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A C Class is not a REAL Mercedes? What about the CLA?

I have a 2015 C300 Luxury with all the bells and whistles like the Nav with multimedia package, Burmester sound system, Panoramic roof, Blind spot monitors, etc. Since getting the car I have had people tell me a C class isnt a REAL mercedes and I should have spent more and gotten a base model E class instead of a fully decked out C. I had to give my car to Mercedes for service and they gave me a stripped E class sedan as a loaner. Other than the extra space I dont see anything special about this. Sound system isnt close to mine, no blind spot monitors either, no nav and you cant watch DVDs in it. Plus now the C, E and S all look the SAME except for their size. Where did this mentality come from that a C Class isnt a real mercedes? What about the CLA? is that considered "Real" ?
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I heard the same crap about the ML's. Ignore the idiots and enjoy your car.

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What cmitch said.

When I use a dealer they have given me fully loaded 4matic C class cars as loaners and I like them a lot.
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I am 32. No wife or kids and the only person who rides with me sometimes is my girlfriend when we go out. I like small, nimble cars that are somewhat fun to drive and easy to maneuver in traffic. If I could afford it I would get the C63 AMG S as my next car instead of a big car like the S class that will be driven by myself without any passengers 99 percent of the time.
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Just a tip. If you want more money for cars stop leasing them. They are beating you silly on any return to you. You are renting a car for 3 years and at the end you have to lease again or buy the car.

If it were me I would look for a 2-3 year old CPO C63 and finance it. Even if you do not take the finance to the end you have least some cash equity in the car. When I worked for dealers the salesmen would go out and party hard after writing a lease. It is much more profit for them and nothing for you.
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If they want to know if its a real Mercedes, have them pay for the next service!
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Just a tip. If you want more money for cars stop leasing them. They are beating you silly on any return to you. You are renting a car for 3 years and at the end you have to lease again or buy the car.

If it were me I would look for a 2-3 year old CPO C63 and finance it. Even if you do not take the finance to the end you have least some cash equity in the car. When I worked for dealers the salesmen would go out and party hard after writing a lease. It is much more profit for them and nothing for you.
Don't agree. My pcp agreement enabled me to secure a considerable discount that was well in excess of that available for a cash purchase. To raise the cash I would have had taken a loss on cashing securities, lost the interest and dividends and would have been subject to capital gains tax. I also received a contribution of £760 and 3 years free servicing from Mercedes. After 3 years I can purchase the car for a fixed price or should I have a "Lemon", hand it in. Cash is no longer King!!!!!
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Don't agree. My pcp agreement enabled me to secure a considerable discount that was well in excess of that available for a cash purchase. To raise the cash I would have had taken a loss on cashing securities, lost the interest and dividends and would have been subject to capital gains tax. I also received a contribution of £760 and 3 years free servicing from Mercedes. After 3 years I can purchase the car for a fixed price or should I have a "Lemon", hand it in. Cash is no longer King!!!!!
It really doesn't matter if you agree or not. Leases are generally bad for the buyer. Very few cases out of thousands where they make sense and stealers wouldn't push them if they were not so profitable. What I find amusing is that you were just told by someone who used to do this for a living that it's a bad deal for the buyer. If you're happy with yours, then so be it.

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There hasn't been a real Mercedes since the early '90s, some would go so far as to say the last real one was the 280 SE 4.5.
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There hasn't been a real Mercedes since the early '90s, some would go so far as to say the last real one was the 280 SE 4.5.
What made that one real and the new ones not real?
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