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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans



  • Miki,
    Thanks for the response. I do have the exit feature set. I will go home tonight and try and reprogram the remote for "global" and disarm the exit setting and turn the "key dependent" setting off. Sounds like some kind of secret code. Too complicated for me. I'll let you know how things come out.
  • boonsboroboonsboro Posts: 22
    For the benifit of those of us on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean -- What is a C180?
  • boonsboroboonsboro Posts: 22
    I'm am not a MB owner yet, but the sales guy claims the dealer here will bring a MB loaner to your house and take your car in to the shop. Of course I live in a small town, not a major metro area.
  • cticctic Posts: 291
    A C180 is a C-class with a 1.8l engine. We only have 2 engine choices over here, but in Europe there are about 5 engines, 2 of which are diesels. Because of the high cost of gas over there they usually offer a whole bunch of small engines.

    Loaners: Yeah, one of the dealers here offers the same thing, but I've never been inclined to take them up on it. I was once in a shuttle though.
  • matthew23matthew23 Posts: 11
    I've been following this board for a couple of weeks (lurking, really), and finally ordered a 320 (Brilliant Silver, Ash Interior). It's on the water now, and should be available in a couple of weeks. The salesman was very helpful, and was joking with me that this is probably the last shipment of 2001s coming over -- they won't get any more until late August or September. This board has been very helpful to me in making my decision, but the clinching factor was actually driving the car. We tested the Volvo S80 and S60T5, the Lexus IS300, the MB C320 and E320, and the Infiniti I30 (in that order). I initially went into this thinking we would get the S60, but after driving the C, there was never any doubt. Now I'm anxiously waiting, checking the weather patterns over the Atlantic, and looking forward to spending some quality time stuck in traffic.....
  • tariktarik Posts: 344
    Actually, there are eight engine choices in Europe, three of which are Diesels. And the badges on the new MBs don't always say the truth, as we all found out (think C240). Here are the correct (German) specs:

    C200 CDI 2,148cc 116 hp

    C220 CDI 2,148cc 143 hp

    C270 CDI 2,685cc 170 hp

    C180 1,998cc 129 hp

    C200 Kompressor 1,998cc 163 hp

    C240 2,597cc 170 hp

    C320 3,199cc 218 hp

    C32 AMG 3,199cc 354 hp

    MB has also announced that MY 2002 will be equipped with an improved manual transmission with tighter tolerances to aid operation (what a surprise...).

    "Germanly" correct Tarik

  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    Yesterday I was at the dealer's with a question and was in the waiting room while the Service Manager was researching. My new car was parked in the Service Dept arrival lineup just a few feet away from where I was sitting. I looked out and saw a service advisor talking to an owner of a new black S-class, whose car was parked beside mine. The service advisor was leaning back on my car fender/hood and had pens and notebooks in his back pocket. The car owner was leaning on my hood with his great big hand wearing a ring. I ran out and asked them to please not lean on my car.

    When I was leaving, the car owner was lining the inside of his car with plastic preparing to leave his car for service and had swung open his driver door -- if I had not been watching, ready for another run, his door would have hit my car.

    He laughed as I ran to save my car from his thoughtless action -- I did not think it was funny. I showed him his big hand prints on my hood and fender and before I knew it, he had reached in his pocket, pulled out a crumpled piece of dry kleenex and proceeded to rub my car to clean off the hand prints. Can you believe an owner of any new car, particularly black, would do this?

    My sense of humor was indeed in jeopardy, but I stood as tall as my 5'2" would allow, and spoke with as much authority as my small voice could manage. I had put two coats of Klasse All-In-One and one coat of Sealer Protectant Glaze immediately after bring home the car last Wed, and there was no permanent damage.

    I reported this to the Department Manager, with whom I was dealing. The cars were parked right in front of the reception desk, and he said the people there were supposed to make sure these things do not happen.

    So, that's my story and I feel much better now that I have posted.

    LOANERS -- a problem. I was promised a MB loaner when I was purchasing my cars. My attorney/friend told me to get it in writing, (but I did not) and now I know why. Since I bought the C320 for its good visibility, I tell them I cannot see out of the old and broken down Taurus' they want to give me. I tell them to just shuttle me home and I would rather do without. This seems to upset them and they don't want me to be without a car for two days (whenever my car has been there, it has always been for two days, otherwise it is something for which I can wait). For some reason, I really think they want me to be happy, and they do not want me to be without a car. I always get a call the next morning that they are sending someone up with a loaner C.

