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  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    sorry to hear u got a lemon!.. its hard to inagine that there are THAT many problems in one car! brakes mirror windows.. dash!.. sure you didnt buy my old 75 fiat 124 sports coup?
    but seriously.. though several of us have had intermittant problems... nobody has had them like you
    MB really should make good... and treat you.. and your car with a hell of a lot more care!
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    Darn!!!! I was hoping the next time we heard from you, you'd be telling us that everything was taken care of and you couldn't be happier! I agree with Gary here, Mercedes ought to be doing more to get your car straightened out. How did they finally get your brakes to quit squealing? What exactly is wrong with your dash, windows and mirrors? Please keep us posted. I'll keep looking for your I couldn't be happier now message!!! Good luck!!!
  • lxgmblxgmb Posts: 41
    I am in the market for the C320. A lot guys talk
    about paying MSRP. But I got a free quote from a
    web site which is 0% over invoice price. So, I
    wonder do you guys check this kind of web. I bought a TOYOTA at the invoice price last year
    from this web site. Actually it refers you to a
    dealership who give you the price.
  • My Desert Silver/Java interior C240 with leather seats and CD player is scheduled to arrive in early March. Since my dealer kenw I was having 2nd thoughts on the colour he called me and offered 2 alternatives. 1.Silver/Ash new car. or 2.His demo, Silver/Charcoal with extra options of Sunroof and heated seats, 4000 kilometers (2400 miles) on the vehicle, in-service date is October 2000. I plan to go and see the colour combo's on Saturday, I think I like the Silver/Charcoal, but my delemma is whether it is wise to buy a demo. I do not know who drove it or how hard it was driven. Does the car when new need to broken in. If it is not broken in properly what kind of problems or damage can occur. Your advise and experience would be appreciated. I understood he could discount the demo approx $2000, no freight or PDI charge. The deal I'd negotiated was for MSRD, no charge for freight and pdi ($1200 value) and discounted CD player at $600. I live in Canada.
  • nycanyca Posts: 232
    Can I ask how you know that 60-70% of all new Cs are 320s? I would think that since the cars are almost build to order right now, that they would produce what people want. If people want 240s, build 240s. Why build 320s and discount them, and starve 240s and sell for MSRP?

    I can understand why the 320 sales are weaker, it's a great engine, but the price gap is too much versus the 240. That's why I think alot of people go for the 240. From what I can see, subtracting the standard options on the 320, the engine costs $3900 (less the digital climate control, which you can't option up on the 240 it appears). For the budget conscious buyer, that's steep. Knock $2K off a 320 compared to an MSRP 240 however, and now we're talking.

    Some questions for current owners: Does anyone have a car without a sunroof? What's a better value for the 240, full leather or the full power seats?
  • I just bought a used 2000 c280 that came with the optional STARTAC cell phone. My carrier is AT&T and says that the supplied phone will not work with their service. Has anyone found a way to resolve this issue? the phone is TDMA if that helps. Thanks.
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    No Internet car purchase web site I know of does this any more. Most that did this (paying buyers several K to sell them a car) went through all their VC money and croaked. is an example of this.
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
  • lxgmblxgmb Posts: 41
    That web site actually only refer you to a certain dealership,
    not sell you the car directly. You have to deal with the dealer
    at the dealership.

    I just got the quote couple of weeks ago. Since the dealership
    is located in Brooklyn, NYC and I live in NJ, i did not go to check it out yet.

    Anyone who knows which dealership is good ( attitude, price, service, etc.) around NJ? Thanks in advance.
  • mga3mga3 Posts: 51
    I highly recommend Prestige off RT 17 in NJ. I live in NYC and they gave me the best deal in the tri-state area. I dealt with their internet specialist Doug Tucker. [email protected]

    I found him to be very respectful,polite,attentive and straightforward in his dealings. Prestige has a very good reputation in service and sales. Good luck.
  • ny74ny74 Posts: 15
    This sounds fun!!!

    Can I come? I own 2000 C230K. If yes, count me in. I am up for beers and hot dogs. I live in NYC. By the way, where are we going to park all our babies in NYC? ^_^

    Oh, whenever I travel to NJ, I saw a lot of MB's from Prestige Dealership. Maybe they offer better deals to customers. I bought mine in MD. The sales person is a friend of mine.

