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When the time comes to choose colors, I'm thinking of going with<br>black. Am I crazy? You guys with black cars, how are they<br>holding up? Mine would normally be parked under a roof but I know <br>I'm going to have to wash it all the time to keep it clean. The <br>other color I'm leaning towards is glacier white. I like<br>those 2 colors because they seem the most elegant yet<br>tough to me.
 

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If you live in a warm climate, black gets very hot. My opinion and that of a majority (I am also getting C32) is that silver or dark colors look better on C class, although silver, of course is very common. But as you know color choice is very subjective<p><br>: When the time comes to choose colors, I'm thinking of going with<br>black. Am I crazy? You guys with black cars, how are they<br>holding up? Mine would normally be parked under a roof but I know <br>I'm going to have to wash it all the time to keep it clean. The <br>other color I'm leaning towards is glacier white. I like<br>those 2 colors because they seem the most elegant yet<br>tough to me. <p>
 

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: If you live in a warm climate, black gets very hot. My opinion and that of a majority (I am also getting C32) is that silver or dark colors look better on C class, although silver, of course is very common. But as you know color choice is very subjective<p><br>: When the time comes to choose colors, I'm thinking of going with<br>black. Am I crazy? You guys with black cars, how are they<br>holding up? Mine would normally be parked under a roof but I know <br>I'm going to have to wash it all the time to keep it clean. The <br>other color I'm leaning towards is glacier white. I like<br>those 2 colors because they seem the most elegant yet<br>tough to me. <p><p>Thanks, I live in Texas and as you know it gets hotter then hell here. What has your dealer told you about when we might see these cars?<br>I was told late summer/early fall in the US.<br>
 

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Yes, that sounds about right: anytime after July 15. Yeah, I don't know if I'd get a black car in Texas, I used to have a black car when I lived in Virginia, especially with leather, it gets really hot!<p><p><br>: : If you live in a warm climate, black gets very hot. My opinion and that of a majority (I am also getting C32) is that silver or dark colors look better on C class, although silver, of course is very common. But as you know color choice is very subjective<p><br>: When the time comes to choose colors, I'm thinking of going with<br>black. Am I crazy? You guys with black cars, how are they<br>holding up? Mine would normally be parked under a roof but I know <br>I'm going to have to wash it all the time to keep it clean. The <br>other color I'm leaning towards is glacier white. I like<br>those 2 colors because they seem the most elegant yet<br>tough to me. <p><p>Thanks, I live in Texas and as you know it gets hotter then hell here. What has your dealer told you about when we might see these cars?<br>I was told late summer/early fall in the US.<br><p>
 

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Black

Basically, until you wax your car, it will need to be washed every week. Once you drive it in the rain, you'll notice dirty streaks radiating out from the rear wheelwells like flames on a hot rod. After two coats of MeGuiar's, I'm getting two weeks between washings from mine. The other thing you need to get is a "California Car Duster". If you run that over your black car about every other day, you can really get some mileage out of your washings.<p>One word for you -- Pollen. You didn't say where you live, but here in Georgia, we can't sling a dead cat without hitting three pine trees (and two BMW's with the fog lights on!). We basically all drive yellow cars for three months and have a choice of colors for the other nine.<p>I've had my car only since December, but since I live right next door to Satan, it's hot here no matter what you drive. I think that the ability to open the sunroof and all the windows from the Smart Key might help some. At least you will be able to let the hot air out before you get in.<p>Well, that's the downside. Obviously, I'm biased, but black and the other dark colors look really good. I didn't want to pay the extra fee, but Magma Red is nothing short of stunning. Check out the pics I linked to below. Some guy just took delivery of a black CL. Glacier White looks really nice on the E, so it might work for the C as well. Brilliant Silver is a choice color, and honestly, I'd have gone that route myself, if it were not so popular.<p>Bottom line....Black looks great, but know what you are getting into from a maintenance standpoint. It sounds to me like you are asking the right questions.<p><br>Rex<br>Black/Java C240
 

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Thanks guys for the advice. It all makes sense and it was what I was thinking.<br>Black cars looks great on the showroom floor and the day they're washed. After that,<br>it's maintenance nightmare! They sure look good, though!<p><br>: When the time comes to choose colors, I'm thinking of going with<br>black. Am I crazy? You guys with black cars, how are they<br>holding up? Mine would normally be parked under a roof but I know <br>I'm going to have to wash it all the time to keep it clean. The <br>other color I'm leaning towards is glacier white. I like<br>those 2 colors because they seem the most elegant yet<br>tough to me. <p>
 

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I live in Austin TX and have a black car - never again! Looks great but way too hot - takes forever for the AC to cool the car down. Also I have to wash it quite often.<br>My dealer told me that C32's should start arriving at the end of August at the earliest, but Sept was more likely. Mine should be here around Dec.<br>What colors will be offered on the C32??? I really like that blue, but the dealer says that they will probably only offer silver, black and white. The blue/grey interior should look great!<p>John<br>
 

