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#448 of 1295 2008 C-Class Test Drive- Take An Airsick Bag
Oct 01, 2007 (2:18 pm)
I test drove a 350 C-Class Sport last weekend on the highway and city streets. Honestly, this thing rode and bounced like the shocks needed to be replaced!!! My expectation of a Benz's ride is smoother than a BMW, but still sporty. I took it on city streets and the interstate for a good 20 minutes. I sped up and I did the speed limit. I alternated between comfort and sport suspension modes,but the result was the same. Understand me now, I do know how a firm sport suspension is supposed to feel- where you feel the road, but not in your body. This is more like where even the slightest dip in the road felt like you were in a 1978 Pontiac Bonneville. Anyone else have this experience? I left disappointed and underwhelmed after "they promised me a Mercedes Benz" and all the quality engineering hype.
Anyone agree/disagree? Did I have a defective vehicle? Was it just not broken in? This one had just come in that day I was told.
#449 of 1295 lease experience 2008 C300 Luxury
Oct 01, 2007 (2:32 pm)
After 2 weeks of email negotiating I have a 2008 C300 Luxury with P1, Navigation, and iPod. Leased from John Sisson in Washington, PA. MSRP 39,910, Cap Cost 37,333 which included advertising and dealer prep., 61% RV, MF 0.0029 39 months at 1000 mi/mo. All in all a fairly pleasant experience. Initially no dealer would negotiate so I contracted with a lease consultand out of Fla. and he got me a better than MSRP deal. When I went back to the dealer with this deal in hand they were more receptive. I had to pay the guy in Fla 395 but still saved more with a better deal here.
#450 of 1295 Re: 2008 C-Class Test Drive- Take An Airsick Bag [amixam]
by kyfdx HOST
Oct 02, 2007 (4:36 am)
Most cars are shipped with blocks on the suspension.. To decrease bouncing while in transit.
I'd guess that the dealership tech neglected to remove them before your test drive.
The tire pressure may not have been checked, either. Usually, they increase the pressure for shipping.
#451 of 1295 Re: 2008 C-Class Test Drive- Take An Airsick Bag [kyfdx]
Oct 02, 2007 (9:29 am)
Thanks I figured it had to be something like that. It was so uncharacteristic for that brand. Looking at the posts for the deals some have gotten on '07 models, that may be a better way to go anyhow.
#452 of 1295 Re: 2008 C-Class Test Drive- Take An Airsick Bag [amixam]
Oct 02, 2007 (5:37 pm)
I looked hard at the 08; drove it in Europe; but ended up buying an 07. Much lower cost, 6-speed manual with the big engine, and nicer curves...I like the interior better in the 07 as well. All that said, if the 07 C350 hadn't been $10k cheaper, I probably would have bought another BMW.
#453 of 1295 Re: 2008 C-Class Test Drive- Take An Airsick Bag [amixam]
Oct 03, 2007 (10:57 am)
This is in response to the following:
"I alternated between comfort and sport suspension modes,but the result was the same."
This new (nor old) C class does not have a comfort or sport SUSPENSION mode. It does have an option to put the transmission in comfort or sport mode. Comfort mode starts the transmission in second gear, sport mode in first gear.
I have not driven the new '08 C class, but I do own the 2005 C230K sedan with sport package. The ride is very smooth especially during highway cruising. Mercedes are know for their comfortable ride. I suspect that you were had a car that in some way was abused. I highly suggest going for another test drive prior to making your car purchase decision. Best of luck.
#454 of 1295 No discounts in Orlando
Oct 03, 2007 (2:56 pm)
Testdrove a C300 Sport at Mercedes Benz of South Orlando (right by Millenia Mall) and there are no discounts on this right now. Some vehicles are actually marked up due to the supposedly high demand. Units with multimedia package have a 5K premium as an example. Supposedly, only 1000 units have this option. Rather skeptical about that, but I think I'll wait for all the hoopla to die down. Sales folks were rather aggressive in selling the vehicle. Kinda unusual for something that's supposedly in high demand. I mean, the vehicle should sell itself, right? I wasn't expecting the sales pressure.
#455 of 1295 Re: No discounts in Orlando [crikey]
Oct 03, 2007 (7:05 pm)
This story repeats itself whenever a new promising vehicle appears - a temporary shortage in supply compared to pent-up demand. MB sold over 6,000 Cs last month - last year during September they sold over 4,000 even when most buyers knew a new model was on it's way. The C class is their volume leader so deals will be had. My guess is early next year. The economy does impact the sales of "affordable" cars more than luxury cars. So a softer economy will impact sales of the C class more so than the S class.
The last three cars I bought were all hot when they first arrived. You know sold at MSRP plus whatever else they could load up on the car - plus they were doing me a favor selling me the car. I waited six months and got a good deal. If I had waited even longer, probably could have gotten an even better deal.
#456 of 1295 Price offered
Oct 04, 2007 (6:19 am)
Perhaps my post belongs in this section?
Local dealer (Tampa Bay Area) offered to order C300 Luxury in metallic paint for $32,300 (34,500 OTD (6%tax)... no other options --- for old people like us, it is easier to set a budget and then deal in OTD figures. We tried to compare what we get at Lexus and Acura.
We are OK with waiting a few months and we are not interested in any of the premium packages MB is offering on C300 Lux. We set a firm 34k OTD budget. What do you all think? Is 34.5k OTD too much (I guess for a buyer every number is too much) for C300 Lux with no other options but metallic paint?
We looked at the EDProgram ... the local dealer wants to match it.
#457 of 1295 Re: No discounts in Orlando [drtravel]
Oct 04, 2007 (6:58 am)
There are rumors, though, that European makes manufactured outside of North America will need to bump up prices in the near future in order to compensate for the still-devaluating US greenback. So, there may be quite a bit of a price hike in the near future. Maybe not for this model year, but maybe for next model year. There's even talk of manufacturers deliberately minimizing production prior to the supposed price hike. Hopefully, we won't see such a drastic price increase.