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#22166 of 22208 Re: A7 [plekto]
Apr 09, 2011 (5:26 pm)
I'll make my thoughts clear to the person I talk to when I pick up the car, but I doubt it will make much difference. Another simple thing, I'd like the homelink, self-dimming mirror, but it is part of a big package with other things I really don't want. It's available as a separate item in Germany. I like the feel of the sport steering wheel, but it's part of the sport package which has things in it I don't want - available as a separate option in Germany. Really expensive to have changed out here, as the airbags are different, so you have to buy that as well. The dealer can do it, but it is a $200 option in Germany to swap upon order processing, but in the order of $1400 here to have a dealer replace it (the airbag is expensive, and then they have a nearly new, but not, airbag and steering wheel you probably wouldn't get any credit for).
There are advantages to being tall, but it can be a major challenge in everyday life as well. The world is made for average people, tall or short are an afterthought. Every once in awhile, someone quite tall gets into a decision making position, and there's some exceptions on what's available, but the bean counters usually nix it.
Apr 15, 2011 (6:06 pm)
I'm seeing a fair number of otherwise optioned up E Class Mercedes in showrooms without leather but M B Tex. There must be a problem with MB's leather vendor. I can't see a luxury car mfg passing up the opportunity to gaffe the cusomter with an expensive option.
The interesting thing is that the MB Tex is standard and not an extra cost option, looks better, and lasts longer. This could be the start of something. I wish I had MB Tex on my Silverado. The General's leather is already cracking and wearing thin after only 3 years. (In contrast the leather on my 05 Cayenne looks hardly sat-in.)
#22168 of 22208 Re: Leather or MB tex [blckislandguy]
Apr 15, 2011 (8:08 pm)
All leathers for automobile use except for the highest-end full grain leathers are manufactured these days. Mercedes is at least honest about theirs not being real leather. Also, being that they were the first to make the stuff back in the 60s, (!), they ARE the standard by which the others try to (mostly unsuccessfully) copy.
#22169 of 22208 Re: Leather or MB tex [blckislandguy]
Apr 16, 2011 (8:44 am)
The General's leather is "ap-cray" as is Acura's.
MB Tex wears very well but their extra-cost leather's aromatic smell is almost itself worth the price of admission.
#22170 of 22208 Re: Leather or MB tex [carnaught]
Apr 16, 2011 (9:39 am)
Yeah, MB "Leather" is the real deal and is the same stuff that you find only in the top 1-2 vehicles at most other manufacturers. No fiber/cloth backing, no texturing, no crumbling apart at 3-4 years. Then again, you do have to maintain it.
Here's the deal - many major Mercedes dealers will retrofit your seats in your car to leather as an aftermarket service. It's only a little more cost than the leather package (since it's only the seats) and you can get the same leather as you get in the S class. The net result is a better grade seat than the OEM leather upgrade. Note - I live in Los Angeles, so there are a couple of dealers who do this if you want - ymmv in smaller cities, of course)
Most people don't know about it and don't bother with the extra 3K or so. I certainly would if I was buying something that cost 40-50K like most Mercedes do these days.
Aug 31, 2011 (5:28 pm)
Hay Phil----You still got the s5? darkish blue? Tony