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The Last Days of Mercedes
By Richard E. Savoy on
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
The E350 is chintzy. It manfiests the dreadful consequences of the abominable decision MB made in the early 1990's consciously to debase the quality of the fine automobiles on whose splendid engineering and construction MB's century-old reputation had been built. Those of us who knew the quality that once epitomized MB can tell the difference with but a moment's inpsection. The car has 2 batteries to support needless electronic junk; one battery has already failed. There is a bicycle spare tire. The barely used radio produces an echo sounding like crows cawing in the background. Just touching the "bumper" to a sleeping cat can cost $300. The Mercedes Benz we knew belongs to the ages.
The E350 does have a spirited engine, but all that means is attaining 19 mpg with a tiny car. There's really nothing about it I like save for the possibility of assigning the balance of the lease to some poor devil who never drove a W116, 126 or 140 and doesn't know what MB really once was.
Go back to building cars such as the W- 140 with the appointments that were the hallmarks of the S350D, 300SD and 300D. Rid yourselves of the fetish for cheap plastic. Stop building cars for the masses. Your cars once signified class. Putting your 3-point star on the hood means nothing by itself.