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  • benz747benz747 Posts: 91
    ya I am not that fortunate as as on date they do not have any participating dealers in my Zip code
    have you guys aware of any other related site by any chance? - thanks in advance
  • nankynanky Posts: 75
    RS64 - Thanks a lot for the tip. It is indeed a very interesting way to shop and I know I will be using the site again to shop for other deals.

    benz747 - Sorry to hear there are no dealers in your zip code. How about using a neighboring zip code for your request? The whole process is done anonymously through thus even the bids do not initially name the participating dealers nor provide them with your information.
  • rs64rs64 Posts: 64
    lanky has good advice. The only criteria is that the dealer is within 50 miles of the ZIP you enter. They don't know you, you don't know them. After the bidding process is over, you can then negotiate with the dealer (just because you accepted a bid, it is not a done deal).

    I don't know of other sites like that, but autobytel and others will quote you specifically (but it is not anonymous).
  • rs64rs64 Posts: 64
    I have noticed the radio reception is not as good in my C240 as other cars I have driven on the same route. Has anyone looked in to a signal amp, etc...? Any ideas? Thanks!
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    <reception is fine on my 240
  • bingusabingusa Posts: 22
    > Does MB use that engine from the C240 in any of there other cars, US or otherwise?

    It is my understanding that the engine on C240 is same as the one on E240 which have been sold in Europe for several years. Similarly, engines on C320 are same as E320 and ML320. I expect cross-line engine changes will occur for 2003 model year C and E class when next generation of engines are in production.
  • 404c404c Posts: 146
    Actually the 170 HP 2597 cc V-6 equips the E 240 as well as the C 240, in Europe at least. Earlier E 240s, just like W 202 C 240s, did have a 2.4 L V6. But no more.
  • fredtwdfredtwd Posts: 25
    What do you use to clean the fabric around the doors on a C320/240? I tend to scuff it getting in and out of the car.


  • tariktarik Posts: 344

    Yes, of course you can order a towing package with any C in Europe (with all cars sold in Germany, for that matter), still beats me why MBUSA does not "recommend" towing... ...what's up with that anyways, BMW does the same thing?


    As usual you are well informed. I was stuck off-line for a week in an area in Texas where not even my cell phone worked...

    Glad to be back Tarik
  • Took delivery on my C200K 5 days ago.

    Today I noticed that the steering wheel is not perfectly centered, ie. it's something like "11.55" instead of 12 sharp when you drive straight ahead. Anyone else experienced this?

    I thought it might have something to do with different pressures in the tires, but that's not the case. What is the problem and what is the solution for it?

    BTW. What a magnificent ride the new C is! Have never before driven such a silent running car!
  • mleskovarmleskovar Posts: 171
    Mine's at 12:02, correctable by service. Loose door handles is another. Any more things I need to check and add for my 10K service out there?
  • boredyboredy Posts: 19
    After a good problem free of 4 months, suddenly the key stop responding to door unlock and lock. However it does start the car!! Anyone experience and any suggestions?

    I will be having a short list for the mbz service when i send the car for first oil change at 5k.

    btw I still cant find the trunk release inside the trunk. Any help?
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    may be interested in joining a new discussion on our Sedans Comparison Board at this link: MB C-class vs BMW 3 series vs Lexus IS300

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  • tomsky3tomsky3 Posts: 48
    Boredy, I inadvertantly solved my remote locking problem several weeks ago by taking the transmitter apart and putting the two batteries back in place. I think it had to do with the loose contacts.

  • newmbfannewmbfan Posts: 59
    I had the same problem after 4 months. Took it to the service dept. on Saturday. Service writer checked the serial number and advised me this is a known issue. He told me that the keys tend to lose their memory. He will be ordering a new ignition switch and keys. Replacing the key is not enough. When you removed and replaced the battery, you reset the key. Sometimes this works and sometimes not. In any event, I would recomend that you have them replace the whole works.
  • lancairmanlancairman Posts: 2
    Finally got my new C320 back from the dealer (let's see now, I have had it 2 weeks, and they have had it 2 weeks--hope that stat improves!). With regards to the intermittant ticking noted in my car and several previously: This turns out to be a design defect--nothing wrong with the car, but the fuel vapor purge valve is hard mounted to the driver's side wheel well in the engine compartment. When it activates, you can hear the sound of the valve activation through the frame (sure enough, you can feel the pulse in the hard tubes emanating from the valve with your head under the hood and the engine on). My mechanic fabricated a rubber standoff for the valve which as almost-not quite-eliminated the sound.

