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Yesterday, 06:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I live on Long Island but...

Just my $.02:

I live on Long Island but drive to southern Vermont between 8 and 10 time to go skiing. My trips are between December and March.

Previous to my 2019 E450 I had a 2016 E350, both...
06-13-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By JTK44

Just curious: Why would you think that...

Just curious:

Why would you think that Roadside assistance would not respond to a flat - regardless of whether you have run flats or regular tires?

It is my understanding that Roadside...
06-10-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I use the suggested air...

Just my $.02:

I use the suggested air pressure on the fuel flap plus 10%.

So if the suggested pressure is 33 psi., when cold I keep the pressure at 36 psi. I find the ride the same as at 33...
06-07-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,487
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Many, many years ago I leased...

Just my $.02:

Many, many years ago I leased a similar car: It was a Porsche Boxster driven by a national rep of Porsche. The car was never titled and my warranty ran from my date of lease, so I...
05-23-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 874
Posted By JTK44

Why I have the luxury styling and not the sport...

Why I have the luxury styling and not the sport edition: more than 1/2 inch of extra clearance when parking!

But you guys who bought the sport knew that didn't you!

It is what is called "form...
05-17-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 492
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I have been leasing Audi, BMW,...

Just my $.02:

I have been leasing Audi, BMW, Porsches, Fords, Hondas, Subarus and Mercedes (they may have been others as well) for over 30 years.

The acquisition fee is set by the leasing...
05-01-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,073
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: When I owned a Audi A8L I had...

Just my $.02:

When I owned a Audi A8L I had it in for service. I noticed in the parts department several flats of new tires - between 40 and 80 new tires. Clearly marked on each flat was "TIRE...
04-26-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,046
Posted By JTK44

Thanks. I thought your were referring to...

Thanks.

I thought your were referring to something new in present day windshields that causes chipping now that didn't happen in the past.

In fact safety glass, also known as laminated glass,...
04-25-2019, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,046
Posted By JTK44

Dear rustybear3: You posted: "Today's...

Dear rustybear3:

You posted:

"Today's modern windshields are more fragile due to the heat and pressure used in the lamination process. The glass outer layers go through a lot of stress, which...
04-25-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,679
Posted By JTK44

+1

+1
04-23-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,138
Posted By JTK44

Just an observation: If you use Mercedes ME...

Just an observation:

If you use Mercedes ME for sending routes in advance, then instead you can enter your destination into WAZE, use your USB cable to connect to the digital screen. Difference...
04-22-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,138
Posted By JTK44

Dear UA549: You wrote: A USB cable is a...

Dear UA549:

You wrote:

A USB cable is a big deal. I am in and out of my car every few minutes and would have to disconnect/reconnect every few minutes as well.

I doubt you need WAZE for a...
04-22-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,138
Posted By JTK44

Couple of points: Very, very easy to toggle...

Couple of points:

Very, very easy to toggle between Apple Car Play (Waze) and anything else. I do it all the time without every taking my eyes off the road.

USB cord is necessary - but no big...
04-22-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,138
Posted By JTK44

You plug the cell phone in and forget about it -...

You plug the cell phone in and forget about it - better yet when you do, it keeps your phone charged at 100%!

You do realize that with Apple play, you are not looking at your cell phone but at...
04-22-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,138
Posted By JTK44

Query: Do you use MB navigation or Waze? ...

Query:

Do you use MB navigation or Waze?

I have tried both and find Waze much, much better - far better with up to date traffic than MB navigation so much so, I never even bother with MB...
04-16-2019, 06:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,057
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: When I leased my 2016 E350 and...

Just my $.02:

When I leased my 2016 E350 and my present 2019 E450 I bought the prepaid maintenance from Mercedes Benz. The cost was put into my lease and residualized. For service I went to my...
04-13-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,219
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02 I use the levels at the fuel...

Just my $.02

I use the levels at the fuel tank + 2 lbs.

I have a very good air compressor with a tank so adjusting the tire pressure for me is easy. I use a good air gauge and then compare...
04-06-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By JTK44

Here is the latest information I could find: ...

Here is the latest information I could find:

2016 sales 3,419 vehicles representing 1.2% of the market
2017 sales 3,787 vehicles representing 1.3% of the market

Doesn't nearly everyone in...
04-06-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 891
Posted By JTK44

Just my observations: I use Sirius but love...

Just my observations:

I use Sirius but love to listen to the NY Mets (no comment here - I know I am glutton for punishment). They are broadcast on FM 880 HD #2 and the sound and reception are...
04-01-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 653
Posted By JTK44

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/320x240/0001_mb_a6e32f60e81d9f5cbd2b7ac8c42cbcb82e57d506.jpg
Just my $.02.

No one is in the passenger seat and the light is on - indicating...
03-31-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 749
Posted By JTK44

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/2000x1504/service_a_with_mileage_cdc2c1165a491c4f72ff864d27584f8339e67e62.jpg
Actual mileage...
03-31-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 749
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: The A service is basically oil...

Just my $.02:

The A service is basically oil change, filter and inspections.

As MB now uses synthetic oil, the life span is much, much longer than old conventional oil.

Here in the US, the A...
03-29-2019, 10:24 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,469
Posted By JTK44

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1080x810/mercedes_mpg_2b7d8dea7700b25e3b58c3f03ee2dcd430e78465.jpg
Just got back from going to Vermont and back.

Do not know how I did it:...
03-29-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By JTK44

Not to go off topic; When you lease, you should...

Not to go off topic; When you lease, you should put everything into the lease and never put money down to reduce the lease payment or for example pre pay anything, including sales tax or...
03-29-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,083
Posted By JTK44

As noted below I have a 2019 E450 Luxury which I...

As noted below I have a 2019 E450 Luxury which I got at the end of December 2018.

