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Date registered: Jun 2008
Vehicle: 03' CLK500
Location: Salt Lake City
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Pre-Purchase Inspection a Scam? What recourse do I have?
About a Month ago I flew to LA to pick up my new car. An 03' CLK500 which was a private party deal. I had the owner of the car take it down to Penske West Convina Mercedes for a Pre-Purchase Inspection.
When I arrived, they told me the car was in EXCELLENT condition and everything checked out. Now one month later, my local dealership, Ken Garff Mercedes in Salt Lake is telling me that they found the dreaded "gylcol contamination" in my transmission and that the whole trans was rusted and corroded. This is a KNOWN problem to MBUSA and it's dealers for these cars and I have the internal mercedes documentation stating so but MBUSA, knor Penske/Ken Garff are willing to even think about helping me out. I really believe that this should have been a recall but because Mercedes no longer cares about their consumers who are paying top dollar for what the Mercedes name has came to be, but the dealer who inspected the car, knowing this was an issue, still told me go ahead and purchase the car. How in the hell was an issue like this missed? And they are trying to say that it could have been caused within the time period i've had the car? I don't think so. A whole transmission does NOT rust in that time period.
The car is out of warranty but why did I pay money to Penske if this car was a P.O.S.? And what recourse if any do I have against them for these issues?
Last edited by braxpt; 07-01-2008 at 01:47 AM.