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Atlanta Classic Cars – Daylight Saving Time & Free Multi-point Inspection

If you live in the Greater Atlanta area and need someone to adjust the time in your Mercedes for Daylight Saving Time you can bring your vehicle to Atlanta Classic Cars during normal business hours and our Mercedes-Benz trained technicians will be happy to assist you. They will reset your clock and answer any other operational questions you may have.

While you’re here, request a complimentary multi-point inspection to ensure your vehicle is safe for upcoming shorter days and longer nights. If maintenance or repairs are recommended, receive 15% off parts and labor. But hurry! This offer expires on November 28, 2009!

You must set an appointment by calling 770 279 3600 and asking for the appointment desk.

If you don’t live in the Atlanta area or would just like to take care of this yourself read my post on setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz.

I Recommend You Join the Mercedes-Benz Club of America!

MBCA Logo

The Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) is a non-profit group founded in 1956 as a way for Mercedes-Benz owners in the United States to keep in touch. There are currently more than 20,000 members who participate in car shows, driving events, tech session and social gatherings sponsored by the club. The MBCA is sanctioned by MBUSA, although not an affiliate.

MBCA member benefits include:
The Star magazine
– this bi-monthly publication features beautiful photography, new-car road tests, MBUSA news, club events and much more.
MBUSA Loyalty Reward Program – If you are a MBCA member for more than 12 months immediately preceding the purchase of a new or pre-owned Mercedes you are eligible to receive a gift card for parts, service and accessories at the dealership. New cars qualify for $1500 and Certified Pre-Owned for $750!
Enthusiast Groups, Club Forums, Local Chapter Newsletters, Access to the Technical Library, Trips to Germany and more!

Membership is a bargain for all of the benefits that you receive. A one year membership is $45, 2 years for $87 and 3 years for $127. If you currently have a Mercedes you will appreciate the informative magazine and the network of other owners. If you are planning to buy another Mercedes in the future you’ll benefit hugely from the Loyalty Reward Program.

Follow this link to sign up online!

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC Alternative Motor Vehicle Tax Credit – ML320, GL320, and R320

Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC

The Alternative Motor Vehicle credit (30b) that can be used to get a tax credit for purchasing one of our diesel SUVs has been improved by the stimulus bill. You can now claim the full credit amount regardless of your personal tax situation and income. This change applies to BlueTEC SUVs purchased after January 1st, 2009.

Important notes on the tax credit:
Must be purchased, not leased
The credit is claimed on your Income Tax Returns, not at time of sale
The upcoming ML450 and S400 hybrids will qualify for the same program, amounts to be determined.
Toyota/Lexus are no longer eligible for these credits
2009 ML320 BlueTEC qualifies for $900 credit
2009 GL320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1800 credit
2009 R320 BlueTEC qualifies for $1550 credit

European Delivery Dates Announced For 2010 Mercedes-Benz Models

Mercedes-Benz offers an amazing program called European Delivery. You can order your vehicle at your local dealership, fly to Germany to pick it up, tour Europe for a few weeks in your new car and then have it shipped to your local dealership. It takes a little pre-planning but you do get a nice discount on the vehicle and it often pays for your vacation!

The earliest possible delivery dates for the 2010 models are as follows:
C-Class July 27, 2009
GLK350W April 15, 2009
GLK350W4 February 25, 2009
E350W, E550W July 20, 2009
E350W4, E550W4 September 28, 2009
CLS-Class August 19, 2009
SLK-Class October 19, 2009
SL-Class October 19, 2009
S-Class August 19, 2009

This is the first time that you can purchase an SUV through the European Delivery Program! Also, the E-Class is available for pick-up quite soon after the official launch of the new body style this summer. There is usually more of a delay. You can visit the European Delivery Site for more information or contact your local dealer.

Atlanta Gas Shortage – Premium vs. Regular Grade Gas for Your Mercedes

I have had several customers call me about what to do for fuel during the shortage here in Atlanta. Many of our local gas station are out of everything but Regular Grade.

According to the owner’s manual, you may use Regular Grade fuel in your vehicle if the higher grades are unavailable. However, you need to change how you are driving. It is recommended you do not accelerate quickly and do not exceed 3000 RPM. If you can, put in less than half a tank and add Premium Grade back as soon as possible. We are not recommending that you put Regular Grade in an AMG vehicle.