    The other problem I noted--namely soaked rear passenger seat floormats, was due to the fact that the assembler at the factory neglected to hook up the drain from the HVAC unit under the dash to the outside of the car--thus all the AC condensation drained straight to the low point of the cabin--the rear passenger floorboard. They had to take the whole interior out and let it air-dry for 10 days!
  • fuzzofuzzo Posts: 88
    Can someone let me know where I can learn what all the terms mean when leasing a car. I have seen several posts and don't really understand what it meant. is this information somewhere on

    Thanks in advance
  • fuzzofuzzo Posts: 88
    Would some people mind sharing how much they pay for the lease on their car and for what period. I am trying to decide if I should finance or lease.

    Any advice will be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
  • boredyboredy Posts: 19
    Is that the vin number or serial number? The last 5 digits of my vin number is 61000+. thanks

    One qtn for all...

    Is it a good time to take car for detail wax? I have it for 4 months already, did the klasse wax on my own, apparently it doesnt feel "smooth" after the first wash since waxing.
  • limanliman Posts: 32
    Lancairman..That is unbelievable that they neglected to hook up your a/c drain. Hopefully your dealer gave you a nice MB loaner for the duration, and that will be the last of your problems for a while.

    Boredy - I have my MY2000 C230K detailed at my MB dealer every March and September, including waxing. The car was also waxed as part of the dealer prep when I purchased it. And the first detailing was 5 1/2 months later. I should mention that my car spends a lot of time garaged. My car is black, I prefer to let the dealer do the waxing.
  • cticctic Posts: 291
    I have a 99C, had it since late '98. I've never waxed my car, yet it still beads up when washing, so I've decided not to wax it yet. Having said that, I tend to keep my car garaged as much as possible, park under shade as much as possible.
  • lepinlepin Posts: 13
    I had the same problem after I had my car for 3 months. Last week, my dealer gave me two new keys and both keys work well now.
  • ballmdballmd Posts: 3
    The site that I went to for the $800 off MSRP. was
    Then I e-mailed what I was looking for to
    '[email protected]'
    I believe it was mbennette, that told me about the discount, but just mention it to her. I went over to see the car yesterday and they gave me the benz mats.
  • zmeenowzmeenow Posts: 341
    i have a black '01 240... unfortunateley no garage.. lots of tree pollen,and sap.. birds.. u name it...needs to be washed often...but thats ok.. i have appied zaino and it cleans up very easily as a result.i may have the dealer detail it2x a yr also.. protect the investment!
  • cre8torcre8tor Posts: 2
    This is a long story but I will try to make it short.. I've been an automotive journalist for over seven years now, and I recently found myself in the market for a new car (my Acura Legend is getting old).

    Being a journalist has it advantages when test driving cars, I believe I have only put about 7k miles on my personal car in the past two years, so I was ahead of the game when it came to knowing what cars I was interested in, and what monthly lease payment I was comfortable with.

    It came down to three choices: the Lexus IS300, the BMW 325i, and the Mercedes C240. So to refresh my memory my wife and I proceeded to our nearest dealerships to test drive the above models.

    Well, to make a long story short we decided on the Mercedes C240, it was light years ahead of the Lexus in comfort and ride. We both liked the BMW, but we decided that the Mercedes just had too many ammenities and was a much smoother ride, plus I don't like the fact that the BMW looks an awful lot like the Honda Civic.

    After a trip to Germany where we test drove an SL500 for a week on the Autobahn, I have had somewhat of a catharsis when it comes to driving cars here in the states, and one of the reasons I believe that SUV's have become so popular here and not in Europe is the simple fact that you CAN NOT drive a sports car the way it should be driven, which was one of the primary reasons that I chose luxury/sport over sport/luxury.

    I believe the new C class will be a hit for Mercedes with it's new S class look and attractive pricing not to mention it can certainly hold it's own performance wise with it's competitors.
  • benz747benz747 Posts: 91
    thanks for the link; will send an e-mail to him and lets hope for the best
  • ny74ny74 Posts: 15
    How much are you guys paying for the dealer detailing? What sort of services are included in the price when you have it done at a dealer?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    Welcome to the C-class topic! Thanks for your message. The details and reasons that you provided were most interesting! Hope to see you posting more here in the future.

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  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382

    Just a reminder that the MB chat is on tonight (6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern). Hope to see you there!

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