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Jul 02, 2003 (7:42 am)
I think the C class reliability has improved somewhat. The first year had some teething pains that affected a large number of cars (the memory-seat/key thing in particular). Our 2002 C240 is about 2 years old now. After about 5000 miles, the check-engine-light came on. The dealer replaced the engine computer the next day. We've had no problems since then. YMMV.
I would suggest that you consider getting the extended warranty if you expect to keep the car beyond 4 years. Mercedes parts and service are quite expensive, so when something does break after the warranty period, it will be expensive to fix.
Jul 03, 2003 (10:48 am)
Does anyone know if MB plans to offer a manual version of the C240 or C320 all wheel drive? Thanks
#6517 of 7297 Is C240 a good buy?
Jul 03, 2003 (9:20 pm)
My wife is set on a C240. It is pre-owned with 4000 miles / mfg Jan 2003 / registered 3/03. Checked CARFAX seems OK though off-lease. Dealer asking for $29,500. Has C2 package, leather seats, 6 cd changer and metallic paint. Do you think it is a good price? I am still happy with my Accord (1990) w/180k miles. I little worried about all the MB C-Class quality issues on the message board. Please advise.
#6518 of 7297 apollo1010
Jul 03, 2003 (9:33 pm)
Is that with a manual transmission or with an automatic?
If the former, it's only about $1,500-$2,000 off of invoice, which isn't too great and not worth getting "used." If it's the latter, then it's definitely overpriced (unless there are some other options not mentioned. Also, when you say it has leather seats, do you mean the standard leather-trimmed seats that it comes with, or the full-leather package?
In quite a number of areas of the country you can get a C240 for not much more than invoice. Even Carsdirect.com had pricing (that ended June 30th, but maybe will come back) that was close to invoice in my area.
#6519 of 7297 Is C240 a good buy
Jul 03, 2003 (10:07 pm)
wmquan, thanks for the response - the car comes with auto, and full - leather package. Can you kindly suggest sites that I can check out for close to invoice price. I checked edmunds and they seem to just TMV that is Invoice + $500. Thanks.
Jul 05, 2003 (12:55 am)
Can you tell me where did you purchase your car in new york city?
I am trying to hard to find a c230 seden with xenons and is having a hard time trying to find one.
#6521 of 7297 C230 Sport vs. C320 Sport
Jul 05, 2003 (4:21 pm)
Has anyone spent any time comparing the C230 Sport vs. C320 Sport? I drove both and they were surprisingly close. The C230 has just a bit rougher and noisier and had just a bit of hesitation compared to the C320. I'd like to hear other opinions, especially if you're a driver who leans more to the sporty side than the luxury side. I'm also considering the BMW 330i, Volvo S60R, and Infiniti G35.
#6522 of 7297 noretoday
Jul 07, 2003 (3:28 pm)
got the car in prestige mercedes in Paramus NJ, salsperson was very correct and no pressure at all try them
#6523 of 7297 Invoice Prices
Jul 08, 2003 (2:28 pm)
I'm a long time lurker on this board, and have found your input & discussions over the past few months very helpful. I recently placed an order for a 2004 C320 Sport Sedan and was quoted $500 over invoice price (which isn't available yet btw). The car will be ready for delivery around the last week of August.
Does anyone know if the invoice prices listed on Edmunds.com include the MB "advertising fee"? My dealer said that they don't, so he's adding a $400 advertising fee to whatever the invoice price turns out to be, which means that I'm really paying $900 over the Edmunds invoice. Does this sound right to you? TIA for your help.
Jul 08, 2003 (7:17 pm)
This is one of the worst years for auto sales in a long time. I wouldn't pay over invoice much less the 'advertising fee'. Is the dealer that convenient for you that you'd be willing to pay $900 more?