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Lots of posts regarding the issue on here and other forums, I have decided to go ahead after reading all about it, it's a chance you take (or not), completely up to you.
 

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I have gone for the Supagard protection Toobad, not into doing it myself. Had the LR one done on my discovery sport although the majority of members on their forum said it was a waste of time, my car is 22 months old and looks like new. Have to admit that the protection I had on BMW'S wasn't as good.
 

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As SupaGard is a dealer-applied process I would urge you to remove it from your specification. Not all paint protection is made equal as you have already discovered. The car is put through the normal valet process to remove the protective plastics and transportation wax and then the workshop monkey is tasked to apply the SuperGard product to both the exterior and interior of the car. This is essentially a surface cleanser with an element of acrylic wax blended in. It is extremely hydrophobic and can be applied to any sealed surface including the Artico "man-made leather" (a.k.a. vinyl) interior trim. The whole process takes between 1-2 hours. You are then presented with a top-up product for use after every few washes to restore the lustrous shine.

If you have ever waxed a car and have access to a sponge applicator and a microfibre buffing cloth, you can do all of this yourself. The SupaGard products are essential a rebadging of what is know as the "Carlack Twins" in detailing circles. You can buy it online at specialist detailing suppliers like this one:

Carlack 68 Sealant Kit

Alternatively, with £400 to play with you should consider a "new car enhancement detail" from a professional detailer in the Dorset area. It will buy you at least a whole day's work and the finished result using better specialised products will be off the scale compared to the SupaGard treatment. Black cars will go through different processes to white cars to achieve those retina-searing results you crave. Have a chat with a professional detailer in your area to get a better idea, you may even decide on a specialist glass coating like Kamikaze ISM or Gtechniq Crystal Serum for truly outrageous results. Have a chat with this guy, I don't know him but I'm sure he will steer you right:

Worthy Detailing
 
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Thanks Toobad, understand what you are saying but will stick with the dealer, not OED regarding cleaning cars so will suit me. If it's no good and I buy another Merc will not get it next time.
 

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My dealer had Supagard protection and GAP insurance factored into the deal without even asking and was extremely miffed when I declined both. I'll either engage a professional detailer or take pleasure in doing it myself.
 

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Evening folks, lots to reply too.

Based on my test the drive is would not reject buying this car based on what I have 'read' about on this and other forums. Try and then decide to buy but my lock to lock test on the car park with 20" rims gave no cause for concern. I asked the salesman point blank an out this issue. MB had actually acknowledged this issue to the dealer quite recently but regard the issue as an occasional characteristic of the car NOT a fault. Mmm.

Love the AMG muscular stance so a small sacrifice to not have the off road which to be fair would be a toy as have never took the audi off road to date..

Options on car are:

Brilliant Blue Metalic
Premium plus pack
Intelligent lighting
Towbar
Black pack

This car will look similar to a Sapang Blue with black black Audi, Hurley you will know that one. This is the first blue of this type MB have used as it has proved so popular for Audi.

The intelligent lighting defies belief how it works. Was entranced on youtube videos of this function. So feckin clever.... The salesman plugged an Ipad in the car with a bucket of music options for me to test Burmester system while out. It is fantastic in all respects but a marginal edge to the B & O I thinks which surpasses all expectations for me IMO...

Salesman mentioned the Superguard, Gap Insurance, Tyre Insurance but that was all he did. He knew I wasn't a pushover so didn't push it.

When I have the Audi I did exactly what you said and had a new car details. Best £300 spent and some very good advice too. And to this day no swirls on paint and generally when cleaned stunning in Glacier White.

Trade in value was by his own admission an insult and strongly suggested I sell it privately to get what it is really worth so I shall. Played with foam lance (Christmas pressie) which is a blast to play with and car now ready to sell.

I feel more treasured by the service received at MB and particularly the salesman than I ever did with Audi. He described hand over process which shall be similar but all you get is either an umbrella or a bunch of flowers for the ladies. Huh! Tight b*******ds. Lol.

Deciding now wether to go down the PCP route now or personal loan.

So excited even though this is definitely the most I have ever paid for a car I do not at the moment feel in any way screwed..
 

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Good post Mobydick, the problem is always the part exchange, I got mine up £2000 on MB'S original offer by having we buy any cars figures in pocket, this was at beginning of December and offer on we buy any car has gone down £1400 since then, I felt reasonably happy but always want more but can't be bothered with hassle of private sale.
It was me who put the paint protection on the spec list I gave them and also said I didn't want gap.
Didn't have the towbar fitted as only use occasionally and it deletes gesture tailgate which is important to me as always in and out of boot with fishing tackle.
Not seen a Brilliant blue car in flesh yet but looks good on configurator.

Salesman has been really good and not full of his own self importance, hope the service department if needed are as good.
 

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Mobydick - so jealous of the colour choice- the Sapang Blue always appealed to me. I'M going to see dealer tomorrow to see if its not too late to change to Brilliant Blue. Apparently the Burmester sounds even better once you have had a chance to tweak the sound balance.
 

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Mobydick - so jealous of the colour choice- the Sapang Blue always appealed to me. I'M going to see dealer tomorrow to see if its not too late to change to Brilliant Blue. Apparently the Burmester sounds even better once you have had a chance to tweak the sound balance.
PhilAMG.

I use the car for caravan towing, sorry guys:wink2:, so towbar the main essential option. Towrope looks shocking when rolling up on site.. I feel slightly agrieved that I shall have to pass up the foot waving gesture to open boot so will take up line dancing to exercise that leg elsewhere. Key fob will still do the job.

