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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Owners: Meet the Members

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  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Thanks for your post. I agree that one really can't compare a car with a decade of design refinements to another for a "which is better" analysis - they are two distinct entities. It would be like comparing them to my former 1970 Ponitac Bonneville, which I will always cherish.

    I was curious because when I leased my '95 C220, most of my friends who had MBs had the 190 - and I was wondering what I missed by being too late to get a new 190. I really still like their styling and sharp lines, even though I have never driven one.

    In 1979 (the year I graduated high school) I never thought I could afford an MB, so did not follow the progression of the 190 to C-Class that closely. All that changed in 1995 when Alan Friedman at Ray Catena MB in Edison, New Jersey showed me how I could lease-to-own one for not too much more than any other fully equipped substantial car. I've had one ever since, and probably always will.

    Thanks again for your info!
    - Paul
  • honeynutthoneynutt Posts: 1
    I've purchased my new 2002 C230 Kompressor in late February. A week after I'm purchased this wonderful ride - it shut down on the highway. In between I had a speaker repaired that was blown out, an air vent was off line and on 2 separate occasions, my car has again been in the repair shop for additional service, because the car has shut down 2 more times. Did I get a lemon or what? I'm repeatly spoken with the Regional Manager, Service Manager and an service representative of EuroMotorcars, along with the guy who sold me the car. I was told that my car was repaired (yada, yada, yada). They basically spoke to me in a terminology that was unfamiliar to me. I've heard everything, but what was the actual cause of my car shutting down. Then I had repeat signs of BAS and ESP light up on my dashboard. At this time, I'm afraid to ride my car, because of my safety. I've called everyone pertaining to this matter. I love the car, but the techncians for Mecedes-Benz should be trained on the new models and what their functions are. I'm requesting a new vehicle, because of my safety reasons. I've began writing letters to the President of Mercedes-Benz and the other necessary channels that cause for me to file an Legal compliant.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Bummer,

    Sorry to hear that. I hope that you can get some satisfaction out of the dealership that sold you the car. Please keep me posted, I'm interested to hear how they resolve your complaint.

    - Paul
  • lg5lg5 Posts: 6
    Anyone have any insight..? Pretty certain I'll get one for my wife but would love any insight about dealerships in CT or their ability to be driven in the snow... THnaks!
  • yhkyhk Posts: 2
    Hi there, I'm a proud owner of a new C200 Kompressor, of which was delivered to me about a month ago. I'd just installed the 'chrome' frame onto both the headlight and tail-light. Although fitment for the headlight looks superb, the tail-light doesn't seem to fit as well (marginally smaller). Wondering if anyone has the same problem. Regds.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Hello from Atlanta, Georgia,

    Is the chrome frame something that is added-on to the car after buying it? I have not seen that over here in the United States.

    - Paul
  • yhkyhk Posts: 2
    Hi Paul,

    The chrome frames are optional item and they were fitted after I've got the car. I've seen advertisement on these frames in some UK magazines.
  • I have been pricing the c320 - 2003 ---- to lease -- what is the best price out there to pay for the car.
  • Am thinking seriously about ordering the C32 after test driving same. Would welcome comments/advice from any and all. Just bought an SLK 32 and love the engine/power...
  • hocky1hocky1 Posts: 13
    Yhk .... This is Hocky1 from Melbourne, Australia. Can only own a C180, boh lwee lah! Its a 1994 model and still running strong. I like the older shape of Benz like my C180. The new shape you have to get used to. Would appreciate if you could reply to Johnshtan@hotmail.com for further discussions on cars, business, current affairs in our homeland!
  • greetings, i have been lurking here for about a month looking for info on 280c. my 300e was totaled this summer, and have been looking for a replacement since. it took me quite a while to convince myself that i would be happy in a "C" class car.

    well, the good news is this: i just picked up a beautiful 95 silver/grey 280 that i found thru ebay in st louis. i drove the car home to atlanta over 600 miles, and arrived tired but with a huge smile from the cars performance and ride quality.

    the 280 far exceeded my expectations in all aspects. it rides/drives GREAT! it has 80% MXV4's that are smoother than any of my previous experience. the car was a dream at 85-95 mph. the I-6 engine has plenty of power and the 4-sp shifts flawlessly.

    only a couple of items on my wish lish missing: MOONroof (only steel), heated seats, trunk release on console. i will eventually switch to 16in wheels (and will happily spend the $ for the mxv4 if they continue the present ride quality)

    i got a great deal on the car that was well worth the trip. i spent $8800 drive out. the car is in great condition and beautiful, and in my initial trip, i could not be more pleased with the 280. i was very skeptical on the "C", but this car exceeds my 300e in every way i can think of except size.

    thanks for all of your posts and all the info. i look forward to being an active participant here in the future.

