Test Driving Experience: The C Drive 2008

By Ian Fernando

This past Saturday I test drove the Mercedes 2008 C 350 and 300. It was located in Morristown, NJ at the FTC Private Terminal. It was a windy chilly day but I was also stuck in traffic, so I was a little late. In the end I managed to grab some pictures and test drive the car on a closed and street course.


It should have been a little better - due to the fact I was not able to push the car to its limits. Well here are some pictures:

I enjoyed the test drive. Let me go in to a little detail about the courses.

The Street Course

The street course was what it sounded like. We actually drove the C class sport on a course, guided by one of the Mercedes guy. I really wanted to drive the vehicle off course and just bring it back I felt it was tested. The walkie talkie on the side of me prevented me, if I did I would have probably been kicked out.

We went through a closed parking lot with bumps and curves. The shocking part about the ride was the shocks actually picked up nicely. I felt really comfortable in the car. While on the street course I was ignoring what the guy was saying and just following the person in front of me. Why? I wanted to see and test the speakers and the music, so I blasted the radio. Beautiful I can say!

Closed Course

I did not like the closed course at all. I had to wait at least 30 minutes. Once I was on the closed course. I peeled on the straight away and then had to make 2 sharp turns, then onto a right curve turn. Then came more turns and more turn and more turns after that. I could not speed up and slam on my brakes to test the brakes.

During the waiting though - I was speaking to one of the Mercedes guy and he said a person got kicked out because they just went through all the cones and did not even care about the course.

While my turn was finish - a person was driving around the course with the e brake on. They had to stop him and remind him of the e brake.

Overall Experience

I enjoyed the test drive, though it was not what I expected. I have chatted with several people and some stated the test drive 3 years ago was far better, one said "they actually let you abuse the car."

This year it was more controlled - which is ok I guess since some drivers may take it way too far. Hope you enjoyed the video above!

Ian Fernando
Involved in the internet space since 2002 and have been through the ups and downs of this online industry. I am a traveling digital nomad, media buyer, online strategist, and many more online titles.

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