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.
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.
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
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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.
in return for the high price of that car you get womb to tomb services
from your government, that is the price to be paid for your brand of
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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.
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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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.
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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