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I have the 3 year warranty plan. However it only needs servicing once a year (end of Aug) and the service in a couple of weeks will be the last under the plan which finishes payments in March (unless I can get out earlier).
Intend taking it to local Merc Specialist, not dealer, in future.
I'm looking at a 350GLE to possibly replace my Touareg in the coming few weeks, it's time it was put down. Is it a 3 year guarantee in the UK as here we get a 4 year, 50K mile warranty........don't really matter to me as I will be buying a one year old one anyway, let someone else take the big hit on depreciation.
 
I'm looking at a 350GLE to possibly replace my Touareg in the coming few weeks, it's time it was put down. Is it a 3 year guarantee in the UK as here we get a 4 year, 50K mile warranty........don't really matter to me as I will be buying a one year old one anyway, let someone else take the big hit on depreciation.
Pretty certain 3 years is standard as my guarantee runs out end of next month when it's due first MOT. Breakdown renews for a year when serviced by a dealer. I'm with you on not buying brand new, would break my Scottish heart knowing I just lost 5k driving it off the forecourt.
 
I'm looking at a 350GLE to possibly replace my Touareg in the coming few weeks, it's time it was put down.
Here's one for you, 5k below list price ;-)
 
Bump.

My E Class is playing up.

Seems to have lost power. No warning lights, no weird noises, no smoke etc. It’s just slower than normal.

It still revs normally so I’m I’m guessing it’s not in limp mode. Still driveable but overtaking is..... erm... interesting. I’d say the acceleration is on a par with a 1 litre shit hatch.

It’s done 50,000 miles with no snags up until now.

Diesel particulate filter?
Turbo?

Gonna chuck some cleaner through the tank to see if that works and run it on ultimate for a bit.

Thoughts?

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Lift the cosmetic cover off the top of the engine.and clean out the egr valve.
 

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Suits me, its company time I'm on.

Previous company car handovers have been heres the key, not even a clue as to which car in the car park!
Wandering up and down the car park pushing the button on the dongle seeing which one lights up.
That’s been done.
Strangely enough, both merc and bm dealers drive the car to the front door and let me know when it’s there.
 

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Little name and shame for my local Merc main dealer in Carlisle.

A while back one of my tyre pressure sensors packed in.

Went to the garage and asked them how much it’d be to sort.

They quoted over 300 quid.

“You have to change them in pairs and it needs to be reprogrammed.”

Told them to swivel.

Found the part on eBay (brand new, genuine Mercedes) for 26 quid.

Local tyre fitter fitted it for free while I was getting a new set of rubber and it didn’t need programming or any shite like that.

Sytner Carlisle, you’ve just lost a customer.

Robbing cnuts.
 

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Turns out the DPF along with the sensor on my E Class is proper fucked.

Over 800 quid to sort through my local garage, Mercedes in Carlisle would probably charge me 5 grand if my previous experience with them is anything to go by.

This is a car that’s only done 50,000 miles.

Luckily I have an extended warranty that’s gonna cover it, but I’m losing the love for Mercedes very quickly.
 
Mate just bought a C class convertible, looks like a hairdressers car!
 
I'm with you on not buying brand new, would break my Scottish heart knowing I just lost 5k driving it off the forecourt.
If you know how to buy a new car wisely, you've already negotiated and removed that £5K before driving it off the forecourt ;)
 

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Mate just bought a C class convertible, looks like a hairdressers car!
Yep the new C Class Coupe / Cabriolet has gone a bit feminine styling wise.

The last shape was a really nice car, but the new one seems a bit smaller and more Audi TT like.
 

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The E Class saga continues.

Just got the thing back having had a new DPF and Lambda sensor.

I started it up and the Engine Management Light was still on. Obviously went back into the garage and there was much huffing and puffing. They plugged it into their diagnostics machine and all appears well.

“Probably just forgot to reset the light.” So they reset it again.

So all is well apparently.

Driving home, it seemed a little slower than usual but that could just be my imagination. I have been driving the Ferrari for the past week so my perception of fast and slow is probably a little messed up.

Anyway. I get it home, then start it again to move it so I can wash it. Engine management is on again.

Piece of shit. This was a 52 grand car when new and has done just 50,000 miles. It’s a diesel Merc, they’re supposed to be bombproof.

It’s getting traded in next week for something new and under warranty. The missus wants an A Class, but I’m seriously losing interest in Mercs.
 
Decided on a change of car from my C220d Sport Premium Plus. Decided on an A Class Sport Premium (wanted AMG line but wife didn't like the sports seats WTF?) Dealer part ex price was ridiculously low and they didn't have the A200 petrol I wanted, went home and did internet search, found exactly right car and dealer (not Mercedes) offered £1000 more on part ex than anywhere else. Arrives next week (first Reg in January).
Part of the reason I was so keen on the new A class is the electronic dashboard. Knowing whats been available on aircraft for years I have been frustrated that car manufacturers haven't moved on from yea olde analogue dials. Even satnavs seem to be an added on afterthought stuck on one side. The A class has a fully electronic dashboard, you can change the dials to any of the available ones (I never use the rev counter) and there is a digital speed read out always on show. The car acts a bit like home speech internet devices, you tell it to navigate to x, y, z or increase temperature, put on heated seats, wipers faster, etc. For me its the technology we should have had this years ago!

