Date registered: Dec 2008
Vehicle: w204 (C350ELE)
Location: Miami, Fl and Mar del Plata, Argentina
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Hi, Dark Flash:
The M272 engine x 722.9 transmission combo is a winner that, in C class RWD platforms, reach 175 mph though the electronic limit set at the factory is of 155 mph.
Not only the direct injection might be shown next month at the Detroit Auto Show (increased power to 302 HP and torque proportionally). Further, AMG is being groomed for a turbo version which may be interesting enough to make people forget BMW competitors performance.
Except for the Contis furnished with the car, my unit (European version from which the US C350 Luxury derived) is, so far, everything one is entitled to expect from Stuttgart. If there is a flaw, it might be having well updated software, and having a dealer worth working with. In this respect, you and I might be on the same page: I do all maintenance and repair work (including arguing with MB Argentina that the dealer is not using original materials, and requesting MB sources for what is recommended at Bevo-Daimler), and only relied on the dealer for warranty work.
Anyway there is plenty of the info you seek in the forum, but Star Tek and WIS are resources needed to get deep into these cars.
The bottom line, MB car condition is in direct proportion to wallet size. Not cheap, not expensive, just enjoyable.
A car would show appreciation for preventive maintenance by never leaving his owner stranded.
Defensive Driving is never having to say you're sorry: a true love story between man and machine.