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#5478 of 7297 Free Maintenance Values
Mar 12, 2002 (12:22 pm)
Thanks a lot for your responses on my Mercedes free maintenance question. So, basically it is free if you stay within the "schedules"? I now own an Infinite Q45 and the scheduled maintenance services often cost me around $800 +/- every 7,500 miles after the 2nd/3rd year. How much values would you say this "free maintenance services" for 4 years or 50K miles vs. if I get a Lexus or another Infinite? $5,000? or $8,000 if you had to pay for the services such as pre-2000 Mercedues models? I like to factor this saving into my cost so that I may pay a little more initially, but over 4 years I would recover this value back. Thanks again.
PS: Anyone else has C240 Automatic experiences? I know C320 is a much more powerful car, but I just don't know over time any C240 owners might regret they should have bought C320 instead?
#5479 of 7297 RE: Free Maintenance Values
Mar 12, 2002 (1:57 pm)
I think your estimates for these services are high. First, the FSS will request service approx every 10k miles, so you'll get four services within your warranty period. Two will be "A" services, and two will be "B". The "A" service is not a whole lot more than a fancy oil change, albeit 8.5 quarts of synthetic oil. The "B" service is somewhat more comprehensive - I think it includes replacing the cabin air filter and rotating the tires. Our dealer told us they price both services similarly, I think they said around $300. This seems REALLY high to me, but I'm a DIY nut anyway, so I'm not likely to let someone else do this work for me. Your on your own for many things, for example brakes, spark plugs (all 12 of those $12 platinum jobs), etc. If your like me you won't be able to leave the original oil in for 10k miles, so you need to figure in any extra oil changes you do for your own peace of mind.
Good luck - it is a wonderful car.
#5480 of 7297 Good service
Mar 12, 2002 (6:33 pm)
18k miles and all is well. Recall a few months ago I reported on a rear brake light out, and how AutoSteigler in Encino let my car sit there all day and never got to fixing it and wanted to keep it all weekend, even though I had made an appointment. I said no and took it the next day to Downtown LA Motors with no appt and the service rep fixed it himself in 4 minutes. I wrote an email to Steigler complaining about their poor service and asked for a response. Never got one. Last week, I noticed a crackling noise under the seat. Called Downtown LA Motors, took it in the next day, fixed no problem. They said it was a broken bearing. Also the ESP light came on, and the software fixed it. Props to Downtown LA Motors -- their fast and no hassle service lived up to my expectation. I'm NEVER going to Steigler again, and one of these days, I'll send my comments on them to MB. (Of course, Steigler never had MB send me an evaluation.)
#5481 of 7297 C240 Automatic
Mar 13, 2002 (3:02 am)
I have the automatic trans and don't find myself pinned the headrest with the acceleration. That's why I like the fact I can manually change gears. When I need (or just want) more acceleration, I just go through the gears manually. I like the acceleration through 2nd and 3rd. I'd have gone for the manual tranny, but with my daily commute subject to frequent stop and go traffic, had to go auto to remain sane.
I bought mine used, so I didn't test drive the 320 to see the difference. If buying new, it seems like the obvious thing to do.
#5482 of 7297 c240 power - no regrets
Mar 13, 2002 (6:10 am)
I have a c240 auto and haven't for a second regretted buying a 240 instead of a 320. I think the car has more than enough power for normal driving. Of course I was coming from a 4cyl Accord (w/ VTEC though) so maybe that colors my opinion. I guess the only way for you to know is to drive both and see which you like better.
#5483 of 7297 Another C240 remark
Mar 13, 2002 (8:29 am)
I currently own a 99 C230 sedan with the Kompressor and am planning on selling this fall for an '03 C240. Has anyone else made this switch. I am curious how the power compares. I am satisfied with the 99 but really don't want to lose performance with the C240. If you know, how do they compare. Sometime soon I will have to take a test drive to see for myself, but 'til then your opinions are welcome.
Mar 13, 2002 (8:44 am)
I suspect that the C240 will not be as quick as your C230 Kompressor (There's no Supercharger). It may take a bit longer to get up speed, but you will find the C240 is MUCH smoother. The interior is more well appointed on the C240.
#5485 of 7297 I have a car care question...
Mar 13, 2002 (10:34 am)
Does anyone know of a place in or near Arlington, VA, where you can HAND wash the car yourself? In the past, I have had bad experiences with even the "brushless" car washes. Many thanks!
Mar 14, 2002 (6:45 am)
The C240 will not be as absolutely quick in acceleration as the C230 mit Kom...however, every other aspect of the car on the road will be a distinct improvement: better ride, handling, quieter, etc. To me, the step up to the C320 makes absolutely no sense at all, but to each their own...
#5487 of 7297 C240 vs 99 C230
Mar 14, 2002 (7:02 am)
Thanks to those who responded. Soon I will be taking one out for a spin to see for myself. My salesman said I could have one for a day to get a good feel for it . By then I should know for sure how they compare. I have heard encouraging things about 4matic being available in the '03 C class line. Will definitely be interested in that.