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02-04-2019, 12:29 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

That's the whole point of my derision. Of course...

That's the whole point of my derision. Of course MB cannot control what reviewers say but they do control who can and cannot access the vehicle (in this pre-launch timeline) and can create an early...
02-03-2019, 06:06 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

What a horrible "test"/review. Sad to see MB...

What a horrible "test"/review. Sad to see MB sponsor such vacuous content.
12-22-2018, 09:07 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Change of plans

My wife and I were talking last night about the GLE and other competitors we drove during this search. She said something in regards to another less expensive SUV which was that I may be happy with...
12-20-2018, 11:31 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Speaking of wheels....

I stopped by the MB dealer today to confirm that my build had been properly updated (yes it was...for now), and while there stopped by the Parts desk to talk about potential winter wheel tire...
12-18-2018, 08:02 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Wheels

Joe,

If you ever upgrade to 22's I'll be a short drive away from you if you choose to unload your stock 21's!!!

postscript: Yes I am still torn over the 20's versus 21's. I like the idea of...
12-17-2018, 10:44 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

That's because you're coming out of an E63! ...

That's because you're coming out of an E63!

I drove the base 2019 Cayenne and thought it was fantastic; my understanding is that it comes with a detuned version of the same 3.0L turbo V6 as found...
12-17-2018, 09:53 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Back in business....3 steps forward, 1 step back

The good: I was able to get guardian angel help at MBUSA today.

My original order submitted on 11/17 locked in early December and did so w/o certain options which were previously on my original...
12-17-2018, 12:29 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

From: 19/02-1 To: 19/04-1

I'm livid.

Weighing all my options at this point. Working with MB corporate also.
12-12-2018, 10:41 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Anybody kind enough to post a link or email me a...

Anybody kind enough to post a link or email me a copy of the updated DoG?
12-12-2018, 10:18 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I'm really upset by this. By the bundling and...

I'm really upset by this. By the bundling and the lack of communication from MB.
12-11-2018, 11:22 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

nice find. Now I feel bummed.

nice find. Now I feel bummed.
12-09-2018, 08:56 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Interesting video. I love the wide rear hips of...

Interesting video. I love the wide rear hips of the GLE as can be seen around the 26 second mark:


https://youtu.be/iGDLeuA6sYY
12-09-2018, 08:29 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

How typical is it for staggered width wheels to...

How typical is it for staggered width wheels to also stagger the aspect ratio? I'm sure it's done to normalize sidewall height. However when I see the 21's mounted below. Am I the only one who...
12-09-2018, 08:23 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I know the DOG lists slightly different offsets...

I know the DOG lists slightly different offsets on the 20's but that seems really strange and prone to potential mechanic error down the line.
12-09-2018, 08:00 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Re:Magic wipers When I asked my delaer they...

Re:Magic wipers

When I asked my delaer they never said they couldn't get them.

I believe they would be Spc order similar to rear side airbags.
12-09-2018, 05:46 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

You guys are such enablers on these 21's! ...

You guys are such enablers on these 21's!

Let me change subject for a second.

Magic vision wipers: option #874?

Do they have to replace the entire wiper assembly?
Revolutionary or stay...
12-09-2018, 04:00 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Good point about carrying a plug kit! ...

Good point about carrying a plug kit!



Yes 100% True! They are so hawt



Chump change!
12-09-2018, 03:42 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

So true. If it was only money I would get the...

So true. If it was only money I would get the 21's. My biggest concern is going to be finding a replacement tire if we have the family out on a road trip. We drive across the state a few times a...
12-09-2018, 03:19 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I AM WEAK....

These 21" wheels are so HAWT....BUT look at the practicality of the 20's:
...
12-08-2018, 02:32 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I've always had winter tires on a spare set of...

I've always had winter tires on a spare set of wheels. Hassle is minor I agree. The main sticking point is the practicality of staggered 21" wheels with such narrow sidewalls on an SUV. I worry...
12-08-2018, 12:42 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

My understanding is that In RWD cars with a lot...

My understanding is that In RWD cars with a lot of power and that have a tendency to oversteer the wider rear tires help induce a little bit of understeer to keep you in-line better.
12-08-2018, 12:40 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

In some cars the compact spare is not rated to...

In some cars the compact spare is not rated to handle front axle mounting and they recommend moving one of the rears to the front if you have a front flat and mounting the spare to the wheel. I...
12-08-2018, 12:36 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Thanks for the quick math. I'm in Philly,...

Thanks for the quick math.

I'm in Philly, but the nonetheless your point isn't invalid. Just wondering if it's worth the hassle of swapping out all the time.
12-08-2018, 10:51 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Indeed. I've had the 20" AMG RZW Night wheels on...

Indeed. I've had the 20" AMG RZW Night wheels on my build, but this video has been swaying me to reconsider the 21" wheels. They are gorgeous. But the practicality of them? The front sidewalls are 45...
12-08-2018, 10:29 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

The emerald green GLE at the LA auto show appears...

