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#728 of 1636 Phoenix purchase of C-230 goes very smoothly -- and quickly.
Dec 18, 2001 (11:03 am)
This week I took delivery of my C-230 Sports Coupe here in Phoenix. I highly recommend the dealership -- Schumacher European of Scottsdale -- as well as my salesperson, Dianne Hamilton. I was treated professionally, with great respect and courtesy. There was no pressure of any kind. I was able to test drive the car in a variety of driving conditions. She was as candid and forthright as any automobile salesperson I’ve ever dealt with.
As a result of reading this forum closely, as well as all the C-230 reviews as I could locate on the web, I knew I wanted a White C-230 Sports Coupe finished in Oyster Leather, with automatic transmission, Wheel Package (C7), Premium Package (C5), Value Added Package (C1) and Integrated Timeport Phone and CD Changer (K2).
I was fully expecting that such a car would have to be built to my specifications, and that it would take anywhere from eight to twelve weeks to deliver. However the management of this dealership quickly went to work on my behalf, and within a few hours was able to locate a White C-230 Coupe which had just arrived at the port in Los Angeles, already equipped exactly as I wanted. They were able to work out a “swap” with another dealer, and I was able to take delivery of my new car here in Phoenix eight days later.
I purchased the car outright. With only two Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the Phoenix area, and only three in the entire state, I was unable to obtain price reductions as sometimes found in states with greater dealer populations. However, this dealership was able to offer me the full current Blue Book trade-in value on my 2000 Infiniti I30t. (It also provided an interior sunshade, and two silver key rings.)
As anticipated, the car handles beautifully with the 17” wheel package. It’s four cylinder 192 hp Kompressor engine provides plenty of acceleration, reaching 60 mph almost as rapidly as the six cylinder 227 hp engine in my Infinity I-30t. The Power Seats and telescoping steering wheel can be set at a very comfortable driving position for my six foot frame. The Bose Sound System is impressive. The Timeport cell phone docked in the console brings the voices of those I call through the car’s speakers crisply and cleanly. The glass roof gives this small car a more roomy feeling than I expected from a coupe. While rear visibility at the corners is not the best, the car’s build, at this point anyway, seems to be flawless. (My dealership informed me that my car was among those randomly selected at the LA port by Mercedes inspectors to be evaluated in terms of drive and build quality, accounting for the 65 miles on the odometer at delivery.)
This car, my first Mercedes-Benz, is a joy to drive, and meets all of my expectations. If anyone has any specific questions, I would be happy to respond.
#729 of 1636 Hi pnd2- Welcome to the Hatchbacks Message Board...
Dec 18, 2001 (2:53 pm)
and congratulations on your new MB C230! Sounds like you had a very good purchase experience. We appreciate you sharing all the details... and look forward to hearing more. Happy motoring!
Hatchbacks / Station Wagons / Women's Auto Center Boards
#730 of 1636 Another practicality test
Dec 20, 2001 (11:14 am)
Has anyone yet tried to fit an 8ft long 2"x4" board in their C230 yet?
I expect that with the back seats down and snaking it between the driver & passenger that you should be able to close the hatch...
PS for Tom: did Bill's alternate rims fit OK?
Dec 20, 2001 (4:23 pm)
Haven't tried a 2X4 (may not be able to close the hatch), but a few days ago I brought home a 5' Douglas Fir Christmas tree with the hatch closed and several packages...
#732 of 1636 Finally got my winter rim/tire combo put on today
Dec 20, 2001 (7:36 pm)
First of all, it took 2 hrs to get from Secaucus to Fairfield - 46 West was down to one lane, due to construction. Then, it took 3 hours for Bill & the boys to get comfortable with the steel rims on the car. First, they had to get different lug bolts for them, then they had to machine a couple of them down so that they were clearing everything. Luckily, I didn't want to be at work today anyway. The black rims look pretty good, actually.
Rock, have you tried to fit your rocking chair in the back area yet?
#733 of 1636 Rocker, actually I was thining Walker, p13
Dec 21, 2001 (4:08 pm)
But of course. Since I have to have it all the time I had a chance to put it in when I drove it. (BTW, we must have the same sick humor [I like that in a person] because I was thinking of giving you that shot). Have a Merry Christmas, my friend!
Dec 25, 2001 (7:09 pm)
Had to take a quick trip from SW VA to Memphis. 698 miles, 70 mph average and 30.1 mpg. Not bad for a car with less than 5000 miles on it! I'm pleased, not bad for a new car and an old man, eh p13?
#735 of 1636 Great car for a road trip, no?
Dec 26, 2001 (7:16 am)
I drove mine after 3 weeks of ownership from n. NJ to the Outer Banks; it's a really smooth car at high speeds, ain't it? Since it's Xmas time, I won't make any geriatric jokes today. 'Tis the season.
#736 of 1636 Need to change my user name !
Dec 28, 2001 (8:45 am)
Maybe I should change my name from "lukyme". First I hit this macho skunk with huge stink glands on the way home from picking up my new C230K. Now with 2500+ miles I get rear ended while stopped in traffic. Not very lucky.
However, I must say how impressed I am with how this car took the hit. This nice young lady rear ended me at about 25 mph. I see her coming, so I take my foot off the brake to try to ease the punch. Whamm. I thought for sure I would see a crunched rear end, complete with broken plexiglass, ect.
After making sure she was OK (Both of her Air Bags deployed), I was amazed to find hardly any noticeable damage to my car. Only noticed a little indentation on the bumper. However, the body shop found some minor hidden damage, but this car took the hit incredibly well. This car is built like a rock. I'm sold on MB.
Dec 28, 2001 (11:04 am)
I had a Taurus that got hit at about 25mph by some other driver while I was standing still at a light.
My car was totalled.