    happy motoring. - benton
  • mbowner1mbowner1 Posts: 2
    I went to the dealership on March 14 and had them locate a c230k for me. they found one almost immediately. it has now been 3 weeks and i am still waiting. there was a mix up and they sent the car to NY. had to send it back and it sat at the port for 2 weeks. does anyone know if this is normal?

    i read on edmunds that if the dealer finds you exactly what you want, there is no bargaining power. in my case i was thinking of asking for $$ off. has anyone ever had this happen to them? as a first time mb buyer i am not real happy so far.

    can you bargain with mb dealerships?

    any input would be wonderful.

    thanks,
    frustrated mb buyer in colorado.
  • DEFINITELY BARGAIN! I ordered my C230K sport sedan back in January. The car was delivered to me last Thursday. I was able to get the car for $1000 off MSRP. On a couple of other CClass message boards, you will see that a couple of people got close to $1500 off. Now keep in mind that MB uses only a 7% markup over invoice for it's MSRP pricing, so there is not a ton of room to work, but you should DEFINITELY haggle a little bit. Shop other dealerships and pit a couple of them against each other and you will do even better.

    Put up a fight, the car is MOST CERTAINLY worth it. I absolutely love mine.

    Good luck!
  • tenoteno Posts: 5
    I am the original owner of the 99 C230 K and love its perfomance. When the car was in the shop for radio repair I had the opportunity to use the new sedan C230. Boy, what a disappointment that was. It didn't have the turning radius or the power that my car has. I am now reluctant to trade this in for a newer model. The only real problem I have had was the radio. It took two dealerships to find the problem, after putting in new radios. It was the amplifier. AM only received static. Now it is fine. Just recently put in a new battery after four years. The heat down in SW Fl. really does a job on them.
    I haven't written on this site for a long time. I had forgotten about it when we moved.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Glad to hear you're planning to keep your '99. I had a similar experience when I brought my '00 C230 Komp in for service last fall. Borrowed a '03 C240 and although it was decent car, found that is did not have the same kick as the supercharged 2.3L. Not that I step on mine a lot, I just like to know it's there and use the extra power every now and then.

    I had the same problem with AM reception in my 1995 C220. Never did resolve the issue, as I always forgot to mention it at service time. The '00 C230 radio is fine in all respects - I've made good use of it, as it is one of the parts not covered by the extended warranty. If it's going to die, I want it to do so in the first 4 years!

    Good luck and thanks for posting your progress!

      - Paul
  • tenoteno Posts: 5
    Paul,
    I must mention that my radio was fine for a couple of years. They replaced the radio to no avail. While still living in MA. they told me it was a loose wire, which they "fixed". That lasted about one week. It wasn't until I moved and went to another dealer that eventually it was fixed. If fact they too put in yet another radio!!! When obviously that didn't cure it, they pursued it further, especially when they had other cars in for same problem. So becareful with yours and check all stations on the AM.
    I am hoping that if the radio has problems in the future the fact that while under warranty it is documented that problems did exist, they will still honor fixing it at no charge. We shall see.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Thanks, Teno. I'll keep that in mind.

     - P.
  • I'm located in Vacaville, CA about 50 miles east of San Francisco. I just purchased a used 230 Kompressor sports coupe from Mercedes on Van Ness Ave in San Fran. So far I like the car, concerned about reliability issues after reading some of the posts here. Traded in a Golf GLS 1.8T for this car, hope I do not regret it. The Mercedes is not as roomy inside but is quieter, smoother and has more power. All the high tech electronics concerns me. Hope the warranty gets me through the first four years without too much trouble. If this car is too much trouble to keep running then I will buy Japanese next time, probably a Lexus ES300. Enjoy reading your posts.
  • My 230 only had 10,850 miles on it. It was a dealership car used for a loaner, etc. It's Desert Silver, with the C2 package, CD changer and 16" wheels. Love the Panoramic Sunroof. The radio controls take some getting used to. The electronic displays are definitely high tech. Does this car even have a dipstick? Does it have a metal timing chain. No info on timing belt maint in the service manual so it must be a metal chain.
  • chawehchaweh Posts: 3
    Hi, I am from NJ. I bought my 2001 MB C240 sedan last June 2003 from a friend of a friend. It is approaching 48,000 miles and will be out of warranty soon. I would like to know if it is worth it to get an extended warranty. I am concerned because when I took it for Service B this week, the technician found a few problems : electrical fault, trans connector leaking transmission oil, balancer worn-out, belt tensioner, etc. which they fixed because the car is still under warranty. Would someone recommend a company that offers extended warranty ? I know that you can only buy it from MB dealers if the car is within 1 year of purchase. I did some research and found 2 companies in the internet : Warrantydirect.com and 1SourceAutoWarranty.com. Has anyone had experience buying from the internet ? Thanks so much in advance.
    Also, can someone recommend a good company to do service on Mercedes ?
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