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I'm still smilin' from your recent post. I took delivery of my new '01 on the 23rd. My initial observations mirrored yours. First, there was no "hair-trigger" accelerator like there was when I test drove a '99. Second, I was bracing for the so-called harshness on all but the smoothest pavement. It was almost too comfy... Didn't have your luck, however, with an M5... though I'm still on the prowl.
 

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Agreed!

I took delivery of mine on the 28th, put 17 miles on it before the snowfall came that will keep the car garage bound for another few weeks. <p>You guys had me worried I was going to drive the car through my garage wall with an overly sensitive throttle. Even coming off major surgery in my right ankle with a month of P/T ahead of me, I still had no problems modulating the pedal. And suspension wise, the car is not overly harsh.<p>Now if I can only make it through the break-in period without testing the car's capabilities. SD
 

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Great post on your E55 delivery! I am very happy for all of you guys - Bob and Steve included. I absolutely agree with you guys on the driving exhilaration (sportiness) and pleasure (luxury). I've got a '99 and have had the priviledge of taking the E55 on to the big track at Willow Springs. Comming our of the last turn with a Corvette C4 in front of me... air-con, CD, black birds eye maple, fine "corinthian leather"... stomping on the throttle... I pulled right by the Corvette on the straight hitting 125 MPH.<br>What a rush! <br>I marvel and enjoy this car every day even if just to get on and off the freeways. And to think that all this came out of a four door automatic luxo saloon. DAMN!<br>
 

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Congrats !!!

<center><img src="http://www.mbworld.org/upload/2000/DrewE55rear.jpg"></center><p>Thanks Bob, I'm glad you like the story. I've posted on the "bimmer.org M5 board" looking for that M5 to schedule a rematch ... but no reply. <p>Don't worry about not hooking up with your own M5 ... given that there are 1500 M5's per year hitting our shores ... you'll run into one soon enough !!!<p>How do you like your Beast? (or should I say "How much do you love your Beast?)<p>The only complaints I have @ 1200 miles are minor one's:<p>1. I can't stand the 'auto-dimming' rearview mirror (how are you going to spot the tell-tale headlights of a Crown Victoria coming hot and heavy in your direction). After all, I would prefer to use the rear-sunshade if the geazer behind me has his brights on anyway.<p>SOLUTION: There is a little sensor in the upper-right hand corner of the glass on the mirror ... I guess this is the actual dimming-sensor ... I took a little black circular sticker and placed it over the sensor and, viola!, no more auto-dimming (you can't even tell the sticker is there). <p>2. The large storage bin in the center console between the front seats (under the phone compartment) doesn't have a light that goes on when you open it !!! You have to turn on the overhead light to see in (which lights the cockpit up like like a football Stadium at night).<p>SOLUTION: 'Philguy' nailed it: have a Audio Shop put a tiny light into the box with a pressure on/off switch at the hinge. <p>3. Speed Sensitive Radio Volume ... I can't stand having the sound increase and decrease with my speed. <p>SOLUTION: a fellow E55 owner (Ryan) felt the same way as I did ... he took his Beast to the dealer, and within minutes of hooking it up to the computer, had the Speed Sensitive Volume TURNED OFF. I am scheduled to do this next Monday. <p>BTW: posted a URL for a pic of my Beast ... of the view most will see !!!<p>Drew<br>'01 E55<br>Brilliant Silver/Charcoal<br>Voice Activated Phone & CD<br>
 

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You never told me the Corvette part of the story !!!

I heard the Willow Springs part ... but you left out the Corvette part ... must have felt awesome!<p>
 

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Welcome to the Club !!!

