My courtesy car.

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  1. Steve_Perry

    Steve_Perry Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    My car is still at the body shop after being gone a week. I have a '98 R-reg Ford Mondeo as a courtesy car and boy is this car a piece of $hit. It's done approx 5k less miles than my baby but the car feels 10 years older. I think the worst aspect of the car is the rattly, floaty suspension, let alone the build quality.

    I'll certainly appreciate my car a he11 of alot more once I get it back.

    S.
     
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    Simon Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Thanks for the reality check Steve. You just made me think of my old Mondeo, and you are so right.

    Mercedes &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/slayer.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':rock:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/banana.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bannana:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'>

    Mondeo &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wallbash.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bash:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/withstupid.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':silly:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/omg.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':eek:mg:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sleeping.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':sleeping:'>
     
  3. dwang

    dwang New Member

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    I can't believe the dealerships in the UK don't give MB loaners... &nbsp;I just bought in my 2000 ML320 yesterday and promptly received a 2002 ML320. &nbsp;When I ask for a sedan instead of a SUV, I usually get a E320...


    Dave
     
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    Koolvin Administrator Staff Member

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    his car aint being repaired by MB (big mistake imo) which is the reason for the non MB loaner...
     
  5. fuzzer

    fuzzer MB Club Veteran

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    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (Koolvin @ Nov. 08 2002,18:46)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">his car aint being repaired by MB (big mistake imo) which is the reason for the non MB loaner...</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
    Very few of the stealerships have their own bodyshop anyway . Maybe he knows the bodyshop the stealer use .. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/banana.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bannana:'>
     
  6. OP
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    Steve_Perry

    Steve_Perry Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Certainly the Swansea MB stealer does not have their own body-shop, they sub out all their work to A.N.Other.

    I also checked with my insurance company as to using M.B. as the repairer and they said &quot;sure&quot; but that I would have to get at least 2 quotes and that going with my preferred choice instead of their approved repairers could add up to two weeks to the turn around time &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wallbash.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bash:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hmmm.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':hmmm:'>

    I wanted my car repaired ASAP because I didn't want rust to get a foot-hold on the exposed areas of metal, so I thought I had little choice other than to take the car to the insurance authorised repairers &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/crazy.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':crazy:'> &nbsp; <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/sarcasm.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':sara:'> I've checked them out and they are authorised repairers for about 15 different insurance companies, I don't know whether this is a good or bad thing.

    Either way... M.B. here sub bodywork out so I took the easiest option and went with my insurance company's choice to expedite matters.

    S.
     
  7. Paul

    Paul Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    As some of you know my car was previously owned by my brother.
      One day I was sitting at home when he rang and asked if I know a Mrs XXXXXX? Yes I replied I sacked her about 3 weeks ago, why do you ask?

      The reply was along the lines of &quot; The stupid f****ing b**ch has just dented my rear passenger door <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/omg.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':eek:mg:'> &quot;.

      It was when they were exchanging details (hers ended being false) she recognised the unusual surname and asked if he new me.

     Yes, he replied he's my brother. Oh, she replied, he used to be my manager <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/mad.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':angry:'> .

     Now what are the odds on that <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/blush.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':blush:'> bearing in mind I lived about 10miles from my brother.

     Anyway back to the subject, whilst the door was being repaired by a authorised MB repairer (although not actually a MB dealer) he was given a very very small Malaysian car which whilst driving, he could reach back and actually touch the back window <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt='???'> !
     
  8. jimmy

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    It may just be a coincidence but my father and myself use the same garage, he always gets a decent courtesy car whereas I dont always!!!

    I am sure the garage must have made a small fortune from my father, he changes cars at least every year if not more often. He has had a C280, C43, E240, S500, ML320, E320 and others that I have forgotten in less than 4 years. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/omg.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':eek:mg:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/hehe.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':hehe:'>

    I have had a Vito and my current C180 and thats probably why I get an A-class and he gets something higher up the range as a courtesy car. Not that i am complaining, any courtesy car is better than none but I agree that an MB garage should have MB courtesy cars.
     
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    Steve_Perry

    Steve_Perry Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Well I got my car back on Tuesday &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/banana.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bannana:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':D'> and I am pleased with the results &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/thumbs-up.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':thumbs:'> Pics are below:

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    I also found out from the insurance company that the girl that caused the whole sorry mess has admitted liability and so has her insurance company so I get my £150 excess reimbursed and my claim is not counted against me by my own insurance company (I have it protected anyway) Bonus &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/banana.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':bannana:'> &nbsp;<img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/slayer.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':rock:'>

    Thanks to all those that took the time to listen to my whinings, through these last few weeks, especially during the torturous 2 weeks of Mondeo ownership. <img src="http://www.mbclub.co.uk/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/crazy.gif" border="0" valign="absmiddle" alt=':crazy:'>

    Greg,
    Hope yours is on the mend mate.

    S.
     
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