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How to tell Mercedes-Benz Sedans Apart!

Mercedes Sedans

Over the last few years our core line-up of sedans has developed a “common design language.” This is generally a good thing as it elevates the appearance of all of the sedans and strengthens the Mercedes-Benz family resemblance.

However, for the average person that means it is harder and harder to tell the classes apart! I will admit that from a distance or while the car is moving even I can have trouble telling one from the other. Throwing in something tricky like a Luxury E-Class or a C43 can make it even more challenging!

Here is the secret:

The C-Class, the smallest sedan, has one eyebrow in the headlight. The medium-sized E-Class has two and the flagship S-Class has three. Pretty easy to tell them apart now, right? So easy!

A similar system is employed for the tail lamps too but from the back of the car you usually have the benefit of badging to help you identify which vehicle you are seeing. But be careful! There is an option from the factory to delete badging and some customers choose to debadge cars after the fact as well. You’d hate to be caught out! And what about those very bad Mercedes-Benz owners who add a fake badge to the car? Now you’ll know that that E63 is really a C-Class!

Now, there are exceptions. This only works since the 2018 S-Class received a facelift with the new 3-stripe headlamps. Also, the most basic C-Classes can have halogen headlights with no eyebrows at all. The SUVs and the coupes don’t participate in this easy to decipher head lamp system.

Next time you see Mercedes-Benz in a parking lot you’ll be able to casually say “That’s an E-Class” without having to walk to the back to look at the badging! Consider yourself a Mercedes-Benz expert!

Mercedes-Benz Owner’s Manuals

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When you purchase a new Mercedes-Benz you will receive a set of Owner’s Manuals. There is the traditional Manual that focuses on the physical features of the car and basic operation. In most new models this information is also available in the vehicle itself in the Digital Operator’s Manual.

Also included in the packet with your new car is a booklet detailing your New Car Warranty, a chart with the details of each regularly scheduled service and various other pamphlets with details about specific options and programs.

Mercedes-Benz stopped printing a separate book for the COMAND system a few years ago. It is not missing from your books! It simply does not exist anymore.

It is fairly common for these books to get lost as the vehicle changes hands over the years. There is nothing in these books that is specific to the vehicle at this point so that is not a big deal. Any set of books for a 2016 E-Class will look the same as any other 2016 E-Class.

COMAN Manual

If you are looking to find the information from these books the easiest way is to download them from the MBUSA website. It is quick and easy to choose your year and model. If you really wanted a hard copy you can print them from this file. This is also the only place to read the COMAND manual.

If you are looking for the authentic hard copies of the books then you will need to order them from your dealership’s parts department. They are rather expensive and take a few weeks to arrive.

You could also look online and see if anyone is selling a set. Perhaps they sold the car and found the books later. (This is the fate of nearly all cargo covers…found in the garage years later.)

So, if your previously enjoyed Mercedes-Benz is missing the books you can download them, order them or look for secondhand sources. Enjoy!

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan Coming to the US!

A-Class Sedan

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class made its debut recently and was extensively covered by the automotive press. Normally this hatchback doesn’t get any attention in the Untied States because it has never been sold here. However, this time is a little different.

No, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback is not coming to the US. However, the framework and technology will be translated to a more US-friendly sedan styled vehicle that we are expecting to be for sale by the end of calendar year 2018! The Concept A Sedan is featured in the Future Vehicle section of MBUSA and should give you a pretty good idea of what the A-sedan might look like.

Later on this A-Class architecture will be the basis for the next generation CLA and GLA-Class vehicles so we are getting a sneak peek into those models as well.

There are also a lot of great reviews of the A-Class hatchback that might help you understand the underpinnings of this new model.

Car and Driver – “When it comes to the user interface, infotainment, and telematics, the next A-class will be more advanced than the S-class. Or pretty much any other car in the market, for that matter.”

AutoWeek – “The launch of the A-Class sedan will be a pretty significant step for Mercedes-Benz in the States; it’s the first true sub-C-Class sedan model offered here (we’re not counting the near-fastback CLA), which should present a tempting option for those who do not want to stretch their budgets to the now-opulent C-Class but still want a small four-door sedan with a three-pointed star.”

Jalopnik – “The new A-Class is also apparently very safe: each piece of its body is made of high-strength materials and has a very rigid passenger cell, kind of like how Smarts are made.”

I do not have any details yet on this model for the US but we have already started an order list!

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!

Bear

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

AMG GT C

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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