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I'm a new member here (hopefully). I'll tell you the story of my MB life, so far.
I ordered a new (2011) SL550 in January 2011 (Palladian Silver - NAPA Grey Leather, Distronic, Parktronic, Panoramic roof Premium pkgs 1 & 2 - the works) and signed up for European Delivery. So far so good. February came and went March came and went. April came and went and no word. I started to get nervous and started making arrangements for the trip to Europe as I didn't want to wait too long (was expecting May delivery and that would be what's called the Shoulder Season in Europe - not so many travelers). Made all the arrangements (Planes, hotels, trains, etc.) all is well. Unbeknownst to me Mercedes was debating what to do about my order. 6 SL550's were commisioned till the end of the model year and mine would be the 7th and last 2011 car. At the end of April they decided NOT to make mine the last 2011 but the first 2012 and it would be delivered in June so I'd better start changing all my travel plans. That was NOT to my liking so I worked with my dealer and he arranged for me to pick up another car for them which we would drive around Europe. However, That suddenly changed my status. i was no longer European Delivery and was not eligible for the 7% cost savings. Hmmm. Oh well, I decided, what the heck and went on my trip. It was GREAT, I had a ball, Euprope was everything I expected and quite a bit more. When I got back (expecting the car in a few weeks) my dealer informed me that 2012 models weren't yet released. When I called corporate they informed me the release date they showed was June 20th. That date came and went and I was told wait till July 1st. Nada. And now the latest news is release date is 1st of Aug. and that Mercedes really has nothing to do with it anymore - rather the US govt. EPA has to have all the t's crossed and i's dotted before they will allow a new model in. DRAT! So, here I sit getting a lesson in patience. The cars already somewhat paid for (since we don't kow the final price till they release). And it has been sitting on the dock in Florida since the end of May. Hopefully soon I'll be a full-fledged Mercedes-Benzite. Phew! what a long story bit it's good to get it all out.
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