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Old 01-10-2011, 12:15 AM
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Hi Albert -

I have no real help to offer, but here are a few opinions to throw in the mix:

1. Silver over Java is an odd color combo, IMHO. Java typically pairs with the Smoke Silver/Desert Silver/Bronze or darker color combos. Silver is usually over grey or charcoal interiors. My guess - most people wouldn't buy the car because of the color combo.

2. Running changes in specification are common. The literature almost certainly has a disclaimer that changes may be made at any time. Frankly, I like the Harmon sound a bit better than the Bose sound, though the difference is not large.

3. My bet - the wheels have been changed. The 18" wheel you have in the trunk is likely standard. A neighbor of mine has this car, and it uses the exact same 18" wheels from the E55 Kompressor.

6. MBUSA has had to offer tremendous dealer incentives to move leftover AMG cars. The E63 had $20K in incentives near the end of the 211 model run. That would seem to indicate an oversupply, so it seems reasonable to reduce the production run. I find 80% a bit difficult to believe, however.

My $.02.
My (POS) '85 190E was Smoke Silver with Palomino which is darker than Java. I bought it off the floor and got used to it. Quite common then but of course one ever would accuse the Germans of good taste. BTW, my 2001 C320 was metallic black with Java leather. Too light for my taste but when black is the other choice, well then...

As to giveaway prices on AMG cars, late last year MBUSA was discounting C63s by as much as 17.5K which will make those who paid retail very pleased. And with the new 5.5 twin turbo V-8 going into the facelifted 2012 models, their resale value will be in the toilet.
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Old 01-11-2011, 02:14 AM
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yes, i think the smart cars are rolling coffins if you get hit. and at their prices, it is cheaper to just go and buy a real coffin.

intercity delivered the cl55amg yesterday. unloaded during a break in the rain.

the java leather works well with the brilliant silver. only oddity is that benz uses a darker leather for the top of the dash. so it is a split bit of furnishing.

i shall tell you more about this vehicle after my benz friends at a local, independent dealership get finished with examining it.

sfbenz has convinced me that most cpo status is a sales gimmick. it is all a perfunctory exam. the only beneficial aspect of that status is that one can purchase a warranty out into the future, protecting yourself from the negligence of the dealer's lacklustre cpo exam.

mbusa should really put an end to the chicanery of its dealers.

this is not to say that this isn't a historic benz coupe. it is. and that is why i decided to add it to my little sacco collection.

mbusa, however, does allow its dealers way too much latitude in the cpo designation.

a vehicle so designated should appear as if new. doing it like lexus.

the scarring on this car could not have been overlooked by sfbenz. and wasn't noted by my examiner. so, somehow sfbenz failed to secure this car until it was picked up by my transporter, intercity lines. and it became scarred while waiting for that pick-up.

it is not a major catastrophe. but i would advise you not to do business with sfbenz if you are doing an out of state transaction. and you don't personally examine any car you think to buy from that dealer, and take photos.

this is not the first time that i have encountered m-b dealers playing loose with the cpo designation. and i should know better than to trust any one of them.

still, as an out of state purchaser, one thinks that the m-b dealer will be doing it with some modicum of integrity. i guess i am still misunderstanding the car business.

NO BUSINESS CAN GET AWAY WITH AS MUCH BULL**** & FRAUD as the car business. and no manufacturer is more honest than the lowest life dealership.

the sales person at sfbenz sent me a letter asking me to refer all my friends to this dealership.

after i consider the results of an independent cpo exam, i shall consider that request.

at this moment, i would say to all extra-california purchasers to stay away from that dealership.

unless you can inspect the car, photograph the vehicle before proceeding with the transaction.

so it goes......
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Old 01-11-2011, 10:46 PM
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benz is on a roll, right now.

probably picking up the remains from bad and inaccurate press that toyota/lexus received in 2010. the reluctance to acquire gm, chrysler products. and ford really isn't offering any luxury vehicles now.

porsche panameras and the new cayennes are getting a play because so many of the benz dealerships are autonation *****houses, i think.

according to my indy mechanic that specializes in benzes, he is seeing lots of new business from benz owners who have become disgusted with the service dept of the local benz dealer[mercedes-benz north].

nice to learn that finally some owners are getting the drift on that service dept.

i rented a lexus ls460 in LA over thanksgiving and christmas. in most aspects, it is superior to the current sonderklasse sedans. for a much better price. if i was looking to acquire a real 4-place, 4-door vehicle, it would be the long wheelbase lexus.

but for a sonderklasse coupe, only the 215 series get it elegantly. catch them when you can. off lease with low mileage.

the 216's are ugly. there will be no interest in them in the future.
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