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#4745 of 7297 Neskier--I had the same problem...
Oct 11, 2001 (9:14 am)
...when I purchased my 2000 C. I "kept it quiet" around the office. When one co-worker found out, she burst in and said "why didn't you tell me you had a Mercedes?" Since then, I believe she feels I am rich! The comments re price make a good point. Several coworkers have SUVs (Ford Expeditions, Jeep Grand Cherokees) that cost as much or more as my car--and without the free maintenance (or the great fuel economy). So, total ownership costs for the C are indeed relatively low. Also, Mercedes has a lineup ranging in price from roughly $30,000 to well over $100,000--but, not everyone has a $100K Benz! I also plan on keeping my car for 6 to 8 years--so, it really is economical in the end. Best of luck to you. You will find--if you haven't already--that even the smallest trip is an "event" in your new C!
#4746 of 7297 Trunk - Update
Oct 11, 2001 (9:39 am)
My 2002 C 240 is in shop and expected today, my dealer gave me 95 E 300D as a loaner, the interior is beyond comparison with 2002 C, but ride is powerful, after all it is MB, with 3 liter diesel engine - I am enjoying my loaner too, will keep you guys posted on TRUNK issue
#4747 of 7297 my chrome rims update
Oct 11, 2001 (10:21 am)
I wanted to let everyone know that when I brought my car to the dealer again yesterday the customer service representative with whom I had a problem invited me into his office for a talk. He apologized to me for how he handled the situation the first time I brought the car in on 09/17 and for not ever calling me back with any information. He took another look at the bad rim and offered to split the cost of a new rim, which would be approx $250 for me. I feel this is a satisfactory solution, since I should have brought the new car in for them to see the cracked rim immediately upon bringing car home 06/01. Now that the crack has spread and collapsed the surrounding area, it looks more as if a heavy rock hit it.
A reminder that it was the MB Service and Parts Operation manager that smoothed the way for all this -- even though the after-market chrome rims are not MB's responsibility.
The other chrome rims look as if they are not going to last, at least cosmetically. I see signs of peeling and they will be only a year old in December.
One rim at a time!
#4748 of 7297 Rear Fog Light tale....
Oct 11, 2001 (10:25 am)
Had to chuckle this morning. It was a tad foggy on the way into work so I thought I would be safety conscious and enable the front & rear fog light features. While waiting in the left turn lane at a stop light, this guy in a Nissan Maxima pulls up beside and motions to "Roll-Down" the window. So 1 touch down goes the passenger window and he says my Right Rear Brake Light is out; I said no "It's a Feature" , the left rear tail light is meant to be brighter = Fog Light.
Anyway it didn't click what I was saying and the light turned green and off we went...Just to make sure I was not "losing it", after parking the car at work I checked the rear lights, and there she be: the Left Rear Fog Lamp burning brightly compared to the RHS....Another morning commute with a big grin on my face....What an incredible Automobile !! 7600 Beautiful Benz miles since Feb. 15th...Love those 2 stage heated seats & the Bose stereo...and the 6 speed !!!
Ian in Jersey.
#4749 of 7297 Demographics and Economics and Marketing
Oct 11, 2001 (12:25 pm)
The last few posts remind me that when I bought my first MB in 1968, their marketing in this country had not yet created the image of the car as a symbol of the gold-plated rich. I wasn't then, and 13 MBs later, am not now, either. In the EU, MBs and BMWs [another company that has created a US image out of thin air] were and are regarded like, well, Buicks and Mercurys...unless you drive a S or a 7er, no one genuflects at your feet in the rest of the world because you own one of these cars. Only in America...
I bought the car because it was solidly built, roomy for its size, with active safety features [handling and brakes] that were ahead of its time in our market. I don't recall anyone at the office assuming I had suddenly acquired either wealth or wisdom by this decision. Now, as noted above, the choice to buy one of these cars catapults you into some imaginary demographic stratosphere that exists mainly because MB and BMW say it does. Sometimes I'm bemused by this, and occasionally a bit annoyed, but mostly it's a phenomenon that is best ignored...in the end, it's a car, not a life, and most people will eventually get over it...Lexus has managed some of the same marketing magic, but they seem to be the only ones of the Japanese Big 3 who took on this challenge successfully.
