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#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.
#6436 of 6720 Bluetooth, Come to me
Apr 20, 2006 (6:00 am)
I want to add the handsfree phone option, but I'm holding off until the bluetooth option is available. It's expected any day now. Because Benz has impressed me so much with how well they've implemented everything else, I'm ok with the premium cost. I need the best possible sound because I hear with a cochlear implant. The handsfree options in the 06 M35 and 04 LS430 weren't good enough for me. The 04 LS implementation of bluetooth was dismal. The 06 M35 was much better, but had sound quality issues.
#6437 of 6720 2003+ E-Class Electrical Problems
Apr 21, 2006 (9:15 am)
I have been a loyal owner of Mercedes Benz vehicles for many years and considering purchasing a 2005 E320 CDI. I have heard from a few owners that 2003 and newer E- class models with the GPS Navigation System have electrical problems. I would like to hear from owners without the Navigation system, are you having electrical problems also? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
#6438 of 6720 Look foward to a new E in 2008
Apr 22, 2006 (8:49 am)
I picked up an E350 because I liked driving a C350 (of some kind - don't recall what it was) that I had as a loaner when the ML350 was in the shop for service. I had driven C320s in the past as loaner cars and was not really impressed - but the C350 was much different than I recalled the earlier cars being - faster, quieter, and seemingly better handling. That was it, I was back into driving sedans - what fun to push through curves... It was almost like driving my '83 Rabbit GTi (which I still drive) - just faster : )
Out shopping I went. Drove an E350, A6, and a 530. I liked them all - but the MB won me over due to its quieter interior (at least to me) and more all-around comfort in driving manners.
So when a local dealer had a very reasonable 27 month lease offer on a 4Matic, I went for it ($519/mo 10K miles/year E350 4matic - prem pkg - iridium silver). I could not be happier with the car. No issues at all. It has been to the mountains in blizzard like conditions (spring snow storms) in roaring cross winds (sustained 40mph - gusts to 60) and driving rain - all in less than 2000 miles so far : ) Climbing hills - even at 10,000 plus feet seems effortless (although to be fair, it does not pass as fast as when around home and that's at 6000 feet) never really needs to be shifted down like the ML does.
Although I have a minor quibble with the stereo - I think it is muddy in the midrange. This is the Harmon Kardon system - anyone else think this? My Bose in the ML sounds better. Installing an iPod adaptor and using the Rock EQ setting seems to have helped - but not as much as I would have liked.
That aside, I knew the new Es would be coming some time in the next couple of years so I thought a short term lease would be just the ticket to tide me over. Looks like I won't be disappointed. Although I do get a lot of grief from the folks I work with about how the windshield costs more than their whole car does : ) I guess I really should have gotten an Avalon...
#6439 of 6720 Lease used E Class
Apr 23, 2006 (6:54 am)
Anyone know if leasing a used E Class is a feasible option? Would like to drive the E Class but would like to stay within my employers lease allowance. Do the MB dealers offer a lease program on pre-owned vehicles?
#6440 of 6720 Buying advice - 2003-06 E320 or 04-06 BMW 5 series
Apr 23, 2006 (9:02 am)
I am trying to decide which car would be a better value in terms of maintenance costs, reliability, quality, and etc. Can anyone offer any advice on which would be a better purchase between a pre-owned E320 or BMW 5 series? I want to keep whatever I get for a very long time.
#6441 of 6720 Re: Buying advice - 2003-06 E320 or 04-06 BMW 5 series [revkev]
Apr 23, 2006 (9:15 am)
#6442 of 6720 Re: Buying advice - 2003-06 E320 or 04-06 BMW 5 series [sail]
Apr 24, 2006 (9:00 am)
#6443 of 6720 Re: Buying advice - 2003-06 E320 or 04-06 BMW 5 series [revkev]
Apr 26, 2006 (5:31 am)
The LS430 is more reliable, but I dumped it for the 06 E350 and am a much happier camper. The LS is a larger car. I doubt you'll find much difference between the E and the 5 as far as reliability and maintenance costs go and both will last a long time. I would just look around get one you like the color and option set of.
#6444 of 6720 2001 E430 rwd vs 1996 Toyota Camry XLE V6
Apr 26, 2006 (1:32 pm)
Call me crazy, but my 96 Camry with 90K miles drives as nice as 2001 E430 that I bought a month ago. Dimensionally with the exception of MB's longer wheelbase they are the same.
The Camry's V6 at 80-90 mph is as quite as the MB's V8. In 10 years of owning the Camry, the only time it has ever been to the dealer was to have the timing belt replaced at 90K miles. I do all the maintenance myself, and will be doing the same for the MB.
The MB feels solid and tight. The Camry feels soft and floaty. I must admit that MB's tight feel and firm seats make it a better highway cruiser.