I now have about 2700 miles on the car and have driven it to Vermont three times (round trip 520) miles. So the...
03-29-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By JTK44

Hope this helps: There have been many...

Hope this helps:

There have been many threads on pre-paid maintenance and the conclusion is that with many dealers having specials and coupons, buying the pre-paid maintenance is not a good deal....
03-18-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

You can write whatever you want, but facts do...

You can write whatever you want, but facts do matter.

2018 calendar year sales of model year 2018, second year of production were 10% lower than 2017 calendar year sales of 2017 model, the first...
03-18-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

Dear UA549: This thread is about sales in a...

Dear UA549:

This thread is about sales in a calendar year - not sales of model years.

In 2017, (January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017) those were sales of model year 2017 - the first year of...
03-18-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

Dear Germancar1: I believe the first year of...

Dear Germancar1:

I believe the first year of production for the new E Class was model year 2017.

That would make model year 2018 the second and not the third year of production.

2019 would...
03-18-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,798
Posted By JTK44

Dear Germancar1: I believe the first year of...

Dear Germancar1:

I believe the first year of production for the new E Class was model year 2017.

That would make model year 2018 the second, not third year of production.

2019 would be third...
03-18-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 78,614
Posted By JTK44

To convert MF to interest multiply by 2400: ...

To convert MF to interest multiply by 2400:

.00360 X 2400 = 8.64%
03-17-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Luxury is now being defined...

Just my $.02:

Luxury is now being defined differently than 10 years ago: gone are 0-60 times, g forces generated and lap times around a closed circuit. How many of us actually ever use the...
03-17-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

This past winter while skiing we rented a GMC...

This past winter while skiing we rented a GMC Suburban (we were four adults and two children plus ski gear) and it was the worst vehicle I have ever driven. Cannot imagine driving a Suburban on a...
03-17-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

Statistics from the original article: note sales...

Statistics from the original article: note sales are pretty much in line with what RBRYLAW posted above, but are down over 10% from 2017.

When sales are down 10% in one year on a model that is...
03-17-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,589
Posted By JTK44

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/810x1080/12_volt_1_f7ffcdc0281d9521eef1f9627a203ad8bfb7830b.jpg...
03-17-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,589
Posted By JTK44

Instead of having to open the trunk and hook up...

Instead of having to open the trunk and hook up to the battery, a pain in the as*, you get one that connects to the cigarette lighter. Our Boxster is not used on a daily basis. The charger with...
03-16-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,589
Posted By JTK44

Dear 2012 Merc amg: The CTEK trickle...

Dear 2012 Merc amg:

The CTEK trickle charger, see post #3, does not constantly charge: Constantly charging a battery will fry the battery.

Any good trickle charger will turn on and off: it...
03-16-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,589
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Buy a trickle charger. I have...

Just my $.02:

Buy a trickle charger. I have one that plugs into the cigarette lighter. Very convenient.

FYI, I have been using one for my 2008 Boxster and the present battery is 7 years old...
03-16-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

Dear Tekserv: I was embarrassed to tell my...

Dear Tekserv:

I was embarrassed to tell my wife that the GLE costs thousands of dollars less than my E450.

She thought the GLE should have cost thousands more - not less. Hard to disagree -...
03-16-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,650
Posted By JTK44

I read the article and quite frankly I was...

I read the article and quite frankly I was shocked!

As many of you know I only lease: If there was any doubt of the many advantages of leasing over buying add “slow selling” to the list. As the...
03-16-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,469
Posted By JTK44

My observations: Most EV calculate...

My observations:

Most EV calculate electricity at between $.07 and $.10 per KWH.

Here on Long Island (because of the closed Shoreham Nuclear Power Plant - actually never opened but we must...
03-16-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,469
Posted By JTK44

Sometimes principal is more important than what...

Sometimes principal is more important than what something costs:

VW, Audi and Porsche (and possibly others) KNOWINGLY falsified tests all in the name of corporate profit and greed.

Worse is...
03-16-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,469
Posted By JTK44

Just my $,02 (opinion only) Before the...

Just my $,02 (opinion only)

Before the scandal I thought diesel was the way to go: 50mpg, low emissions and with further development I was sure that 75 mpg with low end torque was on the horizon....
03-15-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 607
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: When I used to have English...

Just my $.02:

When I used to have English cars there was a theory that every now and then you had to rev them during the break in period. Further driving at a constant speed, for example 60 mph...
03-15-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Discounts vary model to model: For example...

Discounts vary model to model:

For example on a lease the residual on the E450 is higher than on a E300, and much higher than on an E53. Similarly, the MF on an E450 is higher than on an E300, but...
03-15-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Exactly my point: both the C43 and E53 are...

Exactly my point: both the C43 and E53 are specialty cars that the dealer does not want in inventory!

On a "normal" E450 as I ordered, MSRP of about $70,000, you can expect a discount of between...
03-15-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Dear Frank: Have you tried using...

Dear Frank:



Have you tried using Costco? I did and their discount was about 10% - which any member of Costco would get.

Both the C43 or E53 are specialty cars. My experience was with a...
03-14-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Dear Cetialpha5: I agree 100%: you...

Dear Cetialpha5:

I agree 100%: you negotiate the price regardless of whether you purchase or lease.

Leasing: assuming excellent credit, the money factor from MB is fixed as well as the...
03-14-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Dear Dudley 07726: Have you ever negotiated...

Dear Dudley 07726:

Have you ever negotiated a price on a custom built car? I have on both Mercedes and BMW. Each purchase the discount was equal to or better than buying from inventory. The...
03-14-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

The point of this thread was “what is a...

The point of this thread was “what is a reasonable discount on a custom car?”(see above)

Based on my experience 10% or more.

That discount, actually a bit more, is what I received

While...
03-14-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Dear three MBs: The numbers I posted in the...

