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#358 of 391 C-320 2001 totaled, what now?
Jul 27, 2006 (10:41 am)
This is cross-posted -- I posted on another Edmunds Forum and it was suggested I post here.
It has been a long time since I last posted on Edmunds. I bought a C320 in 2001 and because the paint was defective, Mercedes after much ado gave me another one. I loved that car......and also the help I received from this forum
Sunday at 1:00 AM, I was in a major accident on the 405N fwy, and the car was totaled. Lucky for me, I was not injured, other than some bruising from the airbags deploying on the driver side. Everyone who has seen the car told me I was blessed to have escaped injury.....the 320 and a guardian angel kept me safe
I was hit twice in the rear and it was hit and run. The first hit sent me spinning and careening across the fwy where I was hit again and headed for the cement wall. I ended up facing the oncoming traffic. The Highway Patrol found the original car that hit me within 15 minutes. I had also purchased a four-year extended warranty when I bought the car expecting to keep my car until 2008. I had a little under 31K
In the 320 2001, the E-class engine was used and the power and acceleration speed was one of the features I really enjoyed. I understand they no longer use the E-class engine.
Which 2006 C-class would be comparable to my C-320's power?
Is there a Lexus that would be comparable?
#359 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [michhala]
Jul 27, 2006 (10:48 am)
Sorry to hear about the accident. If you are looking for something with the C320's power, you basically have 2 options. The C350 might have a little bigger engine than the C320, and then the C280 (less sporty, more luxury appearance) would have a little less. I think there might be a C280 w/more hp, but not sure of it's name. For example how the C350 is basically a C230, but with a more powerful engine.
I'm not sure about Lexus' as I haven't been looking to purchase one, but those are my thoughts.
#360 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [michhala]
Jul 27, 2006 (9:13 pm)
Wow, sounds like quite an accidente, glad you're ok. MB's safety likely had a hand in that.
Right now the two C-Classes that would fit the bill are the C280 (228hp) and the C350 (268hp). The C350 used the same engine as the E350, which was the case with the C320/E320 back in 2001. The C350 is available in either Luxury or Sport trim. The C280 is only available in Luxury trim. Both cars have more power than your C320 so I'd suggest a test drive to determine what works best for you.
#361 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [sammya_md]
Jul 27, 2006 (10:31 pm)
Thank you Samya md, for your thoughts -- I priced a C350 2006 and it might work......I was told that the C350 engine is bigger than the C320 engine.
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#399 C350 2006 pricing by michhala Jul 27, 2006 (10:15 pm)
My 2001 C320 was totaled and I want to replace it with a 2006 C350. I was given a price for a new black on black with Xenon lights, TeleAid, and CD changer of $35,500 and with California Tax and License, the total is $38.771. The dealer has to have it shipped from another location
Please let me know if this is a good price.
The dealer had two in stock with Xenon, but not with TeleAid or CD changers. This would have been $33,500 not including tax and license.
#362 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [merc1]
Jul 27, 2006 (10:45 pm)
Hi merc1 -- thank you for your reply. I spent the afternoon at the Mercedes dealership, and the sales person suggested I should get the C350 because he was giving me a very good price. (See #361 on this thread), so I did not test drive the C280. I did not ask the pricing of the C280 either....I should have..... guess I am still a little muddled from the accident I was also told that the C350 engine uses less gas.
#363 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [michhala]
Jul 27, 2006 (10:51 pm)
Are you looking at C350 Luxury or Sport?
#364 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [merc1]
Jul 27, 2006 (11:07 pm)
merc1 -- I don't know if Luxury or Sport. There seems to be very few 2006 C350 with TeleAid and Zenon lights around. The CD changer is not on all cars either.....I am very surprised. So I guess I am looking for best price with these options.
Usually, I do a lot of research before I buy anything, but I am just anxious to get this over and done methinks. However, I am going back to the dealer tomorrow and will delve further into the C280 plus Luxury or Sport for the C350
#365 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [michhala]
Jul 28, 2006 (2:40 am)
Yeah that (sport vs. luxury) would make a big difference in ride and appearence, if such things matter to you. Let us know what happens!
#366 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [merc1]
Jul 28, 2006 (3:17 am)
The model of the C350 printout is C350W -- I am thinking it is the Luxury......but not sure. Will let y'all know what happens.
#367 of 391 Re: C-320 2001 totaled, what now? [merc1]
Jul 29, 2006 (7:01 pm)
I brought home the black/black 2006 C350 Luxury Sedan yesterday. It was the only one available with the Xenon, TeleAid and CD changer. It was found at another dealership Thursday night, but I did not tell the sales consultant I wanted it. However, on Friday because I realized there were not many around, I called my sales person and told him to ask the dealership that had the car to hold it for me, and I would be in later in the afternoon. When I got to my MB dealership around 4:30 PM on Friday, the car was there, detailed and waiting for me. I did not expect it before the beginning of the week since I was told it was 8 or 9 hours away and required $1500 shipping.
It seems my dealer transferred the car into inventory Thursday night even though I did not say I would buy the car then. As I understand it, my dealership sent a truck for it and I doubt if it was 8 or 9 hours away and required $1500 for transportation.
With the Xenon, CD changer and TeleAid, the purchase price was $35,500 before California tax and license, which brought it up to $38,477.
My attorney had his car broker try to find this car for me and came up with only one, which she said was probably mine, and the price she gave me was $34,200.....I mentioned this to the sales person and asked if they would split the difference, but he said they could not because of the $1500 "shipping".
That said, it is a lovely car and driving it is even better than my C320......and I think I got a good price.
Now I am looking for the MB 3-year extended-warranty and wondering if they are discounted. For my 2001 C320, I was able to buy an MB 4-year extended warranty for $1575 at Courtesy Motors in Chico, CA.....things have sure changed.