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Old 04-20-2018, 01:00 AM
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Hi! Kind of new to this forum and kind of not. I was here about 8 years ago when I had a 2003 C320 4M Sedan. I had it about 3 years and loved it in every way except reliability. I hated needing something fixed every 6 - 8 weeks. So I sold it and got a 2007 Lexus GS350 AWD. Excellent car with zero problemsl. But it lacked the engineering of a M-B.

I believe that the quality has improved in the last few years and so I just bought a 2015 E400 4M Sedan with Premium and Intel Drive. I did a bunch of research, figured out exactly what I wanted, and found it at a M-B dealer on the other end of Canada, 4500 kms away. It's a M-B "Star Certified" and looks to be in pristine shape (they sent me a lot of photos and full history of the car. It takes a couple weeks for it to get out west, but it's now just a few days away! Excited! I've found and viewed every online video and review of it I can find, downloaded and read the operators manuals, and anxiously waiting for the car.

I'm very thankful to whoever the previous owner was as they were kind enough to eat about half the value of the car in its 3 years and 42,000 kms lease, then I swoop in and scoop up a like-new car for cheap. I hardly ever buy an extended warranty on anything, but I'm still a bit timid about M-B, so I bought the full package and it's covered bumper-to-bumper to Nov 2020 / 140,000 kms and powertrain to Nov 2021 / 160,000 kms. I can relax a bit now.

It has the Premium and Intelligent Drive packages, so almost as loaded as they get. Looking forward to trying out all those goodies.

I'm having it delivered to an independent M-B repair shop to get the out-of-province inspection done. Dealers wanted about $450 for that, but this place does it for half that. Then I'm getting windows tinted and clear paint protection film on front, hood, lower side parts, and rear bumper. Then all I need after that is a remote starter. Damn M-B and their lack of remote starters until the W213. Anybody have a W212 with remote starter? Suggestions?

I'm also considering putting a few things like illuminated door sills, M-B logo light on door, and a trunk mat.

As I see others have mentioned here, these W212s seem to be somewhat rare. One of the two M-B dealers in Edmonton hasn't got a single used E-class in stock, and they are fair size dealer! In the month and a bit since I started shopping for E400, I have not yet seen ONE on the road. Tons of C's and several S's, but later model E's are just not out there.

Looking forward to being a regular here in this forum!

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Congrats.. I agree ..these aren't common.. well not the sedan .. I do tend to see the coupe from time to time Im really getting into my 15 e400 ..also love the fact that they have some pep .. mine is pretty loaded which was a must when I was shopoish for one ....
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I'm glad to meet another W212 E400 owner - especially one who chose the car for what it is, not for the star alone. The E400, while not "rare" is certainly "uncommon." I've had mine for 2 1/2 years and have only actually met one other E400 owner. I have seen perhaps 2 or 3 others - and I live near Chicago!

I usually change a few things on my new cars, but with the E400 I have changed nothing. Yeah, I would change the sub-woofer, but while the car is still under warranty I am not going that far into the wiring. . . plus, I've gotten too darned old to do it myself any more and I don't have a shop I really trust for sound system work.

You will, I'm sure, quickly learn that they mis-labeled the mode button. Or at least, they mis-named the 'S' mode. They call it "Sport." I think it should be named "Stupid" for that enormous STUPID GRIN it pastes onto your face when you push that button and get on the gas!
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