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#184 of 293 Re: Maintaining a Benz [jubileerun]
Oct 04, 2004 (2:52 pm)
I'm not sure I have seen evidence that E-320 wagons depreciate significantly more than other cars. If my wagon were a 1995 Taurus, for example, with 209,000 miles on it, it would be ready for the junkyard. My 95 E320 wagon is just broken in, well maybe that's exaggerating, but it still runs like a scalded dog. And now that I've gotten over the 200K hurdle, I'm going for 300. I can't really think of anything else I'd rather drive. And while it had some major repairs between 150,000 and 180,000, it hasn't been in the shop for 6 months. So I consider it a keeper.
#185 of 293 E500 AWD - Does it decrease performance?
Nov 01, 2004 (5:00 am)
After spending many hours perusing the Forum for an answer, I've decided to post my question/situation. I was hoping for some direction regarding adding AWD to the vehicle I'm currently in the process of ordering with my dealer.
Although I'm looking into a sedan, I figured the "wagon folk" would have some wisdom and insight into the AWD system.
I'm about to purchase a new E500 and am very curious about potential shortcomings and perceived/known benefits of the All Wheel Drive system. I once test drove an Audi (4 series) with the Quatro system and felt that it accelerated like a sick dog. There was a large perceptible lag from pedal to response time. I ended up with a BMW 528 instead.
I'm now looking "for something different" and a E500 MB seems to fill that want. I currently drive at all hours (day/night) due to the nature of my job and irregardless of the weather. I lived 9 years in Chicago with a Mustang GT, so my driving skills are aptly honed by that experience. I surely love the concept a vehicle that would stick to the road in all conditions (including the recent heavy rains I've been driving through in the steep mountain passes I have to travel in my current California residence). I feel avoiding one accident or spinout on a highway such as these will easily justify any extra charge for the AWD and the slight sacrifice in gas mileage.
However, I'm afraid that the AWD will sacrifice performance and make the E500 I get "less peppy" to drive (i.e., loss of acceleration), but maybe that was just because I test drove an underpowered vehcile (i.e., the Audi A4). Furthermore, are these systems breakdown prone?
I'm grateful for any thoughts or advice you folks might have on this issue.
#186 of 293 Re: E500 AWD - Response
by dick s.
Nov 01, 2004 (11:01 am)
Currently have A4 Avant 2.8 tiptronic for a daily driver; adequate power for local driving - need the traction for winter. Just sold E39 M-5 and bought an E500 wagon. I say test drive the AWD; the performance is in the high 6's for 0 - 60. Again adequate! Great balance of power and space; compared to the 528i, this wagon is definitely "more" car; mileage for my first 5,800 miles is an overall 17.5 combined. It loves the highway and regarding acceleration, it can put passengers snugly into their seats. I'm keeping mine for the long haul; regarding breakdowns... the same 4 Matic has been used for many many years and it's about as bulletproof as the Audi "quattro" system.
You can't go wrong with 4 Matic and the 5 liter. I have friends with the E320 4 Matic and love theirs too. Put one on the road for about an hour, then decide.
#188 of 293 Seat options
Nov 28, 2004 (8:21 am)
I am searching for a used e320 wagon '99-01
I just drove a '99 which had nuematic lumbar/contouring seats. Is that standard equipment or an option?
Thanks for response and any insights on buying a used wagon.
#189 of 293 Re: E500 AWD - Does it decrease performance? [sced]
Nov 30, 2004 (8:31 am)
#190 of 293 Re: E500 AWD - Does it decrease performance? [sced]
Nov 30, 2004 (8:42 am)
I've owned a 2004 E-500 wagon since March of 2004. It's an AWD and I don't think AWD decreases performance one iota on the E-500. This is a superb touring vehicle. But beware of one thing: I replaced the tires at 7000 miles. The rear ones barely passed the annual Pa state inspection and the front ones might have lasted until 15M or so. They were Continental ContiTouring tires with a super soft compound, totally ill-suited for this car. I complained to MB of North America and got short shrifted with a primer on tire wear, info. any teenager would know. Look for the DOT treadwear rating stamped on ther sidewalls, anything less than a 400, don't accept.
#191 of 293 2004 or 2005 E-500 wagon?
Dec 20, 2004 (11:10 am)
Both are new cars. '04 model is 5K less. I plan to keep the car at least for 6 or 7 years.
#192 of 293 Re: Do these service records scare anyone? [ncvol]
Jan 08, 2005 (2:28 pm)
I have had a 2001 E320 Wagon and have serviced at similar intervals, typically 1 to 2K miles earlier. Never a problem with the car, now at 36K miles and going strong. I would not worry at all. Go for it!
#193 of 293 Re: E500 AWD - Response [dick s.]
Jan 08, 2005 (2:35 pm)
I'v been driving an E320 Wagon 4-matic in California mountains for 4 yrs and now in chicago snow. The awd is a terrific feature, well worth the trade-offs. The car is very peppy and in an E500, it would, I suspect, be imperceptible relative to other options.