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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedans



  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271

    Congrats on getting your warranty before the deadline, and for gettting such a good deal! Yes, if only others would quote what they really would sell for first - instead of intimidating people and making them feel bad when they do ask for a bargain. I did the same as you - did not even approach my dealer here in Atlanta for a discount, as why should I "work" in haggling for a better price when it was offered at 35% off from Lisa with no negotiation necessary.

    That's another reason why I think these forums are great. There's strength in our numbers as consumers, and the knowledge we gain is power! Imho, an informed consumer is a good salesperson's best customer - and a bad salesperson's worst nightmare :-) !

    Thanks for sharing and please keep contributing, I look forward to reading yours and others' future posts.

    - Paul
  • rbinwehorbinweho Posts: 5
    claywaterfill: I got the Bordeaux Red Metallic to rave reviews from those who see the car. I'm not the guy who enjoys the carwash experience, so a lot of the other color choices were not for me.
  • c240ownerc240owner Posts: 2
    rbinweho, the invoice for your car is 31560 plus cd changer, i just bought one today for invoice (per and verified by actual dealer paperwork) plus 606 for the cd changer. what a rip off for the same changer that costs 300 from alpine. the lack of a single in dash cd was the biggest drawback to the c240 when compared to the volvo s60 and the lexus es300.
  • fedssocrfedssocr Posts: 90
    My C240 is Aspen green with an Oyster interior. Still would be my number 1 choice today.
  • All the colors are good--I just like white myself. I do find it strange that M-B does not have a standard CD player in the car. Aren't they putting a standard CD player in for next year--or did I dream that?
  • jrct9454jrct9454 Posts: 2,363
    A single-disc CD player will replace the cassette as standard for all NA-bound MBs next year ['03 MY].
  • sleakesleake Posts: 47
    I had the exact same problem six months into my ownership of a 2001 C320. That was about a year ago and I had forgotten about it until I read your post. It was truly a very wierd experience -- thought I was getting alzheimers or something. It took three people, myself and two guys on motorcycles at the pump next to me, to figure out the problem. But we did eventually figure it out.
  • afmbguyafmbguy Posts: 19
    Does anybody know there would be any MB PowerTrip this year in New York and New Jersey area ? If so, what is the Web site to sign up.
  • billp8billp8 Posts: 56
    Following the last post, does anyone have info for a Power Trip in the Washington, DC area? Many thanks!
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    This may be a difficult question for those who have not had the opportunity to compare, but how do people with the Navigation system feel about its usability? I currently have a Lexus which has a superb, touch-screen DVD-based Nav system which I love; the car (an RX-300) on the other hand, is boring me to death, so I'm looking at getting a C320 or perhaps a BMW 330.

    I know the current (2002) Nav system is CD (not DVD based); I've heard rumors that the 2003s will be DVD based.

    Just wondering what people who have it think of the Nav system in the 2002s (and if anyone knows if the 2003 Nav system will be improved/tweaked, above and beyond the possible switch to DVD). [Not looking for a debate about the utility of Navigation systems in general -- been there, done that!]
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I haven't heard anything about the PowerTrip for 2002, but AMG is having a gulp(!), $850.00 event. My Benz loyaly is going to be truly tested.....

  • tschreyertschreyer Posts: 12
    Our C240 has the sport package which comes only with the all-black leather interior with the textured aluminum trim. To complement, we picked the desert silver paint color, and as you'd expect, we think it looks great! :-)

    The desert silver (which is really a gold-ish metallic) seem to be very popular among the new C's at my dealership, although I see a varied mix of colors of them on the road now and then.

  • c240ownerc240owner Posts: 2
    does anyone notice how loud the ac system is? It seems like it is always on a high speed to keep the cabin cool. System seems very inefficient, at 5 or 6 the fan noise is too loud to hear the radio/cd.

    The Germans have thought about almost everything except how hot it gets in the West, and that the owners manual folio should always fit easily in the glove compartment.
  • fedssocrfedssocr Posts: 90
    I usually set the AC fan speed to the middle of the range. When the car is very hot though it will run at full blast in order to cool things down as quickly as possible. When it gets to a reasonable temp I turn the fan speed knob down a tiny bit and the fan goes back to a normal level. Not sure if it's supposed to work that way, but it is a way to quiet it down if it's too loud for you. I think it is the opposite of inefficient. the idea seems to be to run at full blast for a short time to cool quickly and then run at a lower speed.
  • ahostahost Posts: 36
    I agree, and it's irritating because otherwise it's a very quite car. In Germany heating is used more than ac, so I don't think they put the best ac. Either it's just the fan that's too noisy, or the ac does not cool enough so that the fan has to run at a very high speed to cool down. Here in Hawaii the fan has to run at max speed almost all the time to keep the car cool, so the ac is just adequate. I don't even want to think of how it would be in Arizona in the summer. Compared with many much cheaper cars, the ac is very noisy.
  • cecconceccon Posts: 22
    As a previous Lexus es 300 owner (155,000 miles on the Lexus with no serious mechanical problems), I was somewhat hesitant to switch to a Mercedes C classs given the rumblings of mechanical problems. I was considering buying a new es 300, but I did not like the way it drove (i.e it's too "soft").

    I ultimately took the plunge, bought a silver c2450 with grey interior. I will soon turn 12,000 miles and am delighted with it. I will probably drive a Mercedes for the rest of my life.

    I told my dad about how much I loved the car. He owns a 1994 Lexus SC400 with 235,000 miles on it. He predicted doom and gloom re maintenance of the Benz.

