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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
Dec 27, 2000 (11:52 am)
I currently drive a 1997 Mazda Millenia and am looking to upgrade in the Spring. I am considering the Lexus GS or the Benz E class, but don't know which to go with. I am looking for the most luxury possible w/ classy looks and an engine that out preforms most. Which do you recommend I go with? Which is better for the price? Better all round? Should I consider any others? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Dec 27, 2000 (2:21 pm)
Thanks for the information. Perhaps I will go to the Zymol site and see about the "imported" wax.
The "Turtle wax" Zymol does work well. The product is easy to apply and remove. As for the shine, I think my car looks great.
I agree that a polymer product like Zaino should last longer. However, Zaino remains untested by RELIABLE sources such as Consumer Reports.
NU-Finish (a polymer product) did not score as well as Zymol.
Finally, M-B recommends a WAX based product for its cars. Polymer products like Zaino are probably excellent protectants but I prefer to stick with the manufacturer's recommendations.
#561 of 6720 shopping for a MB
Dec 27, 2000 (2:24 pm)
I've been reading this forum for a while and finally decided on a 1998 E320. I wanted to post to the list and get opinions on the 1998 model. What is a fair price - are the ones from Edmunds, etc a good representation? Is a Star mark car worth the extra cost and peace of mind? I'm in the DC/Balt area. Can anyone recommend a dealer?
#562 of 6720 pitbossnj & valueguy
Dec 27, 2000 (3:51 pm)
pitboss - by all means, drive the Lexus GS and the E-Class, then make up your mind. Both combine performance and luxury to the nth degree. You may also want to try the BMW 5-Series. FWIW, I prefer the E-Class for several reasons: overall "feel" and handling, value retention and certainly good looks. The GS may cost less initially, but it won't hold its value as well. A friend bought a GS300 last year for his wife, and she's already harping to trade it for an E-Class MB.
valueguy - Zaino has been tested by many satisfied users -- try their Town Talk forum under Maintenance & Repair. Incidentally, Consumer Reports rated NuFinish as their top product for several years running and, in fact, got me to start using it. I was satisfied until I tried Zaino, and now I find I don't have to "rub and scrub" when applying the product. As I mentioned, it's easy -- just wipe on, let dry, wipe off.
Finally, I suspect that MB recommends a wax-based product largely because it sells Maguires (wax based) under the Mercedes-Benz label. But again, if Zymol works for you, so be it! LOL.
#563 of 6720 RE: Pitboss and Valueguy
Dec 27, 2000 (4:09 pm)
I have had my 01 E320 for about a month and I still have a big smile on my face every time I even look in the garage. I researched and drove a lot of cars before I decided to pull the trigger on the E320. The GS was nice, but there was a LOT of wind noise around 50-60 mph and let's face it....it's a Toyota. Not that there's anything wrong with that. I drove 3 different BMW 5 series. They all seemed completely different. The first one was nice, the second one was boring and the third one I drove(01 530i) was a dog!! I have driven 5 year old Taurus's that felt more like a driving machine. I seriously thought the VW Passat was a better car than the 5 series. The BMW 3 had some personality and was a contender, but it is just too small. I absolutely LOVE the feeling/performance/styling and looks of my MB!!! I even really like the COMAND now that I have gotten to know how to use it. The only problem with this car is I am afraid to park it anywhwere it might get hurt.
I have already used Zymol on my new car and it looks great. I am ordering products from Zaino so I can compare.
Dec 27, 2000 (5:34 pm)
I would like to read your opinion comparing Zymol and Zaino. Please let us know. I found the Zymol easy to apply and remove.
What color is your E?
I agree that the current GS series lacks the looks and feel of the M-B E Class. Lexus will need to do better in 2003 with the GS redesign.
The BMW 540IA is a fun, fast sporty car. However, the E is more refined, more luxurious and
IMHO, a better built vehicle.
Dec 27, 2000 (6:21 pm)
You only need look a the literally thousands of rave posts on the Zaino forum and this forum, as well as Lexus, Corvette, and other forums to see test reports that are a lot more reliable than Consumer Reports. CR will never test Zaino, imported Zymol, Blitz One Grand, and many other high-end polishes because they are not aimed at the masses, as is CR.
#566 of 6720 automophile
Dec 27, 2000 (7:17 pm)
You are absolutely right. When I was looking to buy a home theater system I checked CR and they only tested and rated on the likes of Kenwood, Sony, Pioneer, etc.......Not one word was mentioned on the high high end brands like Bang & Olufsen, Nakamichi, B&W Speakers, etc.....
#567 of 6720 Okay, Enough about Zaino
Dec 28, 2000 (10:29 am)
Automophile, Thanks for the information.
I look forward to reading Slugger4's post on the Zymol Vs. Zaino comparison.
All I can say is that I am satisfied with Zymol.
My vehicle (E430) is garaged most of the time both at home and at work. So, a wax lasts me a long time (6 months). The Zymol does give a nice shine and leaves the paint very smooth to the touch. As for Zaino, I will let Slugger4 tell me how much better this product really is compared to Zymol. Consumer Reports DID evaluate the Meguire's total car care system which I had been using. The Zymol is easier to use and gives just as good a shine.
Dec 28, 2000 (2:29 pm)
thanks for all the help and answers to my questions. I am going to check out the cars this weekend and am including BMW 540IA on the list.