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You shouldn't give any dealership a second chance. If the salesperson did not follow through on your interest in one of the MB cars, bypass the sales manager, and report your experience to MBUSA. I can guarantee they will follow up on your complaint, and you'll then get a response very quickly from the dealership sales manager or franchise manager.
 

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Chris,

Go to a different dealer even if it's a couple of hours away, don't let one dealer stop you from purchasing your mercedes.

Last year when I was looking at the CLK500 cabrio. I went to a nearby dealer MB of littleton, which is walking distane from my house, wanted to check out the CLK but the saleperson was very snobby. I didn't like the fact that he'd made fun of the person that back out of a sale. Saying something on the one of "If you can't afford a Mercedes don't bother." I didn't like his attitude, I went to a different dealer that is more than an hour away with traffic. This dealer is much better, so don't let one person or dealer stop you from your roadster. [:)]
 

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Woolly - 5/18/2005 7:46 AM
... after John Cleese's speech, I wouldn't like to further sour Anglo/US relations!!
What Cleese speech...I must have missed it...[:0]
 

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Hey Wool, I spent some time in the colony and used to manuver on the left. Here in the states, we drive left and right sometimes and everything goes.[:D][:D][:D].

Don't they have removable steering wheels for MB cars costing a fortune ?
 

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Motzkoman - 5/18/2005 5:12 PM

Woolly - 5/18/2005 7:46 AM
... after John Cleese's speech, I wouldn't like to further sour Anglo/US relations!!
What Cleese speech...I must have missed it...[:0]
OK, you've asked for it, it's totally OT, but I would imagine the USA intelligencia (i.e. most of our American friends on the forum) will find it very funny ... but ... ... ... you'll have to wait for another 12 hours coz it's on my machine at work. I'll post it tommorrow - pls, anyone, don't get offended - I'ts totally 'tongue in cheek' [:D]
 

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Thanks Wool, good to know.

Heard it here or somewhere that Britney S is getting one and wonder there are ways one can get acquinted with ..... [:D][:D][:D]
 

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Chris, I agree with the idea of going to a different dealer. I visited 5 different dealers in search of my '55 -- four in NC and one in Orlando. The dealer in Charlotte and the one in Winston-Salem are the only two who followed up with me. The WS dealer went the distance for me and found a car that fit the bill perfectly. The salesman was great and even hooked me up with their technician who did my stealth Sirius antenna. They also called the clear bra distributor who went to the dealership, drew a template for the '55 and made a clear bra for me. All-in-all it was a great experience once I found the right dealer and salesman. Kinda like a marriage?? --well, maybe not that rough, but you get the idea.

Good luck and keep looking for that SLK with YOUR name on it!!
 

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Motzkoman - 5/18/2005 5:12 PM

Woolly - 5/18/2005 7:46 AM
... after John Cleese's speech, I wouldn't like to further sour Anglo/US relations!!
What Cleese speech...I must have missed it...[:0]
Here it is ... in it's entirity ...

John Cleese recently read this out to an audience in America:


