'05 C220 CDi SE Avantgarde Auto

As the subject says, do you own one of these or have you owned one?
Any feedback good or bad.
My wife and I test drove one today an Ex demo model that was 3 months old
and we were very impressed.
My wife will be driving it more than me so it's more important she's happy. She's been all out for a Lexus IS200 SE until today when she drove the Mercedes.
Now she doesn't know which one to go for. I have to say I prefer the size of the C class to the Lexus, performance seemed very even.
The Lexus we'd be getting brand new, the Merc would be a few months old, it's a slightly more expensive car and Lexus are keen to shift the IS200 with a new model due later this year so we're being offered pretty good deals on that.
We're in the UK if it makes any difference.
Thanks
Alan M.
www.atstone.co.uk
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unless MB s are built better on your side of the pond stick with the Lexus. that is unless your made of $$ for upkeep
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I run the same motor but a second hand 02 model which had 11,000miles on the clock when I got it. I have just experienced my first B service with 25,000 miles and it cost me over 500.00 at the dealership. Nice cars but expensive dealership costs. The engine oil alone cost 63.00
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Thanks for the replies so far guys.
It's actually going to be my wife's car, and probably won't be doing more than 10K miles a year.
We're looking at new/ex demo mainly for the warranty side, I just don't want the hassle of paying for problems.
I have late 2004 Vito 115 CDi which has an identical engine which is my dialer driver for my business, I'm happy with that.
I'm erring towards the Merc because it's a bigger car but I'm still seriously impressed with the Lexus genaral attitude and their reputation.
Well we're buying mid July so have a few weeks to make our minds up.
Any more insights greatly recieved.
Alan M
www.atstone.co.uk
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FWIW I had my first B service on my CLK 320 Cab at about 20 000 miles in March and it cost me GBP 427 incl VAT at 17.5%, or GBP 363 before tax.
Labour was 204 pounds and the oil ("Mobil Synthetic", presumably Mobil 1) was 8 litres @ 9.95 before tax.
For 500 quid some more extras must have been done/supplied.
DAS
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Those are pounds I presume? Man they are jacking you on the mobil 1!
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I think you'll find we get jacked on most things in this country..:-(
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Somebody: remind us of the official dealer price of Mobil 1 in NA.
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About $6.00 per litre in the US, or 3.25 per litre. You are definately taking it hard.
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Goodness me. I'll have a look in the shops.
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I have just remembered that I got 20% off my charges under the new "3 Plus" scheme.
So all you guys in the UK (well, London, Birmingham and Manchester only so far) with three-year-plus vehicles get yourselves down to a Merc-owned dealer and register for this free (!) scheme. Even better, free MoT tests as well (that's govt-mandated annual roadworthiness tests to you non-Brits).
Am going for my first MoT under this scheme next week -- for my wife's 1993 190E.
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