Dear three MBs:

The numbers I posted in the previous thread are actual, so I do not understand what you mean when you say:

"There's zero chance to get 12% off ordered car without financing or...
03-14-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

I agree: With a trade in you really do not know...

I agree: With a trade in you really do not know what the actual discount is.

Ditto with financing.

I had neither a trade in, my 2019 E450 replaced my 2016 E350 which was coming off lease nor...
03-14-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Go to the thread "Ordered 2019 E450: Money...

Go to the thread "Ordered 2019 E450: Money Factor, residual and lease payments" which I started for complete details.

Other's members have also set forth similar discounts.

FYIL

A. Lease...
03-14-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,020
Posted By JTK44

Sorry to completely disagree: As I...

Sorry to completely disagree:

As I previously posted, (see thread "Ordered 2019 E450: Money Factor, residual and lease payments")my made to order 2019 E450 had a MSRP of $70,205, plus two years...
03-04-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Must be the heat, although here on Long Island in...

Must be the heat, although here on Long Island in the summer temps on the road are often above 100/110 degrees.

At least 70% of my mileage is long driving either to Vermont at 75 mph or Long...
03-04-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Maybe you are correct! As I always keep my...

Maybe you are correct!

As I always keep my pressure at 35 psi, 3 lbs higher than recommended, my ride has been, at least to me, just fine.

My present car has Pirelli's and I also keep pressure...
03-04-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Really? When I turned in my 2016 MB at lease...

Really?

When I turned in my 2016 MB at lease end, 28,500 miles, it had 7/32 tread on the front, 8/32 tread on the rear: New tread was 10/32. I would have gotten 50,000 miles easily out of the...
03-04-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02 On all my MB the tires have...

Just my $.02

On all my MB the tires have been good for minimum of 40,000 miles.

Are you really going to take tires with 75% of their tread life left, replace them at a cost of over $1,000...
02-23-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 886
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: (and nothing more than my opinion...

Just my $.02: (and nothing more than my opinion which others will disagree with and they too are correct)

I think the E450 is the ultimate luxury sedan - the sedan of choice for executives...
02-11-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 569
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: As per my post on other...

Just my $.02:

As per my post on other threads, when pre-paid maintenance is put into a lease it is a good deal as it is residualized. If you cannot put it into a lease, then it is better to wait...
01-27-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 849
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Just coming out of a 2016 E...

Just my $.02:

Just coming out of a 2016 E 350 4matic and I am now in a 2019 E450 4 matic: the 2019 is better, quieter and especially the steering and handling, even in comfort mode. I drive back...
01-27-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,293
Posted By JTK44

I have the touch screen in my wife's Ford Edge...

I have the touch screen in my wife's Ford Edge Sport: no rotary knob. I hate it.

In my 2019 E450 I have disabled the touch pad: I hate it. I love the rotary knob which I can use without taking my...
01-20-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Many thanks for all the advice and information. I...

Many thanks for all the advice and information. I went out and looked again at the well in the trunk and I agree, it would not be possible to put even a doughnut (compact spare) there.

I really do...
01-19-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
Posted By JTK44

Here is an idea: Make Apple play and/or...

Here is an idea:

Make Apple play and/or Android Auto wireless, eliminate the Mercedes navigation and drop the price the car $1000 by eliminating the basically useless Mercedes navigation system...
01-19-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
Posted By JTK44

Actually the Super Charging stations are now on...

Actually the Super Charging stations are now on more than just interstate roads. You can google Tesla and see where they are. But having said that, the charging times I posted are still accurate...
01-19-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,862
Posted By JTK44

The sync button is on my 2019 E 450. I really...

The sync button is on my 2019 E 450. I really like it. My wheel vibrates as did the wheel in my 2016 E350.
01-18-2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,862
Posted By JTK44

Dear 2012 MERC AMG: Your dash looks...

Dear 2012 MERC AMG:

Your dash looks different from my 2019 E 450: I do not see the controls for the 4 AC vents: I am unable to get the four vents to light - yours are blue/violet.

Are the...
01-18-2019, 10:17 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
Posted By JTK44

BRAVO +1

BRAVO +1
01-18-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
Posted By JTK44

Super chargers will give a 50% charge in 30...

Super chargers will give a 50% charge in 30 minutes: 80% charge in 50/60 minutes and full charge in 80 minutes. I was figuring on two full charges, an additional 2 1/2 hours added to your trip!
01-18-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,282
Posted By JTK44

I hear you but it seems that present battery...

I hear you but it seems that present battery technology and weight considerations limit the maximum potential range to between 330 and 350 miles. That of course is assuming a constant driving speed...
01-18-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,242
Posted By JTK44

I use my car for skiing and need the extra ground...

I use my car for skiing and need the extra ground clearance in the snow and hence I get the Luxury Styling (same as my 2016 E350) which gives more than 1/2 inch of extra ground clearance plus I like...
01-18-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,242
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: 1) TEST DRIVE: there is no...

Just my $.02:

1) TEST DRIVE: there is no substitute for test driving the car. Before I got my 2019 E450 I spent an entire day in an E300 and realized, at least for me, that the 4-cylinder engine...
01-16-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,202
Posted By JTK44

No brainer! $5K to move from a C class to an E...

No brainer! $5K to move from a C class to an E class! You will get all of that back and then some on resale and/or trade in.

Congratulations.

I love your car but with my driving to Vermont...
01-16-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,213
Posted By JTK44

Test drive an E450. The V6 BiTurbo is silky...

Test drive an E450. The V6 BiTurbo is silky smooth, powerful and quiet. At 70 mph, the revs are about 1600. No fuss no bother -truly a luxury car and better than 30 mpg!
01-16-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,213
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02. I just came out of a 2016 E350...

Just my $.02.

I just came out of a 2016 E350 4matic with non run flat Michelins. Before that I had a 2013 BMW 535i xDrive with RF. The Mercedes with non RF was much smoother and quieter.

