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Just Leased A 2014 Mercedes Benz C250  
User currently offlineDFWHeavy From United States of America, joined Jul 2011, 560 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4786 times:

I'm excited so I thought I would post.

Last night the lady and I Leased a 4 Door 2014 Mercedes C250. The black color looks pretty damn good. While it may not be the absolute best car out there, it's a great little vehicle for a secondary "beater" car that we will use to go to the gym, airport, store, etc.

Just expressing my delight for a new car. It's hard to beat the new car smell, other than maybe a new plane smell  

Anyway, if anyone has any questions, please let me know. I think I'm going to the gym now just so I can take it for a little spin  

Cheers,


Christopher W Slovacek
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User currently offlineANITIX87 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 3292 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4744 times:
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The C250 starts at $37,000. If that's your "beater" car, WTF is your normal car?!?!??!

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User currently onlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4721 times:

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User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4709 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 1):
The C250 starts at $37,000. If that's your "beater" car, WTF is your normal car?!?!??!

That's what I thought.
Anyway I enjoy Mercedes Benz a lot. My family has always had a Mercedes as one of the family cars. I even currently drive a G500. Its a one owner car (my family) and has over 126,000 miles on it. It runs great and has had very few problems and so far zero problems with the engine or transmission (knock on wood) The 5.0 liter engine on the G500 is a classic Benz engine and IMO will likely run for a few hundred thousand more miles if taken care of well.

I have driven the C250 as a loaner before. Fun little car to drive. Handles well, good acceleration too. I will say for that price range there are other cars I would put first. To get more value for the money. I feel like a loaded Passat is better than a base C-Class but you can almost never go wrong with a Benz.

Let us know how you like it.



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3553 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 4701 times:

Wow, look at this cool guy over here! Thing is, its still leased...

User currently offlineJetsgo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3068 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4687 times:

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 1):
The C250 starts at $37,000. If that's your "beater" car, WTF is your normal car?!?!??!

Considering the current lease special is $4k down and $349/mo for 27 months, I'd say it makes a pretty easy beater as it's unlikely he will end up spending more than $13k during the lease.

This is precisely why I love leasing. I know they're terrible investments, however I simply view the monthly car payments as a necessary expense to have whatever "flavor of the month" it is that I want.



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User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4682 times:
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Congrats on the new ride! I am starting to get the bug. My lease on my 2011 Acura TL ends next year (I hate this car with a passion). Not sure what I will get but both BMW and Mercedes are contenders.

User currently offlineImperialEagle From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2062 posts, RR: 20
Reply 7, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4672 times:
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Congratulations! I hope you enjoy it.

I took my car in for service today and got a (not new, of course) C250 loaner. It's a fun little scooter.



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User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3553 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4662 times:

Quoting ImperialEagle (Reply 7):
(not new, of course) C250 loaner. It's a fun little scooter.

Thank goodness it was not a new one. Those are CRAP cars now. Seatbelts... get outta here!


User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 6):
Not sure what I will get but both BMW and Mercedes are contenders.

My girlfriend has a 2013 328i and man it is such a pleasure to drive! I think between the C and the 328 I like the 328 more from a driving perspective but I think the C is a better deal when you start talking options.



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User currently offlinea321luke From United States of America, joined Aug 2013, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 4499 times:

Always a good choice. MB is second favorite car brand.

I ended up buying a Cadillac ATS 3.6L after comparing it to the 335i, S4, and C350. All were excellent cars, but the ATS IMHO drives better than all of them.

Of course, mine is being bought back by GM because of all the problems its had, but still...



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User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4412 times:

Love it how you guys refer to a C class or 3 series as 'little'. Gives a wonderful perspective, as this side of the pond (and most other places) they would never be referred to in the same way. A 'little' car is something like a Polo or a Yaris, bet some of you would die if we showed you a 'mini' car like a Up! or a C1.  

Mom's got a 5-door Polo. All the car you could ever ask if you have but yourself +1 to haul around. She could have bought a C class or 3 series if she wanted, but don't see the need for what she calls a large car. And there's that perspective thing again.

PS
Congrats on the car, but since it's not an AMG you just grew 20 years older  



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User currently offlineyowza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4845 posts, RR: 15
Reply 12, posted (7 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4405 times:

Quoting JoePatroni707 (Reply 6):

Congrats on the new ride! I am starting to get the bug. My lease on my 2011 Acura TL ends next year (I hate this car with a passion). Not sure what I will get but both BMW and Mercedes are contenders.

Get the new A4. It's a peach to drive.

YOWza



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User currently offlineual777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1519 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

I love my 09 C350 Sport  


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User currently offlinePellegrine From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 2217 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4263 times:

Quoting DFWHeavy (Thread starter):
4 Door 2014 Mercedes C250. The black color looks pretty damn good.

This calls for a photo!

