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Old 2nd May 2020, 02:20   #31
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3. Delivery
The wait between the booking and delivery feels like an eternity! But the day finally arrived.

It was time

Super happy!

Now starts the real ownership experience.
Hi Nitrogary,

Congratulations on your purchase of the 3 Pointed Star!

It definitely feels special.

We bought a GLC 300 4Matic, and its definitely super cool. Its probably got a few bells and whistles which are not offered in the Indian counterparts, but none the less, its a beautiful ride. I attached a few pics of my ride

Congratulations and wishing you many many more miles of fun, happiness and safe travels.
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Many Congratulations Sarang. The GLC is a truly beautiful vehicle.

Personally for me there is a different lure of the 3 pointed star. As an 80s and 90s kid it can probably be blamed to the parents' generation for whom a luxury car / sense of occasion / sing of having arrived or made it big in life was synonymous with Mercedes.

While I didn't like the shape initially it is definitely growing on me. Hopefully someday I shall be on the lookout for a used GLC300 as I feel it is quite an underrated vehicle in that segment.

Your review will help many a potential buyer when considering a car in that segment. Look forward to regular updates.

P.S. I absolutely need to hear that Burmester system!
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Hi Nitrogary,

Congratulations on your purchase of the 3 Pointed Star!

It definitely feels special.

We bought a GLC 300 4Matic, and its definitely super cool. Its probably got a few bells and whistles which are not offered in the Indian counterparts, but none the less, its a beautiful ride. I attached a few pics of my ride

Congratulations and wishing you many many more miles of fun, happiness and safe travels.
Hi Nikhilarni,

Thank you so much! Congrats to you too
Your black GLC 300 is looking magnificent. I love those alloys! Did you get the air suspension?
Is the trim different?

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Many Congratulations Sarang. The GLC is a truly beautiful vehicle.

..sign of having arrived or made it big in life was synonymous with Mercedes.
..Hopefully someday I shall be on the lookout for a used GLC300 as I feel it is quite an underrated vehicle in that segment.

Your review will help many a potential buyer when considering a car in that segment. Look forward to regular updates.

P.S. I absolutely need to hear that Burmester system!
Thank you Miharbe!
My intent of writing this review was indeed to help fellow Bhpians with their GLC purchases.
Its true that people associate a different aura with a Mercedes. I never thought of it that way, but I love their cars now.
As I said, I really loved the GLC 300 and we could have gone either way. The frugal fuel economy and our predominant highway usage tipped the decision in favor of the diesel.
Pre-owned GLC 300s are going to be magnificent deals, especially the top end models. As are the GLC 43 AMGs. I am seeing quite a few of them in the pre-owned car market in the range of 40-50 lacs. This was a car which was around 85-95 lacs new.

You are most welcome to enjoy the music system. Let me know if you are in Pune, I stay in Kothrud.

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Your black GLC 300 is looking magnificent. I love those alloys! Did you get the air suspension?
Is the trim different?
Hi Nitrogary,

Thanks a lot.

Mine has the AMG package, which essentially is the slightly differently styles bumbers, the bigger wheels and the AMG trim Alloys.

Here, every feature on the car is Ala-carte. There are no Trim levels or variants. Every feature like the Ventilated Seats, heated steering wheel, panoramic sunroof, Disctonic ( the adaptive cruise control, lane keep and collision mitigation braking ) and the Head's up display are an add-ons at the time of original purchase.

I am not sure how it's sold in India.

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P.S. I absolutely need to hear that Burmester system!
Hi Miharbe,

Trust me, that Burmester system is amazing. With the surround system turned on, the drives are a super pleasure with good music.

Whether you are listening to AR Rahman's Dil Se or Hotel California, it just sounds brilliant.

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Hi Nitrogary,

Mine has the AMG package, which essentially is the slightly differently styles bumbers, the bigger wheels and the AMG trim Alloys.

I am not sure how it's sold in India.
There are two trim variants - Sport and Progressive along with diesel and petrol engine options. It misses out on memory seats and rear air conditioning the most. Buyers may not mind paying extra for some add ons like ventilated seats and air suspension along with a higher engine tune spec.
The interior-exterior combination is also fixed. You get black interiors only with the sliver exterior. All other colors get beige interiors. Anyone with a different combo, please post up your pics - it'll be a very rare car to see.
Occasionally Mercedes come up with some special editions which typically are
Edition 1 - for the first 100/200 cars of the particular model sold
Celebration edition - to commemorate something
Grand edition - maybe some add on features etc.

There are no 63 AMG variants of the GLC sold in India. Only the GLC 43 AMG. Some AMG accessories may be available for purchase but I don't think I'll want to go for those.
I would have preferred 18 inch alloys over 19 inch purely for the ride comfort. The 19s look pretty and I am sure 20 inch ones look even sharper, but they are suitable for smoother roads. With more and more roads getting concreted the undulations and poor texture result in faster wear of all components which have relative motion.

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Hi Miharbe,
Trust me, that Burmester system is amazing. With the surround system turned on, the drives are a super pleasure with good music.
Whether you are listening to AR Rahman's Dil Se or Hotel California, it just sounds brilliant.
So true. I normally listen to Youtube music - and understand that the music system isn't being put to optimal use. I love music but prefer driving without any just for the sheer experience of driving such a lovely vehicle.
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Congratulations Sarang on a nice Car and a great comprehensive review.

