Last post on Dec 21, 2009 at 9:21 AM
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Sedan
Dec 21, 2009 (9:21 am)
Last week I drove 500 miles from Bakersfield, CA to Tempe, AZ, with just a 5-minute gas and bathroom stop in the middle. The following day, it was 60 miles to Eloy AZ, then a 560 mile return trip, this time with two gas/bathroom stops along the way.
I've done the same 1100+ mile roundtrip in a 2005 C230 Kompressor and a 2001 C240 (as well as in a 2007 Ford F-150 XL V6 and my wife's 2009 BMW X3) and this was by far the best such trip ever. The W204 is just so comfortable and solid, and the heated seats were a real life and back saver.
Extremely long distance driving is where a minor annoyance becomes infuriating and where good design is really appreciated. The best example is the driver's seat. On a Mercedes, the seats are extremely firm, enough that many passengers tell me my seats are too hard. Of course, at the end of 600 miles that firm seat is still comfortable and supporting, something a softer seat simply cannot be.
I arrived at the end of my trip relaxed and completely free of back pain.