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Lexus GS 430, Acura RL, BMW 5 Series, Volvo S80, Audi A6, Infiniti M35, Infiniti M45, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Cadillac STS, Sedan
#9682 of 10348 Re: help! [bw45sport]
Dec 18, 2008 (9:51 am)
I was a Benz driver for 20 years. I purchased a 2003 SL500 and was one of the unlucky ones (my research indicated that upwards of 40% of us were unlucky) who had MAJOR electrical problems.
I've seen more lemon law buyback '03-'05 SLs on eBay than any other car I can remember. Sometimes there were upwards of 10 or 15 sitting there. If your roof actually opened and closed on a regular basis, consider yourself fortunate.
#9683 of 10348 Re: help! [bw45sport]
Dec 19, 2008 (3:47 pm)
I was an Audi driver for almost 7 years. If not for the extended warranty purchased at time of sale for $2300.00, the car would have bankrupted me over cost of repairs. Purchased an A6 2.7T new in 2000 for $42,200 and sold in 2006 w/ 100,000 miles for $11,500 and lucky to get that price. These are cars that should be leased for 3 years and then returned just as the warranty runs out. Very fortunate to find an independent shop that knows these cars and would accept the numerous extended warranty claims. The dealer became too hard to deal with towards the end of the factory 3 year warranty. Don't buy a car anymore.....buy the dealer. I don't mind paying retail if the service dept. follows through. Thought owning an Audi might make the customer somewhat special....in the end it just makes the customer broke.
Dec 19, 2008 (8:16 pm)
This is entirely unreadable.
Please repost with paragraphs and SOME white space.
#9685 of 10348 Re: help! [markcincinnati]
Dec 20, 2008 (7:48 am)
While you make an excellent point in terms of readability, the member has posted it enough in enough other forums that it really doesn't need to be posted anymore.
#9686 of 10348 Re: help! [d5a]
Dec 20, 2008 (2:48 pm)
unfortunate story...but the net of this is that you should always pick up a car on a sunny day and take the time to look it over carefully. If you find any problems, have the dealer write them down on his service ticket and have him write down that these problems were there when you picked up the car and would be fixed at no charge to you....and have the sales manager sign it.
Many years ago, I bought a BMW 320 with light color seats. When I arrived to pick up the car, the seats were filthy....it was obviously a demo car or something else. I refused to take the car. Had I taken the car, they never would have fixed it....it would have been my fault.
Hate to say it...but it's always buyer beware. No matter what the sales droid says, you need to have something in writing signed by a manager (service or sales) if you find anything wrong.
sounds like you are going to have an endless problem with Mercedes. I'm sure there are some dealers that would help, but there are always good and bad dealers. Sounds like you have one of the louses.
#9687 of 10348 Re: help! [markcincinnati]
Dec 23, 2008 (4:58 pm)
This is entirely unreadable.
I certainly agree, Mark, and said as much in another board.
Since this is your most recent post, and they've become much rarer of late, I'll take this opportunity to wish another long-timer a happy holiday season.
Hope you're enjoying your A4.
#9688 of 10348 Re: help! [cdnpinhead]
Dec 24, 2008 (2:28 am)
Happy Holidays to all.
#9689 of 10348 Mercedes E350 no charge sport option, pro's vs con's
Dec 24, 2008 (4:04 pm)
I will be leasing a E350 before the end of the year. The dealer is discounting the sport package equipped models( no charge option) . I am curious bout the differences in comfort, handling, tire wear and other opinions on the Sport option package vs standard luxury package. I like the looks but dont want to sacrifice the ride quality and am curious how much it is affected. Thanks
#9690 of 10348 Re: Mercedes E350 no charge sport option, pro's vs con's [revras]
Dec 24, 2008 (4:28 pm)
Just got off my '07 E350 Sport lease. Overall I was satisfied (except for an abysmal dealer). The Sport model has the dual chrome exhausts, different wheels and black wood interior appointments with white gauges The tire treads tend to wear out earlier and are more costly & noisy than the non-sport tires. The ride is definitely harder but more fun to drive, especially for spirited driving in comparison to the non-sport. It is more fun to drive than be the passenger.
In summary: I could have done without the black wood on the interior. Exterior-wise, it is much nicer looking than the non-sport. Other than minor issues, I would get the Sport again. Being a no charge option, it is a "no brainer" IMHO.
#9691 of 10348 Re: Mercedes E350 no charge sport option, pro's vs con's [carnaught]
Dec 31, 2008 (8:54 am)
There are too many posts in these forums about lousy Mercedes dealers. I wonder if Daimler-Benz doesn't care?