Date registered: Jun 2009
Vehicle: 2009 Mercedes Benz E550
Location: Denver Colorado
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FINALLY, My Very Own 2009 E550
I'm not really sure what to say here so I guess I'll just start with this. I've been dreaming of owning my own Mercedes since I was 16 when my Uncle let me drive his 1992 600 SEL. Needless to say, it's hard not to be hooked when a V12 is involved. I honestly think that I spent more time that year fantasizing about that car than I did about girls. The next year my Grandmother sent a 1986 560 SEL to my parents to "hold" for nearly a year while she traveled. Years later I was loaned an unloved 80s 190E for six months while I worked in Puerto Rico. I then dated a girl whose Dad had a poorly kept 1990 250D. A few years later the same Uncle that had the 600 SEL let me try his new 2000 S500 out and a few years after that he bought my Aunt a 2002 E430 4matic.
So I've FINALLY bought a 2009 E550. I closed the deal on May 30th but didn't actually get the car until June 10th. My particular E is Black with Black Leather and the Black Birdseye Maple Wood. I managed to find one that's almost fully loaded missing only the split folding rear seat and rear side window blinds. While both would have been nice they were hardly deal killers. Premium 2, Panoramic Sunroof, Parktronic and the Automatic Trunk Closer make it pretty much perfect. Also the newly standard AMG appearance package for 09 was the icing on the cake.
I've got to admit, I was really tempted to grab a used 1999 S600 and just live out my teenage dream but I chickened out. For starters I've never had a used car that turned out well and upkeep on the W140 doesn't sound cheap. It's not that I don't think it's worth it, it most certainly is, but I decided to go a different direction this time. The W211 E Class was the first Mercedes after my Uncle's 92 600 SEL to really leave an impression on me. I started saving my pennies in 2005 and began to exercise the art of patient knowing that I'd eventually have my car. After the updates made in 2007 that patience began to falter and I gave my self a taste by going for a test drive. Miraculously I managed to hold out despite the massive pressure applied by the salesmen to buy right then. In the end I managed to pull my self away and I can't begin to tell how it was worth the wait once I saw the final touches for 2009.
Anyway, I didn't know what to say when I started this and I seem to have drowned on for 3 paragraphs so I'll stop now. lol Thanks for reading if you made it this far.
Last edited by sjulia76; 06-25-2009 at 07:46 PM.