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You are in the Mercedes-Benz C-Class
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#20 of 301 Product specialist in Georgia
Sep 21, 2007 (6:41 pm)
Hello all, I used to be a Product specialist for BMW but just switched to Mercedes. Any questions regarding the New 2008 C or any of the other models, please feel free to direct to me. I can also answer availability concerns in the North Georgia Area starting October 1 2007..
I used to post on the boards as KandG and have written stuff in the LR3 forums, 300zx z32, and for the BMW E46 3 series,
#21 of 301 Re: mercedes Vs cadillac CTS [manybmws]
Sep 21, 2007 (7:23 pm)
It'll take a few years to determine which of these, if either, are worthy in terms of reliability/longevity.
The people who drive them (as you've done) will bring us the information we need.
Sep 22, 2007 (7:17 am)
Does anyone know if its possible to install an override piece so one can view the Dvd while driving? i heard of navigation video input adapters, but wanted to know if anyone has managed to put it?
#23 of 301 Re: Dvd bypass [electrician]
Sep 22, 2007 (8:31 am)
hi, i myself was interested in getting this answer, however, MB will of course not encourage it since it is against the law for them to do it. I then started to research to have another system installed which was still top of the line and included the back up video in it, the same issue arised the DVD had to be disabled while driving, which can be done, however, the problem now is the car being new and system only designed for this particular make of car, whomever is installing the multimedia will have to fabricate their own mounting kit. I am sure the dvd can be disabled, its a wire which needs to be disarmed so it will play while the car is on drive, it has something to do with disabling 1 wire which is hooked up to the handbreak. I know I will investigate after I buy the system, my friend has done this to his own system but its a PIONEER not HARMON KARDON, its just looking for that right wire, however, it worries me, it might void the warranty once someone else touches the electrical system. It surprised me that DVD will play on park, well, who will be watching the DVD while on park and draining the battery? Hope this helped you. I will also research the fact if a back up video can be installed as a kit with this system as an extra feature.
#24 of 301 Re: Dvd bypass [casper1022]
Sep 22, 2007 (10:36 am)
thanks for the shared input , i have gotten word that a company by the name of NavTV HAS a module that is supposed to override this issue. i will further investigate and see if they really support this car since its a 08 model
#25 of 301 Re: Mercedes Vs Cadillac CTS [cdnpinhead]
Sep 23, 2007 (4:30 pm)
I would consider comparing lease rates because the Cadillac will depreciate more than Mercedes if you purchase.
As long as it is under warranty, initial reliability will be a MB problem, not yours.
#26 of 301 Re: Mercedes Vs Cadillac CTS [mitchflorida]
Sep 23, 2007 (5:03 pm)
". . .initial reliability will be a MB problem, not yours. . ."
Well, yeah, kinda. The reality of dropping off a car for a warranty repair & picking it up later, even with a loaner, is that it takes a noticeable chunk of time out of your day. Sometimes it becomes several chunks. I'm not at all interested in learning the first names of all the people in the service department.
You may be.
#27 of 301 Re: Mercedes Vs Cadillac CTS [cdnpinhead]
Sep 23, 2007 (6:49 pm)
How reliable have recent C-class cars been?
Been a while since I sold a '98 ML 320. That WAS a nightmare.
Can't believe I am considering a new C-class.
#28 of 301 Re: mercedes Vs cadillac CTS [manybmws]
Sep 25, 2007 (11:42 am)
still leaning towards the CTS for the $$...simply adding the performance group on the CTS gets me what I want at about 37K MSRP...and going through my buying service saves me about 1500 off MSRP at the moment.......also looking at scheduled maintenance and costs....MB prices and schedule seem more than that of the CTS....when I see plugs replaced at 30k I wonder to be honest......at least the is the routine maintenance schedule at one of the local MB dealerships here in northern VA.....
#29 of 301 Re: Mercedes Vs Cadillac CTS [cdnpinhead]
Sep 29, 2007 (6:42 am)
". . .initial reliability will be a MB problem, not yours. . ." Ever heard the phrase, "time is money?" The MB dealer is a 30 minute drive (45 in rush time). I have better things to do with my time, and I would rather be driving my car than a loaner.