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 11):
Love it how you guys refer to a C class or 3 series as 'little'. Gives a wonderful perspective, as this side of the pond (and most other places) they would never be referred to in the same way. A 'little' car is something like a Polo or a Yaris, bet some of you would die if we showed you a 'mini' car like a Up! or a C1.

To me C-class is tiny! But my daily driver is a GMC Yukon Denali....huge. Almost 6000 pounds empty weight, 525 hp and 550 lb-ft torque with my add-on supercharger. :P

I want to look at the new CLA250, it looks really hot. If i actually get one I will wait for 4MATIC though.



oh boy!!!
User currently offlineB777LRF From Luxembourg, joined Nov 2008, 1208 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 4195 times:

Pellegrine,

I believe the only way to get 4WD in a CLA (which is based on the B-class, not the C-class so FWD) is if you get yourself into the AMG45 version.

As for your daily drive .... horses for courses is about the most positive thing I have to say  



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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting B777LRF (Reply 11):
Love it how you guys refer to a C class or 3 series as 'little'.

  

Most definitely. I think they are midsize cars and already too big for some occasions. My neighbors got a 3-series BMW the other day and asked me to trade our underground parking spaces because they have difficulties getting that thing around the corner. Some winding roads here basically call for a smaller car as well. I'd guess a modern C-class or 3-series is about as long as an S-class Mercedes was in the 70s.



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User currently offlinena From Germany, joined Dec 1999, 10365 posts, RR: 11
Reply 17, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4158 times:

Oh shit, its 2014 already?

Quoting DFWHeavy (Thread starter):
Last night the lady and I Leased a ... Mercedes C250.

Congratulations. But you know its an "old" model soon to be replaced?

Quoting ANITIX87 (Reply 1):
The C250 starts at $37,000.

Are you sure? Its built in Germany, and still in the homeland we have to pay a lot more for it despite it hasnt to be transported over the pond. 40.000 Euros/$53.000 without extras is were it starts. And more if you are not at home next to the factory. Strange math if true that a Merc salesman better explains to me.


User currently offlineAY-MD11 From Finland, joined Feb 2001, 472 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4144 times:

Mercs are nice cars but i prefer the 2014 Volvo s60 myself.


http://stwot.motortrend.com/files/2013/02/2014-Volvo-S60-front-left-view-1024x640.jpg


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 4140 times:

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 16):
My neighbors got a 3-series BMW the other day and asked me to trade our underground parking spaces

Which brings up the question, are our parking spaces too small, or our cars too big?   My sister drives a Mini Cooper, which is not much of a car really, and it hardly fits in her underground parking garage. Take any bigger vehicle and you would be doing precision work. The only reasonably-sized parking spots I have come across are in garages of IKEA. Perhaps they could squeeze in some more, but I guess they know their customers value the loading space, so it may be an economic decision after all.

[Edited 2013-09-13 09:35:36]


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User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7917 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4122 times:

Quoting na (Reply 17):
Oh shit, its 2014 already?

Yeah, seems I slept through NYE as well, bummer!
Funny how they count. If anything it's more like the 2011 or 2012 model or whatever soon to be replaced by the 2014 model.

Quoting na (Reply 17):
Its built in Germany, and still in the homeland we have to pay a lot more for it despite it hasnt to be transported over the pond.

Business as usual. Germans have always been willing to pay more for their Golden Calfes than other nations, hence automakers charge more from us.



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User currently offlineual777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1519 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 4075 times:

Quoting na (Reply 17):

Are you sure? Its built in Germany, and still in the homeland we have to pay a lot more for it despite it hasnt to be transported over the pond. 40.000 Euros/$53.000 without extras is were it starts. And more if you are not at home next to the factory. Strange math if true that a Merc salesman better explains to me.

C250 starts at around $35,000 I believe. I think they are starting to build them in Alabama as well next to the ML line.



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User currently offlinecaliatenza From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1482 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 4022 times:

Quoting na (Reply 17):

Are you sure? Its built in Germany, and still in the homeland we have to pay a lot more for it despite it hasnt to be transported over the pond. 40.000 Euros/$53.000 without extras is were it starts. And more if you are not at home next to the factory. Strange math if true that a Merc salesman better explains to me.

actually the majority of US market C classes are built in East London, South Africa. I should know, my dad has a 2013 C250  .

Quoting ual777 (Reply 21):
C250 starts at around $35,000 I believe. I think they are starting to build them in Alabama as well next to the ML line.

It starts at about 36k or so. The next C class, from the 2015 model year, will be built in Alabama.


User currently onlineflymia From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 7006 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3997 times:

Quoting na (Reply 17):
Are you sure? Its built in Germany, and still in the homeland we have to pay a lot more for it despite it hasnt to be transported over the pond. 40.000 Euros/$53.000 without extras is were it starts. And more if you are not at home next to the factory. Strange math if true that a Merc salesman better explains to me.

