the root of DaimlerChrysler AG's soaring warranty costs. DC's stock price was hammered last week when the Financial Times reported that the German automaker's warranty costs have tripled in two years, costing the group 1.7 billion euros ($1.5 million) last year. The introduction of the compact A-Class and the M-Class sport/utility vehicle have contributed to the quality problems, the newspaper said, adding that the ...

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