Originally Posted by OB_330CiC
This is for my wifes b-day, she currently drives a 2003 E500 (on the market now) ..here's what I'm considering:
- 319 Lighting package
- 320 Entertainment package
- 324 Sunroof package
- 326 Premium package
Other options I'm not sure are worth it and welcome any advice or opinions on these:
- Airmatic suspension $1500
- 3-zone climate control $750
- Parktronic $750
- 19" wheels, not sure about ride comfort anyone have pics of the 6-twin spoke wheels?
Airmatic is definitely worth it. The improved ride control with the active shocks, choice of 3 ride settings (Auto, Comfort and Sport), auto load leveling and height adjustments (over 3" of additional ground clearance possible for snow or off road) all make a very nice package. Several magazine reviewers have also praised it in comparison to the steel spring suspension. Only downside, other than cost, might be addtional maintenance after warranty. Also, ride comfort is fine with the 19s and air.
The 3-zone climate is of benefit if you have rear seat passengers (other than children) a lot. But, you also get a charcoal filter added to the cabin filtering system for odors.
Parktronic depends on your wifes skills and comfort parking a larger vehicle. My wife was used to our W163 and didn't feel she needed it. Rear vision is slightly limited.
We also got the power liftgate which is a convenience for some (my wife like it)
Hope this helps.