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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Coupe, Hatchback, Sedan
#86 of 306 I have a Mercedes C300
Jan 02, 2008 (5:24 pm)
I ordered mine in mid-November and picked it up on December 20, 2007. I have a C 300 Sport, white with black interior, P1, Manual 6 speed transmission (because I love manuals) and the 18" AMG wheels. Coming from a 2003 Passat (which I loved), I had considerd many cars, including the 335i coupe and sedan. The new B8 Audi A4 was also in the running. I deceided on the Benz in August when I saw it in-person. All of the other choices disappeared from my thoughts. I am quite happy with my decision. I decided to go with a one-pay lease, but negotiated a price that was $495 over invoice. At the end of 27 months with no payments, I can buy the car for $24,750.00. I definitely intend to buy it. This car is very nice. Maybe a little short on hp, but well worth the price. Even with the sport suspension it rides great. Last year, my best friend bought a 335i with the sport package and few other options for close to $50,000. When he rode in my car this weekend, he said "if this would have been available when I was looking, I would have chosen it over the 335i." Don't get me wrong, I love the 335i, but the C300, in my opinion, has a presence that can't be matched by any of the other vehicles I considered.
-My Passat was heavily modified. Modifications included H&R sport springs, Bilstein struts/ shocks and 18" wheels. With those modifications, the ride was better than my friend's 335i with the sport package. The C300 Sport has a firm ride, but it is not harsh or jittery. It feels great and the handling is quite sharp.
-Some members asked about the C300 Luxury transmission. It only comes with an automatic and the higer price is about equivalent to the C300 Sport with the automatic option.
-Your iPod has to be turned all the way up when it is plugged into the aux port. I thought mine was malfunctioning until I turned up the volume. The dealership did my bluetooth sync and it works great. I need to figure out how to send my phonebook (business card) to the car though.
Anyway, I hope my review of the car helps prospective buyers.
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#87 of 306 Re: I have a Mercedes C300 [derspeed]
Jan 03, 2008 (5:33 am)
". . .I hope my review of the car helps. . ."
Be sure to come back every six months or so and let us know how it's going. The main issue MB has to overcome is the abysmal reliability reputation that's been accumulated over the past several years, especially related to electrical/electronic components.
Good luck, and enjoy,
Jan 03, 2008 (6:50 am)
We are now at the 5 month point, with 5500 miles on our C300 Lux.
We have no issues to report. Everything works.
The ride-handling compromise continues to be the most impressive feature of the car - both are a distinct improvement over the W203 C-class, and I think beats the E90 BMW 3er. The latter is the better handler, but at the expense of a harder ride and more road noise.
Just couldn't be happier at this point, with the exception that I would have preferred to have the 2.2 diesel.
#89 of 306 Day-time running lights
Jan 04, 2008 (8:30 am)
I am not sure if this question belongs in this section.
Our new C300 Lux we programmed for the day-time running lights. I believe there is a safety issue in having them on ... as other people can see you better. Perhaps, it is unnecessary because it is not required by the law, unless it is raining. Does any one know if these headlights always work at a 100% of their capacity? I remember other car makers advbertizing that their day-time lights were operating at 33% capacity (during the day) to extend their longevity and still make you more visible.
#90 of 306 Suggestions...
Jan 04, 2008 (11:13 am)
all of your posts are very informative. thanks for all your help so far. would asking $30,500 cash out the door be low balling them? Is anyone here in the So Cal area? for those who own the c300 sport, what is the most inconvenient feature? what is a good reason why this is a good buy even though it's a 1st gen car?
thanks in advance for your input.
#91 of 306 Having trouble with C300 navigation
Jan 04, 2008 (2:10 pm)
I have the C300 2008 Luxury Sedan with the PI, PII and Multimedia packages.
When I first started using the built-in navigation system, the audible commands from the system (turn left, turn right, etc.) were very audible.
Now they are very soft, to the point that I have to turn down the radio to almost off to hear them.
Is there some setting that controls the volume of the navigation system audible commands?
#92 of 306 Re: Day-time running lights [be325]
Jan 05, 2008 (6:49 am)
The DTLs run at a reduced level compared with the conventional headlights.
Law or no law, they are a good idea.
But for real low visibility situations, you need to use the regular headlight switch choices - only these turn on the headlights to full lumens, and most importantly, light up the taillights. The automatic feature can do this for you, but there are times when the only thing to do is intervene yourself and make sure you're showing full lighting both forward and backward.
In any case, if the DTLs were unavailable, I'd run with the headlights on. You need all the help you can get as insurance against drivers and pedestrians who are too busy talking on the phone or otherwise not paying full attention.
#93 of 306 Re: I have a Mercedes C300 [derspeed]
Jan 06, 2008 (11:44 am)
Agree. Just bought a C300 sport - automatic. Liked it much better than a BMW 5-Series (used) I test drove. Mostly because it fit me better and handled better. Paid list price, but I didn't think I had a lot of room to negotiate. I've yet to see another one on the road.
I had the iPod integration kit installed and am now questioning that decision a bit because I now don't have the port available and would like to have satellite radio. I should have picked the model with the Satellite radio option already installed. The integration is nice though and I use my iPod a lot - I just keep a second iPod in the glove box. I don't have the issue you have with volume because it is all handled through the sound system. Not sure what to do about the Satellite radio issue now.
#94 of 306 Re: I have a Mercedes C300 [lkmc01]
Jan 06, 2008 (1:58 pm)
I will probably do the iPod integration kit in the spring. My C stays stored during the winter as it's mainly a toy. Is the integration kit worth it? My salesman talked me out of it, but after living with just the jack, I think it would be a worthwhile upgrade. I want to get the spoiler and install clear-bra first though.
#95 of 306 Re: Day-time running lights [jrct9454]
Jan 07, 2008 (6:13 am)
Very good response .... lots of common sense in it about safety.