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You are in the Sedans
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Jaguar XJR, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG, Audi S6, Maserati Quattroporte, Audi S8, Sedan
#228 of 1045 M5 looking improved 540
Aug 31, 2000 (11:39 pm)
I just bought a incredibly good looking 1997 BMW 540 completely face lifted with all the possible whistle of a 2000 M5 including an AC Schnitzer engine kit. The car looks identical to a 2000 M5 but better because it has a AC Schnitzer lowering kit (2.5" ground clearance only). It even has a GPS with TV (by the way this featire is not even available here - why ? it switches of as soon as you start runing anyway, but hey, government has to do something right?) , integrated phone and anything else you can imagine,or think! I had a new 2000 S500 MB before for a few months but I cannot compare the two. Even if this is not a straight M5, I have not felt so much power ever before !
The only problem is : I have it in Europe and I want it here now !
Help me anyone ! What do I need to do to have this monster looking and hi performance feeling beauty in my garage where it belongs?
#229 of 1045 What a great day! Blessed with a new E55
Sep 02, 2000 (11:19 am)
What a Friday I had today. Out of the blue a Mercedes dealer where I just cancelled an order for a E430 Sport a couple of weeks ago gave me a shot at a new 2001 E55. Of course, I had to make up my mind in minutes because every other salesman on the lot was burning up the phones trying to find a buyer of their own. Do you think I hesitated? Hell no! I ran down to the dealer with the biggest check I've ever written for anything, including my house (and I live in Silicon Valley so my house isn't cheap). I originally wanted an E55, but I almost settled for an E430 Sport after every dealer said either the wait was three years or there was no chance of getting one. And I didn't want to pay $25,000 over MSRP for a used one. The car was available only because the guy who originally ordered decided not to purchase it. I don't know why because he could have immediately sold it for at least $15K more than he bought it. I cancelled the E430 because I was going to give the redesigned Lexus LS400 due out in October a chance to compete. I knew it couldn't compete with an E55.
All I can say after two hours or so of driving it is that this is one powerful, yet refined, car. The speed is amazing. The new Timeport Dual-Band voice-activated digital phone is really great. No Navigation is shipped with any 2001 Mercedes yet. I think there are doing a complete redesign of the one from last year.
I look forward to talking with you all.
Sep 03, 2000 (1:20 am)
I was just at Smythe down in San Jose asking a question about my lowly C43 and took a cruise through the showroom. I didn't talk to anyone, but ass-u-me these are used.
CL - $125K
M5 - $89K
E55 - $91K
E55 - looks like the same one that has been there for at least eight months - $86K
#231 of 1045 Pricing of E55
Sep 03, 2000 (8:19 pm)
Makes the $83K I spent on a new 2001 E55 seem like
Sep 05, 2000 (1:27 am)
The 850 looks great, indeed !
Sep 05, 2000 (9:19 pm)
I actually bought my 2001 E55 at list price of 71,300. My dealer will not sell cars above list. I am amazed at those prices, but I do love the car.
#235 of 1045 To Fastmondy and warren17
Sep 07, 2000 (6:16 pm)
Hey guys, maybe we should meet some night out on Highway 280 or 101 and see how fast our E-55's really are.
I only have about 300 miles on my 2001 but the vehicle seems pretty close to perfect. 18 MPG on my first tank, but who buys this car for the mileage.
Any problems so far from you?
Sep 07, 2000 (7:20 pm)
Ordered my M5 in Germany in May and it's arriving on a ship tomorrow. While in Germany, I looked around at dealers and other sources for accessories like mudflaps/rain guards/schmutzfangers, whatever you like to call them, and came up with zip. It appears there is virtually no aftermarket source for M5 "stuff!" Does anyone have any leads?
Have read all 244 postings re the S8, Jag, MB & BMW comparison controversy and am comfortable with my M5 choice. I had money down for a year and a half for a MB CLK55, but my wife nixed it recently because she didn't like the appearance of the rear quarter panel lines and couldn't see out the rear window when we test drove a CLK 320. She also liked 4 doors, though it wasn't an overriding factor. Converted the $ to the wait list for the AMG 320 SLK. Maybe she'll be able to see out the rear window on that one! Any rumors on that MB?
#237 of 1045 fastmondy1,shoes,warren17
Sep 08, 2000 (10:05 am)
Add my 99 E55 to the little get together as well!
I live in Los Altos.