I speak with vendors in Germany on a daily basis about cars, parts, and often Mercedes. Apparently, many Germans are reluctant to drive too expensive a car to business appointments as it make give their client the wrong impression. As such, they are keen on debadging cars or taking lower models (like the C-class) and putting big block (5.5, 5.8 and 6.0 liter) engines in them. There are many "sleeper" performance cars in Germany.<p>When I asked a person yesterday about the E55, he told me it had a reputation as a "drug runner" car. What's interesting is this conversation came last night while I was watching a Miami Vice rerun on TNN. SD<p>Drew...good thing, as you live in Florida, that you got yours in silver instead of the ominous black.