  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    I'm sorry to say this kind of behavior is more common than you might think, even around high-line dealerships. I all but had to throw a lot guy bodily across the tarmac once while I watched him start to go at my E320 with a filthy rag after the car had been through their car wash. Needless to say, he was no longer employed in that part of the business after I spoke to the Service Manager, and offered to manage this part of the dealership if he couldn't. I got a lot of apologies and all of the right noises, but the fact of the matter is that to many people who work around the cars, these are not the rolling works of art that you or I might see, but metal commodities with all of the charisma of washing machines.

    One of the ongoing frustrations I have with the car business in general, but the luxury car business in particular, is how few people I meet IN the business who really CARE about cars. After a while, even the best of them seem to get bored with being around these automobiles...for me, this is like being bored working in a world-class art museum.
  • livetodrivelivetodrive Posts: 104
    I had a Laguna in Hong Kong for two years. Just by lifting the heavy hood I could tell the car was built to be crashworthy. It also drove well. It is a great car.
  • ricricricric Posts: 6
    I had fix the rocking seats problem for 2 times
    and still it still rocking like its going to fall off
    I dont care about it anymore as there are already so many problems with it
    I m tired of going to the dealership and leave my car there for like 4-5 days
    anyway, they lent me a E320 last time
    I drove it out of states the next day =)
    alright then
    c u guys
  • tomsky3tomsky3 Posts: 48
    My salesman had told me that I would get a Mercedes loaner whenever I brought my car in for service. The only time that I've brought it in was in the beginning when they installed some accessories. I was surprised and disappointed that they gave me a crummy Dodge.

    Although it would be nice to get a Mercedes, to me the most important aspect is the convenience that I can go from point A to point B, no matter what the car. I merely have to park way in the back of my company's parking lot and make sure that nobody recognizes me. :>)

  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >One of the ongoing frustrations I have with the >car business in general, but the luxury car >business in particular, is how few people I meet >IN the business who really CARE about cars. >After a while, even the best of them seem to get >bored with being around these automobiles... for >me, this is like being bored working in a world-
    >class art museum.


    'Tis sad, but true and exists in all areas of business. Pride in the product is diminishing. Hopefully, there are still some people out there who do everything with care and attention and derive pleasure and satisfaction in a job well done no matter what it may be. However, in today's society, these qualities do not pay the bills and often their efforts go unrewarded.

  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375

    I thought I could be the "wise person" to answer our "key dependent" question and called 1-800 for Mercedes. I was told that if it is not "on" the seat memory will not work and that was its only function.

    If mine is working with it off, then there is something wrong with my key, so says that "wise person" somewhere in Mercedesville.

    To summarize, all I can say is "I dunno"!

    When we have a moment, let's check it out with our service advisors and see if they can come up with some information.

  • cticctic Posts: 291
    michhala: It is no laughing matter indeed. Don't feel guilty about it.

    However, I think it's less to do with the people in the business not caring. Some people are just not car people. Some people only think about their car as conveyances and nothing more. My wife once backed my car into a dumpster. She proceeded to hide the fact by saying nothing. She thought that if she didn't say anything maybe I'd thought I did it. Ha ha. As if I would gash the rear bumper and not know it. I found it that very night as I said goodnight to my cars. She wrongly thought she had married a guy who would carelessly lean on his own car, wipe it off with a grit#20 Kleenex, and send it to jrct9454's dealer to be washed.
  • nankynanky Posts: 75
    My car is barely a week old and I am considering having the initial detailing and extra coat of sealant applied professionally. Detailer tells me he will use an orbital buffer to apply the wax and assures me it will not affect the black paint nor eat into the clear coat. My sales person tells me it is not necessary since this process is done at the factory prior to delivery. Since I don't know much about detailing, I need some help.

    First off, is the car too new to consider applying this extra protection and is there a chance the paint and clear coat will be affected by using an orbital buffer? For me to do it myself, I need something that is easy to apply and not too time consuming. I know from reading the other booklets that come with the owner's manual that Mercedes recommends Meguair products. On the other hand, I have read in several places that Klasse also offers excellent products that are easy to apply. Any thoughts and input will be greatly appreciated.

    Mikki - I am not sure how I would have reacted if I had been in your position. Glad you "drove away without a scratch." Btw, where in S. Cal did you find Klasse products?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    You can buy Klasse at any good auto parts supply place - try Kragen or Autozone, or check at highline dealers like BMW.

    That said, a good wax job pretty much does the same thing - I too have had what look like surface scratches come right out with Meguiar's products [which MB uses]. The key is to get something on the paint. Which brings me to Nanky...

