Vehicle2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 Sport BlueTEC 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl Turbodiesel 7A)
ReviewI have owned 3 MB diesel sedans and they were great fast efficient low maintenance bullet proof especially the 1998 E300 a rocket and 29 mpg avg :)
Looking at the Diesel engine in the 97, 98 E300 puts a smile on your face...
MB with the help of the EPA has put the diesel line up in MB an expensive liability to dive not a cost effective Diesel that are durable 500K mile car... For starters you have to purchase BluTech fluid every oil change... at 7 gallons a pop MB charges 35.00 a gallon... Perhaps you could put any DEF from a chain store at 12 a gallon... Why the need for an expensive exhaust system how much will it cost to replace? On the EClass a Diesel comes with RFT because of the blue tank. So a guy who drives say 50 to 200 miles a day must rely on RFT and have no spare in order to make room for a Urea tank and the electronics associated with the entire system... S350 bluetech has a spare. Where are the saving in fuel if you have to spend 1200 for a set of tires and deal with exhaust additive... 2005, 2006 CDI were the bomb...
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on 08/08/14 15:21 PM (PDT)
Hey Sparky, in case you did not realize, a run flat tire is INDEED a spare tire. I have one in my Corvette ... not sure what I have in my 2013 E350W4. I have been driving for about 35 years, and have only ever had ONE flat tire. That aside, I have roadside assistance, and will never need or want to change a tire myself. Personally, I do not want a full size spare tire. By the time you factor in the cost of the additional aluminum alloy wheel, the higher cost of the wheel and tire ... as well as the additional fuel spent caused by the additional weight, you are paying quite a premium over the life of the vehicle. You seemingly understand how storage works. Understand, when you have a full size spare tire, you loose trunk or storage space. So, you'd rather have a full size spare tire, but are complaining about loss of space? As for the cost of a diesel versus a gas engine MB E-Class, the 2014 diesel is a few hundred dollars cheaper, and DOES INDEED come in a diesel sedan. Accordingly, you can purchase a LUXURY or SPORT E-Class ranging from the low $51K range, up to more than $70K. I do not laugh at people spending $39K on a Passat, so I guess I am surprised that people may want various options / perks in a Benz. I am not sure if you realize, but you should never add one new tire to a vehicle with 3 older tires (less tread), especially on a 4Matic. There are safety issues involved with handling, as well as tire spin.Report it
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