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CD Player for 2017/2018 E-Class and 2018 S-Class

Mercedes CD Player

So, you drive one of the most technologically advanced vehicles in the world but you really like listening to CDs? I have heard this a surprising number of times since the 2017 E300 arrived without a CD player and the 2018 S-Class was not far behind. I had this same issue when the 2003 E-Class was the first car to arrive without a tape deck. I wonder what comes after Bluetooth streaming? Usually once all of my clients become comfortable with a technology is about the time the next new things arrives to shake it up!

Mercedes heard you still listen to CDs and has come up with a solution so you can be a little old-school. I have not seen this in person but it looks pretty simple and would not interfere with the scent diffuser. I bet if your got really crafty you could fit an 8-track in there too. :)

The accessories team is pleased to announce the availability of the NEW CD player retrofit suitable for select E-Class and S-Class vehicles. The retrofit accessory CD player supports all current music formats and is fully integrated into the operating logic of the vehicle. Artist, album, title and cover art image are shown on the vehicles central display and the CD drive is discreetly installed in the glove compartment to protect it from prying eyes.

  • CD ripping on to the head unit music register is not possible (this feature is not available in NTG5.5)
  • Single CD drive only
  • Functions: play, pause, stop, search forward/backward, track increment/decrement, direct track selection (Track “n”), disk check, CD-Text 
  • Supported formats: CD-DA, WAVE, CD-R, CR-RW, mp3, m4a, FLAC
  • Part Numbers: A222 820 6306, A222 826 1300, A213 820 7802, A000 983 3800

The cost should be around $300 for the parts, plus installation. Please contact your dealership parts department to make sure they are in stock or orderable.

Happy New Year!

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Rolling into the New Year like this laid back bear in a C63! Time for a little rest and relaxation before coming back for an exciting 2018!

Georgia Tag Renewal – Now Available at Kroger!

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If you are anything like me, you have forgotten to renew your tag. Now it is your birthday and you have an expired tag and inevitably this will be the day you see every police car in the county! You can pay it online but there is a fee and it will take a few days to arrive in the mail.

Well, this problem has been solved! I found this great article on AJC.com and I thought I should spread the word!

  • Residents use the kiosks by scanning their Georgia driver’s licenses or their mailed vehicle renewal notices.
  • The kiosks give residents a self-service option to instantly print their tags, including stickers for vehicle license plates.
  • The kiosks are located at Kroger stores in DeKalb County at 6678 Covington Highway, in Newton County at 5341 Highway 20 South and in Cobb County at 3240 South Cobb Drive.
Toys for Tots from the Mercedes-Benz Club of America!

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Thank you to the Peachtree Section of The Mercedes-Benz Club of America for sending all of the toys collected at your holiday luncheon back to Atlanta Classic Cars to fill our convertibles! What a generous group of Mercedes-Benz Enthusiasts! It filled an entire C63 AMG. We’re going to have to break out the S-Class convertibles if this keeps up!

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Side note: I have been a member of the MBCA for a long time. Even if you just subscribe to get The Star Magazine it is well worth it! I was just notified that I need to renew. If you happen to join and use my member number I get a free month! *wink, wink

Use my Member Code and I get a free month! C119523

Toys for Tots at Atlanta Classic Cars

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It is Toys for Tots time at Atlanta Classic cars! Every year we fill a convertible (or two) for the Marines to take to deserving children at the holidays! We kicked off the annual drive during our Thanksgiving luncheon and are looking forward to piling the toys high!

If you are planning to visit Atlanta Classic Cars for service or sales during December, please bring along an upwrapped toy or book to add to the collection. Or have the kids bring something! It makes you feel all warm and fuzzy to spread the joy.

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Jalopnik Review of the GT C Roadster and the 300SL

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The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster is quite a looker! The proportions are amazing. It is both luxurious and sporty. The folding soft top is a marvel of efficiency and space savings. If I needed to drive a practical car as a daily driver, I would want this for the weekends!

GT C Roadster And Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster Both Hail From A Golden Age

The photography in this article from Jalopnik really caught my eye. They were able to drive a GT C and a classic 300SL together and the similarities are so beautiful. Both of these cars look like artwork when parked.

Please do take a moment and admire the images. Read the article too! The insights into the driving dynamics of the two vehicles is very interesting:

“I had altered my standards of comfort to fit the car. Is that weird? Honestly, it’s because everything else is so staggeringly good that you simply don’t care about stupid things like comfort anymore.”

“I’d never driven a car that felt so unshakably capable. Even the thuds that sounded from closing its doors inspired confidence. The sheer strength of the engine, the force of its brakes and its tight suspension all shouted in my ear that there was little this car couldn’t do. This was what modern was supposed to be. This was what modern was supposed to feel like. ”

“Getting into the SL involved climbing over its formidable sills—wide, because of the Gullwing’s design, which came first. And because this was a car from the 1950s, there was nothing in the way of seat belts roll-over protection. That, at least, made the visibility incredible. ”

“That was the spookiest thing about the 300SL Roadster. It didn’t feel old at all. It was comfortable and agreeable. Totally daily drivable. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I certainly wasn’t expecting something that felt comparable in quality to a car you could buy new today.”

The Mercedes-Benz Winter Event at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Mercedes star wreathHave you been thinking about a new car but keep putting it off? Do you have some expensive repairs coming up on your old car? Do you just have an itch for something new? Now is your moment! November and December are Winter Event months for Mercedes-Benz. This a great time to take advantage of special offers and the latest models!

