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#10247 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [ghstudio]
Aug 31, 2011 (8:17 am)
I've driven the PDK and love it, too. But it is DAMNED expensive to get the right one. Starting with just a Boxster, you have to add $3420! for the PDK and another $1480! for the sport chrono pack (the only way to get a PDK that doesn't automatically shift at redline). So a whopping $4900 for that transmission option. I love it, but I don't think I love it THAT much.
#10248 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [qbrozen]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2011 (1:19 pm)
The only way to get PDK is used... they sell for less than the manual version..
#10249 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [kyfdx]
Aug 31, 2011 (1:54 pm)
Sportmatic cars sell for less than manual...but not true of PDK cars, at least in our area. PDK is much more in demand.
#10250 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [kyfdx]
Aug 31, 2011 (5:56 pm)
PDK is so new, are you sure that's the transmission you are seeing on these used vehicles?
#10251 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [qbrozen]
by kyfdx@Edmunds HOST
Aug 31, 2011 (6:54 pm)
No.. not sure...
Try looking at ads and determining transmission type, without looking at the pictures... shewwwww.. it's tough
#10252 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [kyfdx]
Sep 01, 2011 (5:54 am)
I typically see the older ones stating Tiptronic, which is very different of course. According to wiki, the PDK could be had in the 2009 Panamera, and, believe it or not, there is another generation of PDK even after that. I don't believe you'd find it too common until the 2010 models.
#10253 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [qbrozen]
Sep 01, 2011 (6:08 am)
I believe PDK was the only "automatic" transmission offered by porsche starting in 2009 (although I'm not sure about the cayenne).
#10254 of 10348 Re: Why BMW, why? [ghstudio]
Sep 01, 2011 (9:22 am)
nope. not in the cayenne. you also won't find it in any hybrid models.
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#10256 of 10348 2012 Mercedes E350
Jan 13, 2012 (8:20 am)
Well, it was almost anti-climactic after the several weeks of research, test drives, posting and reading on this website. I have been driving my black exterior/almond interior 2012 E350 which I picked up last week and really like it. While the black exterior does get dirty sooner than my medium gray BMW 528i, this color combination is very rich and elegant, yet sporty at the same time. Even though the car is black, it looks bigger than it is.
My salesman was very helpful and spent about 45 minutes going through the car with me, from programing the nav system, syncing the contacts on my cell phone, adjusting the memory seats (driver and passenger) and the list goes on (even the emergency release inside the trunk). I felt that the time was sufficient, and look through the owner's manuals for more details or to find out something that I may have forgotten from his walk-through. Using the different gadgets helps me learn them.
I got the sport package with the P1 package, lane change/blind spot assist and AMG wheels. The nav system is easy to use, as is the radio. The voice control is pretty incredible and very responsive.
The cabin is beautiful: the almond seating contrasts beautifully with the black dash and black carpet and walnut burl. The adjustable seats with memory for both driver and passenger are very supportive but comfortable.
The E350 definitely feels more solid than my 2009 528i. It has a very nice ride, smooth yet sporty with good steering and handling. I think the 528 has a little more responsive handling, but that might be due to the lighter feel of the car.
I'm very happy with the E350. I've owned several Lexus (ES300 and GS 300) and two BMW's (325 and 528) and I like the E350 more than any of them. All of them are great cars and I certainly am not knocking any of them. I think the E350 has features of both the Lexus and BMW. It has creature comforts of the Lexus (all of which the BMW does not have) but more personality than the Lexus. The sport package gives it good styling and handling more akin to the BMW, but it is much finer in detail, and roomier in front and back. The BMW is what I would consider a luxury sport car, whereas the E350 is more of a sporty luxury car.
To all of you who are considering what to get, just read the comments of those who post on this site, see the cars in person and test drive them yourself, and get the car and features that suit you the best. Enjoy the experience.