My E500 (Best E Class ever)

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I just traded in my 320 CLK and my BMW 525i for a 2004 E500. This is my 3rd E class as I previously owned a '92 400E and a '01 E430. I loved my 400E.
In spite of its 195mm tires it was a true drivers car. My '01 E430 was not as delightful although it was a very nice car to drive. My new E500 is simply remarkable. The semi active air suspension allows you to choose between a beautifully controlled marshmallow ride and a typically firm Mercedes ride. The handling is exceptional, squat dive and roll is unmistakably absent. The structure is rock solid as usual. Does anyone know what the resonant frequency is for the new structure and how the figure compares to previous E class models? The extra 21 horses and additional torque of the 5 liter engine along with the 7 speed automatic equal a level of performance never before seen on non AMG models. My first freeway onramp was controlled by a traffic signal. I was surprised that a 1/4 throttle opening resulted in a huge chirp of the Conti's followed by rocket ship acceleration. The sound effects are lovely as well. Options can be kept to a minimum without sacrificing luxury. My only options are the entertainment package and sunroof.
I highly recommend giving the E500 serious consideration. I bought mine from Keyon (I am probably spelling it her name wrong) at W.I. Simonson in Santa Monica California. I was very happy with my buying experience.
Claude
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Nice to read someone's positive ownership experience, also of good treatment when buying. Gives us hope.
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Everything about the new E-Class is gorgeous except the new gauge cluster. The oversize clock is seriously out of place, the speedo and tach are very bland and the water temp and fuel things (LCD's? I don't know) are extremely ugly...otherwise the car seems like a step in the right direction, especially in the styling department.
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Check back in when you've put 100000 miles on the car , let us know if it's held up the way a 50,000.00 car should. -Dana

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Dana, I am sure that it will be expensive to maintain after the warranty has expired but I am confident that it will hold up. BTW, I noticed that the engine loafs around 1500 RPM at 60 MPH thanks to the 7 speed transmission. Have any of the car magazines reviewed the '04 E500 with the 7 speed auto yet?
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Have you had these expenses, personally, and if so, what required repair? I keep seeing comments like these, but with no particulars.
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I think you've mistaken this for the Ford/Chevy group...
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*Dana wrote:

50.000? $50k? USD50.000????
Is that the price of a brand new E500 in the states? Damn it, I live in the wrong country (Norway). Here that car cost $200.000. If we could get it at $50k the streets would be full of them.
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wrote:

from your government, that is the price to be paid for your brand of socialism
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*127.0.0.1 wrote:

I guess your right in some way but even though we have some very good governmental services car-prices in Norway are way off. As an example I paid about $50k for my '00 E240T half a year ago.
Now, the result of this is that many people are driving in 10-20 year old unsafe cars, resulting in many personal injuries in accidents that could have been avoided if people could afford better/newer cars. In our system that you call socialism its not politically correct to talk about cost in regards to human life and hospitalisation, recreation etc. Therefore there exist no numbers that can show the politicians that it would pay off to lower some taxes to prevent other expenses.
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Some here would argue that a 10 to 20 year old Mercedes is better than a new one.

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But Norway does not have any substantial domestic car production, right? So it is a good way to draw high taxes from the people without harming the domestic economy. You can see that with virtually every country which isn't a significant car producer.
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A lot of Americans -- especially those reading this newsgroup -- seem to think that when the state does a bit for its citizens using tax money it's "socialism".
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*Dori A Schmetterling wrote:

Right on! Most americans dont know that their government can do anything else for them than lead them into war.
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On 4/19/04 5:21 PM, in article 40844361$0$25234$ snipped-for-privacy@news-text.dial.pipex.com, "Dori A Schmetterling"

That would be because it is socialism, not that there's necessarily anything wrong with that.
We Americans just don't like the sound of socialism because we can't even trust our non-local (i.e. federal) government with a small hill of beans, much less what is likely the world's largest stream of tax revenue (on an absolute basis). Too much corruption and very little democracy.
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Perhaps I should have posted in alt.politics.socialism. How in the world did my posting stir up such a political flurry. I just wanted to say that I love my E500. Can't we all just get along?
Does anyone know the gear ratios of the new 7 speed auto?
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*Claude Dauman wrote:

:-) I think we get along, just fine... Just some of us that are envious.

1st gear 4.377 2nd gear 2.859 3rd gear 1.921 4th gear 1.368 5th gear 1.000 6th gear 0.820 7th gear 0.728
Reverse 1st gear -3.416 2nd gear -2.231
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There's TWO reverse gears? why?
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Come to think of it, I could use that too sometimes... cp
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