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I replaced my 2014 CLA 250 with a 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus, and it is an improvement in almost every way.

The 2014 CLA, unlike the current version, is a distinctively beautiful car. It has more comfortable seats and a taller rear window than the Tesla.

The Tesla is faster, safer, handles better, has a bit more room, and is substantially cheaper to operate and maintain. It obliterates the most common complaints about the CLA:
no turbo lag
no rough ride
no wonky shifting
no erratic engine shutting off/on
phone integration

The Tesla is just about the same size, exceeding the CLA by 2” in several measurements:
overall length
width
track width
headroom
legroom

However, the Tesla wheelbase is a significant 7” longer.

The Tesla has 2 cubic ft more cargo space.

Curb weight is 3648 compared to 3395 lbs.

Tesla tires are Michelin Primacy MXM4 runflats (235/45 instead of 225/45)

The most important difference, of course, is that the Tesla is fundamentally a computer with wheels, and the CLA is still an internal combustion engine with a computer tacked on.

I’ve never had a car that didn’t have some eccentricities, and I've always adapted to greater or lesser extent. I loved my CLA, and might have kept it indefinitely but for a market that coaxed me into an asset management decision: I sold it for 57% of its purchase price almost 8 years ago, an opportunity too rich to ignore. And by the time the Tesla is out of warranty, the CLA will almost certainly be worth less than half that.

Adios, Amigo. I'll remember you fondly.
 

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Congratulations! (y) What color?
Suggest you stay somewhat connected with us - tuxedo cat and you have continuing value to all of us as we merge into the EV generations, Will you still use 2katman2 on the Tesla Forums...which one will you join?
 

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Awww man ... another convert
I test drove all the T cars even kept a couple over the weekend.
Aside from the tummy displacing acceleration and some familiar knobs and switches (the S used all the same shift stalks and window switches etc) ... I was still happier in the Benz ... but thats just me I guess
Hey drop in once in a while and report back on owner experiences!!!
 

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Adios, Amigo. I'll remember you fondly.
Very impressive leap in technology. It's hard to even get close in comparison between a petrol powered vehicle and a Tesla. Congratulations!

All I can say though, regarding the CLA - It's not a uniform car. I love mine for being that stylish rebel it was and always will.
 
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Buying a Tesla is a vastly superior experience, too.

When I bought my CLA, even though I made an appointment to pay cash for my car months before the delivery date, the dealership still jerked me around for more than 3 hours, and ran my credit even though I'd explicitly told them they couldn't. After months of denial and deflection from the dealership, silence from the parent monolith, and back-and-forth with representatives of MBUSA about this violation of federal law, I was told that Mercedes-Benz had no control over their dealerships because they were independent franchises, and I had to sue the dealer to get satisfaction.

You can buy a Tesla from your laptop (or phone for that matter) without ever leaving home. You can:
configure your new car
trade in your current car (Tesla made me the best offer among the companies that offer hassle-free sale)
place the order
finance (currently at 2.49%) or lease
get insurance (California)
enjoy touchless delivery or pickup

In short, you can do it from home, without any of the power trips and salesman-scuttling-back-and-forth-to-manager's-office. That alone is worth the price of admission.

It may be that this method is available with other brands, but it is still not their preferred method. I test-drove a Mustang Mach EV, Car & Driver's EV Car of the Year, and got a taste of the same old same old: the salesman fiddled with his computer in silence before wandering off not once but twice without explanation, eventually returning with his manager in tow to close the deal. I told her I'd get back to them after I weighed the choice (and I kept that promise), but still had to run a gauntlet of salesmen acting like my new best friend to get out the door. Exhausting.
 

