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Great photos! and great job taking them.

I'll be going through that part of the world next weekend so I'll have my camera ready too. May stop for lunch near the factory to give me some extra opportunity.
 

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Thanks. I keep a digital camera in my ML for just such an occasion. I was snapping away rapidly at about 85mph. I ended up with about twenty photos; these were the only ones worthwhile. I wish I had though to roll down the window! This is the first "unmasked" one I've seen. I guess since it has been officially unveiled, they don’t have to disguise them. It’s odd, though, because they kept the star covered on the W164’s up until the week before its delivery to dealers.

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I have an R350 on order for September delivery (I hope.) Some good shots for doing 85mph...it looks like the black R350 they had at the NY show.

I have some R Class photos on my web sites but they are not live and up close and personal like yours.
 

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Awesome "spy pics". I'm from Bham as well. Left for the Air Force years ago though and never returned. The grill looks hot, along wiith the rear. I'll have to drive around the plant next time I go home.
 

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Here are some shots taken in Southern California and posted elsewhere by Franz Rizzo today.

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Some good shots for doing 85mph...
Thanks. I guess they could have been better if I’d been willing to put down the 48oz soda and hang up the cell phone.[:p]

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rudeney I saw one similar, if not the one, as yours near Six Flags Atlanta on Sun 5/22. However, talked to the driver of this one later that day in Birmingham.
 

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Great shots. Thanks for posting.

I have a R350 on order. I plan to really add the options but I am awaiting pricing and option list to finalize the order. Allocated in first decade of September. What option are on the one you are driving? Any suggestions to what definitely to get? Does it have AirMatic option?

I note there does not appear to be the interior or exterior chrome package, is that correct? Also are they the 17" wheels? I plan on getting the 18".

I don't want the V8 so the 350 will meet my needs fine.

When you say "road noise" are you talking about tire noise?

Sorry for the questions but you are the first one I have spoken to who has driven the car.

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mbmkr - thanks for posting. Was it you I saw on I-20 this past Sunday near Six Flags Atlanta around 930am?

By your ability to post photos taken from the inside of the vehicle, your comments about ride quality and your username I think its a pretty fair assumption that you work at the plant in Vance.

With that said I like to see if you would answer a few simple questions:

1. Has R class production officially started? If so, is it on the new line or the ML line?

2. What exactly was the delay in the ML production the last few weeks? Did the line stop during this time or just slowed down? Is it backed to normal yet?

3. Have you seen the new Alpine Rain color on a ML or R? Can you get some photos of it for us?

Thanks.

If you feel uncomfortable posting your response here then feel free to send them via private message to me.
 

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When will they start selling the R-Class in the US?
Does Mercedes offer a "Diesel"- engine?

Here in Germany we have to wait till January 06 to get the "European" version, which is only 4,90 meters

see the picture from the "AMG-EDITION",
 

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The R Class (LWB) will go on sale in September in the US. Orders are being accepted now...mine will be built in the first 10 days of September. There still is no pricing available.

They will offer a diesel but in the US that is an unknown date. Most suspect mid to late 2006 as a 2007 Model. The ML will also offer a diesel option at about the same time. The diesel will be available in Europe in January I would imagine in both the R and the ML.
 

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achova - 7/11/2005 10:06 AM

Seems like old news, but here is an R500 I spotted in Galviston on the 4th of July.

Adam in Seattle
Oh, its never old news around here! Thanks. The chrome of the R500 really looks great.

Off subject....How is Galveston? Are the beaches nice?
 

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RE: Look what I saw today... (Galviston)

It was my first experience with Texas' Gulf Coast and I liked Galviston. Galviston is surprisingly low-key and the working harbor is pretty neat with lots of oil services activity and what I expect was a shrimp boat in the middle of the activity. I stopped at the beach but didn't spend any time there.

The town itself has an interesting mix of grand old homes and buildings, a pleasant (if smallish) tourist stretch (the Strand) and a lot of under-appreciated buildings.

Seems Galviston is ready for gentrification.

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rudeney - 5/13/2005 6:13 PM

I was snapping away rapidly at about 85mph.

- RODNEY
Lookout, Rodney! U know as well as I do that Statroops masquerade as broken down motorists now and ping you with a laser gun!LOL[:D]

You stated in another post that the factory was closed for tours right now. Do you know when they will re-open? If so, PM me and let me know. We want to go!
 

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cmitchprint - 7/14/2005 10:15 PM

You stated in another post that the factory was closed for tours right now. Do you know when they will re-open? If so, PM me and let me know. We want to go!
Nothing for certain but they are saying 2006. It is worth the trip, especially if you take factory delivery.

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