My wife is the primary driver of the Benz. I am the exclusive driver of
the Lexus. The Benz is better in the snow, being 4-Matic. It also has
some nicer cosmetics, etc., but overall the Lexus is the better car. The
Benz has better low end speed, and it feels nimbler, but it cannot match
the LS on the open highway. The ergonomics of the LS are much better
than the Benz.
Remember that that the LS 400 is a bigger car, although not much heavier
than the E 320. A fairer comparison would be between the LS v the S420.
In this case, the LS gets you better bang for the buck in terms of
reliability, etc. The S420 is a "nicer" car.
I may be wrong, but that's my opinion.
=1998 LS 400
1999 E320 4-Matic
:-) Both are dependable tanks. Both the diesel and gas (66) have over 270K
miles. We've had the 300d for 5 years (got it from my
mother) and I had a 300sd before, totally LOVE these cars. Heck, my dad put a
'77 300d engine into his Ford camper van, was finally
happy with it :-) With Mercedes, anything over 1980 is considered recent,
excellent daily driving cars, I drive mine 60 miles each
day in the worst traffic and never any problems (ok, some axle bearing went
once), even after 5 years of daily commuting up a series
of hils both ways that would put San Francisco to shame :-) drives very nice on
canola too, very quiet at startup (with canola) even
though it has bad compression from very bad maintenance from the previous
owners, though I always seem to be far ahead of everyone
with it in traffic :-)
the 66 I got in January for 500US, rebuilt engine recently (not me), was a daily
driver until the year before. Have to fix some rust
near the rear, absolutely reliable daily driver (though I currently don't drive
it, want to restore it), it's in better mechanical
shape than the '81 and seems more solid, amazing car! starts right up each time,
even with the choke off after the first time even
when cold, 109hp for a 2l 4cyl engine from 1966, amazing! you can tell I'm
nuuuuuuuuts about these cars, eh!? :-)
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