<br>Steve: <p>You really have to give the pedal a deliberate 'push' to launch it past the recommended break-in period RPM's ... so don't worry about that. The real problem will be varying your speed as recommended. I have heard, however, that all AMG engines are bench-tested at the AMG plant, and don't really need to be broken in. <p>My dealer told me at delivery that the real problem, or what necessitated a 'break-in process' was transmissions that were not properly broken in. I guess the old trani's had seals and moving parts that needed to be heated and cooled during the first couple of hundred miles to properly seat and function. BUT NO WORRIES MAN, our Beasts have totally electronic transmissions ... therefore they 'don't need no stinkin break-in process'.<p>Hope your ankle heals soon and all is well. <p>Congratulations on your Beast ... after 1200 miles ... I still can't erase the grin on my face when I drive mine !!!<p>Drew<br>'01 E55<br>Brilliant Silver/Charcoal<br>Voice Activated Phone & CD<p>
 

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MY BAD - - - It was "E" who fixed the Speed Sensitive Radio Volume problem ...

<br>... got to give credit where credit is due ... <p>Thanks again, E.<p>-Drew.
 

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Re: Congrats !!!

: Thanks Bob, I'm glad you like the story. I've posted on the "bimmer.org M5 board" looking for that M5 to schedule a rematch ... but no reply. <p>Don't worry about not hooking up with your own M5 ... given that there are 1500 M5's per year hitting our shores ... you'll run into one soon enough !!!<p>How do you like your Beast? (or should I say "How much do you love your Beast?)<p>The only complaints I have @ 1200 miles are minor one's:<p>1. I can't stand the 'auto-dimming' rearview mirror (how are you going to spot the tell-tale headlights of a Crown Victoria coming hot and heavy in your direction). After all, I would prefer to use the rear-sunshade if the geazer behind me has his brights on anyway.<p>SOLUTION: There is a little sensor in the upper-right hand corner of the glass on the mirror ... I guess this is the actual dimming-sensor ... I took a little black circular sticker and placed it over the sensor and, viola!, no more auto-dimming (you can't even tell the sticker is there). <p>2. The large storage bin in the center console between the front seats (under the phone compartment) doesn't have a light that goes on when you open it !!! You have to turn on the overhead light to see in (which lights the cockpit up like like a football Stadium at night).<p>SOLUTION: 'Philguy' nailed it: have a Audio Shop put a tiny light into the box with a pressure on/off switch at the hinge. <p>3. Speed Sensitive Radio Volume ... I can't stand having the sound increase and decrease with my speed. <p>SOLUTION: a fellow E55 owner (Ryan) felt the same way as I did ... he took his Beast to the dealer, and within minutes of hooking it up to the computer, had the Speed Sensitive Volume TURNED OFF. I am scheduled to do this next Monday. <p>BTW: posted a URL for a pic of my Beast ... of the view most will see !!!<p>Drew<br>'01 E55<br>Brilliant Silver/Charcoal<br>Voice Activated Phone & CD<br><p>Thanks for the Congrats.... With about a foot of snow recently, the "Beest" has been nestled in the garage... the auto-dimming isn't too bothersome... the console light is an excellent idea... haven't yet noticed the speed-sensitive volume issue but I'll be "tuned-in" now. With only a few hundred miles on the odometer, my only gripe is the seemingly over-boosted steering assist. While sharp, it lacks the feel and self-centering snap of my previous bimmer. Hope this something I'll eventually acclimate to. Gas mileage, incidentally, has been running about 15mpg, with 50% highway driving. Look forward to providing more feedback as the mileage increases. Regards for now...
 

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It's great we can all share our tips..

Let's see, what else have I done..<p>1. turned off night illumination feature on headlights - I hate getting the unnecessary attention when others think I have left my lights on as I walk away from the car.<p>2. programmed the one-touch-opens-all-doors on the remote - I hate having to press twice to get the passenger and rear doors.<p>Thanks for complaining about the automatic volume control, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered to get the dealer to try to do something..
 

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I Agree ...