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No escaping the MSRP on the T

I dunno ... mine back then was kinda like your experience (no haggling nor sales office seats) with a twist

I made a few calls (I am the person to person kind) and left them with specific configuration ... got return calls ... and since it was EDP it was essentially MSRP-EDPdiscount ... only one nice lady (we are still friends today and in touch regularly even though she retired) gave me the full 7% plus acknowledgement of various Amex and Loyalty discounts (around 5.5k for a car that sold itself and not on lots at the time) ... and it was done ... all while I was roaming around Costco shopping ... my other half said it was like I was talking to my Mom

Then finally met her a couple months later to do paperwork ... first thing was hugs all around and then first class service and wonderful cappucinos and sweet desserts ... it literally was like hanging out with Mom

Then for Sindelfingen she quietly asked them to put my car all by itself away from the main section as much as possible (which the delivery guy found surprising) and for delivery in CA she had them only bring it from the VPC the day I was going to visit and parked my car all by itself away from all the fanfare and onlookers ... cuz she noted my comment “I don’t touch the paint” during our initial conversations ... and she had them put the champagne bottle in the trunk even though I forgot to ask for it, cuz the big red bow on the car violates my paint policy

She already set me up with her successor in the event EDP returns ... and this guy ... yup you guessed it ... he is like a Grandpa

We visited her once a year (starting 2014) around Xmas for her birthday and the holidays ... till all hell broke loose and now we have to reset all that
 

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My EDP guy, working with the the head EDP lady in NJ, was the sole bright light in my dealership experience, and we also became friends. But for him, I never would have bought the car from that dealership (which, incidentally, refused to honor any discounts.)

And, also incidentally, a judge agreed that the dealership had violated federal law, and ordered them to pay me $1,000 plus expenses.
 

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Yes ... perhaps it was also Anne K. at the NJ office at the time who handled you EDP. Wonderful group.
I was fortunate to have been referred to a veteran service manager by my EDP specialist, who worked directly with the foreman to handle my 2 warranty concerns, who picked the senior tech as they have never worked on the CLA yet back then. Always well done despite my idiosyncrasies. Pity they either retired or moved on. Just hope the new gens are just as good and as careful.
 

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And, also incidentally, a judge agreed that the dealership had violated federal law, and ordered them to pay me $1,000 plus expenses.
Well ... sort of a “discount”
Surprised they didnt grant more considering their blatant error
 

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congrats. Lets us know how the future treats you. Ive been debating tesla for some time now.
 

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yeah ... been debating here since the first $5K down for the inaugural S
bailed on it cuz even a massive panel area on the roof could not handle that battery

though @2katman2 please do pop in with updates and impressions!
 

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I replaced my 2014 CLA 250 with a 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus, and it is an improvement in almost every way.

The 2014 CLA, unlike the current version, is a distinctively beautiful car. It has more comfortable seats and a taller rear window than the Tesla.

The Tesla is faster, safer, handles better, has a bit more room, and is substantially cheaper to operate and maintain. It obliterates the most common complaints about the CLA:
no turbo lag
no rough ride
no wonky shifting
no erratic engine shutting off/on
phone integration

The Tesla is just about the same size, exceeding the CLA by 2” in several measurements:
overall length
width
track width
headroom
legroom

However, the Tesla wheelbase is a significant 7” longer.

The Tesla has 2 cubic ft more cargo space.

Curb weight is 3648 compared to 3395 lbs.

Tesla tires are Michelin Primacy MXM4 runflats (235/45 instead of 225/45)

The most important difference, of course, is that the Tesla is fundamentally a computer with wheels, and the CLA is still an internal combustion engine with a computer tacked on.

I’ve never had a car that didn’t have some eccentricities, and I've always adapted to greater or lesser extent. I loved my CLA, and might have kept it indefinitely but for a market that coaxed me into an asset management decision: I sold it for 57% of its purchase price almost 8 years ago, an opportunity too rich to ignore. And by the time the Tesla is out of warranty, the CLA will almost certainly be worth less than half that.

