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#30330 of 35344 Re: Fintail [nyccarguy]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:58 pm)
Thanks. I am sure you think I should have kept the E55 - but I was starting to fear if I really held on to it, I would become too attached, and end up with a second fintail. I am trying not to be upset about saying goodbye. I think this was for the best. I know it will go to a good home, and won't be abused/bored by my drudgerous commute.
I also like the diesel noise and sensation, and the car is beautifully finished and fairly pretty. Maybe I will buy it at lease end.
#30331 of 35344 Re: . [corvette]
Feb 17, 2013 (7:57 pm)
Yes. They offered a fair enough price (they aren't easy cars to sell), and I know 2 salesman want it. Many of the salespeople there are enthusiasts (the one who sold me the car has driven only MB for 30 years, the one who arranged some other details owns 3 and has had them for years), so it will go to someone who understands it. It's too old for their used lot, too old and weird to do well at auction, but would be a shame to have sit on some shady used lot. I don't think it will hit the market.
Feb 17, 2013 (8:13 pm)
I believe I saw this very car a week or so ago when I was out at Barrier. My Volvo was getting serviced at their Volvo dealer, so my wife and I drove over to the Mercedes dealer.
Very nice! Congrats!
#30333 of 35344 Re: Fintail [fintail]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:34 pm)
I can't fault you at all fin tail. You made the right move. You owned the car for a while and it was time to part ways. I'm sure you'll LOVE the diesel's torque. I had a BMW 335d a few months ago when my 328xi was in for service and I LOVED the way the diesel drove. If they'd have somehow offered it with X-Drive, I'd be planning my purchase right now.
You'll most likely be able to see that D350 for more than the residual value when your lease is up. Diesels hold their value extremely well.
#30334 of 35344 Re: . [28firefighter]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:35 pm)
Thanks. I know my car was at the holding lot out behind the Audi dealer today - but there were 2 other W212 white pano cars on site.
My first Barrier experience, hope it goes well. The benefits seem good - car washes, checkups, nice facility, etc. A couple salesman there have said I should work there - as I know the cars pretty well, but I don't know if I could do it.
#30335 of 35344 Re: Fintail [nyccarguy]
Feb 17, 2013 (8:39 pm)
It's very good off the line, and merging onto a highway is effortless. I took it for about a 20 mile test drive, the engine never works hard. I liked the fairly constant mechanical/exhaust noise of the E55 - now I get some occasional diesel noise, which also pleases me. I am sure I will feel good, still running on adrenaline here. I do love the tech on the car, the cool lights, good stereo, pano, HD nav, camera, etc.
Also a lot smoother and relaxed ride, being on 17" wheels with normal tires. The E55 was a rough rider.
I forget what residual they gave it, but it was high, hence the cheapish lease. It'll be pretty mint when the lease is up, will have to see what happens then.
Feb 17, 2013 (8:55 pm)
Actually my only complaint about them thus far is that, as a service customer who bought their Volvo at "another dealer," they did make me feel a bit like a second class citizen. They didn't quite comprehend that I had relocated from 3000 miles away and wanted to give them all of my service business now that I live in the Seattle area.
I had planned to buy some accessories for the car that day (rubber floormats etc) from them, but I was left a bit soured by my encounter with the service folks so I decided against it.
#30337 of 35344 Re: . [fintail]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:14 pm)
Congrats Fin! This has to be like the 10th Benz you bought! You have the fintail, had the E55, the older S Class. Heck you should have gotten a super loyalty rebate too!
#30338 of 35344 Re: . [28firefighter]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:21 pm)
Oh, that stinks. I can't blame you for that. Do you live on the eastside or in Seattle? I think there's a couple Volvo dealers in the city.
#30339 of 35344 Re: . [boomchek]
Feb 17, 2013 (9:23 pm)
Thanks. Not so many, but a loyalty gift wouldn't be rejected. Oh yeah, I have to go back and get a set of rubber floormats I was promised.
I've had fintail, W126, C43, E55, and now this. Fintail is a sentimental piece, I loved the W126 as it was such a beautiful classy machine, C43 was cool but I didn't "bond" with it, was very comfortable in the E55 but I think my emotion will fade, and now the Bluetec.