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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

While I agree "ruining the brand" is too strong - within the US Mercedes has a far-narrower definition. We don't have the widespread use of a-segments, utilitarian etc... the TV ads to this day still portray Mercedes as the expensive muscle car of the expensive cars... breaking chains, paint pealing, smoking tires.

Both their and BMW's old tries at cheaper entry level were failures and they did harm with the luxe images that had been crafted here in the past.
Keep in mind, threaks like this, however, are mostly fanbois and they're going to scream more than most. Folks interested in improved coilovers don't generally like being associated with hybrid-electric wind-up toys from Merc.

 

That is where you might be wrong.  While sales of the the 318ti hatchback in the US sucked, that was more due to the itty bitty 4 cyl engine that it was stuck with.  GTIs and hell even Civics stomped that poor thing.  BMW's 1 Series, while scoffed at by some when introduced is actually a success. BMW learned their lesson and put a proper engine in that car

 

Laugh at the C class but it is the most successful car MB sells.  And if I am not mistaken, the new CLA is below the C class on the MB totem.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cary Grant View Post

Keep in mind, threaks like this, however, are mostly fanbois and they're going to scream more than most. Folks interested in improved coilovers don't generally like being associated with hybrid-electric wind-up toys from Merc.

 

 

 

You're right.  I know that I could give a flying fuck about "lux" as I lean more towards the sporting side of cars.

post #9212 of 15744
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Unless you are simply talking about the experience when taking the car to the dealer for work, how often do you really have to fraternize with people who buy the same brand of vehicle as you?

 

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That is where you might be wrong.  While sales of the the 318ti hatchback in the US sucked, that was more due to the itty bitty 4 cyl engine that it was stuck with.  GTIs and hell even Civics stomped that poor thing.  BMW's 1 Series, while scoffed at by some when introduced is actually a success. BMW learned their lesson and put a proper engine in that car

Laugh at the C class but it is the most successful car MB sells.  And if I am not mistaken, the new CLA is below the C class on the MB totem.
this is what i (and i think CG) was talking about when referring to what i fear the CLA might be:



this car sucked. and it was super expensive if you looked at what it gave you versus what you paid. literally the only person who would buy it would be someone who HAD to have a Mercedes
post #9214 of 15744
HRoi, how much does that Audi driving school thing cost?

Jealous..
post #9215 of 15744
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Originally Posted by GreenFrog View Post

HRoi, how much does that Audi driving school thing cost?

Jealous..
apparently, just the cost of gas to drive to Palm Beach. Audi of America provides the cars, gas and light refreshments.

i signed up and they didn't ask me to pay or provide any cc information
post #9216 of 15744
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apparently, just the cost of gas to drive to Palm Beach. Audi of America provides the cars, gas and light refreshments.

i signed up and they didn't ask me to pay or provide any cc information

You forgot to read the fine print where you're obligated to buy a fully loaded A7 at the end of it. biggrin.gif

I picked A7 because I think that car is awesome
post #9217 of 15744
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

apparently, just the cost of gas to drive to Palm Beach. Audi of America provides the cars, gas and light refreshments.

i signed up and they didn't ask me to pay or provide any cc information

WTF?!

Where do I sign up?!

Serious.
post #9218 of 15744
they sent me a letter with an invite code. but you can go here and request an invite

http://www.audidrivingexperience.com

you can probably hit up the NJ event or Summit Point if you're willing to drive
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HOLY SHIT JUST SIGNED UP FOR SONOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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YISSSSSSS

THAT WAS ALL TOO EASY
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HOLY SHIT JUST SIGNED UP FOR SONOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



I'm at a loss. Its like a KKK member marrying a black girl so black she's blue. We need pics.
post #9221 of 15744
who knows, when we come back you might have some newly minted fellow Audi dickriders

i hope we get to drive them in the snow!!
post #9222 of 15744
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I'm at a loss. Its like a KKK member marrying a black girl so black she's blue. We need pics.

See, unlike you, I can actually appreciate other cars and brands. In fact, I used to drive an A4 in college, so, kindly steer yourself away from this thread where you add zero value.
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Originally Posted by gort View Post

Unless you are simply talking about the experience when taking the car to the dealer for work, how often do you really have to fraternize with people who buy the same brand of vehicle as you?

That's pretty much what I'm talking about. If you do normal maintenance of a new car that's twice a year. Anything untoward happens that adds to it. I want in, I want out, I want peaceful, I want a complimentary loaner of the same brand waiting for me to drive off in. If MB keeps putting out a bunch of low price point vehicles demand for service loaners will outstrip ability to provide and shitheads will abuse the loaners and cause grief for us more mature patrons.
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post


this is what i (and i think CG) was talking about when referring to what i fear the CLA might be:



this car sucked. and it was super expensive if you looked at what it gave you versus what you paid. literally the only person who would buy it would be someone who HAD to have a Mercedes

 

 

Actually the engine wasn't anemic and it sold well with women.  When I think of C class I think of these

 

http://media.ed.edmunds-media.com/mercedes-benz/c-class/2003/oem/2003_mercedes-benz_c-class_sedan_c320-sport_fq_oem_1_500.jpg

http://image.motortrend.com/f/roadtests/sedans/17545882/112_0904_13z%2B2009_mercedes_benz_c300%2Bfront_three_quarters_view.jpg

http://www.mercede-benz.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/2006-Mercedes-Benz-CLK-63-AMG-Mercedes-Benz-GLK-Mercedes-Benz-for-Sale.jpg

 

and not necessarily the hatchback. 


Edited by Rumpelstiltskin - 4/2/13 at 5:47pm
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

this car sucked. and it was super expensive if you looked at what it gave you versus what you paid. literally the only person who would buy it would be someone who HAD to have a Mercedes
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Actually the engine wasn't anemic and it sold well with women

These thoughts are not mutually exclusive.
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