In...
01-16-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Pirelli is one of the few manufacturer's that...

Pirelli is one of the few manufacturer's that does not recommend the repair of their run flats. Pirelli gives a free replacement if first year or less than 3/32 of wear.

In any event most RF,...
01-16-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Just once again my $.02: I have had RF and...

Just once again my $.02:

I have had RF and there was a flat, nail and it was repaired and I drove the car and tire without incident for another 20,000. I kept the tire inflated so that it never...
01-16-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Nothing: up until the present...

Just my $.02:

Nothing: up until the present E Class, doughnuts were supplied in all cars including 4Matics.

Doughnuts are now an option on BMW 5 series. xDrive.

Audi A6 does not offer RF.
...
01-16-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

In other threads I have read that using the "fix...

In other threads I have read that using the "fix it can" makes the tire useless (too costly to remove all the gunk from the tire) and in addition you must replace the TPS and then pay to have the...
01-16-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Dear nycebo...

Dear nycebo (https://mbworld.org/forums/members/324182-nycebo.html):

Changing to non RF does not help: You have a flat in the middle of nowhere and you wait and wait for a flat bed to take you to...
01-16-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Dear threeMBs: Checked you link to Ebay: I...

Dear threeMBs:

Checked you link to Ebay: I assume that a doughnut that fits an E300 17" tire will also work with and E300 18" tire and and E450 18" which I have all being W213. What do you...
01-15-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Thanks guys! The tire fix, "fix it flat" in...

Thanks guys!

The tire fix, "fix it flat" in a can, I have decided against: In other forums it was posted that unless you scrap the stuff off within 24 hours, the tire and wheel are basically toast...
01-15-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Almost 200 views and no suggestions????????? ...

Almost 200 views and no suggestions?????????

Am I the only one worried about getting a flat with no spare and being more than 100 miles from the nearest Mercedes dealer or tire store that carries...
01-14-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By JTK44

Mine are the same: Off low intermittent ...

Mine are the same:

Off
low intermittent
high intermittent
constant low
constant high

I keep mine on high intermittent.
01-14-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By JTK44

Mine work without any "digital motion". Remember...

Mine work without any "digital motion". Remember there are two settings: normal and sensitive. Try the normal and it may be more to your liking.

By the way, did not know it ever rained in San...
01-13-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 955
Posted By JTK44

Couple of observations: On my new 2019 E450,...

Couple of observations:

On my new 2019 E450, MSRP of $70,205 my cost was $63,098 9.9% off of list. I took delivery on December 27, 2018. So I would expect a minimum of 20%/25% off of MSRP. on a...
01-13-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

Doubt that is a solution: I picked up my car on...

Doubt that is a solution: I picked up my car on December 27, 2018 - less than 3 weeks ago.

After the update on your car, were you able to adjust the nav screen - that is the 1/3 screen to the...
01-13-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

This morning the screen was at .5 miles! ...

This morning the screen was at .5 miles! However, withing 2 miles it went back to 600 feet. This was in local driving in my town - not on the interstate or rural roads.

I still cannot figure out...
01-11-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 78,614
Posted By JTK44

In New York and Washington, DC MSD by law are not...

In New York and Washington, DC MSD by law are not permitted so I have no experience with them. However, I have been leasing for over 30 years and I have had nothing but wonderful experience at lease...
01-11-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,621
Posted By JTK44

Doughnut spare tire for 2019 E 450

Did a quick search of threads on this forum but was unable to find the answer – if it is already out there please let me know and I will attempt to close this thread.

My 2019 E450 came with run...
01-07-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

Once on the interstate or rural roads the screen...

Once on the interstate or rural roads the screen goes from 600ft to .25 miles -but no further.
01-06-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

NYCEBO: This is exactly what happens to me: ...

NYCEBO:

This is exactly what happens to me: the screen next to radio screen stays at 600 feet regardless of what I do to the navigation screen - the large screen when in navigation mode - you...
01-05-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 2,477
Posted By JTK44

Happy to report a big fat NO to all of the above!...

Happy to report a big fat NO to all of the above!

I am off skiing which will cause:

1) Driving in the rain, snow and sleet and I will leave the car outside to "drip dry"
2) Windows will stay...
01-05-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

No I am talking about the main screen where you...

No I am talking about the main screen where you have the radio. (you picture shows the screen as 100% navigation) The screen to the left of the radio you have four settings:

1) Blank
2) Fuel...
01-05-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

Sometimes it is .25 miles but most of the time,...

Sometimes it is .25 miles but most of the time, at least for me, it is still 600 ft. even on the highway, regardless of what I set in the main navigation screen. Plus, I cannot figure out a way to...
01-04-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,048
Posted By JTK44

I would be guided by your owner's manual. The...

I would be guided by your owner's manual. The manual was written by the Germans who produced your car. They know what is and what is not necessary. What does your owner's manual say?
01-04-2019, 08:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 808
Posted By JTK44

Just my $02: Our local dealer charges $199 +...

Just my $02:

Our local dealer charges $199 + tax for the A service and $350 for the B service. That is $550 for A and B, times two $1100 so your cost of $1695 does not seem to be an efficient use...
01-04-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,262
Posted By JTK44

I use Navigation on the left third of the center...

I use Navigation on the left third of the center screen, radio in the center. Wondered why the nav screen was 600 feet. Now I know!

However, when using navigation, the auto zoom feature is nice...
01-04-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,862
Posted By JTK44

Color #22 (red) at intensity setting of 40 in...

Color #22 (red) at intensity setting of 40 in back and 30 in front.
01-02-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 215
Views: 78,614
Posted By JTK44

1. I heard somewhere MBFS no longer offers MF...

1. I heard somewhere MBFS no longer offers MF reduction on auto pay. Is this still the case or is this incorrect? What MF reduction should I expect?

