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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Hatchback, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#458 of 1295 Re: Price offered [be325]
Oct 05, 2007 (4:35 pm)
Given the configuration you mentioned, the invoice is $32,032 and the MSRP is $34,385. Thus you're paying about $270 over invoice or $2k+ off MSRP.
I've been pricing the C300 & C350 Sport in my state (California) and most dealerships are not willing to negotiate more than a few hundred dollars off MSRP. I finally found two dealerships willing to accept $250 over invoice, but this was after contacting about 15 MB dealerships in both Southern and Northern California and negotiating quite a bit....so I'd say your offer was very good.
I don't think you could beat the price until the 2009 models arrive and even then it probably won't be a significant amount over what you already negotiated.
#459 of 1295 $6k off MSRP on 2007 C230 OR $2k off on 2008 C300
Oct 05, 2007 (8:10 pm)
Any thoughts on whether to buy an '07 C230 Sport or an '08 C300 Sport? Configured w/my preferred options, both have an MSRP of approximately $34k. I am able to procure offers of $6k off MSRP on the '07 and $2k off on the '08. The OTD difference in cost is apprx $4500.
The '07 seems to be a better 'value' especially since I usually sell my existing car and purchase a new one every few yrs (I already looked into leasing and buying is better for me). Any thoughts on the pros & cons of purchasing the "old" bodystyle & the value of the '07?
Also, I have an '03 SLK320 that handles wells and has a lot of power. I've driven several C230 loaners over the years while my vehicle is being serviced, but never in conditions that required rapid acceleration etc. Will the C-class, especially the '07, seem to lag in comparison to an SLK?
#460 of 1295 Re: $6k off MSRP on 2007 C230 OR $2k off on 2008 C300 [jurisdr]
Oct 06, 2007 (5:58 pm)
I made a similar decision about the 07 versus 08 back in August. I was comparing 350-350, so it was a fair fight. The discount on the 07 outweighed the novelty of the 08. My discount was $10k. Also, the 07 came with a 6 speed manual and the big engine--the 08 does not.
I don't think you're comparing apples to apples. The new C300 will smoke the 07 230. Given your quandary, I'd push for a couple grand more off the 08 and go that way.
#461 of 1295 Fine car..need a good dealer in NJ
Oct 07, 2007 (4:49 pm)
Overall I am in like the 2008 C350. There is a new CURE edition which comes fully loaded, the dealer is saying he will sell this only at MSRP which is around 44K... which i feel is really 2 much... has anyone in New Jersey or nearby state bought this CURE edition or the regular C350 for below the MSRP? Please post your comments if there is a dealer in New Jersey who can offer a good deal...thanks The dealer in Lawrenceville, NJ quoted that they dont sell below MSRP . If anyone ordered this car, whats the best price so far in n around NJ? About the car..I would agree to some extent that initially when you hit the gas there is no immediate response & there is also some wind noise when ur at 80-90+
#462 of 1295 Re: Price offered [jurisdr]
Oct 08, 2007 (6:40 am)
Thanks xxx,JD for your comments.
Do you know that MB charges C300 Lux buyers $260 extra for the Lux Grille? This must be a rip-off.