Date registered: Jan 2007
Vehicle: 2008 E320 Bluetec; 2012 C250 Sedan; 2012 ML350; 2013 S350 Bluetec; 2013 GLK 350
Location: Southern California, USA
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I own a 2005 E320 CDI with 20K miles on it and I can tell you this: 1) I average 30+ miles per gallon in Los Angeles commuter traffic, 2) In SoCal, diesel fuel is averaging $.40/gallon less than unleaded, 3) I have torque that will throw you back in your seat when mash the throttle, 4) so little noise (especially at cruise speed) that I often forget I'm driving a diesel, 5) so little smoke that I frequenlty have people come to "warn" me when I'm refueling that I'm putting in diesel fuel and they can't believe it when I tell them it IS diesel powered.
With the legendary Mercedes diesel reliabilty, I expect to drive my W211 for far into the future (unless the bring the S420 Bluetec to the States but that's another thread..).
I love my diesel and if you are even considering buying one, go to a dealer and take a new Bluetec for a drive. Also, check out the W211 forum for some great threads on diesel v. gas cars. :>)