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Dec 23, 2001 (7:59 pm)
On December 5th I posted the following message:
"My daughter would like to break the lease on her 1999 C-280, and lease a 2002 C-32 AMG this coming spring. Is there anyone in this forum who happens to own one, and if so, are they as fast and reliable as the reviewers say they are?"
Since (thus far) I haven't received any response, I can only assume that no one in this forum owns a C-32 AMG, and therefore can answer my question.
Is there another Mercedes forum where I might be able to get an answer? Thank you.
Dec 23, 2001 (8:58 pm)
Got to MBWorld.org. There are C32 owners there.
As far as reliablity I don't see how any auto reviewer would be qualified to comment unless the car in their possesion was real pooch aka Edmunds recent review of the Jag X-type. Given that this forum offers as good as any insight to expected reliablity.
It sounds like you want confirmation that it is as fast as the reviewers state. Why are you interested in finding that out? There is little doubt that the car is very fast.
#5177 of 7297 jpstax
Dec 23, 2001 (9:06 pm)
As far as speed goes, you really need to test drive the car itself. Nothing anyone can tell you is the same as driving one yourself. As far as reliability goes, I think it's too new to tell, unless these cars are breaking down out the door. In any case, going to the dealer might answer this question too. Take a quick peek at the service parking lot, do you see any C-32's there? If you have a good relationship with a salesman, he might tell you too. Mine has been pretty honest with troubled cars, after all if he lies to you, you'll be seeing him everytime you visit the dealer and all your friends will know too.
#5178 of 7297 Oil Change C320
Dec 24, 2001 (3:11 am)
The MB Operation and Parts Manager for my area told me for the first oil change he would rather I wait for the FSS to indicate it. He said he has dealt with many cases where the engine did not break-in properly when first oil changes were done early.
#5179 of 7297 Hmmm...
Dec 24, 2001 (1:05 pm)
"The MB Operation and Parts Manager for my area told me for the first oil change he would rather I wait for the FSS to indicate it. He said he has dealt with many cases where the engine did not break-in properly when first oil changes were done early."
...which would appear to indicate that the superior lubricating properties of newer oil would prevent the increased metal-to-metal contact that characterises the break-in process. So after break-in, may one then conclude that early (pre-FSS) oil changes will indeed be beneficial to engine longevity?
#5180 of 7297 #4935 of 4935 Hmmm... by 404c
Dec 24, 2001 (1:59 pm)
"may one then conclude that early (pre-FSS) oil changes will indeed be beneficial to engine longevity?"
Mike -- One may conclude anything, particularly if they have all the answers.
Happy Holidays Everybuddy.
#5181 of 7297 a blonde moment?
Dec 24, 2001 (7:05 pm)
Thank you for the compliment. I'm glad that you understood my posting, too.
Merry Xmas, etc to all!
#5182 of 7297 C32 ///AMG
Dec 27, 2001 (7:50 am)
Dear jpstax, I own a C32. I have only owned it for 1 week as of now, so I can tell you from my limited experience that so far, I love it, and it has been an amazing car. I test-drove the C320, and the //AMG is nothing like it. It has different seats with different (Nappa) leather; it sits lower to the ground, and has firmer suspension. This car feels more sports-car like although the ride can be a bit stiff for some people, but for me, it is great. I would suggest testing one yourself and see if it is right for you (or your daughter). Let me know if there are any other questions I can help with.
#5183 of 7297 c32 amg by cdial
Dec 27, 2001 (8:33 am)
did you pay msrp or under for your c32.also i noticed that there isn't a cd player that is standard with the c32.i'm wondering if the dealers are putting there own system in the car.whats your take on this. i hear the car is like a rocket at warp speed. lots of luck and enjoyment.
#5184 of 7297 C32 //AMG
Dec 27, 2001 (10:47 am)
Yes, I paid MSRP. The dealer was not interested in negotiation. The waiting list was long, and the car list was short.
No, you do not get a CD player as standard (what a rip off on a 50k + car huh?) Yes, the dealers offer a 6 CD changer as a whopping $1,200.00 option(no way!) But I did get the COMMAND system with the Nav. system. You can play CDs in the Nav. slot, but you have to take out the Nav. disk.
Is the car fast you say? Well, I am still breaking it in. I have not "punched it" yet. I still am waiting for the 1k mi. break in period. But as far as I can tell, the car is a beast waiting to be released. The rumble from the exhaust is just enough to let you know something is lurking under the hood. The gas pedal is both sensitive and very responsive. I will try and post my “after break in” opinion