I'm new to this site, having discovered it earlier today while looking up MB stuff on the web. Imagine my surprise. So far I've learned a bunch of new stuff I've never known about these German cars.
On December 31st of 2008, I took delivery of my latest MB. I traded in my 2002 CLK coupe for a new (to me) 2006 CLK350 Cabriolet. I had owned the CLK320 for 6 years and it was time to upgrade. I didn't want to pay full boat, so when the car I bought came up for sale, I jumped. It's white with a navy blue top. The car is in as-new condition, with only 16,500 miles on it when I took delivery.
I picked the car up in a snow storm and knew I was in trouble the minute I drove it off the lot. According to the nav system, my house is about 6.5 miles from the dealership, mostly on the highway. So I felt most of the drive would be easy. Boy was I in for a surprise. The car came with normal (non-winter) tires, which provided virtually no traction whatsoever. I spent about 30 minutes slipping and sliding, sometimes going almost sideways, with other drivers blasting their horns (at me.) Believe it or not, that was not the part that bothered me. I live on a hill and although the town usually does a great job of plowing our street, I knew the car would never make it up the hill. So I spent the whole time on the highway, worrying about the hill climb. I finally made it safely off the highway and eventually made it to the bottom of the hill.
I started to climb the hill and immediately found the car had zero traction. So I pulled over to the side and cell-phoned my wife to tell her I was stuck at the bottom of the hill. Of course she was very supportive, with her first comment being "I told you not to pick it up today." That was followed by a click.... as I closed my cell phone. What next. I managed to get to the local McDonalds, where I had a gourmet lunch and called the Mercedes dealer and told him to come get his piece-of-junk car. About a half hour later the tow truck arrived, loaded up the Cabriolet and towed my new car up the hill to my house, all the while the snow was falling like crazy. He even backed my car into its garage bay, before disconnecting the tow truck. Oh the embarrassment of it all
So that was my introduction to the new car. The worst part was when two of my neighbors saw the new car on the hook, and then came over to give me some grief. I told them to go in the house and hang out with my wife, as the three of them deserved each other.
Anyway, I spent that afternoon on the computer and phone and a few days later my new snow tires and rims arrived. Now the car is great, just as I had hoped it would be. In fact I even took it around the block, with the top down yesterday, in the balmy 24 degree temperature. Oh for Spring.
Anyway, I glad that I found this web site and hope that I can contribute where appropriate.