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#5731 of 7297 Lexus vs. Mercedes
Jun 14, 2002 (6:41 am)
As a previous Lexus es 300 owner (155,000 miles on the Lexus with no serious mechanical problems), I was somewhat hesitant to switch to a Mercedes C classs given the rumblings of mechanical problems. I was considering buying a new es 300, but I did not like the way it drove (i.e it's too "soft").
I ultimately took the plunge, bought a silver c2450 with grey interior. I will soon turn 12,000 miles and am delighted with it. I will probably drive a Mercedes for the rest of my life.
I told my dad about how much I loved the car. He owns a 1994 Lexus SC400 with 235,000 miles on it. He predicted doom and gloom re maintenance of the Benz.
I sent him a link to the Mercedes website so he could see my new car. (We live on opposite coasts.) Apparently, he checked out the website, and decided to tests drive a Mercedes. (He has never driven one.)
The test drive convinced him. He called me the other day and informed me he just bought a CL 500. He now agrees that his Lexus just does not compare.
Happy fathers day...
#5732 of 7297 4Matic in C Class?
Jun 14, 2002 (8:52 pm)
Just curious when (or if) the C-class was going to be equiped with 4Matic. I currently drive an Audi with Quattro and will never drive a car without AWD again !!! The advantages of AWD go far beyond snow/ice conditions. I would really like to have an "affordable" non-SUV Mercedes alternative the next time I change cars.
Jun 15, 2002 (1:45 am)
4Matic will be an option on the C-Class this fall.
#5734 of 7297 Cell Phone Interference
Jun 15, 2002 (11:42 am)
I read in a recent Mercedes Momentum magazine that operating a phone or radio transmitter with its own attached or built-in antenna while the engine is running can interfere with the vehicle's electronic systems. I have since been afraid to turn the power on my cell phone while in my C240. I'm wondering if MB is just trying to sell their own brand of cell phone or the very expensive Motorola V60 mentioned in the article both of which must be installed at the dealership.
#5736 of 7297 Cell Phone Use
Jun 15, 2002 (1:38 pm)
Indeed, what is the technical reason why use of MB's integrated cell phone is allowed, and not that of any other?
I would think FCC requirements regarding device interference should be the same, regardless of whether a mobile phone is handheld or integrated.
#5737 of 7297 Rain Sensing Wiper Failure
Jun 16, 2002 (5:29 pm)
My 2001 C320 (13,000 miles) has developed a new problem. My rain sensing wipers appear to do whatever they please. For the most part, the wipers wipe continuously when in the "I" setting, even if there is no rain on the windshield. This problem developed after I had the car about 15 months. The normal wipe and fast wipe modes work fine.
Has anyone else had this problem with their C320 (or C240)? I wanted to check with you guys before I call my Mercedes dealer. This is the longest I've gone without the car being in the shop (2 months). Your help will be appreciated.
#5738 of 7297 Love this car
Jun 17, 2002 (1:51 pm)
I test drove the IS300, ES300, Nissans, Toyotas and yes, even the Infiniti G35, and I am amazed at how graceful and luxurious the c320 is. I went ahead and bought one for $3200 under MSRP of $41,027 and got $8500 for my '99 Camry XLE with 98000 miles (bald tires and brakes screeching as I drove up to the dealership). Does this sound like a reasonable deal?
#5739 of 7297 RE: Rain sensing whipers
Jun 17, 2002 (4:09 pm)
I had a CLK with the rain sensing wipers a couple of years ago. This may be unrelated/irrelevant to your situation, but I noticed, especially in the winter when there is salt on the roads, that the sensor would "mis-read" a dirty windshield as a hard rain. Check to see if the windshield in front of the sensor (by the rear veiw mirror, I believe) is dirty...
Just an easy fix...if it works!
Jun 18, 2002 (3:16 pm)
It's too late now if it isn't a good deal. Don't sweat it--enjoy your new car!