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I'm a new member and this is my first posting. I must say I really enjoy this site and have read most if not everything within the B class forum

I have, what is for me. an interesting decision to make this week.

My son is about to complete his 39 month lease of a 2006 B class Turbo which includes a panorama lamella sun roof, premium package, 17" wheels, Visionlight package and interior ambient light. It has 57,xxx KM on it. It's going to need tires, hood painted because of a problem near the emblem and some wheel kerbing repair. I intended to buy it out at lease end but another option has presented itself.

For essentially the same price as it would cost me for the above plus noted repairs I could buy from the dealer a 2008 B class with 6,xxx KM that went on the road in September 2008. It has the Premium package and the Sport package.

The exterior colour is the same in both cars (Comet Gray). The Turbo has Ash cloth/synthetic cloth which I really like. The non Turbo has black Artico Zanvoort and we're not real black fans.

Unfortunately for me, I'm the gimmicky type and really love bells and whistles and thus find myself still leaning toward the 2006. I haven't seen the non turbo unit yet (we're out of country until later this week) but I placed a refundable deposit on it to hold it.

I decided to post this hoping for opinions from anyone that might have insight in either of these regards. For example are there any advantages that a 2008 has over a 2006.

Thanks very much.
 

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Welcome and hope you stay and tell us of your final choice.

I guess it would depend on how long you plan to keep the car and the amount of driving you do.

The light coloured interior is my personal favourite and we hunted until we found one, our last car had black and it showed more dirt and was hotter in summer. The light colour also makes the car more roomy.

If you plan to keep the car for several years I might lean toward the 06 with the sunroof and you know its history. The value of both in 5 or 6 years will probably be the same and the sunroof and turbo may give more value to the 06.

It's always nice to have all the options so maybe the 06 is the way to go and keep it in the family.

Bill
 

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+1 for the 2006

If it works fine, you know the history etc not much point selling it for a lesser-speeced 08, although having said that I think the Artico upholstery is a big improvement over the fabric.

As for other advantages, unless the 2008 is a facelift model (in which case they made quite a few exterior tweaks) I can't think of any apart from auto-dimming mirror and ipod jack if your car dosent have these.
 

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I would take a few test drives in both and get the one that best fills your wants and needs. There will be trade offs.
Bill prefers the light interior and I prefer the dark. I prefer Manuals and many here prefer the CVT. I'm very satisfied with the cloth and the feeling it imparts.
Others naturally will show their preferences but you must live with your choice,....so do the study and tell us how and why you came to it.

There is a serious rusting issue that has recently come to our attention and should not be discounted. You won't see it in the 6000 kms B for many years to come. They say it's an 06 problem, and I'm not totally convinced yet. Time will tell.
For such a few regular posters and the # showing rust, I'm very concerned.

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They're totally different cars, the turbo and regular B. Firstly, decide why you want one in the first place. Speed? Fuel economy? Space?

My own opinion is that the Turbo has far too much torque for the B chassis to cope with, and even moderate acceleration off the line can get the old nanny-driver aid ESP all excited. This lack of traction totally removes the driving fun from the car for me. I've driven two different B 200 Turbos a total of about 500 km now and this is my conclusion.

So we opted for the non-turbo with the manual gearbox. This car is very adequately powered with "only" 134 HP. I drove it about 7000 km in 9 days with five grown people and their luggage last August and never was it underpowered, even over 3000 m elevation.

DEVOURS is also correct, there were some duff batches of early B Class cars whose opening panels suffer from severe rust. I'm not saying that the leased car is one of them, but it could be, so it's something to be aware of.

I would go for the 2008. Those techie gadgets will probably all be broken in ten years anyway, so buy the car for its intrinsic utility and it's all good.

Also, there should be plenty of other options for used ones out there. Demos are not always a good deal, because they tend to be abused by the test drivers (for example, hard acceleration and high RPM on a cold engine).
 

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No rust in the 08, plus aux jack, but having a rusty 06 Turbo, I really like the extra power and IMO it makes it more fun for me to drive than a non turbo. Honesty though, I would go for the 08, just because it's newer.

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Anthony

Like Ghengis Khan said "you can never have to much power":) Actually he said something about displacement of people, but in the translation from Mongolian people was left off and in the years following the phrase changed to what we recognize today as his true desire.


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I am much more about reliability and dependability. Having a warranty attached to the car means a lot to me. So personally... with everything else being equal, I would lean towards the 2008.
 

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Hi all. I want to advise which car I chose. I hope I'm going about it the right way. If not, I would appreciate you telling me so I won't repeat the mistake in the future. Leading up to posting my earlier email, I was surprised how frequently my preference was changing from 1 day to the next. I found it very helpful receiving diverse opinions from a number of you based on differing points of view . Your comments certainly helped me in making a decision that I'm content with. It was tough for me to say goodby to a 2006 with a turbo and a sun roof but I did. When I saw and drove the 2008, even without those 2 desireable features I was smitten by it. The black interior with woodgrain trim was much nicer than I imagined and as J400UK said the artico seats were a big improvement. All in all the 2008 was very much a new car with only 6000 km and the warranty is good until September 2012. Many thanks to all who commented - your input was greatly appreciated.
 

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Now that we have you hooked make sure you come back and share with us.

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It was tough for me to say goodby to a 2006 with a turbo and a sun roof but I did. When I saw and drove the 2008, even without those 2 desireable features I was smitten by it.
Good choice!

BTW, had you got the 2006, the doors and tailgate might have been rusting already, so you saved yourself that aggravation too! Many 2006 and 2007 models are getting new panels due to seam rust......
 

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Good choice with the 2008 B!

...the doors and tailgate might have been rusting already, so you saved yourself that aggravation too! Many 2006 and 2007 models are getting new panels due to seam rust......
I am getting a bit worried by this. Will it be covered by the 30-year anti-corrosion warranty?
 

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30 yr anti-corrosion warranty in UK?
Yes

MB Brochure said:
Every Mercedes-Benz comes with a three‑year
unlimited mileage warranty against manufacturing
or material defects¹ and up to 30 years
warranty against perforation due to corrosion
from the inside out.² What’s more, it’s also
covered by Mercedes‑Benz Roadside Assistance
– a unique package comprising up to 30 years
pan‑European breakdown assistance.²
 

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I think there are many steps to be followed in keeping the UK 30 year rust warranty in effect. Tell us more!!
 
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