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Month: October 2008
Atlanta Classic Cars – Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz Sale!

My Pre-Owned manager just gave us a list of cars that need to be sold quickly. He has lowered the prices to be the lowest in the area for comparable vehicles. Please call or e-mail if you would like all of the details on any of these vehicles or would like to set up a time to come by.

Stock # Year Model Miles Color Price Certification
11807P 2007 E350W 20,000 Silver $35,900 Certified
11804P 2004 SL500 38,000 Silver $39,900 Certified
11867PA 2008 S550V 16,000 Silver $69,900 Certified
11810P 2007 SLK280 18,000 Black $34,900 Certified
11921P 2005 C230 38,000 Blue $20,900 Certified
12087PA 2007 S550V 47,000 Black $59,900 Not Certified
12138P 2005 E320W 47,000 Black $25,900 Not Certified

The Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Warranty adds an additional year of coverage up to 100,000 miles. It also tells you that the car has been through an extensive reconditioning process. I can show you the repair order for what we have done to certify each vehicle. You will be impressed!

2010 Mercedes GLK350 – MotorWeek Car Keys

The 2010 GLK350 should be here in January. Here is a great overview from MotorWeek.

CNET – Mercedes C63 AMG vs. BMW M3

The tech website CNET just released a great comparision between the BMW M3 and the C63 AMG.
“The C63 is an absolute torque monster, which makes it more fun to drive at low speeds.”

“The COMAND system is light years ahead of the old iDrive system. The system smartly uses the instrument-cluster LCD for things like navigation prompts, so it’s easier to use while in motion.”

“With the money you’ll save by purchasing the C63, you’ll be able to buy new tires after you burn through the first set doing doughnuts in the parking lot.”

In the end…

“We are bracing ourselves for the howls of BMW fans. Hey, we like Bimmers, too, but all things taken into account, the C63 won out. In most rounds, the C63 scraped by the M3 just a little, gaining precious ground for cabin tech features, exterior looks, and price. For all-around performance, the cars tied–the C63 boosted by its bigger engine, the M3 helped by its DCT. After BMW updates its cabin tech and electronics interface next year, the M3 will probably fare better in a rematch.”

Read the full comparison at

Our 2009 GL320 and ML320 BlueTEC Test Vehicles are Here!

ML320 BlueTEC

Mercedes-Benz has sent us a 2009 ML320 BlueTEC and a 2009 GL320 BlueTEC to test drive for the next month. You might notice them on the road with their…distinctive wrapping. I went for a spin in the GL320 BlueTEC yesterday. I wanted to see how the 20″ run-flat tires impacted the ride quality. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the ride was as comfortable as it has ever been. I think Mercedes took great care to compensate for the run-flats with the suspension set up. Also, the 20″ size is not too big. It almost feels more suited to the size of the GL that the 18″ wheels did.

You can learn more at the Mercedes BlueTEC site or come in and see for yourself!

ML320 BlueTEC

ML320 BlueTEC

Atlanta Breast Cancer 3-Day is this Weekend!

Finally, after 6 months of preparation it is time for the 3-Day walk! Thanks to the generous support of Atlanta Classic Cars, clients, friends and family the ACC Breast Friends team has raised more than $31,000! We are excited to attend the event and see if the more than 600 miles of training walks have prepared us for 3 days and 60 miles. Wish us luck!

Mercedes-Benz Owner Loyalty is Top of the Charts!

I’ve always told people that once you buy a Mercedes you’ll have trouble driving anything else! These loyalty numbers for the 2nd Quarter of 2008 were just released.

Mercedes 51.02%
BMW 50.65%
Lexus 44.01%
Ferrari 40.29%
Cadillac 38.91%
Audi 34.01%
Lincoln 33.30%
Porsche 32.76%
Acura 31.05%

This means that more than 51% of Mercedes owners who purchased or leased a new vehicle chose another Mercedes! This information comes from reported vehicle registrations.

2009 Mercedes CLK350 Grand Edition

For Model Year 2009 Mercedes-Benz has announced the CLK Grand Edition for both the Coupe and Cabriolet. We have seen Grand Editions in the last year of a body style before as a way for Mercedes to raise the value of the outgoing model. With unique color combinations and options, the Grand Edition is usually a stunning vehicle at a very attractive price. Each dealership will only be allocated one of these vehicles automatically and must qualify to receive more. Please do let me know if you are interested.

The CLK Grand Edition is equipped with a unique interior including:

  • Tobacco brown leather with contrast stitching on seats, headrests, and door inserts
  • Black floormats with Grand Edition badging
  • Sport Steering Wheel with Gearshift Paddles
  • Rubber-studded aluminum pedals
  • Exterior enhancements for the CLK Grand Edition include:
  • 18″ AMG 5-spoke light alloy wheels
  • Sport bodystyling
  • Perforated brake discs with “Mercedes-Benz” calipers
  • Engraved aluminum Grand Edition badges mounted on each flank

The Premium 1 Package (P01), DVD Navigation (530), and Bluetooth Hands Free Communication Kit (050) are included to provide the most popular options including SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod integration.

While all CLK Grand Editions incorporate the above equipment, the Coupe and Cabriolet are distinguished from each other:

CLK350 Grand Edition Coupe:

  • Palladium Silver Metallic paint
  • Brushed Aluminum interior trim
  • 400 units production
  • $57,950 MSRP (including destination and delivery charge of $875)

CLK350 Grand Edition Cabriolet:

  • Diamond White Metallic paint
  • Dark Ash Wood interior trim
  • 600 units production
  • $66,950 MSRP (including destination and delivery charge of $875)
XM & Sirius Merge – Listen To Both In Your Mercedes

Owners of 2008 and newer Mercedes can now add “The Best of XM” to their existing account. However, some vehicles will require a trip to the shop for updated software.

If you have a 2008 or 2009 S/CL-Class or a 2009 SL/SLK/E/CLS/M/R/GL-Class with a Command head unit your software update should be available mid-October.

If you have a 2008 E/CLS/SLK-Class with a Command head unit the software update is currently being tested and they are hoping to have it available by the beginning of November.

All other 2008 and 2009 vehicles should receive “The Best of XM” without a software update.

Germany Trip

I’m working on getting some posts up of the photos I took while on the Mercedes Master Guild trip to Germany last week.

Gottlieb Daimler Wilhelm Maybach
Hanging with the boys.
Gottlieb Daimler & Wilhelm Maybach

2010 Mercedes E-Class Spy Photo

While I was in Germany last week a new photo of the 2010 E-Class hit the net courtesy of the German magazine Auto Zeitung. It’s not the best angle. From the side it looks very similar to the current C-Class.

2010 E-Class

You can get a better idea about what the interior will be like here.