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#2243 of 7297 starmark CPO
Mar 24, 2001 (4:12 pm)
I am not sure if I am posting in the right forum but I am shopping for cars in the 20-25k range and stumbled upon starmark CPO MB C classes in my budget. Was wondering how good are these CPO previously loved benzes? Do MBUSA do a thorough check through mechanically and cosmetically? Do they sell extended warranties on the CPOs?
I feel that a properly maintained benz doesn't show its age or mileage and have experience with my dad's w-126, one of the most beautiful benz sedans made, I think. What are the most common trouble spots for the 1996-1999 C-Class (both C280 and C230)?
Also, if anybody could indulge me with typical annual running costs of their C230 or C280 wrt to routine maintenace at the dealer and insurance costs, that would be fantastic
Thank you in advance.
#2244 of 7297 dc 75
Mar 24, 2001 (5:36 pm)
I'd be pretty confident to say that used Starmark Benz's pretty much follow the same rules as those in Canada where they're called Signature Class. I've the brochure right here in front of me. They must have been maintainted to MB standards from and uauthorized dealer to qualify for the Extended Limited Warranty. Before these vehicles can be certified, however, they must first pass a rigorous inspection of up to 150 points depending on the model, and then a comprehensive road test. On a vehicle which has new car warranty remaining, the Signature Class - Extended Limited Warranty will start after the 48 month/ 80,000 kilometre (50,000 mile) new vehicle warranty has expired.
Can only speak for myself.. my 99 230k has been flawless from day one and i've put about 40,000 miles on it now. Goes like a bat out of h*ll, it's just so hard not to because you don't realize how fast you're going till you look at the speedo. The scheduled maintenance A & B services are a bit pricey, but quite comprehensive. My dealers service rates are $80 Cdn ($50 US) per hour..and to my surprise thats $10 bucks cheaper than the Ford dealer across the street who charges $90, albeit he's the most expensive Ford dealer service dept. in town to quote them.
#2245 of 7297 MB C320 vs Lexus ES300
Mar 25, 2001 (2:40 pm)
I would like some opinions on the MB C320 vs the Lexus ES300 (2001). This will be the first MB for me but I'm reading about some problems, it seems the major one is the key problem. Has MB solved that problem yet? Also, how is service, Lexus is known for its outstanding service.
Im not happy with the body style of the Lexus ES300 vs the MB C 320.
I'd appreciate any help and/or opinions.
Mar 25, 2001 (2:49 pm)
About the problem of my windshield. I went to 2 more auto glass shops. They all had the same answer that either I change the whole windshield or just leave it there. So I talked to my insurance company. They told me my insurance will cover it. I just need to pay $100. They even found a auto glass shop which is gonna pay that $100 for me due to high competition in my area.
Now I have one more question. My car has rain sensor on the windshield. Will it still work if I decide to replace the windshield?
#2247 of 7297 All-season floor mats
Mar 25, 2001 (3:25 pm)
I ordered all-season floor mats on 3/1 but I haven't got them yet. My sales told me the demand of all-season floor mats is too high so maybe I have to wait one or two more weeks!!!
I waited for my C for 3 months. It seems like the demand of floor mats isn't any lower than the car. But I do get 20% off for the mats. Ha!
#2248 of 7297 Windshield and Rain Sensor
Mar 25, 2001 (3:40 pm)
If I am not mistaken, I believe the windshield is different for the cars with the rain sensor (MORE expensive). On my 2000 C, they had the rain sensor option but I did not have that feature. I had to fix my windshield and the price for the non-rain sensing windshield was $155. The price for the rain sensing one was quite a bit more (over $400??).
#2249 of 7297 windshield
Mar 25, 2001 (3:46 pm)
See if any MB dealers do the replacement themselves using MB OEM glass. I don't trust 3rd party shops. I had a few bad experiences (glass w/ distortion, covers for screw slots missing, rust around the edges, etc.) w/ my old Integra. Also, if you have to use a 3rd party service, drive it to them. Don't do the "we'll fix it at your place" roving ones. The adhesive sets better inside the shops...
Mar 25, 2001 (5:04 pm)
Remember, once you have the windshield replaced, leave a crack open on your door's window so that when you shut your door the first day after replacement you do not blow out the seal around the windshield. It really needs 24hrs to cure correctly.
#2251 of 7297 Windshield/Lepin
Mar 25, 2001 (5:45 pm)
I agree with the other posters, you need to contact a Mercedes service department and talk to them about your windshield. You may have issues with the rain sensor and may need an MB windshield. Just call the 1-800 MB number on your visor or hit your wrench button of Tele-aid I'm sure they can get you the answers you need. Our situation with our Nissan Crewcab was a bit similar in that the truck was all new and had to have a Nissan windshield, the glass shops didn't have the glass yet. I'm glad to hear your insurance will cover it, if I were you I'd just take it to my dealer and have them do it with MB OEM glass, you'll have to pay the $100 but you won't have any other worries. You'll know the glass is right, and will be warrantied by MB to work with your rain sensor, and you'll know they'll install it right and not damage your car in the process! GOOD LUCK!
#2252 of 7297 MB C240 compared to Saab 9-5
Mar 25, 2001 (5:49 pm)
We test drove a manual C240 and a automatic Saab 9-5 (the dealer had no manual cars). I like the C240, but my wife is concerned about the handling in the snow with rear wheel drive. The sales guy claims the traction control has really helped the snow drivability of thee C240. What did anyone that has experience driving the in the snow this winter think? Any other opinions on the C240 compared with the Saab 9-5?
My other option is to wait and see what the new Jaguar X-type is like. It will have all wheel drive and in theory should be a best winter car.
David, who lives on a small mountain in Maryland