Adios, Amigo. I'll remember you fondly.
I am also in the looking for a new car, but I travel back and forth from the US and Mazatlan, Mexico, so a Tesla is not a viable option for me. I live my 2014 CLA, but unless on the highway it is not suitable for Mexico. Looking at hybrid SUV's, but with the chip shortage am having problems finding ones that are built in North America. Will keep on looking.
 

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I replaced my 2014 CLA 250 with a 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus, and it is an improvement in almost every way.

The 2014 CLA, unlike the current version, is a distinctively beautiful car. It has more comfortable seats and a taller rear window an the Tesla.

The Tesla is faster, safer, handles better, has a bit more room, and is substantially cheaper to operate and maintain. It obliterates the most common complaints about the CLA:
no turbo lag
no rough ride
no wonky shifting
no erratic engine shutting off/on
phone integration

The Tesla is just about the same size, exceeding the CLA by 2” in several measurements:
overall length
width
track width
headroom
legroom

However, the Tesla wheelbase is a significant 7” longer.

The Tesla has 2 cubic ft more cargo space.

Curb weight is 3648 compared to 3395 lbs.

Tesla tires are Michelin Primacy MXM4 runflats (235/45 instead of 225/45)

The most important difference, of course, is that the Tesla is fundamentally a computer with wheels, and the CLA is still an internal combustion engine with a computer tacked on.

I’ve never had a car that didn’t have some eccentricities, and I've always adapted to greater or lesser extent. I loved my CLA, and might have kept it indefinitely but for a market that coaxed me into an asset management decision: I sold it for
I replaced my 2014 CLA 250 with a 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus, and it is an improvement in almost every way.

The 2014 CLA, unlike the current version, is a distinctively beautiful car. It has more comfortable seats and a taller rear window than the Tesla.

The Tesla is faster, safer, handles better, has a bit more room, and is substantially cheaper to operate and maintain. It obliterates the most common complaints about the CLA:
no turbo lag
no rough ride
no wonky shifting
no erratic engine shutting off/on
phone integration

The Tesla is just about the same size, exceeding the CLA by 2” in several measurements:
overall length
width
track width
headroom
legroom

However, the Tesla wheelbase is a significant 7” longer.

The Tesla has 2 cubic ft more cargo space.

Curb weight is 3648 compared to 3395 lbs.

Tesla tires are Michelin Primacy MXM4 runflats (235/45 instead of 225/45)

The most important difference, of course, is that the Tesla is fundamentally a computer with wheels, and the CLA is still an internal combustion engine with a computer tacked on.

I’ve never had a car that didn’t have some eccentricities, and I've always adapted to greater or lesser extent. I loved my CLA, and might have kept it indefinitely but for a market that coaxed me into an asset management decision: I sold it for 57% of its purchase price almost 8 years ago, an opportunity too rich to ignore. And by the time the Tesla is out of warranty, the CLA will almost certainly be worth less than half that.

Adios, Amigo. I'll remember you fondly.
**Similar situation here but kept our black on black 2014 CLA250 and added a white on black 2021 Tesla Model Y.

We’re planning to pamper the CLA with wrapping it with a satin black vinyl to hide its scratches over the years. Recently it started acting up. Like having a newborn baby in the family, the older child becomes jealous and acts up. Upon a few weeks of arrival of the Model Y and driving it more often, the older car seemed to feel sluggish and a chore to drive. How is this so?, we imagined 😅
 

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Well I’m visiting a 2 Tesla family in CA (where seemingly 20% of cars I see here are Tesla’s). My daughter has a new model Y and son in law has a model 3. Both are pretty nice, smooth and quiet. I haven’t driven either yet but should get a chance in the next few days. I’m certainly not keen on the display which just looks like a tablet but I suppose it’s something you get used to. The other dislike is the need to recharge seemingly quite often. I still like my wife’s 20 CLA and my Giulia better, but I’m slowly getting more comfortable with these battery powered creations!!
 

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I replaced my 2014 CLA 250 with a 2021 Tesla Model 3 Standard Plus, and it is an improvement in almost every way.

