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When I looked at the 300C, I was instantly impressed by the quality of the materials used and the fit and finish. So I figured, the rest of the car must be just as good, and it is.
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When I looked at the 300C, I was instantly impressed by the quality of the materials used and the fit and finish. So I figured, the rest of the car must be just as good, and it is.
IT is a really nice car but under my inspector general eyes I can see a few dust specks in the paint.
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Congrats man! I am likewise coming from the Mustang world (as well as BMW, Subaru, Chevy, Ford, etc.)! My only complaint I have with the quality of my (Tungsten grey) 300 SRT8 is the paint is a bit thin and the rear deck rattles a little on high bass songs. But I tell you what, when I did the oil change myself recently and I was under the car looking at everything, I was impressed with the quality and strength I saw under the car! Not sure if all the subframe links and pinnings were just an SRT8 thing for added lateral strength, but I was impressed! The whole car is solid, quiet, and durable. The interior is just simply amazing. I STILL feel I made a great choice on trading out my 2008 Shelby GT500 for this thing. So much more technology and comfort and MPG, but RWD madness when I stomp the throttle!

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The car market is not what it used to be. Hondas built in the US. American RWD sedans built in Canada. The supplier chain is a lot smaller and most of the manufacturers use the same suppliers, so materials start to be come more common. I can't see the price difference in a Merc or BMW anymore other than the actual price and prestige of the name.

Grats on the 300; grown-ups fun car.


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The car market is not what it used to be. Hondas built in the US. American RWD sedans built in Canada. The supplier chain is a lot smaller and most of the manufacturers use the same suppliers, so materials start to be come more common. I can't see the price difference in a Merc or BMW anymore other than the actual price and prestige of the name.

Grats on the 300; grown-ups fun car.
The prestige name of MB is falling like a stone based on the reliability of the one I owned for the last 10 yrs. Under the hood the belt tensioner bearings are made in china on the OEM mercedes part the same as the autozone part for $30 less.
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The prestige name of MB is falling like a stone based on the reliability of the one I owned for the last 10 yrs. Under the hood the belt tensioner bearings are made in china on the OEM mercedes part the same as the autozone part for $30 less.
Check out used prices on any of the AMG cars. They fall like a stone too; maintenance nightmares.
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Still think I made the right decision. Traded in a mercedes e500 w V8.

The 300C has more power, rides better and dimensions are 2" wider 6" longer so it fits in the wife's parking no issue. IMO the 300C is the best rear drive, powerful, smooth car on the market and for the $$ you can't beat it.

The long term reliability will be the key issue. It was rated very highly on reliability and it this proves to be true I will be a repeat buyer.

I have owned Lincoln's, Cadillacs, Mercedes and others but this one tops in MPG power and comfort.
Well said all around. The reliability factor will be what does it for me as well. Staying optimistic for as long as I can..
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Congrats man! I am likewise coming from the Mustang world (as well as BMW, Subaru, Chevy, Ford, etc.)! My only complaint I have with the quality of my (Tungsten grey) 300 SRT8 is the paint is a bit thin and the rear deck rattles a little on high bass songs. But I tell you what, when I did the oil change myself recently and I was under the car looking at everything, I was impressed with the quality and strength I saw under the car! Not sure if all the subframe links and pinnings were just an SRT8 thing for added lateral strength, but I was impressed! The whole car is solid, quiet, and durable. The interior is just simply amazing. I STILL feel I made a great choice on trading out my 2008 Shelby GT500 for this thing. So much more technology and comfort and MPG, but RWD madness when I stomp the throttle!
Agreed. My '13 5.0 was a beast and a blast to get on, but the spartan, super plasticky interior, cramped accommodations, and jumpy ride quality over city streets just had me and the misses bummed out after a while. Not to mention the car having its own set of issues ranging from a leaking rear pinion seal, faulty front LCA's needing to be replaced, steering wheel shimmy that wouldn't die, and a few loose components rattling around inside. All that after only 10k miles just pushed me over the edge. Don't get me wrong, I still think it was an overall excellent take on a classic muscle car formula, it just wasn't the most enjoyable car to live with.. And the 5.7hemi does get better MPG's than the coyote 5.0.

With this 300C, all of my priorities were met, though I wouldn't mind a bit more power and exhaust growl. In the meantime, I can still tear it up, but do so in style, comfort, and a ton of space.. I might eventually add a tune, cai, and catback system to really wake it up, but I'm in no rush to do so.. Love the srt8, btw! What a car..
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The car market is not what it used to be. Hondas built in the US. American RWD sedans built in Canada. The supplier chain is a lot smaller and most of the manufacturers use the same suppliers, so materials start to be come more common. I can't see the price difference in a Merc or BMW anymore other than the actual price and prestige of the name.

Grats on the 300; grown-ups fun car.
Thanks man! The mature muscle cruiser it is..
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Very, very nice. I was really surprised at the grunt this car had on the test drive. You just don't expect a 4,300+lb car to get up and go like this. Not to mention the fact that due to the assisted steering and new suspension design, it feels like a much smaller car and loves to be pushed in the corners.
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