That is correct. When you lease there is no...
01-02-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,697
Posted By JTK44

Happy that this worked out so well!

Happy that this worked out so well!
01-01-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,697
Posted By JTK44

I suggest a Plan B: Before you go to the...

I suggest a Plan B:

Before you go to the dealer, have a figure in mind that you are willing to spend to get out of the deal/lease. If you have only Plan A - returning the car, (remember that it...
12-31-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 241
Views: 17,832
Posted By JTK44

My experience: Picked up car on Thursday,...

My experience:

Picked up car on Thursday, December 27, 2019. ME Connect up and running on my iPhone by Saturday, December 29 and 100% operational, including tutorial videos, by Sunday, December...
12-31-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By JTK44

I am in the same situation: bought from one...

I am in the same situation: bought from one dealer and service at my local dealer. The service department of my local dealer has treated me wonderfully - even has given me a loaner, so I would not...
12-30-2018, 11:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,292
Posted By JTK44

Have you tried Sport or Sport+.in dynamic...

Have you tried Sport or Sport+.in dynamic settings?

As RBRYLAW correctly points out, expect a minimum of a 20% to 25% hit from MSRP if you sell now: (I received nearly 12% off of MSRP on my 2019...
12-30-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,510
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Just returned from a 300 mile...

Just my $.02:

Just returned from a 300 mile trip in my 2019 E450. Very pleasantly surprised that the gas mileage, while cruising at 75 mph was north of 30 mpg!

Like others I have been...
12-27-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,510
Posted By JTK44

Classic (sometimes Sport but not Progressive)...

Classic (sometimes Sport but not Progressive) with mileage in the center, then tachometer then navigation to the right and left of the radio stations!
12-25-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I insure with State Farm. I...

Just my $.02:

I insure with State Farm. I have had windshields replaced on two other cars an Infiniti and a Toyota. I lease my cars so I am concerned about after market parts and being charged at...
12-24-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By JTK44

Dear Cambridgehank: As I have been posting,...

Dear Cambridgehank:

As I have been posting, I am not a techie:

Could you post, giving steps that you used to transfer the saved positions from you present navigation system to the Flash drive...
12-24-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 675
Posted By JTK44

I am taking delivery on my 2019 E450 on Thursday ...

I am taking delivery on my 2019 E450 on Thursday

I really do not want to lose the saved destinations in the navigation on my 2016 E 350.

I am not techie and my dealer is willing to work with...
12-24-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,183
Posted By JTK44

Without beating this horse to death, if what you...

Without beating this horse to death, if what you say is correct, "If you don't really charge the battery during the test, then that will give you slightly better fuel economy." then all BMW would...
12-23-2018, 11:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,183
Posted By JTK44

I have never heard or read about this: Charging...

I have never heard or read about this: Charging a battery to less than full 100% to achieve better CAFE: Is this your opinion or do you know this for a fact? (I never had a battery failure on the...
12-23-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,183
Posted By JTK44

Not to go completely off topic but what do you...

Not to go completely off topic but what do you mean when you say:


The popular thing with manufacturers these days is to tweak their algorithm so that they don't fully charge the battery to get...
12-23-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,183
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I have a 2008 Porsche Boxster...

Just my $.02:

I have a 2008 Porsche Boxster which has less than 9,500 miles - needless to say it is not driven often. Even in the summer, it can go 10 days to 2 weeks without being driven and in...
12-22-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,906
Posted By JTK44

You have Sirius radio free for 6 months. ...

You have Sirius radio free for 6 months.

After that, it you like it call 1 866 635 2349 (Sirius radio). Tell them you want to cancel. They will offer you deals. You must keep saying "no" that...
12-22-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,906
Posted By JTK44

I use my Mercedes for daily driving including...

I use my Mercedes for daily driving including picking up my two granddaughters. They love to listen to "Wiggles" on the CD player. Certainly not going to pay $1200 plus for a CD player!

Frankly...
12-22-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,906
Posted By JTK44

If you do not mind, what did this cost labor...

If you do not mind, what did this cost labor included?
12-22-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,559
Posted By JTK44

I think your choice will meet your needs to a...

I think your choice will meet your needs to a tee. Congratulations!

I am picking up my 2019 E450 this Thursday.

I placed my order on September 26 and the car arrived first week December, 10...
12-21-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 331
Posted By JTK44

I have a 2016 E350 4matic. I do not have the...

I have a 2016 E350 4matic. I do not have the keyless option. I have a key. If you have an ignition key and slot for it that is the way the car starts: it is not keyless. There is no start button.
...
12-08-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 969
Posted By JTK44

I also noted another problem with the MB site,...

I also noted another problem with the MB site, which I wrote about in my thread: Ordered 2019 E450: Money Factor, residual and lease payments

If you order the Luxury package it adds the air...
12-06-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,979
Posted By JTK44

All the time: I grew up driving stick shift in...

All the time: I grew up driving stick shift in sports cars. I use them for deceleration on exit ramps off of the interstates and for controlling my speed on long descents. The transmission is...
12-06-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,848
Posted By JTK44

When I drove the E 350 4 matic I found it "peppy...

When I drove the E 350 4 matic I found it "peppy but not powerful". I do not need the acceleration of the E450, but I really do like the smoothness of the V6 in the E 450 vs. the 4 in the E 300....
12-04-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Here is the link to the spare: ...

Here is the link to the spare:

https://www.mbpartscenter.com/oem-parts/mercedes-benz-compact-spare-2134000600

Cost is $346 plus tax.

Problem is that it will just be floating around, killing...
12-04-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Not to "beat a dead horse": If you are...

Not to "beat a dead horse":

If you are travelling and not near a Mercedes dealer or a weekend and have puncture (not a blow out) with non run flat you pull over and since you do not have spare...
12-04-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Just again my $.02: When did Mercedes on the...

