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  Mercedes-Benz Manhattan: The Best

Harvey’s mother used to say: “Nothing but the best.

Mercedes-Benz always says: “The Best or Nothing.”

Both are right.

With all the mileage we put on cars, we thought the much touted Mercedes GLK 2500 Diesel might be worth a look. Reviews called it a superb driving machine, raved about its excellent gas mileage.             

We decided to investigate from our home in New Hampshire.  All of our business was conducted over the phone with Mercedes Manhattan’s Carla Nurse. We reported the mileage and condition of our car; she offered what we deemed a fair trade-in allowance. We told her what we wanted: a white, panorama-roofed vehicle with heated seats, Navigation control, and Blue Tec among some other niceties. “No problem,” she said and worked up a sale that included a 2014  GLK with all the equipment we desired and more including all-weather mats and a strong golf umbrella.

We had yet to meet Carla and see our new vehicle when a few days before we set out for Manhattan to consummate our deal, some careless individual backed into us with her Honda Civic. Her car crumpled; ours, a 2012 GLK, sustained a couple of dimple dings.  Nevertheless, having been through the mill with automobile dealers in the past, we were concerned.

A few days later, we drove into New York and finally met the smart, sophisticated and stunning Carla who took a look.  “No problem,” she said once again. Then she added “We will take care of it. Your trade-in allowance will not be affected.”

They had told us the diesel mileage was terrific. Still we never expected to drive the nearly 300 miles from New York to New Hampshire on a half a tank of gas.

And the ride was incredibly smooth as was the entire Mercedes experience. It was, as Harvey’s mother used to say, “Nothing but the best.” 

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About the Authors:  Myrna Katz Frommer and Harvey Frommer are a wife and husband team who successfully bridge the worlds of popular culture and traditional scholarship. Co-authors of the critically acclaimed interactive oral histories It Happened in the Catskills, It Happened in Brooklyn, Growing Up Jewish in America, It Happened on Broadway, It Happened in Manhattan, It Happened in Miami. They teach what they practice as professors at Dartmouth College.

They are also travel writers who specialize in luxury properties and fine dining as well as cultural history and Jewish history and heritage in the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. More about these authors.

You can contact the Frommers at: 

Email: myrna.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Email: harvey.frommer@Dartmouth.EDU
Web: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~frommer/travel.htm.

This Article is Copyright © 1995 - 2012 by Harvey and Myrna Frommer.  All rights reserved worldwide.

 
 

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