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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans

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  • sfcharliesfcharlie Posts: 402
    We can move this over to appropriate forum, but saw that you have been driving '06 Audi A3 2.0T DSG. My daughter is looking at that and worries about some reports on Edmunds forums (that I've read) about DSG starting-from-stop and at low speeds. Can you say something about your experience. Would you now go for 3.2 quatrro A3 for 2007? Thanks for any feedback.
  • sfcharliesfcharlie Posts: 402
    "The cars that drive most like the 5 Series are the A6 and M35X.

    Why the M35X and not the regular M35, or maybe you weren't emphasizing the X model, since you recommend the Sport Package.

    I'm looking at the E350 4Matic for my wife, if you'd really like to know. She's not a fast driver, and the E is more of a luxury sedan than a sport sedan. However, if we get the E (the updated 2007 model), we will be getting the DC Airmatic suspension and the Sport model.

    Interesting synchronicity. My wife and I visited local MB dealer this morning. They had no literature on 2007s. The young salesman was very pleasant and went to look at inventory. Returned with a sales manager who was being extremely all-business serious: "We have one 2007 E350 sport model on its way this week for Executive Lease. You could see it while it's here. The 350s are few and far between."

    How do the Infiniti, Audi and MB "sport" lines differ/overalp in what they add to base model?
  • sfcharliesfcharlie Posts: 402
    Motor Trend (August, 2006) explained it this way, when describing changes for 2007 in the E-Class: "most noteworthy is the love from brake-by-wire to a hydraulic adaptive braking system borrowed from the S-Class. This simpler system provides most of the same benefits (hill-holding, rain-drying, etc.) at much lower cost. And in response to enthusiast's entreaties fro more road feel, the steering ratio is tightened up about 10 percent and the power assist curve is reshaped."
  • sfcharliesfcharlie Posts: 402
    That's most noteworthy is the MOVE (not,"love", although that might be love to an MB engineer) from brake-by-wire to a hydraulic adaptive braking system borrowed from the S-Class. This simpler system provides most of the same benefits (hill-holding, rain-drying, etc.) at much lower cost. And in response to enthusiast's entreaties for more road feel, the steering ratio is tightened up about 10 percent and the power assist curve is reshaped.
  • My wife just had and accident with our current car, she was hit and I think the car will be totalled by the insurance company. We are looking into buying a 1999 or 2000 E320. Is there enough of a difference or improvement to make the 2000 worth the extra 2 to 3k retail that I am seeing on autotrader? Also is there anywhere I can get .pdf's of old sale material regarding these years?
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Get the 2000
  • bgk99bgk99 Posts: 24
    Looking to buy the e-350 with Navi.

    Don't see many lease quotes here or in the lease thread. I also see that dealers are getting 5K back.

    Someone mentioned they were getting this car at $599 per month. I find that impossible. Is it?

    Any help would be appreciated
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    Looking to buy the e-350 with Navi.

    Don't see many lease quotes here or in the lease thread. I also see that dealers are getting 5K back.

    Someone mentioned they were getting this car at $599 per month. I find that impossible. Is it?


    I believe this is for the '06's.
  • I have viewed the photos on Edmunds of the 2007 E (550) class interior. I noticed that there is a small video screen extending from the console to the back seat. Is this part of the Navigation package? can it be used for DVD's for backseat passengers?
  • bgk99bgk99 Posts: 24
    This was e-mailed to me and I confirmed them when I went in to the dealership in Santa Monica, CA this evening.

    Also, the dealer "claims" that the 5,000 cash dealer incentive is only for the R-350/500 and that 3,000 applies to the ML - no cash back on the 2007.

    Residuals for the 2007 E-350

    24-27 months

    7,500 = 75%
    10k = 74%
    12k = 73%
    15k = 71%
    20k = 60%

    36-39 months

    7,500 = 63%
    10k = 61%
    12k = 60%
    15k = 58%
    20k = 53%

    Money Factors

    24-27 = .00245 (5.88)
    36-39 = .00210 (5.04)
  • I currently have a 99 E320 and am looking at buying an 07 E350. I live in the NE so I thought i'd get 4matic this time but when i test drove it it appeared to have a stiffer, less compliant ride. since we have snow a couple of months but potholes 12 months i'm not sure it's the right choice.

    Does anyone else think the 4matic ride quality is noticeably worse (that is firmer, stiffer) than the 2wd version?
  • bsedrishbsedrish Posts: 26
    I have an E350 and was thinking about having certain accessories installed such as park distance control and may a few others. Does anyone know of custom shops that do this work?

    I do not know where to look to find reputable shops to do this work (and sell me the parts). Thanks
  • corim3corim3 Posts: 3
    i have a 2001 e 430, love the car but hate the single wiper, any recommendations for new blade/arm setup that will reduce smearing and streaking and will overall improve the MB seeing thru the windshield experience? thanks for your help roger
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,569
    .....any recommendations for new blade/arm setup that will reduce smearing and streaking and will overall improve the MB seeing thru the windshield experience?.......

    I had good luck while living in Fl. with Rain X.
  • Recently went from a 2001 E320 to 2005 E320CDI. Wish I had my old wiper system on the CDI.

    The reason the single wiper is no longer available is COST. MB was only user of monowiper. New system is basic Bosche.

    Get a new blade and use Rainex. Worked great!
  • Get the 2001 if you can swing it.. It's the second year of the massive changes they made for 2000 and should be more reliable. Mine has been excellent and I'm at 80K miles now.
  • I'll second the Rain-X; works great and at 40-60 mph I don't even have to use the wipers for a moderate rainfall. The water "runs" up the windshield and over the roof as soon as it hits the Rain-X.. I also have switched to a standard 24" Anco/Trico blade and I think the 1 inch shorter blade puts a little more pressure on the wiping edge making it work a little better. And it's LOTS cheaper than the MB wiper and one inch less makes no difference in the view.
  • .02: I've been using Rain-X for years on all of my windows, mirrors and headlight covers and I love the way the water just beads off. However, I do notice wiper chatter when the wipers are on in rain that is too heavy to use the wipers on the intermittent setting.
  • I've had to replace four sun visors in the 2001 E 430 I bought new. Cheap plastic and bad design. The flip up lids break off/fall out. Mercedes rep. has no solution, no upgrade.

    have a failed bulb warning lamp. Replacing number 6 fuse in the dash fuse box just blows another fuse. Mechanic has spent two hours searching for the short, no luck.

    Just installed new harmonic balancer at 60k miles.

    So now I am running this beautiful car with a warning light on all the time and both sun visor lids off which defeats the make-up mirror lights. Oklahoma here I come.

    I think it is time to bail out even though the car runs and rides great.
  • wmheinwmhein Posts: 1
    I have a 97 E-320. I have had intermittent problems with my radio trying to go silent and switch to telephone (even though installed phone is not activated). This usually happens when the temperature outside is very hot (I live in Oklahoma). Last week, my AC fan quit even though the control panel seems to be working properly (showing the fan speed).

    Oh yes, occasionaly, my remote door locks don't operate properly. They will work mostly, but for a period of time won't.

    Anybody have any idea what is going on here?
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