    I sent him a link to the Mercedes website so he could see my new car. (We live on opposite coasts.) Apparently, he checked out the website, and decided to tests drive a Mercedes. (He has never driven one.)

    The test drive convinced him. He called me the other day and informed me he just bought a CL 500. He now agrees that his Lexus just does not compare.

    Happy fathers day...
  • audis4meaudis4me Posts: 5
    Just curious when (or if) the C-class was going to be equiped with 4Matic. I currently drive an Audi with Quattro and will never drive a car without AWD again !!! The advantages of AWD go far beyond snow/ice conditions. I would really like to have an "affordable" non-SUV Mercedes alternative the next time I change cars.
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    4Matic will be an option on the C-Class this fall.

  • flufferfluffer Posts: 2
    I read in a recent Mercedes Momentum magazine that operating a phone or radio transmitter with its own attached or built-in antenna while the engine is running can interfere with the vehicle's electronic systems. I have since been afraid to turn the power on my cell phone while in my C240. I'm wondering if MB is just trying to sell their own brand of cell phone or the very expensive Motorola V60 mentioned in the article both of which must be installed at the dealership.
  • paul_ppaul_p Posts: 271
    Indeed, what is the technical reason why use of MB's integrated cell phone is allowed, and not that of any other?

    I would think FCC requirements regarding device interference should be the same, regardless of whether a mobile phone is handheld or integrated.
  • My 2001 C320 (13,000 miles) has developed a new problem. My rain sensing wipers appear to do whatever they please. For the most part, the wipers wipe continuously when in the "I" setting, even if there is no rain on the windshield. This problem developed after I had the car about 15 months. The normal wipe and fast wipe modes work fine.
    Has anyone else had this problem with their C320 (or C240)? I wanted to check with you guys before I call my Mercedes dealer. This is the longest I've gone without the car being in the shop (2 months). Your help will be appreciated.
  • hansenhansen Posts: 18
    I test drove the IS300, ES300, Nissans, Toyotas and yes, even the Infiniti G35, and I am amazed at how graceful and luxurious the c320 is. I went ahead and bought one for $3200 under MSRP of $41,027 and got $8500 for my '99 Camry XLE with 98000 miles (bald tires and brakes screeching as I drove up to the dealership). Does this sound like a reasonable deal?
  • rghesselrghessel Posts: 122
    I had a CLK with the rain sensing wipers a couple of years ago. This may be unrelated/irrelevant to your situation, but I noticed, especially in the winter when there is salt on the roads, that the sensor would "mis-read" a dirty windshield as a hard rain. Check to see if the windshield in front of the sensor (by the rear veiw mirror, I believe) is dirty...

    Just an easy fix...if it works!
  • It's too late now if it isn't a good deal. Don't sweat it--enjoy your new car!
  • michhalamichhala Posts: 375
    If you are using a windshield cleaner that coats the windshield or repels water, this can cause your problem, too.

  • lenscaplenscap Posts: 854
    Your father is making a pretty unfair comparison between his old Lexus and new Mercedes.

    First, he's comparing an eight-year-old car to a brand new one. Of course the new one is going to look good by comparison.

    Second, the only car that Lexus offers that would be somewhat similar, the SC 430, is $62,000 fully loaded. The CL 500 starts at a base price of $91,000. So, for a full 50% more one would probably expect it to be better in some areas.

    Both Lexus and Mercedes are obviously good cars. What one prefers is a matter of personal preference.

    I hope both you and your dad enjoy your cars.
  • cigarlvrcigarlvr Posts: 2
    Is anyone having the same trouble I am. I have had the booster replaced and was told this is the best they can do. I loose radio reception from time to time a certain stations. I was told by my dealer and Mercedes that they couldn't do anything. All my other cars have great reception in all the areas that I loose it with this 1 mth old car
  • mga3mga3 Posts: 51
    The poor radio reception has been attributed to a loose antenna amplifier connection on the rear glass. The quick test is to push on the upper rear header inside the car over the rear window while the radio is on. If the reception improves,then you know you have a loose connection.
    This has been a known issue with the C class sedan and has been issued as a tech bulletin.
    On a completely different note. After 15 months and 12Kmiles of driving my first leased MB of anykind(01'C320 Blk./Java,C2,C3,Full Leather). I can only say, this has been the best vehicle I have ever driven to this date. The only two issues I have dealt with. Was a faulty fuel guage sender unit,(which is a known isuue throughout Mercedes history) and a RT.FRNT.passenger headrest motor that died. Both were replaced and fixed under warranty by the dealer immediately.
    For me, this car still represents the best in its class. The refinement,elegance,poise,power,luxury,safety and comfort cannot be beat for it's price.
  • Current BMW 3-Series owners are also complaining about bad radio reception. From what I understand, MB E-Class reception is also not very good. I have heard about some E-Class owners getting something from Radio Shack that mounts under the car to improve reception. Sorry that I don't know the details, but a little checking there may help you guys with poor reception.
  • jack148jack148 Posts: 2
    I purchased a 2000 C280 in 12/01. I have owned MBZ before but I really enjoy the performance and feel of this car. However, in the 6 months I have owned the car I have experienced some strange problems. These include a bad integrated phone causing need for replacement of radio, bad amp for radio, bad display for climate control, bum rear seat belt retractor, bad fuel gauge with new cluster required and now plastic cover for front of new cluster cracked for no apparent reason,and sticking keys on radio. I love this car and will see this through but has anyone else experienced these problems?
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