    I am not a big fan of using orbital buffers, especially on dark colors. In the hands of a real professional, there should be no problem, and lord knows, they all do it, or they could never get any productivity out of the shop. But I have also seen some real botch-jobs that resulted in paint "burns" and swirling that were all but unrepairable. EVERYTHING depends on the skill of the person doing the work. If you trust this person, then fine...if not, do it by hand.
  • mtroymtroy Posts: 45
    Michhala, that is truly a horrible story, and I agree it does feel good to vent here. What a dufus that guy was. How about this: The awful service I've reported was concluded when I picked up the car and they had placed a single red rose right on my ash passenger seat in the hot sun. I was stunned, immediately thinking: (a) the thorns are going to tear the seat, (b) the rose bud would leave a stain on the seat, (c) the little water filled vial would leak on the seat. Fortunately, none of those things occurred, but what a lame idea. I need good service at a reasonable price: I don't need a florist. I'm just glad I didn't wake up in the middle of the night and utter "rosebud!"

    Ctic, your story reminds me of words I quoted long ago in this forum from my wise MB shop foreman: "Getting a different car is like getting a different wife -- all you get is a different set of problems." Nevertheless, looks like wifey needs a talkin' to.
  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    Nanky -- here are two URLS affiliated with each other. One gives good info on how to detail and the other is where I order my Klasse products. You will find answers to all your questions here. This company is located in Tampa and I order everything from there. I am particularly fond of the "Miracle Towel" and Klasse Products which are very easy to use. If you have a question, call on their toll free number -- I always speak to Terry, who is the owner.

    Klasse, I know, is available locally at my MB Parts and Accessories Dept. I had been told that Klasse is not sold in the usual places where you can find other car care products. When using Klasse All-In-One, you do not have to use anything else -- it is a cleaner, polisher, wax, Etc. I like it because it does not contain Silicone as does Meguiar's products. Silicone has a reputation of penetrating the paint and causing some oxidation and it is not liked by body shops because it has to be removed before they can do any painting. Klasse also makes a Sealant Glaze, which I just started to use. On my other black car, I just used All-In-One and it always looked wonderful.

    I like Eikmann Black Pearl Quick Detailer in between washings and other treatments. Great for black cars, too. Instead of the old way of using the Original California Duster and then wiping spots with a damp cotton towel, I now use the Duster and then spray on the Black Pearl and wipe off with Miracle Towel. It takes about five minutes and the car looks great, as it lubricates the paint and gives extra shine.


  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >It is no laughing matter indeed. Don't feel >guilty about it

    ctic -- I am amazed that you picked up on my feeling guilty. :) And I did, but not enough to keep me from protecting my car.

    I love your dumpster story!


    PS -- I don't say "good night" to my car, but I do talk to it now and then and use the Original California Duster more than once a day. Much TLC is given.
  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >How about this: The awful service I've reported >was concluded when I picked up the car and they >had placed a single red rose right on my ash >passenger seat in the hot sun.

    Now, that was really unbelievably stupid and would have made me crazy!! (It would have been better if they just gave you a hug and told you they would love you forever!:D)

  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    reading mikis post with sense of disgust.. you can be sure he wouldnt be laughing if some oaf was rubbing his jeans along his s class..but it was someone elses car.. so he laughs.
    heretofore i was not as fanatical about my car.kept it clean and in good working order yes.But.... part of the reason i bought an MB.. and not some other car is that ,if kept in excellent condition... it will command a better price when its time to sell(i purchased)at this point.. the car is holding its value better than my portfolio!!!!! ughhh!
    miki..thanks for the sights..on your say so.. this time im gonna try the klasse.
  • cticctic Posts: 291
    Are you single? Maybe the receptionist or service advisor was making a pass at you.

    And getting a different car is not like getting a different wife. You don't have to sign over 1/2 your net worth and keep making payments until someone else buys the car. Now what about a lease? Zero down, walk away 36 months later, and a new car. Wait, my wife is coming
  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375


    Will you, at least, be given bread and water?

  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    >miki..thanks for the sights..on your say so.. >this time im gonna try the klasse.

    Gary -- I am so pleased, and there are some good car-care forums to which you can link.

  • sirus32sirus32 Posts: 55
    My dealership gave me a C320 as a loner while my C240 was in for service. I noticed the center vent dials are back lit at night. Is this only an option on the C320?

    Does anyone with a C240 have back lit dials?
  • nankynanky Posts: 75
    Thanks for the detailing tips. Mikki, I found the sites very informative. Just finished chatting with Terry and should receive my Klasse products and miracle towel by mid next week. No more thoughts of having the car professionally detailed. I will do it myself .

  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    Nanky -- most welcome.

  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    yes dials on center dash vent are lit at night
  • sirus32sirus32 Posts: 55
    When did you take delivery of your C?

    I wonder if mine came with a burnt out light bulb.
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    got mine early..last nov.. its been virtually flawless.. just some squeaks in drivers seat.. easily taken care of. other than that, as problem free as a(dare i say it?) LEXUS!
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