Does anybody have any suggestions for this situation which is new to me: what do you do or say when someone you know finds out you drive a C-230 or worse yet, see you driving it and then makes some kind of comment or the lack of comment speaks even louder??
As c-coupe owners we all have a lot to be pleased and proud about. These cars are 100% mercedes. OK, the coupe may not cost as much as the top prestige models in the merc lineup, however, its not meant to. Thats the point in having a "range" of models. You have to consider the cars against which the c-coupe is competing for buyers. All of them are considerably cheaper and of a lower spec.
We haven't bought a cheap mercedes. I reckon we have bought an expensive, luxury, high performance alternative to the more ordinary models which we might otherwise have chosen.
People are entitled to their own opinions, however, you can pretty much guarantee that anyone being negative about your c-coupe is just jealous and mean-spirited. Forget about them and enjoy your new pride and joy.
thanks everyone for your replies. Nobody has dared tell me I got the small benz. I mostly got the "how much did you pay for THAT" kind of comment. I really don't care what they think because I do love driving the car. I know it must just be jealousy.
Back in 1989 my mom got a '90 300E.
Her friend called her to say congrats and sorta rubbed in that it was the "Baby Benz", well my mom replied..."you must be mistaking it for the 190E, I have the 300." Long story short 2 months later her friend wanted a MB and her husband said "no". My mom got the last laugh.
Having the "baby" of a luxury car line is nothing to be ashamed about. Your still a step above most Jap. Cars, all VW's, and almost every American car I can think of. As far as quality of materials and such goes, MB beats Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura hands down and should never be compared. From a long history of experience, there is nothing in the world like driving a MB.
I have received comments from co-workers like "someone's making too much money" but based on keeping my car for 11 years (that's my plan) and it keeping its value similar to the rest of the Merc line by the end I should be saying "cheapest car I've ever owned"
It's nice to have not joined the Acura and Bimmer club too (they're at every traffic light).
After reading all your comments I'm glad to see that there are other people out there who are just as enthusiastic and proud of their Benz. I am tickled pink with my car and I enjoy driving it now as much or more as the first time two weeks ago. With seven years of university (which are finally starting to pay off) my C230 didn't fall from the sky (like some people seem to think) so to all the people who are jealous,... I just don't care :twisted:
When your young and you buy a new car, people always look at you and think what? How can this guy afford it? I always say the bank owns it, sometimes I say I work hard and earned it, that usually shuts them up.
Canadians have this stigma of showing off wealth, it is almost a sin. You wonder why the best selling cars in Canada are Caravans, Civics, and Cavaliers/Sunfires. Because the majority of Canucks can't afford anything due to our high taxes and low salaries.
Don't feel bad--my family wanted to disown me! We've had some serious words about it---and I told them to shove it, unless they're going to start making my car payments for me, I have every right to choose whatever I want--and I want the best! I dreamt about this car! I saw it before it came out in an auto show, and I said": I WILL HAVE THIS CAR SOMEDAY and after getting my master's degree, I gave it as a graduation present to myself! So enjoy and smile on!
Well people I know have finally stopped giving me a hard time now. Now it's the jokes about me giving them the car keys (like that would ever happen 8O ) In fact I so don't care what people think now that I even got personnalized plates :twisted:
I wanted a smallcar that wasn't an econo-box. The C230 coupe fit the bill. If you have one, you know it's nicer than anything else out there. We all have our reasons, but the bottom line is our money, our choice.
That's the key right there, "our money" it's not like it fell from the sky. After 21 years of school, two undergraduate degrees and one graduate degree I think I can safely say that I don't drive this kind of car because I am "lucky" :?
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