    Aside from the NY/NJ Ralley, if I need a service for my car, not that I need one now, can I go any MB dealerships to have service done or do I have to go the dealer where I purchased it originally.

    Hope it won't snow any more.
  • My interior is ASH. It's full leather.
    I love it.
  • I saw the White 2001 C-Class today for the first time..
    It looked nice.
    But, I won't buy a white car.. Too hard to keep clean. I am a silver fan.

    Oh and my car's in the shop right now. They are trying to fix the vibration(rough idle) that happens sometimes after I come to a stop. I wanted 1999 MB C230 Kompressor rental car...(that's what they gave me last time) but they gave me a VOLVO S70(BAD, BAD Accel.) Well, at least they gave me something to drive to places.

    Do your dealers give MB rental when your car's in the shop?
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    They've got 80 of them!

    I discovered a big scrape on my front bumper this evening!! It's right on the front corner just below the chrome trim, about 2 inches long. The paint is scraped off. There's no other paint or scuff marks looks like it could be shopping cart type damage. I'm pretty bummed!!
  • I have been monitoring this site for three months now while my wife and I considered the C320 Sport. We appreciate the consumer comments others have placed here and, in turn, will offer our experience thus far.

    We visited the nearest dealer first and learned the hard way that the sales departments are sticking to the list price. We had to walk away, but did not consider this a loss because this particular dealer is just too exclusive and we hated their take it or leave it attitude.
    Our second choice MB dealer was only 20 minutes away and they were more than happy for a chance at this deal. The demo C320 Sport was washed and ready and the rep met us at the door, handed us the keys and said, I'm working with another client so take all the time you want. We did, and then we ordered the car from him: a C320 in brilliant silver with the C2 (sunroof) and C6 (Sport). The dealer is installing the glove box mounted CD changer for free, which amounts to an $800 discount (and a MB teddy bear for my wife). The discount is a slap in the face when you think about it, but that is the price of a car in high demand. The car is built and ready for shipping; the delivery date is on or before March 15.

    Our mistake was not ordering the CD/voice activated phone as the factory K2a package. We took the CD as the discount ($800) and now, after the car was built, we decided on the phone after all. Clearly, the dealer is gonna get his money back and then some, if we buy the phone at their price ($1800). Can anyone cite for me a reliable source for dealer cost of the voice-activated phone?

    In terms of lease financing, we will probably go with MBCC. The interest rate is 2-3 points higher than other commercial lenders, but the banks do not offer the residuals that MBCC does (65 percent in January versus ALG at 50 percent). The dealer said to shop around and we have. So far, after consulting with my bank, and 2 e-loan companies representing 5 major lending institutions, no one has come within $25 of the MBCC monthly lease. In addition, MBCC appears to be more lenient in their definition of excess wear and tear. MB says, If you can cover the blemish (inside or outside) with a credit card, you do not pay for it. Period. This means a lot since Chase and other lease companies are using disposition fees and questionable wear and tear charges as a way to keep the security deposit and send an inflated repair bill for the difference.

    We were committed to the Saab 9-5 until MB introduced the redesigned C class. With the Saab, there were no options to consider . . . it comes with everything but a bicycle rack. And with their subvented leases, the pricing is attractive. With the C320 and all its toys and safety features, MB forgot the basics; $37 large and the salesmen get to say, Oh? you want a sunroof, and CD player;let me show you our options packages. But we drove them both the same day and there was no comparison. The MB ride, feel, prestige . . . it is all there. So, in the end, the dealer makes 6-7 percent up front, 3 percent on the (hold) back, and MBCC loans the money at 2 points over prime. I guess it is good to be king.
  • Try Mercedes Benz of Morristown. They're off Rt. 287 in Morristown. Salesman was Armando Flores. Great guy and straight up. I'm getting a brand new soon to arrive to the dealer, a C320 brilliant silver/charcoal interior w/ C2 pack and CD changer for ~38K

    Initially, MB had allocated to make more 320's than 240's in anticipation that they would sell more. Obviously their forecast was wrong. I assume that the rest of this year, that the production rate of the 240's will increase substantially since the 320's are being discounted more than the 240's. My dealer was offering $500 off of the 240 and $1500 off of the 320. I would have to wait for the 240 where as the 320 was ready in a week. As I said before, I was pretty lucky to have the car soon and that the salesman was willing to give me a discount. I'm expecting the car either tomorrow or Monday. Wish me luck.
  • When I was shopping, I drove both of these jewels and just could not justify the cost difference. BTW, I traded an Acura GSR Integra so I have been driving a relatively high performance car. The higher torque and flat torque curve in the MB made up for a lot.

