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Date registered: Oct 2007
Vehicle: 2008 E350
Location: Hartsdale, NY
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Why it bothers me
We just turned in a 2005 Audi A6 and I figured that a more expensive German car would have all of the features of an Audi and then some. So far these are the differences I've noted:
In the A6 shifting into reverse tilted the passenger-side mirror downward to assist in parking next to a curb. My Benz manual gives directions how to set the mirror to do this, but it doesn't work and my salesman said it was dropped this year.
The Audi trunk came with two sets of pull-down hooks for hanging shopping bags, the E350 came with one. The Audi also came with a sturdy net to hold down loose packages. I had to ask my salesman to throw it in as part of the deal. It is on order for me.
The Audi had a glovebox light that works without having to use the ignition key, as discussed before.
The Audi came with a full-sized spare on a matching alloy wheel. The Benz has a doughnut.
The Audi came with fold-down rear seats as standard. It is an extra-cost option with the Benz.
The Audi came with a smaller plastic wallet key; the Benz did not.
The Benz has a quieter engine and more HP, which I hope will let me merge faster onto a highway. I really had to goose the A6 after having gotten used to driving my 2003 Jag with a V8.
The Benz CD player has more options than the Audi but perhaps Audi may have them in the 2008 model, such as being able to play MP3 CDs and using random play.
The Benz has 3 memorized presets for the driver seat instead of only 2 in the Audi, and it has them for the passenger seat as well. The Audi, however, enabled you to push the button for the seat just once if you do it before getting into the car. With the Benz you have to sit down and put in the key and hold the button as it moves to the setting. It was much more convenient with the Audi.
I do like the fact that the gas-line cover and the trunk is unlocked when you don't have the car locked. Many times I needed something from the Audi's trunk while it was sitting in my garage and I had to first open the driver's door and hit the trunk release button. This makes no sense; why keep it locked when the door is unlocked, which enables anybody to pop the trunk open.
The rear-view mirror in the Audi was attached to the windshield with a narrow neck that enabled my wife to hand her handicap tag from the mirror. The Benz design doesn't allow that. I improvised a loop around the mirror from which she can hang the tag.
I am sure that I will find other differences as I get familiar with the Benz and many of them may favor the Benz.
Sorry for the very long post.