Oh yea, $35-$37k is the normal starting price for a C class type car. The prices of cars in Europe are insane if you ask me. The price you guys pay for a C Class built in your country we can get an E-Class imported. 3 series, A4, C-Class are typical level cars for the middle class, young professionals and the typical car for upper class teenagers.

I'm always shocked at the prices of cars in many countries, I guess it has something to do with taxes too.



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User currently offlineJoePatroni707 From United States of America, joined Dec 2012, 444 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 3983 times:
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Quoting caliatenza (Reply 22):
The next C class, from the 2015 model year, will be built in Alabama.

Now thats a HUGE mistake. The Mercedes SUVs that are built in AL are very much of inferior quality to the German counterparts. Americans build the worst cars on the road, so we dont need them messing up more cars.

Quoting na (Reply 17):
Are you sure? Its built in Germany,

If the VIN starts with the letter W its built in Germany (a few exceptions). But chances are its built there.

On a separate note, the next generation VW Golf/GTI will only be built in Mexico. Again a bad choice, you can tell the quality difference between the German built VWs and the Mexican ones.

Guess I will be sticking with a BMW 3 series when the lease is up on my Acura (a car I hate with a passion)


25 caliatenza : i heard initially there were problems but that has been mostly sorted out now. yeah the VIN will tell you where the car is built. As far as i know, t
26 JoePatroni707 : If I go with a Benz or BMW I will likely do the European delivery program.. Save 7%.. If I do it will be a German built!
27 Post contains images Pellegrine : Hmm I thought they are releasing a non-AMG 4MATIC version in the states. I know the USA versions have been different from EU versions for a long time
28 B777LRF : How you managed to get the words inexpensive and Audi S4 in the same sentence is somewhat perplexing. But I will say just one word: Golf. All the car
29 kiwirob : It's not exactly big. The CLA 250 comes as a 4matic in Europe, no idea about the US, it's also far closer to the A clas than the B class. The W166 ML
30 Superfly : Do leases still have mileage caps? Leasing is an easier way to get in a new car but if it's used as a daily driver, aren't their harsh penalties if th
31 Jetsgo : You can't be serious. Prius and S4 in the same sentence? Yes, and they usually range anywhere from 10-15k miles per year.
32 Braniff747SP : Indeed there are, but some manufacturers like BMW let one buy milage. If you pre-buy, it is much cheaper than buying during one's lease. However, if
33 caliatenza : the CLA250 will have 4Matic available later on...i think next spring or so.
34 JoePatroni707 : Yes most leases run 10,000-15,000 a year. If you really drive more than 15k a year as stated by Braniff..then dont lease. However, if you are over wi
35 Pellegrine : LOL I am... I know it's crazy. I've been looking at both models for years now. I'm leaning towards the S4...a used one because I want the V8 in eithe
36 B777LRF : ... and then use it to go shopping for groceries?
37 Post contains images Pellegrine : Yes. . I cannot ride stock. Ok...I want to go to the track too...[Edited 2013-09-16 04:19:04]
38 DucatiRacer : That has not been the case here in years. There is no tax other than annual registration fees, payable to the county, just as one pays on any vehicle
39 chrisair : Not sure what the Benz European delivery cost is, but the BMW Munich pickup price is about $3k less than the US price on all 3 series BMWs. I priced
40 Aesma : If you import it, do you order it with US specs ? So you sell it for less than it is worth ?
41 DucatiRacer : As the Lessee, you don't own it, really, BMW Financial Services does. Also, the residual stated in the lease is always quite a bit more "optimistic"
42 JoePatroni707 : Well when you fly for free! Its worth it! My issue is timing the whole thing, which may be more of a challenge. I also noticed that for the most part
43 Braniff747SP : Definitely not; same thing when you order (generally): sticker is sticker.
44 Post contains links and images a321luke : No love for Cadillac on here?
45 johns624 : Isn't this something people normally post on Facebook to their friends? Aren't you the one that started the thread about taking a loan from your 401k
46 Post contains images a321luke : This is the non-aviation section of the forum, so anything non-aviation is posted here.
47 Post contains images RyanairGuru : This is one of the things I dislike about living in Australia the most: the entry level price for a C200 here is about $65k. I know, and totally appr
48 asuflyer05 : The CLA250 4MATIC is due out in the winter of 2014. Shortly after the CLA45 AMG 4MATIC is released. When you order a car via MB Euro Delivery you're
49 B777LRF : Funny that you Americans get a discount for picking up the car in Germany; for us EU residents a factory pick-up actually costs money - to the tune of
50 Post contains images DFWHeavy : Well, I had to take the car back to the MB dealership today to fix the tire and scraped rim/wheel. The idiot in me backed over a curb and it cut the t
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