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Thanks for the responses. I'm having some trouble navigating this beast but, not being too digitally resistant, I'll manage to wrestle it down eventually.
MTI, I've been married 14 years. She's figured me out pretty much and I'm having problems implanting "her idea" in her head. I tried to make her think it's for the greater good, but I can really understand her concern. I even tried telling her a CPO C-class isn't too far off from the average cost of a 4-door family ride, which brings me to...
thomgonzales. She is worried about the German thing now, especially after owning VW for the past 13 years. Now, your R-class, isn't it the first model year? Also, is it possible it's just YOUR service center that fumbles the ball? Can it really be representative of the entire brand? I've considered the BMW 3-series which really gives me a different concern: In my opinion, the people who buy/lease the 3 series may tend to "rag" on that car more. It's been many years since I've driven one of those too, but they seemed mostly an enthusiast's car and the ride may not be quite as refined as the C class. Am I out of line on that assumption?
380Blue, bless your gizzard. You go girl! To answer your question, sometimes I have to evaluate how much I really want one of these. I've been circling around this for a year now like a buzzard. I keep a sales brochure on my desk at home, and guard it with my life, as I'm afraid she'll trash it when I'm at work. I fear I'm, at times, displaying signs of OCD with this.
Kajtek1, My problem with VW has been mild to severe over the 13 years of owning them. Most have been fun cars to drive. My 1997 Jetta GLX (VR6) was my favorite, but the wife didn't care for it, so the trading game began. For the most part, the Jetta line has been the most problematic, and VW service has been a mixed bag over several areas. I was military for 20 years, so I was always moving around. The absolute worst service has been here in Louisiana in Bossier City and Lafayette. Either way, it's over 100 miles to the nearest dealer, and I always have the dealer's service them while under any warranty. My most reliable VW was my 04 Passat Wagon, but it was the most boring vehicle I've ever driven (1.8T, auto xmsn) and fell in love with the GLI when I test drove it in May, 2005. This has been my nightmare come true. Been towed to the dealer at least 4 times, left me stranded 2 times, I've driven a total of 800 miles for a boost leak that I had to troubleshoot myself and offer to pay them for the consumables needed for the work. It's on its sixth (not exaggerating here) AC system, the 5th lasted one week, they didn't want to give me a loaner while it was in for a week. Squeaks and rattles galore. Engine power went downhill after the first year (something I've never seen by VW before) and it will never come back. Trunk doesn't close until you fiddle with it for 5 minutes, headliner fell after 3 years, and the list goes on, and on. This isn't the forum for this car, but it's the last straw with this company, and given how they're decontenting their current line of auto's it'll be a cold day in Hades before I buy another one. I've yet to see a Japanese car that even comes close to the interior agronomics, design, fit/finish of any German car. The door panels don't even pass inspection to lure me to test the seat. Ultra cheap copies of German cars now.
All in all, I'm wanting something that will hold up longer than the average car, power wise and structurally. I used to love how these cars would feel and sound on the road after years of driving. Many people seem to have older C and E classes (20 yo) that are as beautiful as the day they were new. I realize maintenance has to be done, but with VW all the maintenance done seem to be in vain. Kinda like life-support at 70,000 miles. The horror, the horror...