Trailer Hitch Recall for 2006-2008 ML and GL Vehicles

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for the trailer hitch on ML and GL vehicles, 2006 through 2008 with a VIN ending in A419399 and lower. It is recommended that you do not tow anything until the recall work is performed! When you bring the vehicle in for the this work, a certified welder will reweld the seams connecting the trailer hitch receiver to the attachment bar used to secure the trailer hitch to the body frame. It should take about 2 hours to complete.

If your vehicle is part of this recall you should have received this letter from MBUSA. However, I know sometimes people move or purchase the car privately and Mercedes may not have your address.

Safety first!

Atlanta Classic Cars Can Give Your Mercedes A Spring Cleaning!

Here at Atlanta Classic Cars we want to take great care of your Mercedes-Benz! Our detail department is top notch and we offer several great packages to keep your car looking pristine! You can schedule a detail through the appointment desk by calling 770-279-3600 or just ask your service advisor to add one on next time you are in for regular maintenance. (Please allow for extra time…Perfection can’t be rushed!)

Classic Car Wash – Free with any service or $14.95
Includes basic car wash, tire cleaning and dressing, window cleaning, vacuum and a shampoo of the four floormats.

Impeccable Interior – $79.95
Includes the Classic Car Wash plus cleaning the hard to reach areas between the seats, rear window area and brake light area, center console, dash and seats. We shampoo the carpets, mats, door panels, headliner and trunk.

Gorgeous Exterior – $89.95
Includes the Classic Car Wash followed by a premium paint sealant for a long lasting finish. All exterior trim and the tires are cleaned. This is all done by hand – No buffers!

Complete Detail – $149.95
Combines the Impeccable Interior with the Gorgeous Exterior at a value added price.

Executive Detail – $249.95
The Complete Detail plus a thorough cleaning of the engine and engine compartment.

European Delivery

The Factory at Sindelfingen
Have you heard about the European Delivery Program (EDP)? This program allows you to pick up your custom ordered vehicle directly from the factory in Germany! You then get to drive it anywhere in Europe for up to 2 weeks and simply drop it off at one of 12 locations to be shipped right to the dealership for you to pick up again.
Not only do they not charge extra for this program, you get a discount! C, E, CLK, SLK, CLS and SL-Classes can be purchased with a 7% discount from MSRP! S-Class and AMG vehicles can be picked up via EDP as well, with special approval, at MSRP.
If you were thinking of traveling to Germany anyway, or would love the full Mercedes experience, I am sure you would love European Delivery! Mercedes just launched a new virtual tour that is very informative (and enticing). Let’s plan your next vacation!
Setting the clock in your Mercedes-Benz

The time has come to reset the clock in your vehicle. Some of your vehicles may have automatically reset…some may have done so on the wrong day…and some might not do it at all! Here are some of the standard ways to reset the clock.

Setting the Clock Using the Multifunction Steering Wheel
Vehicles without COMAND VEHICLES WITHOUT NAVIGATION UNIT

Changing dashboard clock:
1. With engine running and car in Park, press left side lower button on steering wheel until Settings appears in the lower display of speedometer. Do not press Reset at this time.
2. Press the up arrow button located on the left side of steering wheel and a menu will appear in the lower display of the speedometer. Scroll down to Time or Time/Date using the (+) or (-) button on the right side of steering wheel.
NOTE: You must continue tapping the (+) or (-) button on steering wheel until menu appears. On some models, the Time/Date option is listed under submenu Vehicle.
3. Ensure Time is highlighted and press the up arrow to view Clock Hours then press (+) or (-) to adjust the hour. If minutes do not require adjusting, skip to step 5.
4. Press the up arrow (steering wheel) until Clock Minutes is displayed. Press (+) or (-) to adjust minutes.
5. Press the Reset or R button (small round button to the left of the fuel gauge). Clock will now run backward to 12 noon then automatically advance to the correct time.
6. Press the Page button on the left side of steering wheel to exit.