Just again my $.02:

When did Mercedes on the E class switch from regular tires to run flats? If most Mercedes are on RF then most blowouts/leaks/sidewall problems will be with RF - as those are...
12-04-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,941
Posted By JTK44

Because this is not a thread to bash CR! ...

Because this is not a thread to bash CR!

Look at the recent posts: they are all bashing CR!

IMO, It is proper etiquette to respect the thread starter initial request and not go off topic.
...
12-04-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,941
Posted By JTK44

The thread started with the following:"First off,...

The thread started with the following:"First off, I know a lot of people do not like Consumer Reports. If that is the case, ignore this thread."


Please respect this request.
12-04-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Just did a google search for...

Just my $.02:

Just did a google search for "fix-a-flat" foam.

The consensus is that once used you have to replace both the TPS and the tire. It is not a permanent fix. The job of the foam is to...
12-04-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,711
Posted By JTK44

Question: I have read that once you use the foam...

Question: I have read that once you use the foam you cannot patch or fix the tire you must replace it. Is this correct?

If after you use the foam you cannot fix the puncture why not keep the RF,...
12-03-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,314
Posted By JTK44

Dealer called today and advised car is ready for...

Dealer called today and advised car is ready for pick up.

10 weeks from order to delivery. I think this is quite reasonable.

The lease on my 2016 E 350 4matic ends on December 30. The lease...
12-03-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,941
Posted By JTK44

I do subscribe to CR and value their opinion....

I do subscribe to CR and value their opinion. Keep in mind I lease for three years, so my car(s) are always under warranty.

My personal experience with my 2016 E 350 4matic are two issues:

1)...
12-01-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 961
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Many years ago I had an Acura...

Just my $.02:

Many years ago I had an Acura MDX and the dealer installed hitch was more than $500. Went to my local UHaul shop and had their hitch installed for half the price. Very satisfactory -...
11-29-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,041
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I have had my 2016 E 350 for...

Just my $.02:

I have had my 2016 E 350 for nearly three years: Did I even know I have concierge service???



Pretty much tells you how many times I have used it (zero) and what I think of it...
11-28-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,314
Posted By JTK44

Last week received the following email from my...

Last week received the following email from my dealer:


"vehicle is almost at VPC. Looks like it should be ready for delivery early December."

The lease on my 2016 E350 ends on December 30. ...
11-28-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By JTK44

I started a thread back in October which should...

I started a thread back in October which should answer most of your questions:


https://mbworld.org/forums/images/misc/subscribed.gifOrdered 2019 E450: Money Factor, residual and lease payments...
11-28-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By JTK44

Rod: As he should! You are "one in a...

Rod:

As he should! You are "one in a million" - most of us do not buy as many Mercedes in 10 years as you and your partner seem to be buy in 1 or 2 years! I bet the next time you want a new...
11-28-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By JTK44

Rod: No reason to be sorry! If the...

Rod:

No reason to be sorry!

If the prepaid service can in fact be transferred that is a plus and I have learned something. (although as I lease and I put the prepaid service into the lease so...
11-28-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By JTK44

Rod: Your experience may be unique: you buy...

Rod:

Your experience may be unique: you buy many, many cars, and from what you have posted, from the same dealer, and if my memory is correct the 2018 E300 you traded in was less than 90 days old...
11-28-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 714
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: 1) If you lease put the...

Just my $.02:

1) If you lease put the prepaid service into the lease as it is residualized. That way you can go any Mercedes dealer for service. If you are not leasing, there are service specials,...
11-25-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 837
Posted By JTK44

Here is what I do, and so far works pretty good...

Here is what I do, and so far works pretty good on my 2016 E 350 4 matic:

Unless I need the AC to cool or dehumidify (clear windows when it rains) I have my car set at AUTO at 68 degrees and I...
11-22-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

Here is a link to an article that is quite...

Here is a link to an article that is quite informative, at least imo:

see: https://www.industryweek.com/technology-and-iiot/tesla-hack-takeaways-3-things-auto-suppliers-oems-need-know


Here is...
11-22-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

Thanks for the link. The most important...

Thanks for the link.

The most important thing is that Tesla took immediate steps and corrected the flaw in their security. This confirms what I posted: "...like everything else in technology,...
11-22-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

Dear Ua549: You wrote: "Tesla is at...

Dear Ua549:

You wrote:

"Tesla is at great risk for hackers. One reason it is not a big problem currently is due to the scarcity of Tesla's to target".

IMO, this is causation without...
11-22-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By JTK44

See the first post in the thread which asks the...

See the first post in the thread which asks the following question:





"Those of you who have not bought the prepaid service, what is the cost of the B service?"
11-21-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By JTK44

Dear Wagonsrock: Do you know the cost of the...

Dear Wagonsrock:

Do you know the cost of the B service?
11-21-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

Sorry I cannot agree: You wrote: "At...

Sorry I cannot agree:

You wrote:

"At least in an MB service bay the software is re-imaged, not patched. OTA updates are notoriously unreliable because wifi and cellular protocols have very...
11-20-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By JTK44

Dear UA 549: As you own your cars for many...

Dear UA 549:

As you own your cars for many years, what do you pay for your B service?
11-19-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 821
Posted By JTK44

A and B Service

We have pretty much discussed the A service and the cost: MSRP between $300 and $350, with discounts and/or coupons between $150 and $250 - my dealer currently offering the A service for $199.

In...
11-19-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

What truly amazes me is the over the air...

What truly amazes me is the over the air connectivity of the Tesla. I was reading a review of the Model 3 in Road and Track: with a lap top, the engineer was able to modify the braking and shocks. ...
11-19-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,481
Posted By JTK44

Rod: The post is "Thoughts on extended...

Rod:

The post is "Thoughts on extended warranty". Obviously Courthaven wanted opinions and experience. Consumer Reports is a source that many find reliable. It is based on user's experience - in...
11-19-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,481
Posted By JTK44

Whoa Rod! This is a forum to help not rant! ...