2018 GLA250

Nearly all of our 2018 models have arrived and they ship us some extras for the end of the year rush. Please don’t wait until the last minute! If you are thinking about getting a new car before the end of the year, start shopping now. It will give me time to hunt down the perfect colors and options for you. Some models are still a little limited and I would hate for you to feel like you have to settle for something you don’t love.

Mercedes-Benz USA has excellent Lease and Finance offers available right now. Did you know we can even lease our 2017 former loaner vehicles? These can be very attractive leases that you might not expect from a luxury vehicle. Also, we have Loyalty Programs that will let you make the switch rm your current Mercedes to a new Mercedes sooner than you thought!

Stelvio Pass Mercedes

Maybe you are planning to swing by Germany for the Christmas Markets? I have a list of vehicles that are ready for immediate pick-up via the European Delivery Program! You can kill two birds with one stone. It will be a great vacation and the new car will arrive in a few weeks!

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Having trouble deciding which Mercedes is right for you? I can help! I have more than 200 new vehicles and 100 Certified Pre-Owned vehicles in stock. I also have bows! I know that everyone wants a new car with a big red bow! Get in touch! jcw@atlantaclassiccars.com

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Mercedes-Benz Cabriolets at Atlanta Classic Cars!

Now that the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class cabriolet has arrived we have fresh top-down fun in all sizes! Here is some quick info to decide which on is right for you!

Cabriolet [kab-ree-uhley] noun

1. a light, two-wheeled, one-horse carriage with a folding top, capable of seating two persons.
2. an automobile resembling a coupe but with a folding top.

C-Class

  • Base price $51,200
  • Available as C300, C300 4matic C43 and C63
  • Small and sporty but still very comfortable

E-Class

  • Base Price $66,300
  • Available as E400 and E400 4matic
  • Mid-sized, powerful, luxurious

S-Class

  • Base Price $131,400
  • Available as S550, S63, S65 and soon, the S650
  • The epitome of a luxury cabriolet. Nothing better!

For most people the price will be the starting point, but there are more factors! For example, the C43 and the E400 would be similar in price. However, they have very different personalities! The C43 is aggressive where the E400 is smooth. Do you want exhaust note? That is the C43!

The S-Class might be twice the price of the E400 but it could be the only cabriolet you ever buy! It is a classic. There is absolutely nothing in the looks, power, interior or overall feel that could be better! Spend more now, but never say goodbye!

All of these cabriolet are equipped with amazing technology. I am personally a huge fan of the AIRCAP and integrated wind diffuser. The AIRCAP pops up just about the windshield and directs the air higher, over the passengers and then the diffuser blocks it from swirling back inside.

Airscarf is another top-down must-have. This neck level vent directs warm air over your neck and shoulders, making it comfortable to be top-down to very low temperatures.

The Mercedes-Benz soft-top itself is also fantastic. There is minimal wind noise and it looks so rich!

While I am at it…I ran across this site while I was googling and will now be using it for all of my Mercedes Technology References.

Come pick out your cabriolet today!

Mercedes-Benz Parking at Mercedes-Benz Stadium!

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One of my clients sent me this picture from a recent Atlanta United Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. This is the Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Lot located just steps from Gate 1! She said it looked a lot like the dealership parking lot. Maybe you can do a little shopping for your next car while you are there!

Here are the details:

The Mercedes-Benz Loyalty Parking Lot is located on Northside Drive between Magnolia and Rhodes Streets and closest to Gate 1 of the stadium. The Mercedes-Benz Lot will be made available for online reservation on a first come, first serve basis starting at 12 noon two days prior to each ticketed event at the stadium, and the reservations will close when all available spots are reserved.  Starting at that time, you can seek to reserve your space on http://parking.mercedesbenzstadium.com.  There is no charge for these spaces.  All vehicles entering the lot to park MUST BE Mercedes-Benz vehicles ONLY. If you are not driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle you will be asked to park elsewhere.  Only those with a reserved spot, parking pass from Park Mobile and driving a Mercedes-Benz vehicle will be able to park in this lot.

If you happen to park there, send me a picture. I know I’ll be reserving my spot the next time I am headed to the Stadium!

2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Sedan – E-Class with a V6

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The redesigned 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been heralded as the most technologically advanced vehicles available! New safety features, steering wheel touchpads, Car to X communication and more! The redesign made it more spacious than the previous generation. The interior is beautiful, with a very quiet cabin and high end surfaces. If there was one fault with the car it was the limited engine choices.

The 4-cylinder engine in the E300 is fantastic. It is plenty of power for daily driving and the 9-speed transmission gives it great acceleration. It is smooth, quiet and has excellent fuel economy! I have been on many, many test drives when people did not realize that that the E300 was a 4-cylinder at all. However, it is sometimes hard to convince a V6 driver that the 4-cylinder will be adequate.

The Mercedes-AMG E43 is also a great choice. The AMG-enhanced V6 delivers more power and a more aggressive feel. It has a sporty ride with amazing handling characteristics. For a client looking for a powerful and sporty E-Class this is a good option. However, it is aimed more at performance than luxury. We lacked a middle ground – more power, less sport.

Well, for 2018 Mercedes-Benz USA is correcting this issue! The 2018 E400 4matic sedan will be arriving in the 4th quarter of 2017! Here is what I know:

  • Starts at $58,900
  • Unique standard 18” wheel design
  • 4MATIC all-wheel drive is standard
  • 3.0 liter biturbo V6 engine delivers
  • 329hp and 354 lb-ft of torque
  • 9G-TRONIC Transmission
  • Positioned between the E300 and the AMG E43

Our first 2018 E400 sedans are currently in production and should arrive in the US soon. There are still productions slots available for customization that will be ready before the end of the year. So, if you have been holding off on the E-Class, now would be a great time to take another look!

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