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Compulsive car shopper that I am, I keep looking at new models. However, it seems impossible to get the features I want (e.g. ventilated seats, rear-seat electronic HVAC, etc) without buying the largest V8 or V12 available.

That is, I'm forced to guzzle gasoline in order to enjoy the features I want. I find most cars overpowered as it is, particularly since traffic is very heavy almost everywhere I go. Really don't want a 400hp or 500hp car!

Is there a solution short of special-ordering a new model? My dealer imposes a surcharge over list price for that. And even so, some options aren't available with smaller engines. Even though they have nothing to do with the engine. Oh well.
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Compulsive car shopper that I am, I keep looking at new models. However, it seems impossible to get the features I want (e.g. ventilated seats, rear-seat electronic HVAC, etc) without buying the largest V8 or V12 available.

That is, I'm forced to guzzle gasoline in order to enjoy the features I want. I find most cars overpowered as it is, particularly since traffic is very heavy almost everywhere I go. Really don't want a 400hp or 500hp car!

Is there a solution short of special-ordering a new model? My dealer imposes a surcharge over list price for that. And even so, some options aren't available with smaller engines. Even though they have nothing to do with the engine. Oh well.
yea. i know what you mean. Is there any way you can import a mercedes from europe? You could get one of the smaller engined ones, and have some options on it, (cuz in Europe, they offer a lot of options, even for low spec cars). That is the only solution I see to get not too much power, but get all the cool options.

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Marsden,

vintage Mercedes reliability and good looks are standard on the whole 126 range.

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Marsden,

vintage car reliability and good looks are standard on the whole 126 range.

T
i agree. The 126 is a very reliable and good car. However it does not have modern options such as seat ventilators, etc.

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From what I've read about those modern feature's reliability, I'm glad.

Read tonnes of articles about irregular deflating multi contour seats for one.

I can't stand any imperfections in my vehicles and spending like $50k and up for example to have flaws from the get-go would get to me.

I guess I'll stop myself there haha I'm a hardliner MB fundementalist.

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1990 560SEL - W126
-929 nautical blue metallic & 262 navy blue leather
-58,000 KM (36,200 Miles)
-Euro spec Japanese import (KAT edition)
-Complete service history since new
-5,546cc SOHC 16v V8
-10.0:1 compression
-285 hp@5200 rpm, 324 lb/ft@3750 rpm
-2.65 limited slip diff
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And even so, some options aren't available with smaller engines. Even though they have nothing to do with the engine.
On the contrary - it has everything to do with the engine. They've been doing it for a long time.

Take the 600 for example and the crazy features you could only order with that.

Own a W114 280S and want the 600's phone, fridge or record player? Forget it.



1990 560SEL - W126
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-58,000 KM (36,200 Miles)
-Euro spec Japanese import (KAT edition)
-Complete service history since new
-5,546cc SOHC 16v V8
-10.0:1 compression
-285 hp@5200 rpm, 324 lb/ft@3750 rpm
-2.65 limited slip diff
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From what I've read about those modern feature's reliability, I'm glad.

Read tonnes of articles about irregular deflating multi contour seats for one.

I can't stand any imperfections in my vehicles and spending like $50k and up for example to have flaws from the get-go would get to me.

I guess I'll stop myself there haha I'm a hardliner MB fundementalist.

T
nope. I know what you mean. If you spend 50K+ for a luxury car, all the luxuries should be working.

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There are some options that you can order on a V6 model.

That's what is different about it. On ther lower engine models, they are options. But go higher, then they become standard.

Our ML320 (a V6) came with heated seats, rear air (standard now), etc.


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There are some options that you can order on a V6 model.

That's what is different about it. On ther lower engine models, they are options. But go higher, then they become standard.

Our ML320 (a V6) came with heated seats, rear air (standard now), etc.
yea. but heated seats and air condition are no big deal anymore. Those are two features that are pretty much standard on every car.

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There are some options that you can order on a V6 model.

That's what is different about it. On ther lower engine models, they are options. But go higher, then they become standard.

Our ML320 (a V6) came with heated seats, rear air (standard now), etc.
yea. but heated seats and air condition are no big deal anymore. Those are two features that are pretty much standard on every car.
Back in '01 when it was built?

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