They may have something with this whole internet thing !!!<p>You came up with the solution for the Automatic Volume Control ... I probably would have been re-adjusting the volume for months until I got sick and tired of it and went to the dealer all puffed-up with frustration. <p>I'm still on the fence about the Night Illumination feature ... I do like it at times, but as you said, it draws those "you left your lights on you overpaid, overprivlieged, status-symbol driving moron" sounding comments from others.<p>BTW: I can't stand when oncoming drivers flash you to turn off your brights ... when you only have your low-beam Zenon's on. Its not like Zenon's haven't been around for a while ... people should be used to them by now. I find that the middle of my finger of my left hand is almost always on the Flasher Stalk as I drive at night ... armed and ready to give a quick couple of flashes of real high-beams to anyone who 'dare' tell me to lower my beams :)<p>About the One-Touch-Door-All-Doors-Open-Feature: <p>I specifically asked my salesman at delivery to program my E55 to open one-with-one, and all-with-another. I have gotten used to that set-up with my last few cars (that didn't give me the option to do anything differently). I most definately will have the one-with-one feature programed into my wife's key to my car ... the last thing I want is for her to hit the 'unlock' button once, have all the doors open, and some scum-bag jump into the back or passenger seat before she has time to lock herself in. <p>As I've said before That's why Baskin' Robbins makes 31 different flavors ... everyone has different tastes. <p>BTW: do they have Baskin'Robbins Ice Cream up in the Great White North?<p>-Drew
 

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Selective door unlocking, night illumination, xenon, DRLs, transmission

It's funny before I read your post, I was just asking my wife how she likes her doors unlocked, all at once or driver's side first.. guess what, she prefers the latter and doesn't mind having to press unlock twice.. Good we can program both remote keys differently.<p>About the night illumination, you're absolutely right, it just creates the hostility as if the snobby Mercedes driver would like to show off and get some pathetic attention. I just hate to have to come up with that humble look, extra grateful friendly smile and go, "oh thanks, it's a safety feature it'll turn off automatically."<p>Talking about xenon lights, here up North, it's compulsory daytime running lights (DRL) which is a pain. On top, with our E-class, it's the xenon that acts as the low beam DRL (unlike BMW). Of course, many resourceful individuals managed to disable DRL due to the expensive replacement cost of the xenons.. Personally, I like to decide when to have my lights on and off.<p>Strangely enough, when I have the xenons on at night, I don't get many flashes, I think drivers here are too out of it probably not alert enough to even know how to flash their high beams! I mean I have seen numerous drivers at night without any lights on, what can I say..<p>Another trick I just learned from reading the entire manual.. I'm sure you know how to upshift and downshift with the +/-, did you know that when you're in D and want to find out what gear the autobox has selected, you simply push and hold the level to the left and the gear will be displayed on the dash gear indicator?<p>Yes, we have Baskin'Robbins here, you should come over and we'll talk about cars as our wives have their ice-cream..
 

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daytime running lights new gearbox trick canadians asleep at the wheel hot fudge sundaes ...

What gets me is that sometimes at night, I'll walk away from the Beast after locking the doors, lights go on, people nearby notice ... and they DON'T bother to say anything at all (what if I had left my lights on?!). <p>I also agree: let me decide when to turn on my lights (Each year, Florida has weighed the pros & cons of requiring its citizenry to turn their lights on during the day). I personally like to turn on my parking and driving lights at dusk, before I need to turn on my headlights just because it looks cool, and I can! (a habit I picked up from my Corvette days I think).<p>Re: Gear Selection<p>I'm not sure I understand what your saying. I do know that you can be in, lets say, 3rd. gear (1st or 2nd. work too), and hold the shift-lever to the right for a second, and the trani' will jump to 'D'. <p>And the oppposite is true: if you come to a stop in gears 3, 4, or 5, you can hold the shift-lever to the left for a second, and the trani' will shift to '1' ... with either move to the left or right, your allowed to automatically jump to the lowest or highest gear respectively by simply holding the shift lever to one side for a second. <p>BTW: I emailed Mr. V. last night ... I thought it would be a good idea to arrange a 'meet', at some centralized loaction, for all us MB fans (with cars being optional). I thought a Fri./Sat. night trip to, lets say, Las Vegas (easy to fly into, relatively inexpensive, lots to do)... which would give us all chance to put faces with the names, etc.,<p>What do you think?
 

