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#6426 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [edspider1]
Apr 07, 2006 (8:51 pm)
All my complaints about the M are gone.
Are you talking about the Infiniti M35?
I think that many options in your article are fad-ish nonsense. Keyless go, electric trunk, etc. You don't need keyless go for any large reason, and the electric trunk is only meaningful on an SUV. I think I'm fine walking up to a sedan and opening the trunk myself, thank you very much!
I thought the features were very nice in the E350 4Matic I tested, but there was something about the interior that seemed a bit... off. I'm used to Audi interiors with perfect ergonomics and materials, and it seemed as though the Benz had lesser materials. Maybe I'm being overcritical, but I thought the Range Rover Sport, which we also tested, had a nicer interior. That really depends on your taste. However, I love the new S-Class- but it's much too big and expensive for my family. (It looks gorgeous in black!)
#6427 of 6720 Re: 2007 E-Class Dealer Info [edspider1]
Apr 07, 2006 (8:52 pm)
...with a big price reduction.
Really??? I'd love to see that! Then maybe an E350 4Matic with our options would be less than $60,000!
#6428 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [esf]
Apr 08, 2006 (9:28 am)
Yes, the M35x is what I dumped. You are right, I don't need keyless go or the electric trunk, but they are features which I do enjoy and use everyday. It is a convenience to never take your keys out of your pocket.
I live in Chicago and here, our cars are often dirty or covered in salt. It is nice to fully open and close the trunk without touching the metal.
I never used stuff like lane departure warning, electric rear seats, DVD players and rear seat radio controls in my M35x.
I am very familiar with interiors from Audi, Infinit and Lexus. Like the outside, this is subjective. I very much dislike the Audi. To me it looked cheap. I do like Range Rover, but it's too big.
And one place we fully agree on - That new S-Class is gorgeous in and out. But it's too big for me. I'm hoping a lot of it filters down to next rebuild of E-Class due in the fall of 2008. Seems like everything looks best in black, but black is too high maintenance for me.
#6429 of 6720 Re: 2007 E-Class Dealer Info [edspider1]
Apr 08, 2006 (11:25 am)
Yeah I think Mercedes is finally starting to get a clue about how to package options while at the same time offering more standard equipment. ESF will love this statement...lol.
The E-Class will never be a bargain, no Mercedes is but this revision in equipment will likely be a big hit once the 07's hit the ground.
#6431 of 6720 Re: 2007 E-Class Dealer Info [edspider1]
Apr 11, 2006 (5:01 pm)
I have a 2006 CDI on order with all options. Using the pricing info for 2007, my car would have been $300 cheaper. This is still a good deal because of all the new innovations built into the standard equipment.
Bluetooth is currently available and will therefore be on the new vehicle. I have ordered the hardwire version to take advantage of the car's antenna. With bluetooth you can only use the phone's antenna. If you would like more info, go to www.wireless4mb.com.
#6432 of 6720 Re: 2007 E-Class Dealer Info [merc1]
Apr 16, 2006 (3:59 pm)
Does anyone know if the 2007 E-320 Bluetec Diesel will be available with 4-matic ? Will it have the new 7 speed transmission ? Where can I get more info on the Bluetec ? Is this technology too new to purchase in the first model year ?
#6433 of 6720 Re: 2007 E-Class Dealer Info [donalde]
Apr 16, 2006 (4:05 pm)
Not sure what MBUSA will do yet, but the E320 Diesel is available with 4Matic in Europe. It would be a big mistake if they didn't offer that combo here IMO. Diesel tech has been around for a while now and the Bluetec is just an advancement on a familiar theme so no I wouldn't worry about that.
#6434 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [esf]
Apr 19, 2006 (9:03 pm)
I agree with edspider. The Keyless GO and electronic trunk closer are items I added on my car, but thought long and hard about. However, now that I have them, I LOVE them! We also have a New Jetta tdi with a similar style trunk to the cdi. It is surprisingly difficult to close. There is no external handle to close the trunk with, and no inside pulldown as the Audi has- therefore the electronic trunk closer is useful indeed (I don't like dirty hands from touching the trunk either).
Keyless GO is exceptionally convenient for the reasons edspider mentioned. It is so nice to be able to just walk up to the car and pull open the door handle! Touch of a button as you leave, and all is secure. Couldn't be better- especially when my hands are full of briefcase, purse, coat etc. To know them is to love them.
I also have the Panorama roof. Now that IS a luxury item, but I love the openness it affords the interior. Personal choice to be sure.
#6435 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [blissful]
Apr 20, 2006 (5:58 am)
I've had keyless GO on Lexus and Infiniti's, too. And my partner at work has it on Acura. Mercedes does it best. Infiniti is the worse. Lexus is pretty close to Mercedes. I'm suprised how subtle differences make a big difference in functionality.
I thought about the panorama roof, but the only one I saw was at the auto show. I figured it would only look good on a black body. I love black and think they look the best, but they are just too high maintenance for me. (I went with Pewter). I think earlier panoramic roofs included a solar powered fan to keep the cabin cooled when sitting in the sun, but that was sadly dropped in 2006.