Originally Posted by sheldon Gawiser
You certainly would be welcome here in South Florida.
In addition, the loyalty program offers a MB gift card worth $750 for the purchase of a used MB and $1500 for a new one. You have to be a member for one year to use it, but it certainly makes the $45 a year worthwhile.
The Loyalty program does not do it for those of us who keep our cars awhile. Especially since we bought the MB before we were in the program. If MB wanted my loyalty, they could have credited me the 6 months of Sirius and Tele-Aid they REFUSED to while my car sat waiting for a radiator support they refused to send to repair it while their dealer made the car into total loss.
Not many events here in Florida. I offered to even host some events during the summer for South Florida and they never took me up. Having lunch on a cruise ship is NOT my idea of car club fun. MBCA has not had the appeal that Fiero and Miata clubs have.
I am not an MBCA member anymore. I got tired of all the mailings for the raffles. I sat down and totalled everything up, all the costs and dues and raflle tickets sold and it was obscene the amount of money they take in with so few events and fun. Not a value. Take a look at the salaries of the the people running it, they are amazing! Sweet gig! Seriously, do the math!
They refused to publish a "letter to the editor" of the magazine stating what my dealer did to kill my car. They also refused to write a letter to MBUSA asking (not promising me anything) MBUSA to allow me to get my Sport Suspension option on my replacement 2006 for the 1,315 mile 2005 they totalled, or anything. If they won't help you get closer to the manufacturer what good are they?
Even getting into the SLS AMG program through my outside contacts, MBCA is not the best link to the factory and what is going on.
The magazine was nicely done however, and there are nice people in the South Florida chapter. Maybe at a later date I will rethink it, but for now the money is better spent on other things.
As far as other ideas, well I offered them, and I offered to do the work, and I offered my house. I even offered to let them use my driveway to park for the autoshow (I am closer then paid parking) and nothing. What else can I do?