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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#189 of 1300 Latest C-Class Consumer Reports 2005
Mar 06, 2005 (3:04 pm)
Has anyone seen the latest Consumer Reports Best of 2005 CARS Edition? Looks like Mercedes-Benz is near the bottom. Their whole line including the C-class are listed as cars to avoid, simply because of reliability. On the other hand, the Acura TL and BMW 3-Series were in fact highly recommended. It looks like they really like the C-class in terms features, drive, and comfort. But again, because of its below average reliability, they don't recommend it. I am interested in picking up a C230k (or a Acura TSX/TL or a 2006 BMW), but I am now hesitant on going with MB, even if I get a near or below invoice deal. Anyway, I would like hear thoughts or experiences on what others have to say about the latest Consumer Reports April 2005 issue.
#190 of 1300 Re: Latest C-Class Consumer Reports 2005 [suniljm]
Mar 06, 2005 (4:44 pm)
It just means that statistically speaking, you're more likely to have some more problems with a C-class than a TL. If that really bothers you, you should get a TL.
There's a chance you may get a C230K that beats the average, or is worse than the average, just like there's a chance you can get a TSX/TL that'll be a lemon. The surveys report what people have experienced to date.
If you're worried about reliability, it wouldn't be wise to buy the first year of the new 3-series.
#191 of 1300 Discussion
Mar 06, 2005 (6:40 pm)
Let's keep this focused on prices paid and buying experience. If you would like to compare vehicles, please do so in the appropriate discussion (e.g., sedans).
Thank you for the cooperation.
#192 of 1300 Obnoxious car dealership- Ewing Autohaus Plano, TX
Mar 11, 2005 (8:27 pm)
During my lunch break I decided to go and test drive the C320. After entering the huge showroom, I could not find the car I was interested in. They only had about 4 expensive models inside. I was looking for some assistance. After a few minutes someone approached me and asked what I needed. When I told him I wanted to test drive a C320 he said that he was a used car salemen and someone from the new car dept. would assist me. I waited for a few more minutes and had the same experience with another used car salesmen. Someone told me to go speak to the receptionist. She was elderly and was yapping her mouth off to her fried on the phone, small talk, barely noticing me even though I was standing right by her. I stood by her for a few minutes and still did not get any attention from anyone. I finally left and another salesmen at the door asked me what I wanted. I said I would come back later and left. I was really ticked off at the treatment of these jerks!
Here I go on my lunch break and all I get is rude discourteous service. They probably saw me drive in my 99 Accord and felt I was not rich enough to get their attention or maybe my appearance did not gain them their respect. There were many employees in the showroom, but seems like I was probably the only customer.
I am thinking of writing to the BM manufacturer and complaining about their treatment. Anyone have similar experience? Please do share-
And yes, please avoid Ewing autohaus in Plano Texas if possible.
#193 of 1300 FLA C230K Purchase
Mar 12, 2005 (12:36 pm)
I just left the MB Dealer - for a 2005 230K Sedan, Automatic, Sunroof, Lighting Package, Power Drivers Seat/Wheel, they quoted me a price of $32,500. Ran it past two other dealers, and they would not match the price.
This is for a brand new, zero mileage car - several in stock. Any opinions on this price? Not quite the $1k below sticker I was targeting, but fairly close. By the way, this is in the Tampa Bay area....any thoughts!?!
#194 of 1300 FLA C230k Purchase ADDENDUM
Mar 12, 2005 (12:37 pm)
....oh, the car also included the 6 disc CD changer. ...sticker price was a shade under $35k.
Mar 12, 2005 (5:18 pm)
I understand your frustration, but I think, really, they do things differently at an MB dealership. Go up to the receptionist and ask for a client adviser -- you'll get one.
Mar 12, 2005 (5:26 pm)
You didn't state the color, but assuming this is for a metallic paint color, then MSRP (according to Edmunds) is $35,640 and invoice is $33,198. So, their offer is $698 below invoice. If a standard paint color, invoice is $32,565 and so that's still below invoice. And don't forget, their invoice could include a $500 IRG (advertising fee) so their offer could be $1198 or $565 below their true invoice. Sounds good to me.
#197 of 1300 Re: hkusp40c [postoak]
Mar 12, 2005 (6:07 pm)
Not a metallic color - going with either Red or Black with a Black interior.
One other question - anyone think that the Entertainment package is worth the price?
#198 of 1300 Re: Obnoxious car dealership- Ewing Autohaus Plano, TX [amt7565]
Mar 13, 2005 (11:30 pm)
This sort of thing happens at any high end dealership. I've had the samething happen to me at an MB, Lexus, Infiniti and believe it or not an Acura store. I say ignore them, the dealer. There is really nothing the manufacturer can do about a situation like this. I'd just go to another dealer.