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Originally Posted by ezzo View Post
First off, I would like to thank you for the detailed reply.

I have 4 kids (youngest is 9 and oldest is almost 14.

What about suspension bushings, control arms, etc.? Any issues with these in either cars?
Nope, nothing like that.

Originally Posted by ezzo View Post
This is not possible with my kids' ages. My 9 yr old and the 11 yr old will be sitting in the 3rd row if I get the captain chairs in the second row. With the 3-part bench, I am hoping my 11 yr old can sit with her older siblinings in the second row bench, especially since my 11 yr old always suffer from car-motion sickness.
Good luck with that. The center seat in the second row was modelled after a device used in the Spanish Inquisition.

Originally Posted by ezzo View Post
Thanks for the great feedback. I really appreciate it. I have a friend who is an automotive service manager at a "famous" car dealership in Vancouver. He got an R350 as a trade in once and he drove it for a day and hated it. It had the air-matic suspension and he tried all settings and he still could not like the handling. I have yet to test-drive one myself to check. I am not a big fan of air-matic due to the potential service costs, and I would be happy with an R-Class with normal suspension.
He also mentioned that it had terrible gas-milage (~12mpg city). I think this was because it was a trade-in and the previous owner probably hadn't serviced it for a while prior to the trade-in.
I have seen great mileage of 26mpg on a road trip using 93 Octane sans the ethanol that's normally shoved down our throats in WA state. My normal MPG is 19/20 which incidentally is the same as my ML350. Go figure.
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400 miles today 50/50 mix of driving around Houston plus a long 75 mph road trip. 21.8 mpg average on super unleaded. Mid grade doesn't usually improve or reduce that figure.

My 2012 350 gasoline model has done nearly 200k miles now and apart from a timing chain that's a bit rattly, especially on starting, no engine or transmission issues at all.

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