Whoa Rod!

This is a forum to help not rant!


Your prior posts on transferring the unused portion of your extended warranty are helpful. Let's get more of that - helpful information!

A lot...
11-19-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,458
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I test drove a Tesla s several...

Just my $.02:

I test drove a Tesla s several years ago. About 45 minutes. Clearly the best overall car that I had ever driven. Was ready to sign there on the spot. Then reality stepped in:

1)...
11-18-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,481
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: I agree with you that with a...

Just my $.02:

I agree with you that with a 10 year old BMW it did not pay to get an extended warranty in that they are prepaid maintenance agreements.

However, as we all know, so much has...
11-17-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,044
Posted By JTK44

My local dealer is still out $199 for the A...

My local dealer is still out $199 for the A service. Price is good through December 31, 2018.

see: https://www.rallyemotors.com/service-specials/
11-17-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By JTK44

Thanks! I am scheduled to get my 2019 E 450...

Thanks!

I am scheduled to get my 2019 E 450 4matic end of December so I will make sure this is taken care of.

Here is the procedure, which doesn't seem like much:


"MBUSA will notify...
11-14-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 887
Posted By JTK44

Just my $.02: Personally, I would have...

Just my $.02:

Personally, I would have gotten stock wheels with studded snow tires. If you need studded than you have severe weather conditions. I would not subject those beautiful wheels to...
11-14-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 10,626
Posted By JTK44

Could this be brake regeneration or other...

Could this be brake regeneration or other regeneration when you are coasting?
11-13-2018, 11:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By JTK44

If you equal toe in on both tires, the car tracks...

If you equal toe in on both tires, the car tracks straight and the steering wheel will be straight. Ditto if you equal toe out.

You only have "pull" if one side is different from the other.
...
11-13-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By JTK44

Hitting a pothole does not explain both tires...

Hitting a pothole does not explain both tires being out of alignment.

To me this definitely sounds like out of alignment from the git go from the factory.

I would push hard to have this as a...
11-11-2018, 10:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 725
Posted By JTK44

Sorry I did not see this thread sooner. It...

Sorry I did not see this thread sooner.

It is called Cosmoline:

see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmoline
...
11-09-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By JTK44

Where I live shops have been in business for over...

Where I live shops have been in business for over 30 years, and many are second generation. They are quite reputable.

The purpose of my post was a guide to what the costs of Service A actually...
11-09-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By JTK44

1) Never said at my Ford dealer. I said "local...

1) Never said at my Ford dealer. I said "local shop" see above. Ford does not require synthetic oil.
2) Wiper blades: suggest you try Costco! As the blades are changed every year, normal blades...
11-09-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By JTK44

+! With people shopping cars and getting...

+!

With people shopping cars and getting discounts, the money at the dealership is in both service and parts.

Think about this: The A service is oil change, filter and wiper blades and...
11-09-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 806
Posted By JTK44

At my dealer they advertise service A for $199: ...

At my dealer they advertise service A for $199:

see: https://www.rallyemotors.com/service-specials/

Another local dealer at $249:

see: https://www.mbhuntington.com/service/service-specials/...
11-08-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,535
Posted By JTK44

HUD gets washed out with polarized sunglasses. ...

HUD gets washed out with polarized sunglasses.

Can you check if with HUD it is a different windshield? I highly doubt it.

Also highly doubt the windshield is polarized:

From an article:
...
11-06-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,535
Posted By JTK44

If the roads are good, why are you then...

If the roads are good, why are you then considering the air body control?

IMO, (and it is only my opinion - not fact) the E Class Mercedes is one of the best handling/riding cars on the road. So...
11-06-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,535
Posted By JTK44

If you have "truly awful roads" you may want to...

If you have "truly awful roads" you may want to think twice before putting 20 inch wheels on your car. With 20 inch wheels, because of the small sidewall be prepared for frequent tire and/or wheel...
11-06-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,535
Posted By JTK44

Where do you live? The E350 is not available...

Where do you live?

The E350 is not available in the United States. We have only the E300 and E450.
11-04-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 504
Posted By JTK44

Battery is covered under warranty and is replaced...

Battery is covered under warranty and is replaced at normal service intervals.
11-03-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,314
Posted By JTK44

Update: Just received email from my...

Update:


Just received email from my dealer that: "the vehicle is at the port, it is built, not shipped to the Vehicle Processing Center as yet"

I placed the order on September 26: that is 5...
10-30-2018, 06:56 PM
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Views: 1,550
Posted By JTK44

Plus, the jack, bolts and lug nuts to hold the...

Plus, the jack, bolts and lug nuts to hold the tire/wheel securely in the trunk. another 10 to 15 pounds, total 43/48 lbs.

Of course I do not know how that weight effects EPA gas ratings, but we...
10-30-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,550
Posted By JTK44

Perhaps a call to Mercedes to ask them what...

Perhaps a call to Mercedes to ask them what happens when you have a flat in a RF, are in "Smallville, USA" and there is neither a tire shop that carries replacement RF nor a Mercedes dealer within...
10-30-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,550
Posted By JTK44

I believe by 17%, but it could be 30%. For local...

I believe by 17%, but it could be 30%. For local driving you can take the spare out and get full use of the trunk.

Having a spare in your trunk when you go to "Smallville, USA" is nice insurance....
10-30-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,550
Posted By JTK44

Couple of things: Run flats eliminate the...

Couple of things:

Run flats eliminate the spare which saves weight and increases fuel economy -imo, the main reason for the RF.

I drive to Vermont to ski and wonder what I would do if I got up...
10-29-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,184
Posted By JTK44

Wow! According to CR, the only cars worse...

Wow!

According to CR, the only cars worse than Mercedes were American manufacturers and Volvo.

