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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans

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  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    OH... I WAS WARNED BY AN AQUAINTANCE THATS OWNED AN E CLASS FOR A FEW YRS THAT MB IS TERRIBLE IN THE SNOW... HE COMES FROM A COUNTRY WHERE THERE IS NO SNOW.. AND NEVER GREW UP LEARNING WINTER DRIVING SKILLS..SO IM HOPING THAT HES WRONG.. I WENT TO COLLEGE IN ITHACA NY AND WAS CONSTANTLY DRIVING IN SNOW... AND ON HILLS... TAKES SOME SKILL.I MAY FIND OUT TOMORROW..SNOW/RAIN/SLEET IN NJ..YUK!
  • I grew up and learned to drive in Chicago and never had anything but rear-wheel drive vehicles. None of these vehicles ever had snow tires, either. In flat country (Chicago is flat as a pancake), I was rarely stuck in the snow. None of the vehicles had as favorable a percentage of their weight on the rear wheels as do M-B vehicles, so a M-B should work tolerably well in the snow (if you do not have many hills). I now live in the mountains of Northern California and rear wheel drive is a lot iffier in the snow. You can increase the grip somewhat with snow tires (better still with studs), but they are much less "grippy" on dry pavement than the tires that come on new cars. I would decide the issue based upon how many days per year you expect to have deep snow on your roads and whether you have a back-up front or four wheel drive vehicle to take care of "snow days".

    Larry Homer
    lwhomer@cwnet.com
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    Re: use of portable CD players through the cassette slot in the radio. I used a Sony CD with adapter last year on my E and after 3-4 months there was no more sound when using a real cassette or the adapter. I figured it ruined the heads. So I shopeed around for a replacement radio and more than one place stated that the adapters can ruin the heads. Since they were all talking about going with an aftermarket radio and a CD changer and talking about close to a grand to do the switchover, I decided to let MB replace the radio under the Starmark warranty. But, they fixed it with a really good cleaning of the heads. I threw the adapter away and bought the Alpine changer (one of the official suppliers to MB) from the dealer's local installer for $300 installed. Awesome sound and it looks and feels like factory installed.

    Re: Snow.... I hate it, but besides that I've lived in Massachusetts far too long. I've lived here all my life and I'm over 50. I've owned rear wheel drive cars before and I was nervous about getting another after owning only front drivers for the last 20 years. Even though my 1996 E only has the limited slip differential, with snow tires on all four wheels it did better one day last winter than my wife's large American front drive sedan with very good all season tires. The newer models with traction control and ESP are sure to be far better and one should not worry about it unless they are totally unaware of how to drive on snow and ice.
  • Thanks for the advise mtroy. I will definitely take a few CDs to ensure that all works. What is the deal on the static on the AM radio?
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    We sure haven't had any AM radio static, our works great. We're very happy with the standard stereo. Our only wish is that it came with a standard single disk CD instead of the cassette.
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    I'm trying to get used to this new software, seems okay so far. Is there supposed to be something better about it now? Drew can probably answer that one, you out there Drew? All is well with our C. Is everybody else having to clean those front rims as often as I do? As the brakes get more use is the dust going to start to deminish? Have a good weekend all!
  • My local dealer has told me that the Magma Red is a metallic paint. The cost will be 625 plus the 1000 special
    order color red. Has anyone actually recieved their Magma Red C yet? What is the cost of the color? Has anyone
    recieved the Orion Blue C yet? - I have seen the Midnight Blue (very dark) - What is the vote of these two colors?
    If I order the red, oyster or ash interior, Thank you.- also if you need concerts, sports, or theatre premium tickets go to
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  • sounds like the problem I had with my 94 C280 a year ago. It turned out to be a bad wiring harness. I had the car for only 5 years! It wasn't cheap to fix it, either.
    Hope yours is something else.
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    We have a magma red C and it is not metallic, we paid the $1k special order, not $1625. Either your dealer is mistaken, let's hope, or they're trying to get you to pay $625 extra. It was clearly printed on our window sticker $1k special order paint, there was no fee for the red, and it is not metallic, but it sure is beautiful!!! If you find out that we should've paid the $625 let me know, I'd love to find out I got the car for $625 below MSRP!! :)
  • I'm down to two choices the 320 v. the volvo 2.4t 60.
    Is the 320 worth 7k more?
  • I HAVE 5000 MILES ON MY C280AND I STILL GET THAT BLACK DUST ON THE WHEELS..I DON'T THINK IT WILL EVER GO AWAY. ANY SUGGESTIONS

    AM ALSO INTERESTED INGETTING IN TOUC WITH JSN1 RE THE SWITCH ON THE DOOR. DO YOU KEEP THAT STYROFOAM IN AT ALL TIMES. IF SO HOW DO YOU CLOSE THE DOOR SO THAT THE CONTROL SEGMENT GOES BACK IN...
  • WE ALSO HAVE A '00 VOLVO S80..IT IS A SUPER CAR...NOT AS FAST AS MY WIFES PREVIOUS MAZDA MILLENIA S..IF I HAD IT TO AGAIN I WOULD GET THE T6 TURBO BUT WE DID NOT THINK IT WOULD BE WORTH THE 4200 MORE..ITS FAST ENOUGH..AND USES REGULAR GAS...MY 2000 C280 IS QUICKER...
  • mrdietmrdiet Posts: 16
    To see how much Magma Red costs, you can go to www.mbusa.com and build your own.
  • About 2 weeks in the new C. I can't stop looking at it. Drives great. Very stable. Feels like a bigger car. Excellent wet weather handling. Got 25 mpg on an hour ride on the NJTPK. Not too bad. Mostly 18-19 mpg around town. I do get the occaisional brake squeal. But only at very slow speed braking. Anyway I love this car.