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what happens if you hold the shift-level to the left

Ok, let me try again.. I was quite confused when the technician told me about this feature too..<p>I told him exactly what you are saying: (1) holding the shift-level to the right and it jumps to the D, and (2) when we hold the shift-level to the left, it jumps to 1st. <p>However, after some experimenting, I realize that the gear box seems to jump to 1st because usually when we hold the shift-level to the left, the car is very slow and the computer had already selected 1st gear itself. <p>The reality is that the transmission does not drop a gear lower if we hold the shift-level to the left, but it merely displays to us the gear it has selected.<p>What you should try is when the car is coasting at 20 or 30mph in D, try holding the gear-shift to the left and see what happens. I was a bit hesitant to try this worrying that I would over-rev the engine, however, it didn't at such slow speed and I discovered that holding the shift-level to the left is not the opposite of holding it to the right. When I tried it at 20mph, instead of seeing 1st gear on the dash, it displayed 2nd or 3rd.<p>Pretty cool.<p>I'm afraid I'm not very good explaining this but check your manual, it's all there..<p>
 

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Re: what happens if you hold the shift-level to the left

Drew, more testing this afternoon, I think I have sorted it all out.. <p>What happens when you hold the touch-shift level to the left is that the car *will* downshift once and will hold it there. For example:<p>1. You left the level at D.<br>2. You're going at around 30mph.<br>3. Car happens to be in 4th gear (as selected automatically by computer).<br>4. If you tap AND HOLD the touch-shift level to the left, you'll drop a gear lower. In this case, you'll drop to 3rd gear. It will NOT drop all the way to 1st.<br>5. On the dash, you'll see 3rd gear.<p>In other words, you whenever you're in the mood to drive aggressively, there's no need to tap 3 times to get to a lower gear. You simply tap and hold the level to the left and go from there..<p>Got it now?
 

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Got it ...

---------<p>I guess what I meant by when you come to a STOPLIGHT, after driving in 'D', and you want to wring out the gears w/the TouchShift ... while at a STANDING STOP ... you push and hold the lever to the left, and the selector will go to '1'. <p>So, what YOUR basically saying is that I (we) can engage the 'manual' mode while driving in the 'automatic' mode simply by pushing-and-holding the lever to the left, dropping down a gear in the process ... ?
 

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Perfecting the touchshift

Yes, I think you have got it.<p>While I'm sure we all know that we can engage the manual mode when driving by doing the usual +/-, the interesting thing is if you hold the lever to the left at any moderate speed, it'll NOT jump to 1st but merely will go down one gear.<p>After getting a hang of it, I begin to use the push-and-hold more and more.<p>Ok, another scenario, if you're at D and want to go to 3rd or 2nd gear, what do you do? Before I knew the push-and-hold trick, I would flick the lever to the left three times, from D->4, then 4->3, and finally 3->2. In between I'll have to pay full attention on the dash gear indicator making sure that I have not screwed up or missed a tap.<p>The problem with the above is that if the car was already in 4th gear when we left the lever at D, when we tap it from D->4, it basically doesn't do anything, a confusing wasted tap if you know what I mean.<p>However, with tap-and-hold, whenever I want to downshift, I simply push the lever to the left and hold it there for half a second. Immediately, I know I'll be at a gear one ratio lower. From that point onwards, you simply do the usual +/-..<p>You really have to drive it and try it out!
 

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I'll try it today ...

It's 11:00 A.M. here in Florida. <p>I'll get back to you later this afternoon after I do some experimenting.<p>Drew.
 

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Tried it ...

... @ 20, 30 & 40 mph, the same thing happened ... the trani dropped into 4th. <p>I coasted, pushed the lever to the left, and bam, always into 4th.<p>??????????
 

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Try it again

You must have been coasting all along in D.. trying driving it a bit more aggressively and see, if you leave it at D and it so happened to be in 4th, it will jump a step lower to 3rd.<p>At least now you know it doesn't always go down to 1st when you push and hold it to the left?
 

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If I have to ...

-------<p>I was coasting in 'D'. I'll try it again tomorrow.<p>I licked the Adaptive Transmission Problem today ... floored it at every stoplight ... like a rocket. <p><p>
 
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