Last post on Nov 07, 2007 at 6:25 PM
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
Jul 28, 2007 (3:14 pm)
The size of the car makes it look more appealing. My main complaint is the surface materials. The dash and console had far too much hard plastic. I'm not a fan of the Lexus IS' size but the materials inside are superior to this vehicle. Other than that the car was par for the course. Nothing too exciting or too bad. I do love the new exterioir design.
#3 of 9 C 300 Sport AT vs. my 2005.5 A4 MT
Aug 11, 2007 (4:44 pm)
My A4 lease is up in Feb and I could not wait until then to go see the C300 so I went over to the dealer today.
I am trying to decide about buying the A4 when lease is up - contract residual is about $21,500- or finding something else. The new A4 won't be available until Sept 08, or thereabouts, and I don't think I can extend my lease that long.
The C300 Sport felt very nice - better than the A4. Inside materials and ergonomics are just as good as the Audi. I've always liked the smoothness of a 6 cyl vs a boosted 4 and the Audi has a booming bred into it with the direct injection that has always put me off. The suspension felt good to me. The 4MATIC C300 will be available in Sept or Oct so I will test that as well and the Acura TL.
First impression, from a brief ride, the new A4 will need to be real good to top the Benz.
#4 of 9 Re: C 300 Sport AT vs. my 2005.5 A4 MT [taxman10]
Aug 13, 2007 (9:50 am)
I have the same A4 and have driven the C300 Sport twice. First - if you like your current Audi (which if it's like mine has heated rear seats in the 2.0 version which are no longer available) you may want to contact Audi financial to see about buying out your lease. They don't want the cars back - and are offering 1.9% - 3.9% financing (depending on the term)..For the same payment as a lease on a new C series, you could own your Audi in 3 years without much cash out of pocket.
As for the cars - BMW outperforms both, so if you're interested in performance you're making the wrong comparisons. If it's style - I personally think the fit and finish of the Audi is superior - and while the front of the new Benz has some nice style, the back looks pretty dull. What's probably most attractive about the new benz is that it's new, and will sell well at its price point simply because of that. If you want to follow or lead the crowd, then go with the C-class
#5 of 9 mercedes c-class
Aug 13, 2007 (2:56 pm)
I have to wonder if Mercedes gets it. Yes the exterior does not look so vanilla anymore, but compared to other cars like the Audi A4 the interior is atrocious. Way too much plastic for a Mercedes. As BMW and Mercedes lead the way for more Spartan interiors, I think Audi's interior gets better by the second.
#6 of 9 Driving C-300 Luxury & Sport
Sep 07, 2007 (6:18 am)
Impressions as we all know are very personal so I describe mine. Last night we took Luxury (iridium Silver/Black MB-Tex) and Sport (Paladium Silver/Gray MB-Tex)for a short drive. We liked the wood in Luxury. The cabin was very quiet and we thought the ride was soft. Ours was loaded with all possible options (41k). Too many buttons on the dashboard but overall we thought it was a pleasant environment. The ride in Sport was slightly stiffer in our opinion. We liked Luxury and we would like to get one with metallic paint, AT and no other options. We liked the front grill on the Sport and asked salesperson if we could 'swap' at delivery. He was new and didn't know. We'll ask someone at the parts department. Now we have time to reflect if and when to get it. IS250 didn't do much for us but we didn't discard it yet.
#7 of 9 2008 MB C300 windshield wipers
Nov 07, 2007 (6:10 am)
Endure what may be a stupid question. I am driving a loaner new C300 sport off the lot while they try to find and fix a persistent squeal in my 280SLK. I am interested in the C300 but noticed yesterday that the windshield wipers seem way too small, wiping only about 50-60% of the windshield. I almost had to lower my head to see the cleaned area. Whats with this? Wrong blades? Poor design? So bad it would rule this car out for me. Thanks for your insights.
#8 of 9 Re: 2008 MB C300 windshield wipers [hrussell1]
Nov 07, 2007 (12:44 pm)
Wrong blades. The car is shipped with mini-blades that are supposed to be replaced at PDI time. Sounds like this one slipped through.
Our C300 Lux has some of the best wipers of any car we've owned - I really like the "frameless" free-form design - they do a great job.
#9 of 9 Re: 2008 MB C300 windshield wipers [jrct9454]
Nov 07, 2007 (6:25 pm)
Thanks for responding. Spoke with the dealer who also said these were just for shipment and he should have replaced them.
Glad to hear the right ones do such a great job!