This is my 3rd MB. Owned an E500 4m for a year, and decided to sell. First the good news, the car was totally reliable and finely finished inside and out, but a few months of driving revealed a series of irritations that added up. There's throttle lag in this model, and brakes are hard to modulate due to the 'SBC'. The steering power assist at lo speed is non existent, and at any speed the wheel needs constant input to stay on line. The airmatic works well at speed in corners and to isolate cabin, but go over a bump at lo speed and your head will bob. My old E430 4m felt roomier and easier to drive in suburbia and city. This car is engineered to compete with BMW in autobahn conditions, not on Long Island.
Pano roof, keyless go, safety record, appearance package, fit and finish.
Throttle lag, brake modulation, steering input, airmatic damping for lo speed, mileage 2-3 mpg worse than E430 4m. Nav is a puzzle, nanny bells going off all over. Mileage 'range' is useless, just tell me how much gas in tank. also simpler ac and heated seats from prior models worked better.
It doesn't corner like my old 7 series BMW -- but this is perhaps the most fun car I've ever driven. Classy, comfortable, easy to drive, and the raw acceleration is hard to beat. Nav is overly complex -- but the surround stereo is hard to beat. (goes through tires fairly quickly, though).
Acceleration. conservative good looks.
Corner better? I'm not sure I could improve on this car -- it's almost perfect.
This is the vehicle that blows away all the old dirty diesel tales. It's quiet, burns clean and with all the torque available, absolutely hauls the mail. Add to those qualities the fact that I get almost 38 mpg on the highway (Reno to Phoenix on one tank)...the fuel efficiency increases with high average speeds (75-85)...and about 30 mpg in town. If you're on the highway a lot...you gotta go for the 6CD changer and Sirius system (when's the IPOD dock coming?!)...COMAND is cool. I'm never leaving this car.
Torque, highway acceleration and performance; fuel economy.
The plastic body cladding underneath the door thresholds give if you extend your legs on them when you leave the car. Feels like they'll fall off.
This is an amazing car. Luxury, power and economy. Our test drive sold us on the CDI. It was more powerful than an E320 gas model.
In dash CD changer, front seat comfort, conservative styling (not flashy), weather radio std., >30 mpg fuel mileage makes it even better.
Whimpy horn. Front seat storage is poor, especially when you consider all the manuals. The cloth door sills get dirty too easily - why not use metal? The front cup holders need to be moved from their current position. Minor things that do not detract from the overall pleasure of the car.
2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
Recently purchased the E500 at several thousand under dealer invoice. This car is fantastic. It has great power, comfort, and with the adjustable suspension, a great ride for any occasion. The dynamic seats are a feature I'll never be without again. The mileage is good considering the power and my heavy foot. Better than 27 mpg highway and 22 overall per the onboard computer. Navigation makes driving in new places a breeze. Takes the guess work out of knowing where you are. The transmission is smooth, but the brakes are a bit touchy. Takes a while to get used to them. My other car is a C320 and it now feels slugish by comparison.
Dynamic Seats are great, a must have. H/C stereo upgrade is powerful. Nav is nice, easy to learn and use (not while driving!). Cup holders are a big improvement over past models. Power, power, quiet power....a real stealth muscle car with elegant design. Way too easy to cruise at 80+.
Overall, I have had no problems or complaints. The ventilation could be quieter, since the car is so very quiet, you can hear it on medium and above. More choice of interior color would be nice. This one is charcoal, would like a dark, non black interior. The light colors show scuff marks easily.