The 2014 CLA, unlike the current version, is a distinctively beautiful car. It has more comfortable seats and a taller rear window than the Tesla.

The Tesla is faster, safer, handles better, has a bit more room, and is substantially cheaper to operate and maintain. It obliterates the most common complaints about the CLA:
no turbo lag
no rough ride
no wonky shifting
no erratic engine shutting off/on
phone integration

The Tesla is just about the same size, exceeding the CLA by 2” in several measurements:
overall length
width
track width
headroom
legroom

However, the Tesla wheelbase is a significant 7” longer.

The Tesla has 2 cubic ft more cargo space.

Curb weight is 3648 compared to 3395 lbs.

Tesla tires are Michelin Primacy MXM4 runflats (235/45 instead of 225/45)

The most important difference, of course, is that the Tesla is fundamentally a computer with wheels, and the CLA is still an internal combustion engine with a computer tacked on.

I’ve never had a car that didn’t have some eccentricities, and I've always adapted to greater or lesser extent. I loved my CLA, and might have kept it indefinitely but for a market that coaxed me into an asset management decision: I sold it for 57% of its purchase price almost 8 years ago, an opportunity too rich to ignore. And by the time the Tesla is out of warranty, the CLA will almost certainly be worth less than half that.

Adios, Amigo. I'll remember you fondly.
The build quality on Tesla cars is nowher near as good as a CLA. The luxury of a CLA is way above that of a Tesla, just wait a few months (weeks even) and see how they compare when it comes to faults.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree that there is a lot to like about a Tesla but at least wait and see how you feel about it after you have owned it for a while.
Also good luck with the 7,100 batteries.
 

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@MartynH dont know about you but more than 560mi on the freeway with ac on and still have reserve in the tank? think i may hang on to this little 2 litre for a bit longer


@SteveB now now be nice i test drove all the variants over long term weekend runs even 300mi trips ... love the acceleration though that meant my range was always less than 250mi on the bigger battery 3 ... S ... gullwing ... they are fun ... but for me i think i will wait a tad more
 

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@jmc Certainly, I like the range of the 2.0L car versus the multi-thousand cell rechargeable computer on wheels!! Another plus is you can fill it up in 5 minutes and find fuel pretty much everywhere, versus having to map out a strategic route that has Tesla Suoercharge stations along the the route and having to wait 45 mins or so each time as it “refuels”. 😉
 

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The build quality on Tesla cars is nowher near as good as a CLA. The luxury of a CLA is way above that of a Tesla, just wait a few months (weeks even) and see how they compare when it comes to faults.
Don’t get me wrong, I agree that there is a lot to like about a Tesla but at least wait and see how you feel about it after you have owned it for a while.
Also good luck with the 7,100 batteries.
Yeah, I checked before buying with friends who had owned Teslas for between 2 and 5 years, and they said they'd never have another gas car.

When you say, "The luxury of a CLA is way above that of a Tesla", exactly what is this "luxury" to which you refer?
 

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Yeah, I checked before buying with friends who had owned Teslas for between 2 and 5 years, and they said they'd never have another gas car.

When you say, "The luxury of a CLA is way above that of a Tesla", exactly what is this "luxury" to which you refer?
The Model Y that my daughter bought new (on line) and picked up a week ago had about 10 fit and finish issues including exterior scratches, interior pieces not aligning, various other mostly minor issues. Dropped it off same day to be fixed and it’s still there. Apparently they needed to repaint the hood as the blemishes weren’t fixable by buffing out. Perhaps this is the exception and most Tesla’s are fine but it leaves me wondering a little.
 

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Well ... sort of a “discount”
Surprised they didnt grant more considering their blatant error
My suit requested $1,000 for violating federal law, the minimum penalty for the infraction. I did not claim nor ask for damages beyond court costs.

And it wasn't an error -- they insisted from start to finish that they were entitled to run a "soft" credit report (there is no such distinction.)
 
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