Next step for manufacturers is to integrate all the onboard cameras into giving dashcam functionality, its ridiculous that my C220 has a camera in each wing mirror and in the rear but I've put a dashcam in in case of 'incidents' mutter mutter mutter.
 

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Decided on a change of car from my C220d Sport Premium Plus. Decided on an A Class Sport Premium (wanted AMG line but wife didn't like the sports seats WTF?) Dealer part ex price was ridiculously low and they didn't have the A200 petrol I wanted, went home and did internet search, found exactly right car and dealer (not Mercedes) offered £1000 more on part ex than anywhere else. Arrives next week (first Reg in January).
Part of the reason I was so keen on the new A class is the electronic dashboard. Knowing whats been available on aircraft for years I have been frustrated that car manufacturers haven't moved on from yea olde analogue dials. Even satnavs seem to be an added on afterthought stuck on one side. The A class has a fully electronic dashboard, you can change the dials to any of the available ones (I never use the rev counter) and there is a digital speed read out always on show. The car acts a bit like home speech internet devices, you tell it to navigate to x, y, z or increase temperature, put on heated seats, wipers faster, etc. For me its the technology we should have had this years ago!

Next step for manufacturers is to integrate all the onboard cameras into giving dashcam functionality, its ridiculous that my C220 has a camera in each wing mirror and in the rear but I've put a dashcam in in case of 'incidents' mutter mutter mutter.
The new A class is a cracking motor and I think the interior is probably the best of any small car out there.

It was my first choice but the deal I was looking at didn’t quite work out.
Ended up with a Golf GTD instead which is a cracking motor but there is something pretty special about the A Class.
 
My C class has done 114k and been diagnosed with the dreaded om651 timing chain death rattle.

Symptoms are a hard rrrrrr sound on start up which disappears after 6-7 seconds -- and doesn't happen every time. Dealer price is over £2k. Independent has quoted £800 + parts which "aren't cheap" so budget £1300 and the car off the road for a couple of days.

Parts are 3x new cogs, a short simplex chain and the tensioner + miscellaenous gaskets, oil change etc. Minimum of 7 hours garage time as the chain is at the back of the engine.

ETA: If not fixed then chain can wear through the housing potentially dumping coolant into te sump or else snap with the inevitable top end destruction of valves & pistons = £7.5k.

I have contacted one of my friends in the RAF to see if they can have a small accident, possibly losing something large that goes bang, over the dealership. Yes, they [the dealers] have been that helpful.

I've therefore bitten the bullet and decided to look elsewhere. Currently down to either Volvo V60 or else maybe an XC40. Going to the Volvo dealership tomorrow for test drive and subject to doing a sensible deal will be swapping very shortly.

I've enjoyed the Merc up until recently, but the dealers have changed their service manager who I would describe as Tim not very useful but dim.

I have made the point that their attitude has just cost them a sale.
 

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My C class has done 114k and been diagnosed with the dreaded om651 timing chain death rattle.

Symptoms are a hard rrrrrr sound on start up which disappears after 6-7 seconds -- and doesn't happen every time. Dealer price is over £2k. Independent has quoted £800 + parts which "aren't cheap" so budget £1300 and the car off the road for a couple of days.

Parts are 3x new cogs, a short simplex chain and the tensioner + miscellaenous gaskets, oil change etc. Minimum of 7 hours garage time as the chain is at the back of the engine.

ETA: If not fixed then chain can wear through the housing potentially dumping coolant into te sump or else snap with the inevitable top end destruction of valves & pistons = £7.5k.

I have contacted one of my friends in the RAF to see if they can have a small accident, possibly losing something large that goes bang, over the dealership. Yes, they [the dealers] have been that helpful.

I've therefore bitten the bullet and decided to look elsewhere. Currently down to either Volvo V60 or else maybe an XC40. Going to the Volvo dealership tomorrow for test drive and subject to doing a sensible deal will be swapping very shortly.

I've enjoyed the Merc up until recently, but the dealers have changed their service manager who I would describe as Tim not very useful but dim.

I have made the point that their attitude has just cost them a sale.
Have a look at V90 and S90.

Some ridiculously cheap lease deals at the moment.

Under 300 quid a month in some cases.
 
Have a look at V90 and S90.

Some ridiculously cheap lease deals at the moment.

Under 300 quid a month in some cases.
Too big for me.
The V60 is a tad bigger than the C class which is about the upper limit for what I want / need in terms of size.
I don't lease, I buy 6-12 months old low mileage.
 

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