Had a question for you. In the picture you have posted, are all the luggage piled on top of the spare tyre or did you manage to put the spare tyre in the space below the floor board or something like that

Overall would you hesitate in recommending this GLC 220D in your ownership experience so far (I know its a tough question to answer but please feel free, I promise not to hold you to it in any way)

Best Regards and Drive Safe
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Congratulations Sarang on a nice Car and a great comprehensive review.

Had a question for you. In the picture you have posted, are all the luggage piled on top of the spare tyre or did you manage to put the spare tyre in the space below the floor board or something like that

Overall would you hesitate in recommending this GLC 220D in your ownership experience so far (I know its a tough question to answer but please feel free, I promise not to hold you to it in any way)

Best Regards and Drive Safe
Thank you so much Ram!

All the luggage is piled up over the spare wheel. I moved it to the extreme right so it is not tied down. That way, some suitcases could be kept on the floor. You can actually see some part of the wheel cover below the bag with 4 castor wheel.

Our tastes in two wheels match - Bonneville and RD 350 so maybe our tastes in cars could be similar?

I would certainly recommend the GLC to anyone looking out to buy one. Getting pre-owned cars make the deal sweeter. It is most suited for families of 4 and when you are looking to travel in a relaxed and luxurious manner. It is not really suited as a chauffeur driven car.
Alternate options which I would consider in the 35-50 lac pre-owned car bracket are
- BMW X5
- Mercedes-Benz GLE 250
- Mercedes-Benz GLC 43 AMG if you are looking for something sporty
- Volvo XC 60
- Audi Q5
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Beautifully written Sarang!
I had no idea you got this while we spoke about the GS at length.
congratulations 🎉
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Beautifully written Sarang!
I had no idea you got this while we spoke about the GS at length.
congratulations 🎉
Thanks Kalpak
Yes, we didn't talk about cars at all actually when discussing about bikes.

Update
So the car recently covered 15k kms and now stands at 15.3k km. I missed capturing the moment where it passed the 15000 mark. Electronic odometers somehow don't have the same charm as the mechanical ones where the numbers roll up slowly in front of you! Here it just covers 14999 to 15000 within a flash.

With 15k km, I noticed some additional wear on the outside of the tires. I believe this is due to its positive camber and the way the tires scrub on the outside when the wheels are turned. They lean into the corner just like a bike!

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Hence decided to get tire rotation done. Tires are not unidirectional and are of the same size all over, however there is an outside which I checked is correct on all 4 tires.

The tire shop guy kept suggesting that we should do wheel alignment. I am firmly against changing something which does not need any modification. ?

Any advice on this? The car runs absolutely straight and does not seem to need any alignment.
One problem which came up due to this was that the TPMS wasn't reading any more. The car got confused and needed to be taken to the workshop for a diagnostic check and the sensors and TPMS needs to be "re-taught" which wheel is where.
Wheel rotation = 200/-
Diagnostics = 660/-

This is how the front suspension looks like
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All good now. Here are some more pics for you to enjoy!

I recently got our Ameo serviced. So me and dad drove to get the car back. He was driving ahead. I couldn't resist taking the pic. It was a beautiful evening. Just felt like driving on and on!
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Another short trip with the biking gang to a nearby hill station
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Beautiful views.. It was foggy and breezy, but no rain!
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Another weekend spent well at our small holiday home away from the buzz of the city. Wanted this pic since a very long time! 3 good friends, 3 good cars
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The GLC43 Coupe and SUV together!
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A fellow rider recently treated himself with this lovely Mini. We met for a morning tea nearby. Aren't they gorgeous!
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Fantastic review Nitrogary - virtually Official Review standard.

They do seem to have upgraded the GLC in some ways - when I evaluated it back in 2016 (just after the original CBU lot was sold out), it lacked the electronic boot closer, and the 260 degree camera, and came with 18Ē tubeless tyres. I also donít get why Mercedes does not provide memory seats in its cars - that is a very useful feature.

Glad to note you are enjoying the car - Pune is a great place to live for highway drives and this car seems to be doing well in that aspect.
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Fantastic review Nitrogary - virtually Official Review standard.

They do seem to have upgraded the GLC in some ways - when I evaluated it back in 2016 (just after the original CBU lot was sold out), it lacked the electronic boot closer, and the 260 degree camera, and came with 18Ē tubeless tyres. I also donít get why Mercedes does not provide memory seats in its cars - that is a very useful feature.

Glad to note you are enjoying the car - Pune is a great place to live for highway drives and this car seems to be doing well in that aspect.
Thank you Hayek!

You are correct about the changes that have been introduced in the car since 2016. I agree with your comments in your X3 ownership thread about the GLC. Without the discounts, it is not lucrative. Plus at the time, the X3 was new and makes much more sense.

The memory seats are missing still in the top end model also. I just don't get the logic! I would have highly appreciated memory and ventilated seats.

I am indeed enjoying driving the car around. Last 3-4 months we have not used it much. Maybe 1500 km max. I had so many plans and had chalked out several trips for the monsoons, but alas it will have to wait. Everyone's health and safety is much more important hehe.
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