The emerald green GLE at the LA auto show appears to be grey linden and it definitely has the piano black trim pieces. Not sure if the piano black is to be avoided or the grey linden...but I digress....
12-07-2018, 08:00 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I agree, which is why it makes my blood boil. ...

I agree, which is why it makes my blood boil. The explanation makes zero sense. This wasn't a rare-ish one off option.
12-07-2018, 03:06 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I was told by my dealer that MBUSA froze all...

I was told by my dealer that MBUSA froze all ordered vehicles with allocations and made it seem like it was abnormal to do so this early in the calendar.

I was also told that I was SOL on my...
12-06-2018, 10:29 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I've already sent emails and will be following up...

I've already sent emails and will be following up first thing tomorrow morning. There is no way I would accept the vehicle without DP1. I'm hoping this can be explained by a hiccup in Netstar but...
12-06-2018, 09:15 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Pit in my stomach

These items were in my original confirmed order in Netstar on November 20th, they are missing from tonight's update:

DP1 Premium Package
872 Heated Rear Seats

These new line items appear and...
12-06-2018, 08:33 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/1347x627/front_d2abed3ab74f7a914a0e7bebab861d4159995565.jpg...
12-06-2018, 08:15 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

My order is officially locked: No changes possible

Status:
Current Status: B3 X-10 PROD
Decade Planned: 19/02-1

Vehicle:
Model: GLE450W4
MY:2020
Paint 1: 040 Black
Uph: 201 Black Leather
12-06-2018, 10:38 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I have real carbon fiber in my S4 and did not...

I have real carbon fiber in my S4 and did not think the metal weave i saw online looked anything like it. I impression was that MB was trying to imitate the carbon fiber look.
12-03-2018, 10:51 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Exactly why I was confused!

Exactly why I was confused!
12-03-2018, 10:32 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Ron, Would you mind revisiting what info you...

Ron,

Would you mind revisiting what info you have on the availability of the natural grain brown walnut? I find myself scrambling now on interior trim selection.
12-03-2018, 10:27 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Greg, I did some sleuthing and I concur that...

Greg,

I did some sleuthing and I concur that the pic I posted is indeed not H18 high gloss linden but in fact H34 designo high gloss brown flowing lines linden. It appears that when you select...
12-03-2018, 03:58 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

If I've steered in error feel free to help...

If I've steered in error feel free to help provide course correction!



Venting the rear lip of the sunroof only. With the Panoramic roofs it looks like you can only slide the big glass from...
12-02-2018, 08:57 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

This was my concern as well. I'm hoping MB's...

This was my concern as well. I'm hoping MB's textured leather perforated seats have long term durability.
12-02-2018, 08:52 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

As far as timelines go, when we placed our order...

As far as timelines go, when we placed our order on 11/17 the dealer expected we would have a month before option selection froze based on the expectation of a late Feb build. Since our order made...
12-02-2018, 08:47 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Side curtain airbags are standard. Option #293...

Side curtain airbags are standard. Option #293 is for the thorax airbags; the cost is inconsequential (likely $400 to $500 based on other MB models) . There's some debate as to their merits versus...
12-02-2018, 08:39 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I love the Alcantara seats in my Audi but my wife...

I love the Alcantara seats in my Audi but my wife hates them (sigh); hopefully the leather wears well.

Is there a general consensus within the community on the merits of MB's standard leather...
12-02-2018, 08:33 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I made some changes to my order as well. However...

I made some changes to my order as well. However the theme of this build for me continues to be indecision.

Added the Night package at the behest of my better half to avoid having the excessively...
12-02-2018, 07:37 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Looks sharp...but you give up the heated steering...

Looks sharp...but you give up the heated steering wheel! One of my almost must haves I think at this point.
11-29-2018, 09:14 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Plaza...lower level between Nordstrom & Lord &...

Plaza...lower level between Nordstrom & Lord & Taylor. My Salesperson advised me to go get one!

Fine print:
...
11-29-2018, 04:02 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Negative.

Negative.
11-29-2018, 03:37 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbull...

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.mbworld.org-vbulletin/757x932/mbusa_ab_1dddca7961239faabbfb01eb35f37d1d27a6aeef.jpg
11-29-2018, 02:24 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Mercedes Benz Pop-Up Stores

Hot tip: If you have one in your area go visit and register with your contact information & email address.

You'll be rewarded with a $1,000 appreciation bonus good on the purchase or lease of a...
11-29-2018, 01:57 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

The reviewer did not state it was floaty; I said...

The reviewer did not state it was floaty; I said that I feared it would make the car feel floaty. He's an owner of a Porsche Cayenne and stated in the comments that he still prefers that to the...
11-29-2018, 11:22 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I have the entire Pkg in my current build but the...

I have the entire Pkg in my current build but the more I think about I wonder how much value it really has over the long term. I've never had had a car that had HUD and wonder if I'll just turn it...
11-29-2018, 10:48 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

MBUX Technology Package

How do you guys perceive this package?

