I'm Manoj (2nd gen from India - "j" is pronounced, haha) and I live in San Diego (SD), CA. I have a 2006 CLS 55 AMG, Black (040) exterior, Charcoal (281) interior, that I bought as a CPO in Oct 2008 from Mercedes Benz of Laguna Niguel (MBLN). Since I live 90 mi away, however, I service my car at Mercedes Benz of San Diego (MBSD), and there have been many services, since I've put 36.5k mi on the car in 18 months! (I bought it at 33k mi, and the odometer now reads 70,540 mi.)
I drive 150 mi a day on average, up and down the SD County coastline mostly, between my home in downtown SD and the county border with Camp Pendleton (USMarineCorps base). (I've been assisting in the remodel of several homes as a Student Architect at the Oceanside marina, including my own weekend place, which is running behind schedule and is still not finished, so it looks like I'll continue to pack on the mileage for the forseeable future, haha.)
I've been a lifelong MB fan, having grown up with the brand, as well as having owned several in my own right. In fact, one might say that the quality of the design and build of my parents' cars, such as my mother's 1978 Colorado Beige exterior/Tobacco interior 300D, inspired my foray into the world of architecture, interior design, and product development. Though that particular car's color didn't, haha.
All my own cars ('81 300 D; '85 300 D; '89 190E 2.6; '94 C 220; '96 E 320; '99 C 230 Kompressor Sedan; '02 E 320; '05 E 320; and my current '06 CLS 55), have been Black (040), with Black, Grey, or Charcoal interiors. My parents cars, however, have run the gamut from Astral Silver (1965 250 SE) to Ascot(?) Grey (1970 300 SEL 6.3) to Cabernet Red (1985 500 SEL) to Blue Green (1989 500 SEL) to Anthracite Grey (1980 300SD) to Manganese Brown (1978 6.9) to Midnight Blue (1983 500 SEL), among others (like the aforementioned 300 D). Many colors, yes, but all sedans, haha.
I seem to have broken family tradition, in several ways, by purchasing my CLS: the first coupe (technically), the first used Mercedes, and the first AMG! And my parents thought I was a rebel by driving only black cars, haha. At least I acquiesced to their one request and bought a car with four doors.
Now, after having buried my foot into the accelerator a few times (what a change from my 300 D's naturally aspirated 5-cyl diesel engine!), and after getting some much needed driving instruction on Palomar Mountain Road, courtesy of an ex-racing driver friend, I may never return from Mercedes-AMG to Mercedes-Benz, much less any other automotive brand.
Well, maybe, in the heat of my passion for my CLS 55 AMG, I spoke too hastily, for Mercedes-Benz will always be close to my heart, and I still count myself a confirmed MB fan. The excellence of cars not from Affalterbach, bearing the 3-pointed star, should never, ever be underestimated, and, who knows? A non-AMG MB may yet beckon. All I can say definitively is that I will always be behind the wheel of a Mercedes, of one kind or another. Caught up in this spirit of Mercedes-AMG-lust leavened with Mercedes-Benz-reverence, I introduce myself to BenzWorld as a new member, to learn from and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals.
Greetings to all!