trust me i know how it feels....
There is a code (213 parametric-steering)that makes the difference at the feeling of the steering.Depends on the country and the model if it was offered as a standard equipment.Here for example was in the standard equippment at the face-lift models.Personally(my car doesn't have this code)i don't think that the steering is heavy without it.[8)]kyle618 - 4/12/2006 9:54 AM
actually i drove the benz for a while too and true enough the steering felt heavier than my 02 sentra and my dad's 97 land cruiser. i read somewhere they changed the steering around 2001 and beyond and that it was lighter than the older benzes. He even got shoulder pains from the heavy steering
My dad hasnt bought a replacement for it yet but im hoping it would still be german or better yet ... still the three pointed star. 
Unfortunately my dad wants to get a new camry... i hate camrys!!! so fckin common![xx(][:0]