Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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The other posts are dead on. If you want more performance, buy the E with the 8, either the 430, 500 or 5.5 AMG.
You're flogging a dead horse trying to get more out of it, even if you got 17 more it would still not be significant.
One correction re: chipping: it is illegal anywhere in the US because it violates US EPA regs. Whether you'd be caught is a different issue, but it would still be a violation of federal law whose penalities include free transportation to a federal penitentiary.
Moreover, the stock E320 qualifies as a ULEV, rechipping will undoubtedly destroy that. Why pollute more if you don't have to?
Do yourself a favor: get the bigger engine, save the air at the same time.
Take care and enjoy the ride,
PS, if you stay in the E class post up in the 211 or 210 forum (depending upon year) as those are the native forums for these cars; you're likely to get much more useful information there than in the general forum.
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