That’s what the (currently nameless) person behind amercedeslemon.com would have us believe. Kayte Lange took the above photo (and the one after the jump) after seeing this car parked outside of Keyes Mercedes with the signs suggesting it was a lemon, and had been purchased there at Keyes. I sent an e-mail to the address there asking for more details and got a note back pointing to this story for all the ugly details. Basically the car was bought, problems were had, owner and dealer disagreed at the cause of said problems, neither willing to budge. At the moment this car is still parked there at Keyes though the story doesn’t really say what the current situation is, other than a stalemate. You can read it yourself though I have to say after reading the story I’m a little more suspicious than I was previously. When Kayte sent me the photos initially I was like “bad ass! stick it to the man!” but the lack of a name on the site anywhere, and especially the lack of a name in the e-mail response I got sketches me out. I’ve mentioned this before, if you aren’t willing to back up something you are saying with your name, then why should anyone else believe it? The URL “amercedeslemon.com” is registered to Darcy McGinn
though I don’t know if that is the person behind this situation or not.
The thing that struck me the most suspicious in the story is this – they buyer says he or she bought the car in October 2005 and the car started having problems right away. It’s noted that this is the first Mercedes this person has purchased. He/She suggests that upon taking it in to the dealer for service he/she was constantly blown off and problems were ignored. By May 2007 the car was apparently undrivable and Keyes replaced the transmission entirely, which didn’t fix all the issues. This is where it gets weird, the buyer says that at this point “As a loyal Mercedes customer..” he/she went and bought a new Mercedes just to avoid further issue with the previous one. Sound weird to anyone else?
You buy one car from a dealer, have problems with it and with the dealer for 2 years but yet have enough loyalty to not only buy another car of the same brand, but from the same dealer? I dunno, sounds off to me. This isn’t to say it’s not true, the buyer could just have an over elaborate writing style which takes away from the actual situation. If it’s true, my opinion is that the buyer should come out of the shadows using his/her real name, and also lose the hype in the story and say wtf really happened and wtf he/she wants to happen next. Also maybe provide names/contacts of people at Keyes that they’ve spoken to for readers to follow up with on their own. Who knows, maybe outside pressure will help. Or maybe there’s more to this story than what has been published. Either way, pretty interesting stuff, can’t wait to see what happens next.
There’s more on the story on this web forum though honestly I was bored after reading the first few lines and didn’t follow through to see what other info might have been there.