New wheels - Mercedes Benz 350CDI

Discussion in 'Cars, Bikes 'n AFVs' started by viceroy, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. It's time for a new set of wheels. Frau says it has to be a Mercedes Benz, to keep up appearances, you understand, we are the only people in the neighbourhood that do not drive a Porsche (because we have kids). Actually what we do need is a non-SUV 7 Seater with boot, 4WD, Automatic car that is comfortable for us and the kids. The only thing that seems to match the requirement is said Mercedes Benz R350CDI long version.

    Anyone got one? If not, feel free to fire away your comments anyway, not knowing anything about a topic never did stop you from airing your two pence worth.

    Before you ask, yes I do intend to freelance and occasionally use it as a hearse.

  2. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    Mercedes always fcuk you on servicing and incidentals.

    I've had a few, CLKs, CLS, AMG55s and can honestly say I'll never have another.
  3. Service and repairs are included where I live, for 5 years anyway, hence not that fussed. We have a Viano right now and while it did do what we ask it to do, it's dreadful.
  4. Too ******* true and that's why I use a trusted local garage.
  5. white interior ,sucks breath in
    is that a wise colour choice ?
  6. Forastero

    Forastero LE Moderator

    Still serving or ex? BMW do some stonking discounts (I know, I bought a 3 Series Touring) through their Int'l Specialist Sales Div. I'd had Audis prior to the Beemer and really, really wanted four wheel drive but just couldn't ignore the deals BMW were offering so went with them in the end. However, xDrive (BMW four wheel drive) is now being introduced on UK cars and if I was doing it all over again, I would seriously look at a 5 Series Touring with xDrive.
  7. Alfa 159 - be original!

    Edit - missed the 7 seat bit. Carry on!

    My recommendation for anyone else in such a situation is some contraception and an Alfa. ;)
  8. Porridge_gun

    Porridge_gun LE Good Egg (charities)

    You can't be a true petrol head unless, at some time you've owned an Alfa

    Preferably and older one that rots and rusts away before reaching the end of your journey

    Viceroy, if the servicing is all in, and not extortionate, then you'll enjoy the Mercedes.
  9. Can't understand why Mercedes haven't introduced four-wheel drive cars in the UK.
  10. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    Does a Lancia Fulvia count? Railway crossing, around 60mph when the sub-frame erupted through the back seats and said Hello.

    To OP - if your servicing is sussed that looks a lovely car and Merc are Captain Reliable. White leather seats are much favoured by gentlemen, poets, savants and persons of culture. They are as kid-puke resistant as any other but if your lovely wife decides she is going to touch up her nail varnish on the way to a wedding, with the open bottle gripped between her thighs, belt her in the mouth.
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  11. I know that RHD BMW made in RSA could not be manufactured in AWD because the plant wasn't equipped to do so. Also, very little demand from RHD markets for 4WD I imagine. MB however are mostly made in the US and D nowadays, not sure where their RHD models are made, still in Germany? I imagine there isn't much of a demand either for those in 4 Matic.

    Alfa 159 in AWD and 7 seats? - doubt it
    BMW 5 Series is not an option, also does it come with 7 seats?

    No actual pictures btw, the actual interior looks like this:

  12. Honourable mention.

    True nutters own one (or more) of each - my Old Man is on his second Alfa (an old one) and has owned a Lancia!

    Presumably when you say 'poets' you mean rappers, and by gentlemen you mean drug dealers?

    AWD - yes, 7 seats - no (hence my retraction)
  13. Yes Germany but i'd imagine there would be a demand for most of us that don't need a off-road vehicle but get a few inches of snow each year.
    You'll not go wrong with a Mercedes, they are worth the extra cash and savings on re-sale but i'd not buy brand new. I tend to get something about a year old, let the first buyer lose the most money.
  14. Exactly what I shortlisted, 12 months old, 18K on the clock and 40% off. Just need to get a decent price for my Viano...
  15. TheIronDuke

    TheIronDuke LE Book Reviewer

    Truth. I once got a Rover Vitesse off of the rozzers. Front wheel drive, Honda V6 2.7 litre engine and went like shit off a shovel. Plus it was white and at the time the rozzers were still using them as unmarked cruisers. It was like driving in the fast lane with a magic ray gun that moved traffic to the left. Sod taking the hit on a new car unless someone else is paying.