Date registered: Mar 2005
Vehicle: '01-E320 & 02-ST2
Location: John 15:18-19
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Unless you really feel the need for the extra HP, get the non-AMG variant. Generally speaking, there are two kinds of used AMGs out there, the ones that have been babied (basically garage queens) and those that have driven hard. People don't typically buy AMGs to drive like a "normal" car, so often they have seen some hard miles, even if they may be "lower mileage".
Drive both. Take the E430 for a spin, if that gets your juices going enough, then get it and be happy. If not, step up to the E55. If the E430 is like WOW to you, then drive the E320 and see if that is enough. When I went shopping I didn't want the ultra-HP beast, and the E320 was more than enough. Plenty of power and acceleration, will do 130 without straining, I mean it's really how much faster you want to get to speed. Drive the E320 moderately and you see 30+ on the highway, which is a nice benefit when you're pumping premium fuel.
That aside, if you really love power and speed and would think about track days, then you are probably more of an AMG-ite at heart.
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