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Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Jaguar XJ-Series, Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Volkswagen Phaeton, Maserati Quattroporte, Mercedes-Benz CL-Class, Sedan
Let's try to define this forum as being limited to luxury performance vehicles where the mainstream version in a typical configuration has an MSRP of at least $60k.
A luxury vehicle with a base price of $59k qualifies because it would typically be bought with some additional equipment, bringing the MSRP over $60k.
Vehicles like the E, 5, A6, M, or GS, even if available in certain versions over $60k, don't qualify because they are cars from companies that have higher end cars in their lineups.
#19556 of 24726 Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks....
Oct 05, 2006 (8:43 pm)
Finally, there is a Mercedes-Benz in my garage! Tuesday I picked up a 2003 CLK430 Cabriolet. It is Brilliant Silver over Ash (grey) with an Ash top.
Four things come to mind when driving it over the last couple of days; fast, comfortable, stylish and solid. Everything clicks and thunks, from the doors being closed to the windows doing their little drop down/raise up routine everytime a door is opened. The doors on this car are so heavy and the controls all thack and click when used. The ride is of the magic carpet variety, it isn't a sports car and speed is deceptive. I've found myself doing 90 mph when I thought I was doing about 75 at best - dangerous $$$. Handling is also deceptive too, sometimes the car feels as if it isn't going to handle a corner to well, but once you take a set it does just fine and the body doesn't lean as much as you feel it would. If that makes sense. In short there is no BMW-like turn-in here, but it isn't unresponsive either. When you actually push it you find that it can handle, it just doesn't relish the task like say a BMW does. I should have some pics up shortly.
#19557 of 24726 Upcoming HELM products.
Oct 06, 2006 (12:59 am)
Mercedes-Benz CL63 AMG:
BMW M6 Convertible:
#19558 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (2:32 am)
Let me be the first here to say, CONGRATULATIONS, Merc1!!!!!
#19559 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (2:33 am)
Well, I'll be second then, since syswei beat me out by just a hair.
That's terrific, merc - great to hear! Hurry with the pics!
#19560 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (3:21 am)
Best of luck to you with the CLK!
There's nothing quite like good heavy doors that thunk with some real authority!
Looking forward to the photos!
#19561 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (5:41 am)
Great! I knew this day would come. Congrats, enjoy!
#19562 of 24726 Re: Latest U.S. Auto Sales Data [blkhemi]
Oct 06, 2006 (6:33 am)
yeah, good luck getting or even finding a manual V6 Accord!
The V6 Camry does have a EPA of 22/31. Check Toyota's own website, EPA figures 22/31 for V6 SE.
Huh...let's see 3.5L 268bhp V6 vs. 3.0L 240 bhp V6. Which one is going to hustle more?
#19563 of 24726 Re: Latest U.S. Auto Sales Data [maxhonda99]
Oct 06, 2006 (6:49 am)
"Huh... let's see 3.5L 268hp V6 vs. 3.0L 240 hp V6. Which one is going to hustle more?"
In short, the Honda stick!!! The Toyota may have more power, but it's immediately sapped by it's horrid power-to-weight ratio, something Honda does very well, and that's why the Acuras will probably never have a V8(except perhaps the new NSX V10).
And power isn't the whole story. Don't you think it's quite odd that the smaller engined GL450 with it's 4.7L 335hp V8 outguns(by almost a full second) the hulkin' Escalade with it's 6.2L 403hp all-American iron V8???
#19564 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (6:51 am)
CONGRATS Merc!!!! That car has been one of my favorite personal tourers.
And the new CLK is just as good, especially the new 475hp CLK63.
I;m jealous. At least until my S600 gets here..
#19565 of 24726 Re: Joined the Mercedes-Benz ranks.... [merc1]
Oct 06, 2006 (7:15 am)
merc - A Mercedes in your garage! This is so appropriate, and deserving, IMHO.
I think I know how much it means to you and just how much you genuinely appreciate it.
I may be one of the last to congratulate you here, but let me assure you that I am truly glad for you. The CLK430 is a very cool Mercedes, as it represents a terrific combination of some of the best attributes Mercedes is known for
. . . and plenty of extra F-U-N as well.
That 430 engine willingly delivers silky smooth performance like a bullet, and at the same time is very generous with its noteable fuel economy.
Beautiful car! Congratulations again, merc!
(radar detector needed? )