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Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Car Leasing, Sedan
#1930 of 2088 Re: S 320 (1997 model) recommendations? [henrlim]
Feb 06, 2007 (8:22 pm)
Michelans are what Mercedes-Benz recommends. Michelan actually makes tires especially for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the tires are made to reduce noise, increase tread mileage, increase fuel mileage, etc. I know the Michelans are more expensive but they are the better tires. You might want to check with your local Mercedes-Benz dealership for tires, or a local Michelan dealer. By the way, if she wants some Lorinser 17" RS90 wheels, ive got a set.
Feb 10, 2007 (8:40 am)
The more things change the more they stay the same. I have had three MB. 2001 S500, 02 S500 that I got when I had to take the 01 back due to many defects, and an 03 SL500 which I have since sold. I still have the 02 s500 and it's a great car. I bought them all new and they all had these "glitches". I have said before and I will say again, it seems, to me at least, that the more one spends on expensive vehicles these days, the more 'glitches' they encounter. My wife drives an 02 Lexus gs300 that we also purchased brand new. Other than routine maintenance she has never had an issue with the car. I on the other hand should have an office at the service department at MB because I have been there so much. Over time though the 02 S500 I still have has "settled" I guess. I have 92k miles on it and it still rides like a dream. I changed the tiresand wheels. I have the 02 sports package but got tired of buying tires every year so I changed out the wheels and went to discounttiredirect.com where I now purchase all my tires for a fraction of what dealers charge. Same tires, lower price. Since I have done that I can now rotate my tires which has substantially added to the life of the tires. I was considering buying a new 07 S class but this time had the foresight of reading these boards before I go to my super friendly dealer.. lol. Well I guess I will just keep my current one now that it's settled in and the kinks are gone. I just dont have time to be at the dealer every other month like I used to be in days gone by. Good luck to all you new owners....
#1932 of 2088 Re: EJC63 [ejc63]
Feb 10, 2007 (5:42 pm)
Im putting a BRABUS kit on a new W216 CL, and it had Continental tires on it, so I guess it is just a matter of opinion and cost.
#1933 of 2088 Re: EJC63 [ejc63]
Feb 12, 2007 (9:22 pm)
I am quite surprised at the issues you had with your Mercedes car. I just saw the latest released S- class and think it looked fabulous. Just as I thought only the BMW has the upper hand in styling department currently...looks like BMW's designer Chris Bangle will have a headache beating the latest S-class.
The Lexus has never been top notched in roadhandling and also in resale value. In fact a lot of Asians that I know refer Lexus as a poor man's Mercedes Benz.
So far among my small circle of friends who owned a Mercedes, not one had any major complaints. In fact, a lot of wives complaint that their husbands took better care of their car than themselves.
A senior manager who bought the latest BMW 530 also did the same (takes care of his car better than his wife) had spent quite a good amount of time at the service center fixing the computer-sync glitches.
So I guess maybe the more hi-tech a car is, the greater the possibilities of things going wrong.
HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO ALL MY CHINESE PALS! MAY YOU BUY MORE MERCEDES BENZ !
#1934 of 2088 re - Me.. lol
Feb 13, 2007 (9:31 am)
Well I can understand the wives complaining. When I bought my first MB I stayed up til 4 am just running back to the garage to make sure I wasnt dreaming. If your friends are like me, most have dreamed of owning a MB since they were teens. I remember being 19 and in college. There was a MB dealership not far from where I lived. I drove a Plymouth Champ (Dodge Colt) and would go by the dealership at night after they closed and "lay hands" on a car and pray that God would give me one in my lifetime.. lol. Naive and young, but hey it must have worked, I've owned 3 so far.. lol. ( Don't worry I won't pass around an offering plate..lol). All the problems I had with the previous vehicles were electrical and more often had to do with either some sensor going bad or something like that. I know that in 00-01 MB had different vendors and suppliers than they do now so it is possible that they have improved things quite a bit. I know they cant rest on their laurels because Lexus is now the number one selling luxo-boat. MB has a great history and makes probably the most asthetically pleasing vehicle on the planet at any price, but they also understand that if they sacrifice quality for profit, they will go the way of Oldsmobile, the latest of former automotive giants to be sent to the autodealers in the sky!!
Feb 24, 2007 (9:08 am)
i bought a2003 s-class about a year ago with 38,000 miles on it is my first experience with a mercedes benz ever. i can safely say i would buy another in the future, although i've had an odd thing happen with my gearshift it wont move out of park only if i jimmy it for about 3-5 minutes can anyone shed some light so many saftey features ..am i missing something??
#1936 of 2088 Re: ejerod [detroitlions]
Feb 24, 2007 (1:09 pm)
A crazy thought re the shifter... are you putting your foot on the brake? Need to do this to release the gear shifter out of park.
#1937 of 2088 Re: ejerod [lovemyclk]
Feb 24, 2007 (7:15 pm)
indeed after i buckle and depress brake pedal i try and shift to no avail til about 2-3 minutes ..thanks for youre response though ejerod.
#1938 of 2088 Re: ... [esf]
Feb 27, 2007 (5:44 pm)
You guys keep overlooking my comments, but I'm replying to my own anyway.
Now, priorities have switched. We're still going to get a new house in April and the new car (for the wife) won't come until early next year. However, our son has convinced us that we should look into leasing again. Believe me- he knows at least as much as I do about cars on the market, although he has a limited mechanical knowledge.
He has said that, instead of buying a used S550 4Matic (which would be terribly hard to find in my wife's specific colors), we should go back to leasing. I feel there's a little stigma there, because I tried to dump leasing when I got rid of my '00 A6 2.7T. Right now, I own all four of our cars. I see his point, though. I built an S550 4Matic online. With the Premium I Package, Rear Seat Package (unnecessary but awesome- we'd like heated rear seats), power trunk and backup camera (as well as the no-cost five-spoke 18s), the car comes out to a whopping $96K. Nevertheless, if we got $20-25K on the RX330 and I payed $3-8K down, it would cost about $794/mo on a 39mo lease. That's assuming we get 4.0% interest, as well as 12K miles per year. My credit rating is excellent.
I would consider this to be a relatively good deal, especially when I pay a bit over $1,000 a month for my car. Remember, though, I own it. Is it truly a good deal, or should I look elsewhere for her car?
I do love the S550. It's the ultimate sedan, and I wouldn't mind taking it to work once or twice a week. It's mutual- she loves driving the S4. Especially in the summer
I still have one question left. I'm not familiar with the MB custom delivery program, and would I be able to lease a car that I custom-ordered from the factory. Hers would have the specific options I mentioned, and she has equally specific colors. She needs a beige interior, and she'd love to have either Pewter or Mercedes's dark green on the exterior.
'06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG • '05 Audi S4 Cabriolet • '04 Lexus RX330
Feb 27, 2007 (6:50 pm)
Hey, I am in NC, but I am pretty sure this information is accurate. I own a MB Certified Collision center and tuner shop, a customer of mine wanted a S600 with very specific options so I set him up with the local MB GM. A few days later, he told me that they were looking for cars with most of the options he wanted because Mercedes-Benz has indefinately suspended the custom build option for the S class. Apparently MB has taken too many "build your own" orders for the S class and is having trouble building the orders they already have. You should check with your local dealer first to make sure this info is accurate, but like I said he has no reason to lie. Also you might want to figure out exactly what options you want and take the list to the dealership. The dealership can do a national search for the these options and should be able to find a car with a majority of the options you want.