Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 222.132 & 221.122 & 212.025 & 906.633
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Welcome to the forum, you seem to come from a good family.
I'd suggest posting on the W211 forum. The replies I expect are two-fold, those who have not owned an early W211 say it is bad with electronic issues. Those who have had the car serviced and all MB recall stuff done, say it is like any other MB. I guess there are a few bad samples but those seem to exist on almost all models, I believe someone had a bad experience with a W221 (difficult to prove but could be true).
I have not had an E500. I would not expect a loud engine but you should get owners' comments from the W211 forum.