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You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
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.
Oct 01, 2003 (8:06 am)
There is little disputing that BMW pushed the envelope in recent styling decisions. The 7 series styling miscues are often discussed. The Z4 has not been universally well received either. I think that the Z4 is dismissed by many as an overly contrived and busy design.
I like that Mercedes Benz has carried a similar design theme throughout their sedan line up. My only complaint is that the 2003 E class was the last of the MB sedans to get this treatment, so it comes across as almost too subtle of a statement.
Oct 01, 2003 (4:02 pm)
Well, I really like the new E Class redesign, inside and out. That's one nice looking package, in my opinion. I like the Gold.
#2923 of 24726 S-class in dark charcoal
Oct 01, 2003 (4:23 pm)
I don't know the official color name but I saw an S-430 in a dark charcoal color (probably a $1k specialty color) with ash interior and thought it was the best color yet I've seen the car in.
Oct 01, 2003 (8:31 pm)
I'm betting that S430 you saw was either Tectite Grey or Obsidian Black. Black Opal is also a possibility.
Oct 01, 2003 (8:34 pm)
The 430 is an 8 cylinder, right?
Oct 01, 2003 (8:36 pm)
Oct 02, 2003 (9:47 am)
Was over looking at the new E-Class yesterday with a colleague of mine. What a nice redesign! Of course, I'm more of an S class guy, but that is a nice package.....
Oct 02, 2003 (10:20 am)
Looking at the colors on edmunds it was either the designo graphite or the black opal (which may have replaced the black obsidian, which I remember was an optional color in 2001). I don't remember either of those colors being available in 2001. The tectite gray on Edmunds looks too light but I remember that color very well from 2001 as it or the brilliant silver were the colors I would have gone with had I went the MB route. The tectite gray was darker in actual appearance than it comes across as on edmunds and it's possible it was that color. But the color I saw had a very rich lustrous look, one I can't ever remember seeing which leads me to think it was the designo graphite. A knockout color for sure - but unfortunately I didn't get a chance to see the interior of the car which likely would have confirmed it. By the way I don't remember any designo exterior colors in 2001 just the designo interior design option which was about $9k extra.
Oct 02, 2003 (1:03 pm)
Merc, you truly are a Mercedes fan. You even know all of the color names and codes. That is either true dedication.....or a serious obsession.
Oct 02, 2003 (1:29 pm)
Speaking of dark grey, one of the Lexus dealers near me got in a 2004 LS 430 in Flint Mica. The car looks amazing in that color. Far richer than the dark grey on my girlfriend's father's 740iL.