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#4243 of 6720 Orange peel paint
Oct 26, 2002 (1:32 pm)
I think that it must be rare event to have bad paint on a Mercedes. I have a 2000 E430 in Brilliant Silver/ash and a 2002 ML500 in Desert Silver/java. My paint is perfect and shiny on both. I do have a few rock chips on the E. Even my '91 560SEL, Black/palomino, had a perfect paint job.
I looked at the new E's the other day (Black with Stone leather, a white/stone and a Silver/ash). All of the paint jobs appeared to be perfect to me.
Paladin6, hope they take care of you on this issue.
Oct 26, 2002 (2:03 pm)
Its a shame that MB is virtually forced to stay out of the diesel passenger car market in the US. Both my parents drive MB diesels, including a 1995 S350 and 1998 E300 TurboDiesel. The vehicles are tru workhorses and continue to perform perfectly from front to back. Although diesel cars have been sterotyped by many as pollution pockets and "dirty" running cars, well let truth be known-- 25-30mpg in the city isn't too shabby.
Oh yeah how 'bout 400-600 miles on one tank of fuel(not gasoline)? Its bullitproof. The SUV's and commercial gasoline and diesel vehicles are the problem children in and for the environment, not the diesel passengers car of today.
Currently Volkswagen is the only manufacturer in the US selling diesel cars.
I wish MB would and could bring the 2003 CLK AMG CDI to the US. Talk about a high performance economical sports car!
#4245 of 6720 Why no MB Diesels???
Oct 26, 2002 (3:38 pm)
So if VW can sell diesels here, why can't MB?
Oct 26, 2002 (5:26 pm)
Most newer European diesel designs (incl. MB) are based on common-rail high pressure fuel injection, which only works with low-sulphur diesel. This form of diesel is not available in the US, with the exception of California.
These engines are even more efficient than their predecessors, and about 30% - 40% of new vehicles in Europe are diesels.
However, there is another twist: The European emissions standards are geared towards reducing CO2, which is something diesels excel in. In the US, the focus is on reducing smog. And while diesels have made quite some advances, they cannot touch gas engines when it comes to particulate emissions.
In summary, fuel quality and emissions standards make it problematic to sell diesel passenger cars in the US, so many manufacturers just don't bother.
Oct 26, 2002 (6:10 pm)
haspelbein, the figure is close to 50% in the UK and Germany, and close to 60% in France, concerning diesel purchases.
I read several articles confirming that the E270CDI will be making it over here in a few years. The 2.7 five-cylinder is apparently a modified version of an engine that has been in use for a long time, so my guess is that it is easily modifiable to take high-sulfur diesel.
It's about 175hp and gets the car 0-60 in about 9.0 seconds. Sounds slow but in the mid-gears, probably as fast as a E320 or faster. Gas mileage is probably about 35-40mpg.
While it is true particulates are higher, I've stood behind an S-class diesel (latest generation) and couldn't see or smell anything. Same with a Focus diesel I rented while in Europe. So I think that this country needs to give it another chance!
Oct 26, 2002 (6:11 pm)
Also: considering how it took the 300D almost 15 seconds to get to 60mph back in the 80's, 9 seconds sounds positively fast!
#4249 of 6720 3m clear frontend
Oct 27, 2002 (3:32 am)
bought the clear frontend kit from invictashield for my 2000 e320 since it was getting many stone chips on hood and grile area, i traded for a 2001 e430 before i had it installed. 1st thing i did was have my local car detailer that has years of practice installing tinted window film install the kit. it took him 5 hours to install the hood and light area only then he gave up. i have not had one stone chip and kit has been on approx 16 months, film still looks good. i highly recommend this 3m scotchcal film but definately have it professionally installed. roger
Oct 27, 2002 (4:18 am)
I agree with the call for Mercedes to bring some of its turbodiesels back to the states. It is my understanding that the "dirty diesel" we still have in the US is the result of heavy lobbying by the petroleum industry.
The E300td that I test drove, but didn't buy in 1999 was rated at 8.5 seconds 0-60. Not exactly E55 acceleration, but EXACTLY the same time as my 1984 Toyota Supra 5-speed. Here in the DC area, it is not uncommon to see a used 1998 or 1999 E300 command a higher price than a similar vintage and milage E320 or even E430.
My specific request is for a E350tdi Wagon with 4-matic. I'll dump our SUV in a heartbeat.
Oct 27, 2002 (1:39 pm)
Magnetophone: Yes, diesel adoption is considerably higher than the average in some European countries. Lower fuel taxes on diesel have been a boon for diesel engines in Germany.
Yes, there are plans to bring the E270 CDI to the US. However, DC also stated that there is "no urgency" in the matter.
As the EPA has established a sliding schedule for particle emissions, ending with the minimum value in 2007, the E270 CDI would be able to meet the 2004 guidelines, but not the ones for 2007.
At the same time, the EPA also mandates the availablility of low-sulpur diesels. I'm not sure when MB is going to enter this game and introduce the E270 CDI. I would definitely love to see the return of the MB diesels, I'm just not sure when that will be.
#4252 of 6720 Sun Visors - Mark 156
Oct 27, 2002 (5:38 pm)
Even though the W210 has only one sun visor on each side, you may have noticed it slides on the rod, so it can cover a larger area. In effect, it serves the role of two visors.
Another neat little tidibit is that the cruise control "Resume" feature can be used after the cruise is shut off.