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I looked up the closest dealer, they are about 90 miles 1 way. I have a Mercedes (auto) dealer less than 10 miles away. I wonder how many prospective buyers will not purchase because the dealer network is so sparse? Even if the vehicle never malfunctioned and needed only normal maintenance a 180 mile trip for service is ridiculous, and I suspect I am not alone in that thinking. I recommend Mercedes rethink the "commercial dealers only" for the Metris.
 

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Wow that is far enough to make buying a Metris a deterrent for most customers especially those who plan to use it for commercial purposes. I assume commercial vans need a bit more maintenance than a passenger one.

Also stinks that the things I want only comes in a package and with everything added on it's going to cost me around $36,415 not including additional taxes and fees...
 

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It's more suited for commercial use than passenger by the look of things. With all the additional packages one would want in a passenger van you may as well buy a luxury passenger van instead.
 

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I couldn't seem to find a towing/hitch option in the listings for a passenger van. I was happy to see a couple of things, like cruise control, listed as separate options and not just as part of a package.
 

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I think it should be available because I see the towing option for the Canadian build page, their build page looks cleaner and easier to navigate too.

Commercial
http://www.mercedes-benz-vans.ca/en/build-and-equip/metris-cargo/59#byoAppearance;

Passenger
http://www.mercedes-benz-vans.ca/en/build-and-equip/metris-passenger/60#byoAppearance;
Thanks BigRed. Any idea why the Canadian pricing, when converted from CAD to USD, is thousands of USD cheaper than the American configurator for the similarly optioned model? :confused:
 

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Taxes. American import tariffs are included in published prices, and Canada doesn't have a chicken tax and so the vans don't have to do the Ladson two-step.
 

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Taxes. American import tariffs are included in published prices, and Canada doesn't have a chicken tax and so the vans don't have to do the Ladson two-step.

I am far from certain, but thought the chicken tax didn't apply to passenger vehicles or vans, just the cargo vans, but see the same price difference is evident in the passenger version.

US passenger van starts at $32500 while after conversion, Canadian passenger van starts at $28820.
 

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Wow that's a huge difference. May be cheaper to buy the metris across the border but I feel like we're missing something.
 

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The Chicken tax does not apply to passenger vans. However, the US still has import tariffs on all imported cars- just not at the 25% level on top of the regular import tariff. Canada also has a General Sales Tax that is charged at a rate of, I believe, 8%, plus most (all?) provinces have a Provincial Sales Tax on top of that. There are a lot of taxes built into American retail prices, whereas in Canada taxes are listed as separate line items, and tallied at sale.

Also, the Canadian dollar is unusually weak right now compared to the US dollar, but not so much compared to the Euro, whereas the American dollar is unusually strong against the Euro at the moment. Meaning they probably priced it based upon foreseen currency fluctuations. Also, if you look at the standard and optional equipment, they are not configured identically in the least- the Canadian model has less in the way of standard features.
 

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The Chicken tax does not apply to passenger vans. However, the US still has import tariffs on all imported cars- just not at the 25% level on top of the regular import tariff. Canada also has a General Sales Tax that is charged at a rate of, I believe, 8%, plus most (all?) provinces have a Provincial Sales Tax on top of that.
A friend in Ontario said...if I recall correctly...that sales tax on a new car is 13%.
 

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For all your "how does this work" questions, I give you owner's manual for the metris. The breaking-in notes on page 119 are interesting to me. 1000 mile break-in procedure. I think the most anticipated section will be the rear seat reconfiguration on page 85.

This all could be known info. But I've never seen anyone post anything or made reference to the Vito owners manual.

Metris Operator's Manual

http://res.cloudinary.com/mbusa-qa/image/upload/Mercedes-Benz-Vans/Manuals/2016/2016-Metris-Owners-Manual.pdf


Metris Maintenance Manual
http://res.cloudinary.com/mbusa-qa/image/upload/Mercedes-Benz-Vans/Manuals/2016/2016-Metris-Maintenance-Booklet.pdf
 

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Thanks for listing out the specific page for seats!
Just a question, is it possible to install one row of bench seats backwards so the passengers can face each other? Didn't see anything about it in the manual.
 
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