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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans



  • diwc240diwc240 Posts: 172
    I used to have a link to Ward's 10 Best Engines for 2000/2001, which showcased the C 320 V6 engine last year.
    (looks like Ward's Auto is now a premium web service $ to get previous reports...)
    (scroll down near bottom of the mainpage) Under Ward's Special Reports:

    2002 Ward's 10 Best Engines:
    "Inline 6-cyl. powerplants take three slots among Wards 10 Best Engines for 2002".

    with DaimlerChrysler AG 5L SOHC V-8 (Mercedes-Benz ML500) making this year's 10 Best.
    The E Class / C 320 engine is in their List of Best Engines History over the past seven years:

    DaimlerChrysler AG 3.2L SOHC V-6 Mercedes E320 - - - 98 99 00 01
  • Nissan's VQ V-6 has won the award again...8th time in a row. It will be featured in the new Infiniti 260hp RWD G35
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    Any ideas on whether I should be paying at or above MSRP for a 2002 CLK 320 convertible in NY? Also, any contacts for European delivery would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • I'm on the list for the upcoming AMG convertible myself(A209). When I inquired about the new model (in CA) they offered me a deal on a current model close to invoice...So I'm sure you could work something out, but certainly do not pay more than MSRP.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    Close to invoice? That's interesting. Maybe these guys can tell I haven't bought a $50,000+ car before. Yesterday I had a dealer in N.Y. on Long Island (Smithtown) tell me they are getting $10-$15K over MSRP for a 2002 and that was after a 6 mo. wait! I walked out. I eventually had their autobytel dealer call me back to say "no one" will do better than MSRP. I am certainly willing to take a current model (and I don't mind waiting).
  • nycanyca Posts: 232
    Was that Competition, or the new dealer in Huntington? Long Island is no place to buy a luxury car, too many people with too much money in a "closed" area with relatively few dealers. I bought my last three "expensive" cars in New Jersey, and will probably do the same again. Try the Rockville Center dealer, they seemed civilized at least, but I never priced a car there. You could try Rallye Motors, but dress up, and don't brush up against the Rolls Royces!
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    dealers outside of the floating traffic jam (Long Island). There are numerous dealers in Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey, & Rockland Counties that are withing and hour to an hour and a half drive (depending on traffic). While CLKs don't sit on the lot, they ceratinly shouldn't be going for over sticker. My parents have a '98 coming off lease in April. They're also changing the body next year ('03) and will build the car on the current C-Class Platform.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Does anyone know if it is possible to install a CD player if I did not choose on purchase? It seemed too expensive at the time, but now I regret it.

    If so, can it work through the regular system, or would it have its own controls?


  • Bill,
    you shouldnt be paying anything over dearler cost for the 320CLK. Whatever inventory they have left they need to clear out for the new model. I just purchased an 2002 E320 three weeks ago at dealer cost because that model is also going to be changed this year. I know that the E320 is their biggest seller and inventory on hand needs to be sold. Too bad you're not out here in Southern California.
    Anyone who is looking for an E320 or CLK shouldnt pay over dealer invoice. I purchased the E320 at Silverstar in Thousand Oaks Auto Mall.
    Changing the subject. I am also an owner on a 2001 C320...As most of us have incurred some sort of problems, I too have had the key problem and also had to take the car in to have the sun roof switch replaced. The lid fuction didnt activate properly. The sun shade screen works intermittantly. Other than that the car is great fun to drive.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    Thanks for the input. Yes, it was Competition. I had my wife and kids there and didn't want to create a scene but I was really pissed when he said that because while they may be in demand, the Wall Street bucks just aren't flowing like they did early last year or the year before.

    Socal. At invoice or a bit above? It almost makes sense to order out there, fly out and pick it up but driving cross country could be a pain. What do you think?

    I checked Fairfield in Connecticut and he gave me the long wait list song and dance and said only MSRP, same with Mercedes Benz manhattan. Maybe need to try N.J. or philly. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
  • bill124bill124 Posts: 242
    Does the CLK have an accents on the lower body work without the sport package or is it really non-existent? The car I saw had it and I really don't want the package but I like the look. Thanks.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    My parents have owned Mercedes since 1990. Their current car's (1998 CLK 320) lease is up in April. A few months back they started looking again and naturally went to Mercedes first. They called a dealer and set up an appointment to test drive an E320, C320, & SLK320. They would walk into dealers and the dealers seemed to act as if they didn't need my parents' business. This is even before they started talking price. They've went to a few dealers and most of them had a terrible attitude. Mercedes-Benz lost repeat buyers. They ended up with an Audi A6. I wish I could help more. Maybe try and set up an appointment with the sales manager.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • Yes you can buy one from the dealer or go to or

    You can buy the CD players there and have then installed at the dealer. Ask your dealer about the install cost. I paid around 200.00 but it was then under MB warrenty for 4 yrs.

    Good luck

  • I've noticed that quite a bit in the last few years. A few normal ones here and there, but the majority think they are beholden only to the royal family. I always get the creeps when walking into a benz showroom. It's like the stepford suits.
  • I visited 3 Mercedes dealerships in Southern California and all of them were great experiences. A lot of time was taken with me and my test drives were thurough. I was treated with respect at all times (I'm 20), I was catered to and even served refreshments at one dealership. This has given me high hopes for my continued ownership experience, and Mercedes has certainly outclassed the other dealers down here in terms of Service for sure.
  • Don't confuse "Sales" with "Service". I had great "service" when they were selling.

    When I got to the "servicing" aspect , as in repairs, things quickly plummeted to Hyundai-like levels.
  • 404c404c Posts: 146
    Trust me, wait for the 2003 model of the CLK - it's better looking than the rather chunky present-generation CLK. For example, the heaviness in the rear (sort of like automotive "thunder thighs") is gone, replaced by a CL-type lightness of design. The C-pillar is a lot lighter too. Check it out:

    If you like the present CLK design, certainly don't pay more than a clearance price for it. Go into the dealer with a colour printout of the new CLK body and say you might settle for an old one if the price is low enough. Hardball is the rule!
  • Bill,
    To answer your question. YES invoice...not one penny more...including all options with car at dealer cost also. As time gets closer to the release of the new "E" it only makes sense to deplete the 2002 stock on hand. The deal was too good to pass up. My wife loves the body style and its such a different drive than the C320. I prefer a more sporty drive, but when you want to just relax and enjoy a very comfortable drive then the "E" is fantastic. It's all a matter of preference. I don't see any reason why they should'nt be seeling the CLK's at dealer cost also.
  • Thanks for posting the link to the new CLK info. It really does look great. I loved the current CLK when it was introduced and the new one looks even better. But I kinda wish they had saved to headlight design from the current model. Any idea what prices will be like? Paying 35K for my C240 was about my upper limit I'm afraid.

    I saw that new Infiniti G35 at the Toronto auto show and thought it looked great. Seems like this segment of the market is getting even more crowded.
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