    Anyone else leased this car? What do your numbers break down to?
    I opted to put down the 10 security depostits ($5500) to lower the payments. My total was $40360 + tax. and my payments about $510.

    Any advice about turning the car in at the end. is Benz reasonable about the little things (dings chips etc.)
    P
  • I want a C320 and want to lease it for 36 months. Is MB Credit the only way to go or are there other sources of money to use at the dealer? MB is doing the no-haggle pricing these days right? Does that also apply to lease numbers? I wonder if I go to 2 or 3 dealers if I'd get different numbers.
    I don't even mind going out to some auto-by-tel (or similar) type outfits to get a good lease deal.

    Any suggestions? Anyone lease a C320 yet for 2001? I am curious as to MB residual value on the car after 3 years.

    Thanks,
    Wally
  • diwc240diwc240 Posts: 172
    (This is the 3rd time I've tried posting this msg. Is there a 30 min. delay now when posting messages ?)

    My NJ Dealer quoted C 240 residual value = 70 % at 36 months and 66 % at 42 months. I have an MBCC Lease set up for mid Feb. on a C 240
    6 speed (C1,C2,C3,C4, Bose stereo upgrade) $35,500 MSRP. With the current new car Lease rate = 9.2 % approx. or Money Factor = 9.2 divide by 2400 = 0.0038 (hoping Greenspan will lower interest rates in Jan. if not tomorrow) and $2500 down and $1300 due at signing, monthly lease = $460 approx. and 15,000 miles per year. Don't know if that is a "great" deal but I have worked the numbers different ways and used www.leaseguide.com etc...

    Credit Card Test: MB has a brochure "The First Class Finish". They have a 3.5" X 2" credit card in the cover. If damage can be hidden by the credit card, you won't be charged. It is an excellent brochure on Lease end options etc... Ian
  • Does anyone know if Mercedes has plans to offer an all wheel drive option on their C-Class for 2002?
  • nfotxnfotx Posts: 15
    My 19 day old C320 now has 1697 miles and I'm having the oil changed while I post this message. With an 800 mile round trip starting tomorrow I could not let the original oil stay in the engine. The service writer at my Mercedes dealership agreed with me completely. It can't hurt to change the original oil so quickly.

    Happy holidays to all.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I'm here...WRT your question about the new software, we had to switch to a new platform because the version of the previous software that we were using (Well Engaged) was not being supported any longer. As such, if anything broke, it couldn't be permanently fixed. The software also had organisational quirks/limitations (most Townhall participants wouldn't know about this) that were counter-productive.

    In any case, we've been working furiously at squishing the bugs (for example, the login error has been about 95% fixed) - we've only been on this new software (named Web Crossing) for a few days afterall - that were not noticed in our beta testing; new features are being added on a priority basis (ex. the marks/subscription). It may interest you to know that Web Crossing won Cnet.com's builder award for best community software.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding! If you have any further questions or comments on the new software, you can post them in the "New Software!...Your questions answered" topic.

    Drew
    Edmunds.com Townhall co-host
    Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories conferences
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Yes definitely, but apparently not till fall of 2002 unfortunately. I'm still hoping that it will be available end of 2001 though. For Canada at least, the 4-matic option will be available for the C240, the C320 sedan, and the C320 wagon. The C320 wagon and C230 Kompressor coupe will be introduced for fall of 2001.

    Drew
    Edmunds.com Townhall co-host
    Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories conferences
  • Why are some messages not being posted? I have had two that weren't posted so far.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Are the messages appearing on your screen immediately after you post them?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    The C-class wagon was just released in Germany. How do you all like it? I think it actually looks pretty nice!

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    Drew
    Edmunds.com Townhall co-host
    Vans and Aftermarket & Accessories conferences
  • DC changer: I understand that the DC changer that BB can install in the glove box of the new I is actually a Backer. If so, can a Backer dealer install a Backer DC changer? Has anyone had any experience with that? (Price?)
    Cell phone: The new I comes prewired for a Motorola Timeport cell phone. MB charges A LOT for actually installing a cell phone. Does anyone have any experience with an independent installer?
  • CD changer: I understand that the CD changer that MB can install in the glove box of the new C is actually a Becker. If so, can a Becker dealer install a Becker CD changer? Has anyone had any experience with that? (Price?)
    Cell phone: The new C comes prewired for a Motorola Timeport cell phone. MB charges A LOT for actually installing that cell phone. Does anyone have any experience with an independent installer?
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    If anything like the ML, the car will see that it's not a MB phone and tell it shut itself off.
  • mtroymtroy Posts: 45
    700 miles and no more check engine light. Whew! Back to enjoying this great car.
  • But, I do not like the Chrysler-liket headlights - they look :buggy."

    Drew (HOST):
    I am not certain whether or not the post appears on the screen right after posting a message. I will check specifically on this message. Thanks for your response.
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    well,,1st snowfall(minor) has come and gone in nj... the car reacted well in the snow.little or no fishtailing..after all, my last car.2000 3.2tl acura.. always had some torque steer on wet roads or snow.so far im very pleased with the 240.i have about 5,500 miles on it.. and will change oil again at about 7,500... the peace of mind is worth the small expense.. enjoy your cars!
  • My mom has narrowed down her choices to the C320 and Lincoln LS. She is not much of an internet user like I am, so I told her I would try to get some info for her. I have been reading some posts for both cars and was wondering if you guys and girls compared the two cars and what differences you found. The Mercedes dealer said that she would not get the car until June because of the waiting list. For those of you who already have your 2001 C320, have you had any problems? Do you totally love it? Pros and Cons? I did read what Edmunds.com posted as pros and cons, but it was so brief and I figure you can be more helpful. Thanks!
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