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2008 Mercedes-Benz C Class Pros and Cons

1mbfan11mbfan1 Posts: 14
edited March 11 in Mercedes-Benz
The new C is a beautiful car outside and in. But as one of MB's biggest fan I have to say there are a few hicups. First, the entry level C300 could use a bit more power. Second, what happened to options like 'keyless go, parktronic, and seat memory switched in the doors'? And third, more wood is needed in the dash (the control panel looks Japanese in design). I believe MB may have a supplier problem and rushing the C to the American market. I will not purchase my C until these options are offered (they are offered in Europe and Canada). Picky, picky, picky, but this is suppose to be a luxury car.


  • I couldn't agree more. Keyless go would of been nice and the seat memory is definitly necessary especially if you have multiple drivers. THey do however offer parktronic (called quick park) and is a dealer installed item. I'm having those put on in the next few days by the dealer.

    I must say though.. .even without those items.. its a great car!
  • Quick park eh? That's what it's called also in Canada. Well thanks for the down and two more to go (options). Now the C is 'near' luxury (smile). Maybe the C63 will provide. Thanks again.
  • Same for me - no memory seats means no sale. I'll wait until MB offers them.
  • Hello all, I used to be a Product specialist for BMW but just switched to Mercedes. Any questions regarding the New 2008 C or any of the other models, please feel free to direct to me. I can also answer availability concerns in the North Georgia Area starting October 1 2007..
    I used to post on the boards as KandG and have written stuff in the LR3 forums, 300zx z32, and for the BMW E46 3 series,



    Greg (uberfallz)
  • hey greg, i got a question for you, I just purchased the 08 C300 sport with the multi medida package, and wanted to know where the pcmcia card slot was located? also do u know anything about the new google maps feature where u can send the address to the car via your computer?
  • Not only are memory seats lacking, but the power tilt/telescopic wheel as well. Also, the front seat headrests (I believe) are no longer power-adjustable. What I would miss most are the old "fold down" headrests in the rear seat...
  • be325be325 Posts: 91
    I took the headrests out and put them in the trunk on my other car. When we have passenger(s) (once a month or less), we put them back in.
    Someone suggested that and we noticed that the visibility has greately improved.
  • I understand your wait 'abqhudson', afterall you can wait @ a year or be unhappy for several years with options we wish you had waited for. Thanks for replying.
  • Nice to hear from you Greg. Can you please address the issues of my orginal post (re: cons) on the new C Class. Particularly why are those options not offered and when might they be? Thanks for replying.
  • Yes 'toybenz' that is so true. This is another cost saving design which so-calls cheapens the car. Now the headrests blocks your rearward visibility...I thought the new C was design around 'safety'. As for power front headrests, those would have been tied in with the power memory till/telescopic steering wheel package (hence: switches afixed to the doors).
  • This maybe a quick-fix but come on now, this is suppose to be a luxury sport sedan. My friend does the same thing in his Kia. Smile. Thanks for replying.
  • P.s. Thanks for replying 'toybenz'.
  • toybenztoybenz Posts: 10
    As fate would have it, my 2000 C is in today for a "B" service, and I have an '07 C280 4MATIC rental. I do like all of the features mentioned in post #7. I was also curious if you know the answer to this: there is a large hump on the left side of the driver's footwell. Is this due to the catalytic converter, or rather is it related to 4MATIC hardware? (My apologies to the board for veering off topic).
  • jurisdrjurisdr Posts: 11
    Hi Greg,
    I have a few questions regarding the steering wheel controls and the ipod accessory kit on a C300 Sport. Is there a voice-activated bluetooth feature with the C300? If the iphone is docked in the ipod station in the glove compartment, can the phone functions be used via the steering wheel controls?

  • 1mbfan11mbfan1 Posts: 14
    Hi Michelle. Until Greg answers I can give you my two cents worth (smile). First, Bluetooth interface is standard on all C classes. Second, I'm not sure of your iphone question but I believe if you link your iphone with the car you can use the steering wheel functions...then dock the iphone with the ipod dock for use with your audio system. To be certain, ask your dealer.
  • 1mbfan11mbfan1 Posts: 14
    Interesting. I would ask/call the service department. Let us know. Thanks.
  • spazzospazzo Posts: 1
    Hi Everybody
    i got C280 and there is that memory slot, and im wondering if anyone can help me abt what type of memory card is that ???
    is it PCMCIA memory card or what exactly ??
    and how it works ??
    thanx in advance
  • 1mbfan11mbfan1 Posts: 14
    I believe the memory slot 'they' are referring to in only on the new 2008 C Class. It's a slot that allows you to retrieve music from your computer and store them on a hard drive that is inserted into the slot - so you can play music in your car. It's becoming prevalent on more
  • be325be325 Posts: 91
    We never bought a car in its first year of production. I think the new C was being sold in Europe for some time and hope that any flaws that surfaced have been corrected. MB needs to get to the 'Average' or 'Above Average' level in reliability.
    We like the new C-class and so far, we heard nothing negative from the new C-owners in the forum...... perhaps they are still in the infatuation period?
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    "I think the new C was being sold in Europe for some time and hope that any flaws that surfaced have been corrected."

    Nope, it's new over in Europe as well.
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