To the citizens of the United States of America, in the light
of your failure to elect a competent President of the USA and thus to
govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your
independence,effective today.
Her Sovereign Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will resume monarchical
duties over all states, commonwealths and other territories, except Utah,
which she does not fancy.
Your new Prime Minister (The Right Honourable Tony Blair, MP for the
97.85% of you who have until now been unaware that there is a world
outside your borders) will appoint a Minister for America without the
need for further elections.
Congress and the Senate will be disbanded.
A questionnaire will be circulated next year to determine whether
any of you noticed. To aid in the transition to a British Crown
Dependency, the following rules are introduced with immediate effect:
1. You should look up "revocation" in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Then look up "aluminium." Check the pronunciation guide. You will be
amazed at just how wrongly you have been pronouncing it. The letter 'U'
will be reinstated in words such as 'favour' and 'neighbour'; skipping the
letter 'U' is nothing more than laziness on your part. Likewise, you will
learn to spell 'doughnut' without skipping half the letters.
You will end your love affair with the letter 'Z' (pronounced 'zed'
not 'zee') and the suffix "ize" will be replaced by the suffix "ise."
Youwill learn that the suffix 'burgh' is pronounced 'burra' e.g.
Edinburgh.
You are welcome to re-spell Pittsburgh as 'Pittsberg' if you can't cope
with correct pronunciation.
Generally, you should raise your vocabulary to acceptable levels.
Look up "vocabulary." Using the same thirty seven words interspersed with
filler noises such as "uhh", "like", and "you know" is an unacceptable
and inefficient form of communication.
Look up "interspersed."
There will be no more 'bleeps' in the Jerry Springer show. If you're
not old enough to cope with bad language then you shouldn't have chat
shows. When you learn to develop your vocabulary, then you won't have
to use bad language as often.
2. There is no such thing as "US English." We will let Microsoft
know on your behalf. The Microsoft spell-checker will be adjusted to
take account of the reinstated letter 'u' and the elimination of "-ize."
3. You should learn to distinguish the English and Australian
accents. It really isn't that hard. English accents are not limited to
cockney, upper-class twit or Mancunian (Daphne in Frasier). You will also
have to learn how to understand regional accents --- Scottish dramas such
as "Taggart" will no longer be broadcast with subtitles.
While we're talking about regions, you must learn that there is no
such place as Devonshire in England. The name of the county is "Devon."
Ifyou persist in calling it Devonshire, all American States will become
"shires" e.g. Texasshire, Floridashire, Louisianashire.
4. Hollywood will be required occasionally to cast English actors as
the good guys. Hollywood will be required to cast English actors to play
English characters.
British sit-coms such as "Men Behaving Badly" or "Red Dwarf" will
not be re-cast and watered down for a wishy-washy American audience who
can't cope with the humour of occasional political incorrectness.
5. You should relearn your original national anthem, "God Save The
Queen", but only after fully carrying out task 1. We would not want you
to get confused and give up half way through.
6. You should stop playing American "football." There is only one
kind of football. What you refer to as American "football" is not a very
good game.The 2.15% of you who are aware that there is a world outside
your borders may have noticed that no one else plays "American" football.
You will no longer be allowed to play it, and should instead play properfootball.
Initially, it would be best if you played with the girls. It is a difficult game. Those of you brave enough will, in time, be allowed to play rugby (which is similar to American "football", but does not involve
stopping for a rest every twenty seconds or wearing full kevlar body
armour like nancies).We are hoping to get together at least a US Rugby
sevens side by 2006 .
You should stop playing baseball. It is not reasonable to host an
event called the 'World Series' for a game which is not played outside of
America. Since only 2.15% of you are aware that there is a world beyond
your borders, your error is understandable. Instead of baseball, you will
be allowed to play a girls' game called "rounders," which is baseball
without fancy team strip, oversized gloves, collector cards or hotdogs.
7. You will no longer be allowed to own or carry guns. You will no
longer be allowed to own or carry anything more dangerous in public than a
vegetable peeler. Because we don't believe you are sensible enough to
handle potentially dangerous items, you will require a permit if you wish
to carry a vegetable peeler in public.
8. July 4th is no longer a public holiday. November 2nd will be a
new national holiday, but only in England. It will be called "IndecisiveDay."
9. All American cars are hereby banned. They are crap, and it is for
your own good. When we show you German cars, you will understand what
we mean.
All road intersections will be replaced with roundabouts. You will
start driving on the left with immediate effect. At the same time, you
will go metric with immediate effect and without the benefit of
conversion tables. Roundabouts and metrication will help you understand the
British sense of humour.
10. You will learn to make real chips. Those things you call 'French
fries'are not real chips. Fries aren't even French, they are Belgian
Though 97.85% of you (including the guy who discovered fries while in
Europe) are not aware of a country called Belgium. Those things you insist
on calling potato chips are properly called "crisps." Real chips are
thick cut and fried in animal fat. The traditional accompaniment to chips is
beer which should be served warm and flat. Waitresses will be trained to
be more aggressive with customers.
11. As a sign of penance 5 grams of sea salt per cup will be added
to all tea made within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, this quantity to
be doubled for tea made within the city of Boston itself.
12. The cold tasteless stuff you insist on calling "beer" is not
actually beer at all, it is lager. From November 1st only proper British
Bitter will be referred to as "beer," and European brews of known and
accepted provenance will be referred to as "Lager." The substances
formerly known as "American Beer" will henceforth be referred to as
"Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine," with the exception of the product of the
American Budweiser company whose product will be referred to as "Weak
Near-Frozen Gnat's Urine." This will allow true Budweiser (as manufactured
for the last 1000 years in the Czech Republic) to be sold without risk of
confusion.
13. From November 10th the UK will harmonise petrol (or "gasoline,"
as you will be permitted to keep calling it until April 1st 2005) prices
with the former USA. The UK will harmonise its prices to those of the
former USA and the Former USA will, in return, adopt UK petrol prices
(roughly $6/US gallon -- get used to it).
14. You will learn to resolve personal issues without using guns,
lawyers or therapists. The fact that you need so many lawyers and
therapists shows that you're not adult enough to be independent. Guns
should only be handledby adults. If you're not adult enough to sort things
out without suing someone or speaking to a therapist, then you're not
grown up enough to handle a gun.
15. Please tell us who killed JFK. It's been driving us crazy.
16. Tax collectors from Her Majesty's Government will be with you
shortly to ensure the acquisition of all revenues due (backdated to 1776).
Thank you for your co-operation.


...Hopefully no offence taken by anyone [:)]
 

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Could this be a sign of things to come, if us brits can claim land I want Siesta Key, Longboat key is my second choice, I will do a swop for Wales.

gary
 

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Woolly:
Thanks for the post of the speech...somehow I missed it and am a Cleese fan...LOL...[:D][:D][:D]
 

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I would like to say thanks to everyone for your comments and advice regarding my dealership experience.

As an update, the guy actually did call me yesterday out of nowhere and I politely informed him that he had three chances to have my money and eschewed each one. But I figured I would see if that would give me any negotiating leverage, I told him the specs of the car I want and he said he would call back in ten minutes, and he never did. I would be surprised if he is shameless enough to call again.

The good part about living in New Jersey is abundance of commerce and fortunately there are other dealerships around.

If I can't find the car I want then I'll order a 2006 and hopefully some of the quality concerns will have been solved. I think I am going for mars red with the stick shift. Thanks again, everyone.
 

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malibuite - 5/19/2005 3:16 PM

No offense (oops! offence) taken...in fact, may consider a move to UK[;)]
Hi Mal, if you move to the UK, can I have Malibu & certain other bits of SoCal[:)][:)]
 

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Duo-Art - 5/19/2005 10:36 AM

Gary,

If you take Longboat Key, you also have to take Detroit.

Mel
OK we will have Longboat Key and Detroit if you take Liverpool, a word of warning you car is not much use in liverpool because when you return to your car after parking it there it will have no wheels and not much else either, you will not have to worry about a lack of oil in your 350 engine, you will not have an engine.
Please note that although Liverpool is the future European city of culture it has never had any culture, never will have either. Oh duo-art their accents will drive you crazy as they have done to me. Just joking folks.

gary
 
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