Setting the Clock Using the COMAND Controls
VEHICLES WITH NAVIGATION UNIT – not connected to Tele Aid

1. Ensure engine is running.
2. Press the SERV button on the left side of COMAND (3rd button down on left side next to TEL).
The system screen will appear. If not, click the SYSTEM soft key.
3. Press the TIME soft key.
4. Use the left or right arrow keys to select hours or minutes.
5. Press the up or down arrow keys to set the minutes and hours.
6. Each time the up or down arrow is pressed, the time will change in 30-minute increments.
7. Press the BACK soft key button or OK button.
8. Time is set. Analog clock on dash will automatically change also.
If the analog dashboard clock does not change along with the COMAND unit clock, turn engine off and on again or ensure the TIME SYNC is checkmarked ON in the settings menu under TIME/DATE sub heading.
If the Time Sync menu is missing, or Time Sync is on and the analog clock does not change, follow these instructions:
1. With engine running and car in Park, press left side lower button on steering wheel until the Settings display appears in the lower display of speedometer. Do not press Reset at this time.
2. Press the up arrow button located on the left side of steering wheel. A menu will appear in lower display of speedometer. Scroll down to Time or Time/Date using the (+) or (-) button on the right side of steering wheel.
NOTE: You must continue tapping the (+) or (-) button on steering wheel until menu appears. On some models, the Time/Date option is listed under submenu Vehicle.
3. Ensure Time is highlighted and press the up arrow to view Clock Hours then press (+) or (-) to adjust the hour. If minutes do not require adjusting, skip to step 5.
4. Press the up arrow (steering wheel) until Clock Minutes is displayed. Press (+) or (-) to adjust minutes.
5. Press the Reset or R button (small round button to the left of the fuel gauge). Clock will now run backward to 12 noon then automatically advance to the correct time.
6. Press the Page button on the left side of steering wheel to exit.


Setting the Clock for Vehicles without COMAND and GPS
1. To set the hours, pull out the right knob in the instrument cluster and turn it counterclockwise.
2. To set the minutes, pull out the right knob in the instrument cluster and turn it clockwise.
3. To set the clock by a single hour or a few minutes, turn the knob a few degrees in the direction indicated for hours or minutes.

Garage Door Programming

This is a common question on new Mercedes. If this doesn’t help the best thing to do is call the company that makes your garage door opener. The system is called HomeLink and it is the same system that is in all vehicles. They may know a trick!

Step 1 Turn your key to the ON position, but do not start the vehicle.
Step 2 To program the system for the first time, press and hold the two outer buttons of the in-vehicle Mercedes garage door opener (A and C). Release the buttons only when the indicator light begins to flash. This should take approximately 20 seconds. (If you are programming the more than one garage door opener buttons do not perform this step — proceed to step 3.)
Step 3 Hold your hand-held remote control (E) approximately 2 to 5 inches away from the in-vehicle remote control buttons (A, B, C), keeping the indicator lamp (D) in view.
Step 4 Using both hands, simultaneously press and hold one of the in-vehicle buttons you wish to program (A or B or C), as well as the hand-held transmitter button (E). If the in-vehicle button has not previously been programmed, the indicator lamp (D) will begin to flash slowly. DO NOT release the buttons until the indicator lamp changes from a slow to a rapid flash. If the button has already been programmed, the indicator lamp will only start flashing after 20 seconds. To erase any previous programming start from Step 2.
Step 5 Press and hold the programmed button (A, B or C), and watch the indicator lamp (D). If the indicator lamp is solid, the button is programmed and your garage door should open when the programmed button is pressed and released.
If the indicator lamp blinks rapidly for 2 seconds and then turns solid, this means you have a rolling code system. If your garage door opener uses rolling code, please proceed with the instructions below.

To program a garage door opener that uses rolling code, follow these instructions after completing Steps 1 through 5. 2
Step 6 Locate the “training” button on the garage door opener’s motor head unit. Depending on the manufacturer of your garage door opener, the training button may also be called the “smart” or “learn” button. Press the “training” button. After pressing the button you have 30 seconds to start Step 7.
Step 7 Firmly press the programmed in-vehicle garage door opener button (A, B or C), hold for two seconds and release. Repeat the press/hold/release sequence up to three times to complete the programming.

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