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#2314 of 7297 Mercedes Momentum magazine
Mar 28, 2001 (9:10 pm)
I just got my first issue of this mag, and I notice in the fine print of an ad for Tele-aid something very interesting!! It says, "Remote unlocking is available on C-Class only as of Dec. 2000 production" Why would they print this if they planned to fix our pre-Dec. cars? I'm really wondering if they plan to fix it at all. If they don't, I won't be buying the ML, I'll go X5! Sorry Drew! LOL I am serious, we love the C, but if MB doesn't make this right somehow our next car will not be an MB. My boss has just ordered a new C and one of her main reasons for doing so was this very feature! It was one of things we used to brag about when we talked to people about the car, we were told we had it just like all the 1000s of other people who bought in September, October, November, and December!
I've known about this since late December, and the sting had worn off a bit, but now seeing the fine print has brought all the frustation and disappointment back to the surface. It really is a minor issue, I've never locked my keys in any car, but it's something that was advertised and talked up by our dealer. I feel if MB doesn't fix it they ought to gives us free tele-aid renewals as long as we own these cars. That's what I'll be telling MB. Thanks for letting me vent a bit!!! LOL!!
#2315 of 7297 #2226 of 2235 For those shopping by max63
Mar 28, 2001 (9:34 pm)
>I live in LA so that may be why I can negotiate >off sticker. When Any dealer may have from 5-15 >cars on the lot, I think I can get a fair deal.
I live on the Westside of LA and would appreciate knowing which dealers negotiate MSRP on the C320. Will they also discount CD Player and/or chrome wheels 50%? The dealers I have worked with keep a very low inventory and are not in the least bit flexible with sticker price.
Mar 28, 2001 (9:44 pm)
It was just introduced in the last few days, IIRC. Neat feature, eh! Not sure if many people have noticed though.
If you get the X5, you may also experience your vehicle burning 1 quart of oil every 2500 miles. This is considered normal and within factory tolerances! This doesn't affect only the X5, BTW, other BMW vehicles too. Weird!
I can understand your frustrations about not getting a feature that was supposed to be included and advertised for. I'd keep pestering MBUSA through their 1-800# and see what happens. If you voice your dissatisfaction (especially if you mention something about losing faith in MB and your car), you may get a result. BTW, don't bother with some of the pawns (i.e. marketing people) who answer the 1-800 lines). See if you can get somewhere up the food chain. You may also want to consider writing MBUSA a message via their website. They do respond, though it make take a little while, and if enough of you early build North American C-class owners do, they may let on more info. as to what their plans are WRT a fix.
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#2318 of 7297 OT: The first car to score 5 stars in EuroNCAP crash test
Mar 28, 2001 (9:48 pm)
The best performance ever in the Euro New Car Assessment Program crash test was turned in this month. The winner is......a French car, the Renault Laguna. This C-Class-sized car protects its occupants better than any other car of any size tested thus far, in the 5 or 6 years since the program began.
The new C-Class will be crashed by EuroNCAP in June of this year. Mercedes-Benz had better hope that they not only match the Renault's 5 star rating, but also exceed/match its 97% score on the frontal impact and 100% score on the side impact.
Don't you just love competition?
#2319 of 7297 Dennett re Remote Unlocking
Mar 28, 2001 (10:01 pm)
You might send a Fax to:
Mr. Paul G. Juron, General Manager
Client Assistance Center
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC
Facsimile (201) 476-6211
Mar 28, 2001 (10:17 pm)
Thanks!! I'll send the fax! I hope all is well with you. Seen any obsidian MBs yet?
#2321 of 7297 #2238 of 2238 Miki by dennett
Mar 28, 2001 (11:17 pm)
All is well, thank you. I cannot believe there are no Obsidian Blacks being driven here. This surely cannot be -- so I am thinking they look so much like the straight blacks that I cannot tell the difference as I go speeding by.
Mar 29, 2001 (3:16 am)
indeed..color such as obsidian blk is difficult to detect from far away.. the metallic sub color is seen when up close and at the right angle.i had a 2000 acura tl.. their only blk is like obsidian..impossible to see untill very close.