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Your car must have been calling to my cl600 coupe this weekend , as it too demanded I take her out in the road and let the turbos free


Unfortunately the local authorities didn't seem too keen on this
The way things are going ..

If yours and @cowboyt car can communicate,

then they must meet

maybe if left alone for while, may give birth to A class baby car !

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Well, given how well the W211 E320 CDI cruised on this last July's road trip, I wouldn't mind if it grew up to be an E55 AMG. That'd be OK, too. No, not quite as ultra-comfy as a W220 or W215, but definitely not bad. Not bad at all. :-)

BTW, now that the S600 is back together, it's been trying to seduce me again into allowing unruly behaviour. This is a very, VERY naughty car. The S430 is somewhat better behaved, but it, too, has its moments.

The fiance's S500 has thoroughly corrupted her at this point. She quite enjoys it when someone's tailgating her on the highway and the car's response is mashing its own gas pedal to the floor. It's the car doing this, you all understand; she is completely innocent. This is the same one that's getting the Erisin Android 7.1.1 head unit. It, too, is a very naughty automobile. W220's seem to be such, generally.
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A guy at the local auto parts shop has now also been corrupted by--er, seduced by--er, persuaded of the merits of W220's, and in particular twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz V12's. I allowed him to drive mine. Big mistake. First, he asked me, "how much for this car??" After I chuckled, which he completely understood, he is now shopping for one as well.

I did recommend to him that he also consider an S500, since he likes performance, and he's open to that as well. He knows about the work I had been doing on the wife-to-be's car, and she's sung him its praises. Given that do get some ice and snow here, and since I've forewarned him about the 722.9 transmission's relative DIY-unfriendliness, he's considering either a 2003 RWD, or a 2003-2006 4Matic. We'll see what happens. But the seed has been planted....muahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!
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2005 E320 CDI (the other current DD--first W211 project car)
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A guy at the local auto parts shop has now also been corrupted by--er, seduced by--er, persuaded of the merits of W220's, and in particular twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz V12's. I allowed him to drive mine. Big mistake. First, he asked me, "how much for this car??" After I chuckled, which he completely understood, he is now shopping for one as well.

I did recommend to him that he also consider an S500, since he likes performance, and he's open to that as well. He knows about the work I had been doing on the wife-to-be's car, and she's sung him its praises. Given that do get some ice and snow here, and since I've forewarned him about the 722.9 transmission's relative DIY-unfriendliness, he's considering either a 2003 RWD, or a 2003-2006 4Matic. We'll see what happens. But the seed has been planted....muahahahahahahaaaaa!!!!
Why would you push a W220 on this poor soul? Do you not like him? Does misery love company? Or, are you just a heartless Foul Insulting Language Deleted by Moderator that enjoys the suffering of others??

That being said. My neighbor up the block has a 2003 RWD S500 with the AMG package. It's a gorgeous car that he has taken well care of. He told me it has cost him thousands of dollars to get it dialed in over the years. But once he got it there it's been a pleasure to drive

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My neighbor across the street bought a brand new 2019 Corvette. He's pretty pleased with it (and it is a very nice car).

For a shade over $60,000, he's got a car that has almost as much HP, almost as much torque, as my 14 year old luxury sedan. Side by side, they'll run 0-60 in about the same time. He can stop more quickly, and turn a bit harder.

But he hasn't got the ride, or the luxury, of my car, that cost a fraction of what his did.

The only thing to do in this case is admire the car, and smile, knowing that the twin-turbo beast in my driveway has yet to meet its equal...
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@The Thomas J : Yeah, I guess I am a "Foul Insulting Language Deleted by Moderator" for doing that, huh? Heh heh! But I do understand what you're saying. No worries.

To be fair, yes, it did require just north of US $7,500 or so to get the S600 into "good repair", after purchase. Without SDS and DIY, it would have been in the tens of thousands, just for that car; I believe the most recent estimate is about US $30,000. The '03 S430 required right around $6,000, including both front wheel hub assemblies and brake discs that I just did over the last couple of weekends. The project 2000 S500 has also required about $6K, including the Android head unit, new speakers, and new amp for the rear woofer. Dad's car has required about $3,000 so far, due to the low miles on it (88,000).

But here's the thing, and I think it's the point that both you and @Astro14 are making here. The cars don't give me any trouble now. They are utterly trustworthy. We just get in 'em and drive anywhere, any time, without a thought; today was the S600's turn to go to work with me (she drove it last Sunday, to her great delight). And they're so damned luxurious that they're seductive. Astro's point about the Corvette really is true, and given that Vettes are nice cars, that's a statement. The fiance's S500 routinely outruns "lesser vehicles" when she must call upon it to do so....and she does it with heated seats, tank-level safety for her, and an air suspension, for half the price of that new Civic.

BTW, @Astro14 , I'd love to get a gander at that Packard of yours one of these days!

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@The Thomas J : Yeah, I guess I am a "Foul Insulting Language Deleted by Moderator" for doing that, huh? Heh heh! But I do understand what you're saying. No worries.



To be fair, yes, it did require just north of US $7,500 or so to get the S600 into "good repair", after purchase. Without SDS and DIY, it would have been in the tens of thousands, just for that car; I believe the most recent estimate is about US $30,000. The '03 S430 required right around $6,000, including both front wheel hub assemblies and brake discs that I just did over the last couple of weekends. The project 2000 S500 has also required about $6K, including the Android head unit, new speakers, and new amp for the rear woofer. Dad's car has required about $3,000 so far, due to the low miles on it (88,000).



But here's the thing, and I think it's the point that both you and @Astro14 are making here. The cars don't give me any trouble now. They are utterly trustworthy. We just get in 'em and drive anywhere, any time, without a thought; today was the S600's turn to go to work with me (she drove it last Sunday, to her great delight). And they're so damned luxurious that they're seductive. Astro's point about the Corvette really is true, and given that Vettes are nice cars, that's a statement. The fiance's S500 routinely outruns "lesser vehicles" when she must call upon it to do so....and she does it with heated seats, tank-level safety for her, and an air suspension, for half the price of that new Civic.



BTW, @Astro14 , I'd love to get a gander at that Packard of yours one of these days!
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I have never EVER experienced a car like this. Bi turbo 6.0 liter with a Kleemann tune netting 750 hp/840 tq with the top down cannot be described, it must be experienced! Yes, I'm bragging ☺️

My sad little car is back on the lift (part of the fun for me as I love to tinker) waiting on the turbo coolant oring. Hopefully it will be here tomorrow. Then, back at it!!!
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