The trade in is always so painful and feel we generally get taken for a ride unless you stand your guns. Fortunately I will be able to sell my beauty with little problem I think The Superguard is brilliant stuff but so over priced as an option. When paying £45k for a car really think it should be a thankyou but in real world feel it's let's squeeze as much out as possible by whatever means.

WBAC not to be sneezed at, they have a place in London they only buy prestigious motors and pay good prices. Always worth a look and seems they a better deal in many cases than the dealer, and he said this!



Hurly.

I am sure the Burmester will improve with fine tuning and look forward to the testing. As for the colour, I don't blame you but I feel the black pack nessesary to highlight the colour depth.

Incidentally the salesman explained the Command system before I took car out and said not enough to people use the phone helpline. So I did.. I could not find out how to turn off off the most annoying sound the man, a bloody woman on the sat nav telling ME where to go. Couldn't find the action for that so pressed the button. A gentleman answered and in short call centre staff limited at weekend and he was emergency operator only. However he politely said please wait and he would ask. Another chap came on who owned a certain MB and knew and er and resolved my dilemma. How good is that...0:)
 

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Mobydick, don't think you will have to use the key fob as assume there is a button on boot you can use to open tailgate, just the foot waving removed.
 

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Yup, in the recessed area above the numberplate is the conventional tailgate latch. You will have to extend your arm and operate it with your fingers like some throwback to a Victorian workhouse. Things improve if you are already sitting in the driver's seat as there is a tailgate release switch you and activate and instruct a passenger to place or remove something in the boot.
 
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Mobydick, don't think you will have to use the key fob as assume there is a button on boot you can use to open tailgate, just the foot waving removed.
Morning Phil,

I agree wont have to use the key fob however in my job it is a very useful function to have as often carrying stuff to the boot so can just chuck stuff in if boot already open as I approach the car.

Sooooo draconian having to dirty ones fingers actually touching the dirty exterior of the car to open anything as vulgar as the boot for heavens sake. Lol.....
 

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By the way - does anyone know if Mercedes Dealers automatically inform of Build-Dates and cut-offs for changes to order spec?
Mine did. I knew assembly date and cut-off date for changes.

5 months into ownership and I still get excited to drive it. I think I'm a tad more deaf now thanks to Burmester, and I feel to kiss those headlights every time I see them.

Cons: Two features I miss from my previous 2007 Rav4 though - It had a smarter center console pocket, and the wipers gave a courtesy wipe after 5 seconds following windscreen wash.

Question, (although way too late for me), can customers visit the assembly plant and witness theirs being built/drive off line?
 

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Hi Faraz,
Lucky you - no such information from my dealer. Not sure about visiting assembly plant but I do remember the option to collect my ML from Germany.
 

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hello everyone,
I'm looking at adding the Driving Assistance package to my potential order. I like the safety aspect of it, especially with kids in the car, so just wondering if its a worth while option to add or just a nuisance?
 

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Done a couple of thousand miles in mine now and for me:-

Driving Aids - Excellent, essential for long journeys. Use these all the time. Work really well. absolute godsend,
MBUX - Excellent, would insist on this again. Great system, easy to use, lots of input options.
PARKTRONIC - Bit hit and miss for me. Switch it on it a carpark it tries to put me in weird spaces where there are much better available. I don't use it anymore. Unreliable.
360 Camera - Great, works really well, especially the top down view. great for parking. front and rear cameras handy at junctions. Love this.
Buirmeister - Lovely sound. Have nothing to compare it to but if you like music it's a must.
LED Lighting (headlights etc) - Lovely, but when i'm driving down dark lanes approaching card always think I have full beams on so forever getting flashed.
Augumented Reality Sat Nav - Thought this would be a gimmick at first but in the real world it is very useful especially in cities with lots of junctions and turnings.

Cab't think of anything else off the top of my head, great car, these little extras do improve the driving experience.
 

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I have Audio 20 c/w voice control
It also allows, Bluetooth calling and media streaming
 

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Hi guys, I was wondering if anybody knows where can I order the plastic license plate to stick on my baby instead of metal ones. I saw it on a car near my house ones. Just don’t want to poke holes in the bumper. 😅 Please see the image attached.
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I can only suggest for UK

The number plates on your vehicle must:
  • be made from a reflective material
  • display black characters on a white background (front plate)
  • display black characters on a yellow background (rear plate)
  • not have a background pattern
  • The British Standard for number plates
The British Standard sets out the characteristics of the number plate. This includes visibility, strength and reflectivity. To meet the British Standard, each number plate must be permanently and legibly marked with the:
• British Standard number (currently BS AU 145d)
• name, trademark or other way of identifying the
manufacturer or supplier
• name and postcode of the supplying outlet

Standard font
On 1 September 2001, the new regulations introduced a standard font (style of lettering) for number plates, making them easier to be read. This change ended the use of italics and other styles of lettering that are difficult to read
Vehicles with new or replacement number plates fitted from 1 September 2001, cannot be shown over three lines (unless the vehicle was first registered before 1 January 1973) or if a vehicle is constructed before 1 January 1978 and is registered in the historic tax class and is exempt from vehicle tax. The characters on a number plate need to be a certain height and size:
• characters must be 79mm tall
• characters (except the number 1 or letter I) must be50mm wide
• the character stroke (the thickness of the black print) must be 14mm
• the space between characters must be 11mm
• the space between the age identifier and the random letters must be 33mm
• the margins at the top, bottom and side of the plate must be 11mm
• vertical space between the age identifier

In short, as long as correct font, spacing, size is placed on a reflective background, all is good in the eyes of the law!
 
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