New wheels - Mercedes Benz 350CDI

#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.

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#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.
 

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#6
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
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.
 

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#9
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.
Can't understand why Mercedes haven't introduced four-wheel drive cars in the UK.
 

TheIronDuke

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#10
You can't be a true petrol head unless, at some time you've owned an Alfa
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.
 
#11
Can't understand why Mercedes haven't introduced four-wheel drive cars in the UK.
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:

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#12
Does a Lancia Fulvia count? Railway crossing, around 60mph when the sub-frame erupted through the back seats and said Hello.
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!

White leather seats are much favoured by gentlemen, poets, savants and persons of culture.
Presumably when you say 'poets' you mean rappers, and by gentlemen you mean drug dealers?

Alfa 159 in AWD and 7 seats? - doubt it
AWD - yes, 7 seats - no (hence my retraction)
 

jarrod248

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#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
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.
Exactly what I shortlisted, 12 months old, 18K on the clock and 40% off. Just need to get a decent price for my Viano...
 

TheIronDuke

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#15
I tend to get something about a year old, let the first buyer lose the most money.
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.
 

jarrod248

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#16
Exactly what I shortlisted, 12 months old, 18K on the clock and 40% off. Just need to get a decent price for my Viano...
Yup exactly what I look for less than 20k on the clock and 12-18 months old Prices are dropping more of late. I might p/ex after Christmas when I'll be able to bargain hard.
 
#17
Exactly what I shortlisted, 12 months old, 18K on the clock and 40% off. Just need to get a decent price for my Viano...
Be careful to keep an eye around the windscreen area - the routes for rainwater egress can get blocked by leaves, etc and then you'll get water running into the car and destroying the electrics. This is a known problem for many customers in Germany.
 
#18
Viceroy I used to have an E class 7 seater. The rear seats fold down into the boot but when opened have a very shallow footwell. They're OK for kids but not teens as they would be too cramped.
I find that my local MB dealer can't do enough for us with event invitations etc and I recently lost my lock nut key. You have to buy the set: lock nuts and key, cost £70. Dealer just gave me it with a wink.
The dealer also has a car wash (very basic drive through) but he encourages us to use it for free as they like to see the marque kept clean!

MB are made to get German bums on long journeys in style and comfort.

BMW are made for cnuts who think they own the road.

Alphas should be in everyone's past, I had a Spider, great car.
 
#19
Be careful to keep an eye around the windscreen area - the routes for rainwater egress can get blocked by leaves, etc and then you'll get water running into the car and destroying the electrics. This is a known problem for many customers in Germany.
Are you talking about the new R-Class?

Jarrod, don't you ask yourself who sells a 1-year old car at a 45% discount? I am always worried (touch wood not happened so far) that I buy a shit box that has been assembled by kids brought to the assembly line that day for 'bring your kids to work day'. It isn't even that you have to pay for anything as it will be covered under warranty, but it has to go into the workshop every other month and you'd have no car!
 

jarrod248

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#20
Are you talking about the new R-Class?

Jarrod, don't you ask yourself who sells a 1-year old car at a 45% discount? I am always worried (touch wood not happened so far) that I buy a shit box that has been assembled by kids brought to the assembly line that day for 'bring your kids to work day'. It isn't even that you have to pay for anything as it will be covered under warranty, but it has to go into the workshop every other month and you'd have no car!
We have a GP who works here, she's had three new cars this year, some people just want a new car all the time so I don't worry about how much money they lose. I worry about how much money I lose and you always lose on cars.
I'm only getting rid of this Mercedes because it's a bit long in the tooth and i'm going to replace it with another one.
I would love to go and pick one up from the factory brand new but it's just a waste and I can spend that money on holidays, cigs and alcohol.
 

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