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View Poll Results: Why did you buy/lease a Mercedes?
Looks 1,199 20.72%
Performance 1,033 17.85%
Prestige 1,369 23.66%
Safety 536 9.26%
Value 971 16.78%
Other 678 11.72%
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post #1141 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 01:04 PM
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Sell it quick, they are bloody awful, customer service is shocking.
You should have stuck with Ford!
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post #1142 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 10:16 PM
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Choosing the 2014 E550 4Matic was the result of setting criteria, driving cars that looked feasible, and then buying a car. The Mercedes V8 had good safety features, high engine torque and, on my car, precise body construction. A same-class BMW and Audi configured to my equal satisfaction was about $5,000 more in this area. I like best the ability to get adequate acceleration without a lot of engine RPM and noise. The car is reasonably quiet except for tire noise. Build quality seems excellent, at less than 800 miles but any freedom from warranty maintenance issues remains to be seen. The Comand system is a mess and should be replaced by M-B on the next redesign cycle. The interior leather quality is inferior to what is on our 2010 Subaru Legacy 3.6R, but looks likely to be as durable. Air suspension was a good choice and has resulted in a comfortable ride on our rural roads. That, I appreciate. My back tells me that the seats are poor but perhaps true love will emerge over time.
That should be a super fast vehicle! Yes, agree the Command system is actually dangerous, as it takes too much time away from the road to operation (based on driving a 2014 GLK as a loaner). Re: The leather is probably the good ole MB Tex, a leather like material that wears like iron, if you don't scratch it with sharp objects. But I doubt it's leather, unless you specifically ordered leather. Interesting about the seats, which support you well. Maybe they will break in.
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post #1143 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-03-2014, 10:20 PM
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I purchased a classic corvette in 2011.
She always liked a convertible.
She loved the '57 thunderbird's...... till she saw this white cabrio.
Cabrio came home
Now, I'm trying to learn as much as I can about this engineering marvel.
It's so much more refined than Detroit muscle.
I enjoy driving so driving this car is a dream.
I never had a German car before.
I borrowed a '71 VW superbeetle to make a beer run in college once
So this is how Mercedes Benz has changed my life.
I am afraid to go near a dealership though
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Take a trip to Germany and drive a loaner MB like you E car at 155mph (260kph), which is how they are driven. Usually 200clics or 125mph is the norm, called cruising at the ton. They are way over-engineered for much of the US, except for the safety, which cannot be too much over-engineered, but MB is as good as it gets, in that area.
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post #1144 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-04-2014, 04:32 AM
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That should be a super fast vehicle! Yes, agree the Command system is actually dangerous, as it takes too much time away from the road to operation (based on driving a 2014 GLK as a loaner). Re: The leather is probably the good ole MB Tex, a leather like material that wears like iron, if you don't scratch it with sharp objects. But I doubt it's leather, unless you specifically ordered leather. Interesting about the seats, which support you well. Maybe they will break in.
Based on the MBUSA website, 2014 E550s like marvinlee's car should have real leather standard. I am also a little surprised that his seats are not satisfactory - should be the same type as in my CLS and I find them the second most supportive seats among all cars I have owned + test driven. The most supportive seats prize went to the new Lexus IS. I'm pretty happy with my MB seats.
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post #1145 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-09-2014, 10:30 PM
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it twas free.


And it still runs at 28 MPG.

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Why did I buy a Mercedes? Only because it's a best car ever!
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post #1147 of 1335 (permalink) Old 03-19-2014, 05:48 AM
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Mine was given to me under the condition that I not sell it. It was my wife's grandmothers and when she passed it was left to her daughter (my mother in-law). When I saw it collecting weeds and hornet nests were in the engine, wheel wells, and door cracks, I told them that I'd clean it up and take care of it for them. Well, they gave it to me.. a '99 E320 w/ 28K miles. Good deal or money trap? The jury's still out.
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nice look,fine performance and identification symbol
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My motive for investing in a 300D was simple;

After five years of frustration and heartache with numerous hydro-pneumatic CitroŽns and their hyper-expensive maintenance bills I'd finally had a gut-full of the odd-ball Gallic motoring scene. The 'Ohh-la-la' factor no longer cuts it for me, and the CitroŽn CX, in my experience, was neither designed, nor engineered to last 30+ years. As in many things French, they're "All For Show, And Not For Blow".

I've known and appreciated for years the reliability of W123s and W124s, especially the diesels. My father owned a very lovely W126 280SE, which I considered invincible; only when the differential started howling and ultimately seized-up, together with skyrocketing unleaded prices here in Australia did we decide to trade it in.

I look forward - indeed, hope - to experience many miles of pleasurable and reliable motoring in the 300D, that I could never have even hoped for with the CitroŽn.
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' Investing ' in an old Mercedes is foolish......

I say this as a dedicated Mercedes Diesel junkie and Journeyman Mechanic .

Nevertheless I hope you enjoy your new car 1/10th as much as I love mine , I currently have three of them in daily driver service .

Remember : a cheap Mercedes will be the most expensive car you ever own .

Many years ago I had a 1959 Citroen 2CV AZ , it was actually a pretty good car if slow on the open road .

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