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Yes, the one at Chicago auto show had blue/grey leather, looked really great. I thought it would be available in all the current C colors, otherwise, I'll get silver.<p>: I live in Austin TX and have a black car - never again! Looks great but way too hot - takes forever for the AC to cool the car down. Also I have to wash it quite often.<br>My dealer told me that C32's should start arriving at the end of August at the earliest, but Sept was more likely. Mine should be here around Dec.<br>What colors will be offered on the C32??? I really like that blue, but the dealer says that they will probably only offer silver, black and white. The blue/grey interior should look great!<p>John<br><p>
 

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Re: Black

Black does look good when it's clean and waxed, like everybody else said. If you're one of those people that hates to clean the brake dust off your wheels every week, then don't get a black car.<p>You should also know that all of the non-metallic colors are much easier to touch-up than the metallic colors. If you use Langka (or similar technique), you have to be less than 1ft away to see the touch-up spots.<p>One note on Black, I talked with a M-B Employee at the M-B factory in Sindelfingen back in 1994. He said they did some thermal tests on cars of various colors as they sat in the sun. After an hour, the temp difference between black and white was only 2 degrees Celsius. However, the black car maxed out in 15 minutes and the white car took the whole hour.<p>BTW, you guys in Texas should come to Phoenix and see what real heat is like.<br>
 

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John ?

Who is your dealer in Austin? What # are you on the wait list? Does your dealer have any idea about allocation?<p>I am on the list in Dallas at Autohaus.<br>
 

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How close are you with your dealer. Has MB anounced delivery starting this fall or is he/she guessing? I've got a number two spot at a dealer and have not been contacted about picking colors/options yet. Have you?
 

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Re: orders

I hear we should be contacted in April, that's when mbusa computer will be able to accept orders, so we can spec the cars<p><br>: How close are you with your dealer. Has MB anounced delivery starting this fall or is he/she guessing? I've got a number two spot at a dealer and have not been contacted about picking colors/options yet. Have you?<p>
 

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Re: John ?

I'm on the list at Park Place in Bedford. Is it true <br>that we might have a limited color selection at first?<p>: Who is your dealer in Austin? What # are you on the wait list? Does your dealer have any idea about allocation?<p>I am on the list in Dallas at Autohaus.<br><p>
 

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The temp diff between black and white is large

I tested a black and white car with a tire pyrometer once, after both cars had been sitting in the sun for a while (longer than an hour).<br>The temp difference was huge! I don't remember the exact numbers, but the black car was at least 25% hotter.<p>: Black does look good when it's clean and waxed, like everybody else said. If you're one of those people that hates to clean the brake dust off your wheels every week, then don't get a black car.<p>You should also know that all of the non-metallic colors are much easier to touch-up than the metallic colors. If you use Langka (or similar technique), you have to be less than 1ft away to see the touch-up spots.<p>One note on Black, I talked with a M-B Employee at the M-B factory in Sindelfingen back in 1994. He said they did some thermal tests on cars of various colors as they sat in the sun. After an hour, the temp difference between black and white was only 2 degrees Celsius. However, the black car maxed out in 15 minutes and the white car took the whole hour.<p>BTW, you guys in Texas should come to Phoenix and see what real heat is like.<br><p>
 

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I should have specified...

interior temperature. The surface temperature will be higher, but it's the interior temperature that you care about.
 

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Phoenix?

Brian - What part of Phoenix do you live in? The family & I are moving up in June from Tucson. As faar as the heat and car color issue, my AZ C240 is white. I am debating getting the windows tinted before summer rolls around. Any tint tips from anyone?
 

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Ahh. I agree with that (more)

I've always thought it odd that people would say that the INTERIOR of a black car would be much hotter than that of a lighter color. That just makes no sense to me. I could see a very slight difference, but given the surface area of the glass on a car, the exterior paint color would seem to be of no significance.<p>Now, the INTERIOR color might make a difference. A car with a light tan interior would stay cooler inside than a car with a black interior, I would think.<p>: interior temperature. The surface temperature will be higher, but it's the interior temperature that you care about.<p>
 

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My dealer in Austin is...

Mercedes Benz of Austin aka Continental Cars. I am #4 on the C32 wait list as of 1 month ago. The number is 512 454-6821. I was told that there will be a limited color selection. I hope they offer Orion blue!<p>John
 

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I got Black

I live in Miami and got a black on black C320 and i havent had any heat probs yet. Cars are gonna get hot anyway in the sun, black just makes it a littlwe hotter. I just put the windows down when I first get in. Black makes the car look elegant or sporty, the only color that can reall ysay that in my opinion.
 
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