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I placed my order and put down my refundable deposit yesterday for my 2014 CLA250! Woo hoo!! The dealer said that they only started taking orders at his dealership (Chicagoland area) on Monday. Since Monday he has had 15 people come in to configure a car. However, not all have committed with putting down deposits. Interestingly since I committed, and perhaps because of the ease of my configuration, he told me that my request is number 000005 in the cue for all 2014 CLA250 (front wheel drive - not 4Matic) in the US! Seems a little hard to believe, but he gave me a copy of the Request sheet (and it was already after I put down my deposit, so there is no value for him to lie to me). Maybe he was mistaken, it doesn't really matter. Although for any of you others who have placed orders (with deposits), maybe you can check your Request # and let me know if I am crazy. ;)

Some stats about my build:
Mountain Grey - surprise! ;)
Black MB-Tex - Thanks to the advice from many
Black Ash wood Trim
Panorama Sunroof
18" 5-spoke wheels
Bi-Xenon Headlamps
Heated front seats

Every night is going to be like Christmas Eve waiting for my car to arrive!
 

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Very interesting update, nice build! Very Benz'esque... :cool:

I'm hoping that the dealer will get a demo in sometime that we can tool'around in, I'm keen towards seeing how the DCT shifts along w/ turbo lag (if-noted) & general cabin comfort/refinement. Definitely going to get a CLA250, just a question of when! :D
 
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Congrats from one mid-westerner to another. Question, what other seat materials were you considering? I'm considering grey MB-Tex as black gets so damn hot in the Summer, although grey would show stains.
 

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5th in queue? I can't imagine how that is the case based on everyone who has posted online that they've placed a deposit. You mean we can't believe everything we read online?! <gasp> "the horror"

Well, whether, 5th in line in the US, Illinois, your county, your city, your dealership or wherever...CONGRATULATIONS! :D Consider me jealous. I'm just not mentally there yet...yet.

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Very interesting update, nice build! Very Benz'esque... :cool:

I'm hoping that the dealer will get a demo in sometime that we can tool'around in, I'm keen towards seeing how the DCT shifts along w/ turbo lag (if-noted) & general cabin comfort/refinement. Definitely going to get a CLA250, just a question of when! :D
Yeah, my dealer couldn't tell me when the demo is coming in (but there will be one) and he will be calling me, and I will be going, and I will be taking pictures, and I will certainly give all of you an update! :D
 

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5th in queue? I can't imagine how that is the case based on everyone who has posted online that they've placed a deposit. You mean we can't believe everything we read online?! <gasp> "the horror"

Well, whether, 5th in line in the US, Illinois, your county, your city, your dealership or wherever...CONGRATULATIONS! :D Consider me jealous. I'm just not mentally there yet...yet.

-Eric
Yeah, the whole "5th" thing has me a little confused. He could have been mistaken. Even if he is, no harm. If I'm 5th or 500th, I'm still going to be waiting impatiently. ;)
 

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Congrats from one mid-westerner to another. Question, what other seat materials were you considering? I'm considering grey MB-Tex as black gets so damn hot in the Summer, although grey would show stains.
Thanks Spartaholic!! I originally had myself thinking I would get the Ash leather, but then really looking at the color and worried about the light color (and all of the back and forth about leather vs. MB-Tex), I opted to go black MB-Tex. When at the dealer on Saturday I saw the grey MB-Tex and it's REALLY light in color. From that, I knew I made the right decision. I am a little concerned about the hot black seats in the summer, but I hoping it won't burn me.
 

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I am a little concerned about the hot black seats in the summer, but I hoping it won't burn me.
Black seats definitely get hot quickly but heat is heat and in the summer seats get hot. I had black leather seats in my TT Quattro roadster. It ever kept me from dropping the top in the Summer. :D

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Black seats definitely get hot quickly but heat is heat and in the summer seats get hot. I had black leather seats in my TT Quattro roadster. It ever kept me from dropping the top in the Summer. :D

-Eric
I think your solution is the way to go! I'll have to improvise with my panorama sunroof. ;)
 

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That's exactly why I was heavily leaning toward grey seats. Although, my wife just broke a bottle of red wine in her car and was saved b/c of black interior. Decisions, decisions.
 

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Just get the color you want and don't worry too much about heat or broken bottles of red wine. Turn on the A/C, put a protectant on your carpet, mash the fun pedal and drive. :)

The only color I ever worry about in terms of stains is beige. I like a nice beige interior in some cars but they are really hard to keep clean. It doesnt take much before they start showing wear and tear from parking lot dust and every day dirt on the bottom of your shoes. I'm kind of anal (okay, a lot anal) with my cars and grey is a cinch to keep clean by comparison (at least in my experience).

Okay, so with that in mind just ignore everything I said and go with a black interior. lol

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Just get the color you want and don't worry too much about heat or broken bottles of red wine. Turn on the A/C, put a protectant on your carpet, mash the fun pedal and drive. :)

The only color I ever worry about in terms of stains is beige. I like a nice beige interior in some cars but they are really hard to keep clean. It doesnt take much before they start showing wear and tear from parking lot dust and every day dirt on the bottom of your shoes. I'm kind of anal (okay, a lot anal) with my cars and grey is a cinch to keep clean by comparison (at least in my experience).

Okay, so with that in mind just ignore everything I said and go with a black interior. lol

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lol Thanks Eric - it's much more clear now! lol
 

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Just get the color you want and don't worry too much about heat or broken bottles of red wine. Turn on the A/C, put a protectant on your carpet, mash the fun pedal and drive. :)

The only color I ever worry about in terms of stains is beige. I like a nice beige interior in some cars but they are really hard to keep clean. It doesnt take much before they start showing wear and tear from parking lot dust and every day dirt on the bottom of your shoes. I'm kind of anal (okay, a lot anal) with my cars and grey is a cinch to keep clean by comparison (at least in my experience).

Okay, so with that in mind just ignore everything I said and go with a black interior. lol

-Eric
My current ride has a black/charcoal interior and I like it other than the heat aspect, which is why the grey is intriguing (other than dirt factor as I'm anal as well). I'm surprised you say grey is easier to keep clean than tan. I would've guessed them to be similar.

@ Bubble - It was actually a driver in front of her who slammed on the brakes. She had to do the same and wine bottle somehow smashed.
 

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I went with the Jupiter Red exterior and the tan MB-Tex interior. I have a black CLK350 now with a black interior and I'm tired of Black! Also, I live in Las Vegas and black cars get VERY hot in the summer! I ordered mine on the first day they were available and I was told it will arrive this Fall. I'll let you know when I hear something from the dealer.
 
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