Too bad becoming a teacher or a policeman or a social worker doesn't get you the same level of attention...
#4750 of 7297 Why No Sport Emblem?
Oct 11, 2001 (1:44 pm)
I was wondering if this topic has been brought up before. On every other MB and even the earlier body style C class, there is a Sport emblem just to the rear of the front wheels to signify that the car has the sport package. I was curious as to why this emblem does NOT appear on the new bodied C class.
#4751 of 7297 Key memory
Oct 11, 2001 (5:54 pm)
Now I'm very confused about how the key dependent memory is working. I have many times complained to the dealer about the memory, but now they claim, after consulting with MB, that the (strange way, it seems to me) the keys are working are they way they are supposed to work. To me, that seems very illogical.
1. They say the seat memory in the C-class is NOT key-dependent, only on the E-class. So, if you are two drivers, then every time you switch driver, you have to turn the knob to position 1 or 2 (even if you have different keys), and press the button. It will not move automatically to a key-dependent position.
2. In the easy exit/entry mode, the seat will not move all the way forward to the driving position, for safety reasons. So EVERY TIME you go into the car you have to press the memory button to make the seat move, even if it's the same person driving the car.
I wonder if anyone could confirm that this is the way it's supposed to work. The strange (and confusing) thing is that until now the seat memory has been partial key-dependent, but it never worked 100%. At least, when you pressed the memory button in the "1" position, the resulting seat position would be key-dependent. Now that doesn't even work. you have to switch between 1 and 2. So, please help, should I accept the dealers answer?
#4752 of 7297 rear fog lights
Oct 11, 2001 (6:12 pm)
For diwc240 and any others who use their rear fog lights, a note of caution.
In Europe is is STRICTLY ILLEGAL to engage the rear fog light unless visibility is at 50 metres or less, on pain of a very hefty fine if you're caught with it on in inappropriate conditions.
The reason for this regulation is that the intensity of the rear fog lights is extremely distracting and irritating to following drivers in clearer conditions, possibly even being a safety hazard.
Good advice would be to follow the EU rule about fog, and further, to extinguish the light when in heavy, slow-moving traffic (e.g. stop-and-go) and when waiting at intersections with stationary cars behind.
I have noticed many Volvo and Audi drivers in Canada abusing their rear fog lights, using them in light mist (maybe 500 m visibility) or worse, in rain, where the reflections created are truly hazardous. On occasion I've winked my Peugeot 405's rear fog light at them as a hint to turn theirs off. They usually don't get it.
In my driving I follow the 50 m rule.
However, I hasten to add that when I lived in the very snowy British Columbia Interior I used to engage the rear fog lights (both L and R were connected at the time) when driving on a road that had lots of loose drifting powder snow. In these conditions an opaque cloud of powder snow followed the cars, making them nearly invisible. Why did I put the rear fog lights on? Because over a period of 10 minutes the taillight lenses would become totally obstructed by snow, even with the 5 W taillamps on. Only the 21 W power of the rear foggies generated enough heat in the plastic lens to keep the snow from sticking ... so the car remained visible through the blowing snow.
Now I only have a bulb in the LR foglight, because blowing powder snow is unknown on Vancouver Island .
#4753 of 7297 update to my chrome update FINAL
Oct 11, 2001 (7:13 pm)
My chrome rim was replaced today and although I had agreed to split the cost with the dealer, the customer relations manager discounted it even more -- my cost was $199.78 plus $15.98 sales tax. That is a bargain and I guess part of his making amends. I was most appreciative.
#4754 of 7297 Fog light use
Oct 11, 2001 (7:41 pm)
One time I used it in a really heavy rainstorm. Visibility was really poor (maybe 30ft?).
Are they really that useless in the rain? I figured it lessened my chance of getting rear-ended, so the more light the better.