  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Try for MB accessories. They're a MB dealership in Boston MA and give (often significant) Internet price discounts on MB parts/accessories. If what you want is not on their website, phone them up and they should be able to find it for you. Your service department can then install it for you; not a problem, BTW, many people have done this before. I think they've dealt with many Townhall folks before, so if you mention that and this topic, you'll be taken care of.

    Hope this helps!

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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Funny, most C-class's around my area are C240s. I agree that the C320 commands a fairly hefty premium over the C240. When I drove both of them, I found the 2.6L V6 more than adequate for my use. The wide torque curve provides plenty of power at most around town and highway speeds, and the well calibrated torque converter doesn't sap up excessive power. The 3.2L V6 C320 just adds the extra bit of fun to the driving experience (same reason why people buy the E430 over the E320). However, add Xenon headlamps, the Bose audio and a few other desirable options and the price sky rockets to CDN$60K.

    If I had to choose though, I'd probably go for the latter since I climb quite a bit of hills and the extra oomph on the steeper grades would be nice. You mileage may vary...From what I've seen here though, I'm absolutely sure all C240 owners here are very happy with their vehicles.

    With the upcoming 4-matic AWD option though, the C320 would probably be my choice without question. With the extra 150+ lbs of the AWD, the smaller 2.6L V6 engine would be a little more leisurely in carrying out tasks. But again, add the 4-matic and several other options, and one comes within $5-6K of an E320 4-matic (albeit not a fully loaded one).
  • dennettdennett Posts: 332
    You going to be able to make it to Friday freeway?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    I'm not sure. I'll try though.

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  • lxgmblxgmb Posts: 41
    Your price is almost lower than the invoice price with a CD changer! Really a great deal. I will check it out this weekend. I want the same options as you did except ash leather. Thank you.
  • diwc240diwc240 Posts: 172
    Looks like Edmunds does count the posts in a 24 hr. window. Feb. 8th: Posts 1023 to 1064 so 41 new posts + or - a couple puts MB 2nd behind BMW.
    Now the quick link from TownHall is accessible.

    Friday Freeway:
    Hopefully less Trivia tonight and more discussion and maybe a status on whether a dedicated MB Monday Chat is in the works - Launch Date ?

    NY/NJ Rallye: I'm in favor of all MB owners:
    C, E, S & ML whoever posts in the TH and by word of mouth, TriState even pompano73 in South Florida, come on up on a Road Trip to escape that summer heat...
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    turnin into a frikkin' mercedestock ' the floodgates! from now on... its a free rallye!
    we're gonna close the NJ turnpike!(wouldnt that be nice?!)
  • does anybody know internet site URL where you can find dealers willing to negotiate on C 240? - THANKS IN ADVANCE
  • mga3mga3 Posts: 51
    Go to That's Mercedes offical North American web site. Go to the MB dealer directory. Find the closest dealer to you. Follow the links to that dealer web site. Submit a price request on a 240 w/th what options you want and their internet specialist will get back to you. Thats what I did.
    I sent a figure I wanted to pay to twenty-five various dealers throughout NY,NJ,CT and as faraway as VT. Twelve responed with a figure that was near or exactly what I wanted. Then I just picked the one that matched my price. In the end, it was Prestige Motors in NJ that I went with.
    You can also try There, you select the car, and they will give you a price quote and provide you wth dealer choices. Good luck.
  • Mga3,

    good info regarding the internet specialists. Don't mean to be anal and correct you, but the 2nd website you referred to is Looks like you transposed a couple of letters in your post.
  • thanks for the information FOLKS, I am glad that I came across this Virtual Meeting Place and whole lot of proud owners/ to be owners of the best car in the WORLD !!!
  • please let me know what you have C 320 or C 240?
  • mga3mga3 Posts: 51
    I am leasing a Black 320 w/th Java interior. C2,C3 pkgs. and full leather. With CD changer,car cover and all season weather mats thrown in by the dealer.

    The build date is Feb.20th. With a delivery of mid-March. I am really looking forward to it. As this will be my first MB.
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