Well I lease and only for the warranty period, so any problems are Mercedes and not mine, plus I...
10-29-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,184
Posted By JTK44

Is the rating in C&D, post #24 or CR post #27. ...

Is the rating in C&D, post #24 or CR post #27.

I knew the editor of C&D and here is what he told me over 20 years ago, and I have no reason to believe it has changed: " Ranking depends on Ad...
10-29-2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,573
Posted By JTK44

Tire (Tyre) pressures can be found in a number of...

Tire (Tyre) pressures can be found in a number of places:

Owners manual
On the lid of the gas tank
On the label on the "B" post on the drivers side of the car

Pressure varies depending on...
10-29-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,172
Posted By JTK44

The parking assist gives you audible warnings...

The parking assist gives you audible warnings when you are parking. If you do not have parking assist you will not have an audible warnings. I do not need (or want) my car to park itself. But I...
10-28-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,315
Posted By JTK44

Dear Courthaven: As has been said many times...

Dear Courthaven:

As has been said many times (before Turbos) "There is no replacement for displacement"

Turbos attempt to address too conflicting objects: power and gas consumption.

All...
10-28-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

Point of information: From the time I...

Point of information:

From the time I dropped my car off for both the A and B service I waited less than 2 hours. When the car was returned it had also been washed.



I leave it you to...
10-28-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

A Service: Reset service indicator in...

A Service:



Reset service indicator in instrument cluster
Change oil and filter
Replace windshield wipers
Replace battery for Keyless Go
Rotate tires
Inspections
10-27-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

I thought from the history of your ownership of...

I thought from the history of your ownership of Mercedes you traded the cars in regularly. Do you actually put 40,000 miles on your cars or just keep rolling the ppm from one car to the next?
10-27-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

You are correct! $1,545 40k/4 year. As I lease,...

You are correct! $1,545 40k/4 year. As I lease, never bothered to look beyond 30k/3 year.

But if you paid for the 4yr/40k, which includes the 1yr/10k, why not use it for the first 10k A service?...
10-27-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

Two or actually three questions: What was...

Two or actually three questions:

What was your cost for the A Service?
I thought the ppm max was 30,000 miles/3 years.
What is the cost of the 40,000 mile ppm?

Thanks.
10-27-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 22,113
Posted By JTK44

Dear RBRYLAW: I believe the 48 volt system...

Dear RBRYLAW:

I believe the 48 volt system does in fact kick in when you accelerate: It is not just to run the AC and other items when you are cruising.

This is even confirmed by the article...
10-27-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 22,113
Posted By JTK44

FYI: From the Mercedes web sit: HP and Torque for...

FYI: From the Mercedes web sit: HP and Torque for the i6 48 volt engine in the CLS:

3.0L inline-6 turbocharged engine with integrated starter-generator
362 + 21 hp and 369 + 184 lb-ft of...
10-27-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 22,113
Posted By JTK44

I believe that the 2018 E400, the 2019 E450 and...

I believe that the 2018 E400, the 2019 E450 and the 2019 E43 AMG all use the same engine, just different tuning to achieve different HP and torque. All are V6 biturbos.

For next year, projected;...
10-27-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,183
Posted By JTK44

Because of the cost, I guess for those of us who...

Because of the cost, I guess for those of us who lease and expect to return the car at the end of the lease, this does not make much sense?
10-26-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By JTK44

Sorry this is not good anyway you spin it: As the...

Sorry this is not good anyway you spin it: As the article says:
"This year only five Audit Queries have been opened"

In fact most manufactures are not and have not bee the subject of Audit...
10-26-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By JTK44

See post #3: I am paying $75.

See post #3: I am paying $75.
10-26-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

Just FYI: My local dealer has the A service...

Just FYI:

My local dealer has the A service special for $199. This is basically oil+filter plus inspections.

He also has $50 off for B service, which when I called was informed is about $400....
10-26-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By JTK44

Just checked my lease: On the lease, as...

Just checked my lease:

On the lease, as required by law:

"Dealer's optional fee for processing application for registration,etc. $75."

There were no other fees.

Hopes this helps.
10-26-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,573
Posted By JTK44

I too did not know what a "ricer" was. I thought...

I too did not know what a "ricer" was. I thought superangrypenguin had misspelled "racer"

Guess I am too old!
10-26-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By JTK44

Here is the article:

Here is the article:
10-26-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By JTK44

Just my take: The main advantage of a V6...

Just my take:

The main advantage of a V6 over an inline 6 is space which is important in a FWD vehicle.


The i6 is a balanced engine, while the V6 is not. The valve train on the I6 is half...
10-26-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 437
Posted By JTK44

Why Turbos and inline engines

Just read this article in the NY Times which I found interesting.

It explains the new i6 48 volt hybrid engines.

The article is:"Turbocharging Jumps From Racetrack to Cul-de-Sac"



The...
10-25-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

As I posted, service at both 10K and 20K took...

As I posted, service at both 10K and 20K took less than 2 hours and that included a car wash and interior vacuuming


So, no need for a loaner!

However, on a warranty item (seat material had...
10-25-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 22,113
Posted By JTK44

Dear UA 549 Poster 2012 merc amg is listed...

Dear UA 549

Poster 2012 merc amg is listed as Venice, Florida not the North.

Like you, I have had no problems with my dealer and I am in New York (North!)
10-25-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,176
Posted By JTK44

All you are going to do at 10,000 miles is oil...

All you are going to do at 10,000 miles is oil and filter.

Any dealer can do that!

See how the dealer handles that and go from there.

I go to my local dealer for service and bought the car...
10-25-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 320
Views: 22,113
Posted By JTK44

If you know the dealer the car is coming from,...

If you know the dealer the car is coming from, why not just call that dealer directly and deal with him, bypassing your dealer, the middleman!

Think it would save you time, aggravation and money!
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