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Old 10-04-2000, 03:57 PM   #1
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So today at the stoplight, I look over and there's an A140 with plates issued in January.

Is Mercedes selling them here?
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Old 10-04-2000, 04:25 PM   #2
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???

As a HUGE fan of Mercedes, I am quit sure that the A class is not sold here in North America, but I would not be surprised if it was sold in the US!

That means, I will have to skip school tomorrow and go inform myself at my friendly M-B dealer! I was just there a few days ago to check out the C320! Nice car, but no test drive yet, so no comments until I drive it!

Thanx for the scoop!
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Old 10-04-2000, 07:04 PM   #3
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Mebbe not - I work on the same street as the Bundeswehr office - could be a car that a German national brought over.
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Old 10-04-2000, 07:22 PM   #4
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Trust me, it's a blessing you can't buy an A class here.
I sat in one and found it very cramped.
The handling isn't too hot either.

There was the infamous "elk" test where some people in Sweden put the A class through some tight turns in a parking lot and it toppled over. Talk about a marketing fiasco. MB delayed the launch and ended up fitting loads of ESP traction controls gizmos to stop the A class from toppling over when cornering hard. As a result, now if you push the car hard then the traction control cuts in.

Overpriced, overhyped, overdesigned and underpowered
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Old 10-04-2000, 08:12 PM   #5
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Well actually there is a guy out of florida called Renn Tech that imports gray market Mercedes. I know this because My father purchased a G500 model, also known as the Gelaendewagen. It's a 300 hp monster. I also had my E500 done by renn tech."Also a tuner" Now it's got 500hp and electronic rear differential. He also had a few of then Mercedes "Swatch" cars while I was there dropping of my car.. So i really wouldn't be surprised if you did see a A- class..
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Old 10-04-2000, 09:26 PM   #6
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I've been told by a Canadian mercedes sales guy that you can go down to the dealership an dorder any mercedes you want....
maybe except the CLK-GTR (road version)
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Old 10-04-2000, 09:47 PM   #7
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MMmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.... G500!!!!!!!!! The G-wagen & the LR Defenders are the only SUVs i'd be seen in (THE original SUV legends!)

anyways, there's a guy with a lime-green A-class that works around Orange County airport [so.cal]. I used to always see it when i was cruisin the area. It is a VERY distinctive little car (esp, in the bright green he has.) The North American arm of Brabus is right down the street also, but i don't know if they had anything to do with it.
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Old 10-04-2000, 10:36 PM   #8
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I think it's really great the way that Ford Explorer owners are trying to emulate their heroes.. The MB A class

Now just roll over DAMN YOU

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Old 10-04-2000, 10:58 PM   #9
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No elks required....
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Old 10-05-2000, 05:01 AM   #10
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You can bring a SMART car to the US? Is it classified as a golf cart or something?
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Old 10-05-2000, 05:12 AM   #11
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It's strange that you mention it blaster88, because there is somebody in my apartment complex that for the past few days has been driving that exact vehicle, but with manufacturer's plates. Hmmmm... Maybe DaimlerChrysler is considering an official import?
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Old 10-05-2000, 05:27 AM   #12
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There is an article in the new Motor Trend reviewing the A-Class. They said it is a possibility that Mercedes will import them to North America, they listed an estimated price if $10K-12K. The one they tested was orange and had manufacturers plates.
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Old 10-05-2000, 05:30 AM   #13
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So the A-class flipped, so what? Any SUV will flip at this test, but the A-class won't kill its passengers. Even a Toyota Corolla flipped, but as they are not a real hot sell in Scandinavia, noone made a big deal about it.
BTW, the current A-class has an active suspension to prevent rollovers. The reason for the rollovers was a rear suspension design that BMW tested( and not use it) in the early 80's.
It was designed for maximum trunkspace, not for performance.
That's what happens when marketing has the final word in design.
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Old 10-05-2000, 07:33 AM   #14
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The A Class belongs to a smaller segment of car lines that does not make it over here. Why is there no Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Hyundai Atoz, or Nissan Micra? Cars that size here were only bought in any number by rental fleets.

But I did see a Smart driving up Sheridan in Chicago a few months ago. I was driving south towards the city it was headed north. It's a funny looking little thing that's more a fashon statement than anything else; even most European car magazines seem to think so.
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Old 10-05-2000, 08:14 AM   #15
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Izzy,

I am sorry to hear about your bad experience, but the A-Class has been modified!

The first version was a disaster, but the new version is extremely stable and I would bet my money that it could handle as well as an RS any day except for a snowy day! hehe!

The A-Class also featuresa 5 speed manual with no clutch! Not a semi automatic, a 5 speed! All you do is get off the gas, change gears and push the gas! No clutch needed to change gears! Now that is great!

I know a person with a G500 and they are pretty happy with it especially when M5s try to race them! hehe! M5 beats it, but the G500 does keep up with it close, so it leaves impressions on tose ols guys driving their M5s in my neighborhood!

So please, keep those negative comments to a minimum about Mercedes because Mercedes is a hell of a lot better than our Subarus!

Oh boy, here come the blasting!

Shoot..........I'waiting!
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Old 10-05-2000, 08:18 AM   #16
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Guess you're right.
The new coupes are nice...
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Old 10-05-2000, 08:38 AM   #17
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I'm in London right now,and I see a lot of A-Classes driving around all the time. They seem pretty cool, but I don't think they're very useful in most of the United States, especially those long stretches of straight highway in the middle of nowhere. I guess they could sell it in big cities like San Francisco and New York where their small size would be just right. Overall, looks like a well-made car to me.
 
Old 10-05-2000, 09:46 AM   #18
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ME WANT Gelaendewagen ME WANT SOOOO BAD ...my best friends just got a CL500 ....that car is sooo sweet ....I still love dad's E300 E320 4matic .....but I would give up the scooby for a Gelaendewagen....Renn Tech damn i wish lived next to them ...lucky!
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Old 10-05-2000, 03:43 PM   #19
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Izzy:

> Overpriced

Depends where you are. Merc UK just dropped its prices by 20% - I'd rather buy an A-class than a small Ford.

> overhyped

Definitely

> overdesigned

Possibly

> underpowered

Unless you drive the A190. 125 bhp, 1,000kg, huge understeer and you sit about 4 ft away from the front of the crumple zone. Underpowered? Good luck to you in your quest to find an A that's powerful enough and won't kill you at the same time.

As to the elk test, I don't believe SUVs are subjected to that test (there are hardly any in Scandinavia anyway). You get the impression the testers just know an SUV would tip over, so they just don't bother.

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