2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Review: Why did I wait so long?

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Why did I wait so long?
By Floridadriver on


2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 7A)


After waiting to compare the new BMW
545 to the E500 and other also rans, I
went with the E500 and have not been
disappointed. No quality issues with
mine. Very few nits to pick on.
Performance is OUTSTANDING, unless the
5.8 sec 0-60 isn't good enough for you
(go E55). The three position suspension
is very handy - dials in the three
settings I like (cruising, everyday,
and attack). The 7 speed is a joy, and
the comfort/style is timeless. The
headlights are great, always eliciting
delight from passengers. Seats
(adaptive) are spectacular.
Seat/steering wheel adjustments combine
for the best ergonomic setting
possibilities I've seen in a vehicle.

Best Features

Handling, smooth power, comfort, solid feel, sound system, ability to adjust all key driving variables to the situation (suspension, transmission, adaptive seats, etc. All this combined with interior and exterior style that is classic - putting Bangle to shame.

Worst Features

Details - Heat/AC temp. display is poor/hard to read compared to the rest of the dash. Dash back lighting not balanced well - if you want to dim the main gauges, the back light on control knobs almost disappears. Cup holder pretty poor. Medium climate control fan speeds too noisy - Benchmark Ford!
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