I absolutely love this car. Torque is
the key. It so effortlessly
accelerates at any speed. I find the
cars style, size and comfort to be
nearly perfect. My only complaint
after 1300 miles, goes to the
complexity of the controls for the
audio, A/C, gauges, etc. If you loan
the car to a friend, there is little
chance they could figure out what
button would open the garage door, or
how to lower the head rests in the
But let us not dwell on that
complexity problem. This car is an
extrodinary blend of comfort, speed,
handling, and styling. I believe this
car is nearly perfect.
Horsepower and torque. Solid and
quiet, even at 130 mph.
This is a great car - when it runs. The engine is very strong but the electrical system is very unreliable. You will get to know the MB service dept. well. Moreover, this is a fancy car and many mechanics are not trained to fix it's problems. Find a good mechanic and get the extended warranty!
Needs to be much more reliable. Too many features means too many breakdowns.
2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
What a nightmare! It's just so much fun to drive a 6 year old Mercedes with only 52,000 miles that doesn't have an operational radio. There is a widely known issue with the radio with these vehicle (go ahead and Google 2004 e500 radio problems) yet no one at MB cares! The dealers won't go to battle for you even though they acknowledge it's a widely known issue. MB Customer Care? Well aren't they the most pompous and arrogant individuals on the planet. Go buy something else, there are far better luxury automobiles out there.
At this point, ZERO!
Take care of your owners and stand by your product! Sure I know you offer a 4 year 50K warranty. But why does the radio break on a vehicle with only 52,000 miles that is only 6 years old? They want me to buy a radio for $800 yet they aren't even sure if that will solve the problem!
So far this has been a terrific car. The power is unlike any vehicle I've ever driven. Believe everything you have read about this car; it boogies. The interior is different for me, having had SUV's and trucks. Cupholders and basic storage are the only downside. The build quality overall is impressive as is the overall comfort of driving. The driving experience is somewhat different because the brakes, gas pedal, and tranny are always "thinking" on how I am driving, etc, so it will take getting used to. It does drink the premium though. Also, the a/c is incredible, as in hang meat in the cabin cold. Stereo is OK...lots of gadgets overall. It's a beauty to look at too, makes me smile.
469 hp is not bad. The engine is very refined and the exhaust note is pleasing. When you start the car you know something formidable is lurking underneath..it always feels ready to unleash, (once it is warmed up). I live in the heat of El Paso, so the a/c is by far my favorite non engine feature.
An AWD option would civilize this beast. It would get all the power to the ground w/o destroying $400 tires and it would make it less scary for someone to drive who may be afraid of all the power, ie, my wife. I'd also like to see some storage/cupholder improvements...maybe like the Lexus lineup.
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