Based on pricing seen on the UK & German websites we're expecting this to cost $1500 give or take. Anyone have strong feelings either way on this package?:...
11-28-2018, 09:15 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

My fear is the Airmatic option will make the car...

My fear is the Airmatic option will make the car too "floaty". Unjustified?
Did you order your 43? None of the local dealers have had any GLE SUV's equipped with the Airmatic option.

Zack...
11-28-2018, 10:34 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Option #293 Rear Side Airbags (SPC) That is...

Option #293 Rear Side Airbags (SPC)

That is not listed in the DOG but interesting to see that it was available to order nonetheless, I wonder what else is available that is not in the DOG.

I...
11-28-2018, 09:49 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Thank you for the reply. I placed my order for...

Thank you for the reply. I placed my order for the 2020 without Airmatic but am now wondering if that is the correct choice. My preference would be for a firm and responsive ride - Similar to what...
11-27-2018, 09:06 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Looking into the night package since I'm not sure...

Looking into the night package since I'm not sure of what to think about the extra chrome-looking surround on the rear diffuser (exhaust cutouts) of the AMG-line vehicles. My car was ordered in...
11-27-2018, 08:34 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Night Package - Black accented wheels

Anyone have experience with these wheels?

I'm wondering if the accenting on the wheel becomes compromised over time due to brake dust pitting and wearing away the paint.
11-26-2018, 11:45 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Looks fantastic!

Looks fantastic!
11-26-2018, 11:44 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

We now have comments from Thomas at 6'1" and this...

We now have comments from Thomas at 6'1" and this latest presenter at 5'4" about what seems to be a less than ideal seating position. Worst case scenario we wil have to judge when our order arrives...
11-26-2018, 07:47 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

2nd row seats revisited

I hate to raise this issue again but the presenter in this review states unequivocally that the seating position in the V167 is lower than the W166. She states that she is 5'4" and although space is...
11-25-2018, 11:32 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Greg, Thank you once again for an excellent...

Greg,

Thank you once again for an excellent synopsis of the major review comments. I have not been able to locate locally a 2018 or 2019 GLE with Airmatic but I did drive the GLS 450; local...
11-25-2018, 10:32 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Steel springs versus Airmatic suspension

Sorry in advance for rekindling this topic. My salesperson has not been a good resource on this topic to me, he has told me that Airmatic would only be useful to me if I wanted to go offroad which I...
11-24-2018, 04:55 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Wheel / Tire strategies

I'm still debating whether to get the 20" or 21" wheels. Looking for thoughts and insight form others?

I've always had separate wheels with season specific summer / winter tire combos for my Audi...
11-24-2018, 04:43 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Well, he didn't ask for the HUD display to be a...

Well, he didn't ask for the HUD display to be a stand-alone option which would make more sense. He specifically referenced U19 instead which per the DOG is already available as a stand-alone option.
11-24-2018, 03:29 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Joe, I see U19 as a stand-alone option on...

Joe,

I see U19 as a stand-alone option on page 40 of the DOG. Was your dealer not able to order it that way?

I'm actually tempted to remove the DA0PKG (MBTUX PKG) from my order. I originally...
11-23-2018, 10:01 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

2nd row seating position

I just watched the excellent and thorough Autogefuhl review to completion. The only two areas of concern that jumped out to me were Thomas’ comments about the second row seating position and the less...
11-20-2018, 11:57 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Production scheduled for first decade in...

Production scheduled for first decade in February!

Also I'm back to contemplating on adding the Night Package to my black car. Hmm....options.

I'm being told that I probably have a couple of...
11-18-2018, 10:34 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

[/left] Of course. All things being equal I...

[/left]
Of course. All things being equal I want the same. However my lack of experience with the option in any other vehicles has me seeking user experiences.
11-18-2018, 09:37 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Pano Roof second thoughts

I ordered the triple black 450 with the panoramic roof, but now having second thoughts. I've always had standard sized moon roofs / sun roofs and would never consider ordering a car without one....
11-18-2018, 08:56 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

GregW, I was told the same yesterday.

GregW, I was told the same yesterday.
11-17-2018, 09:57 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Thank you Greg! That looks much better. Not sure...

Thank you Greg! That looks much better. Not sure I'm completely sold, but better.
11-17-2018, 09:44 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Hi Ron, The dealer told me that the color...

Hi Ron,

The dealer told me that the color code for Grey Linden (H18) is new for Mercedes? I've found tons of pics for Brown Linden trimmed interiors online but not the Grey Linden.
11-17-2018, 08:38 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

My order is in!

Allocation called for Feb build.

A couple of things I am still unsure of at this point that I need to research more before things get locked in are the interior trim and the wheels. On the former...
11-17-2018, 12:26 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Thanks for that visual of the night pkg! I forgot...

Thanks for that visual of the night pkg! I forgot to go to the Konfigurator site.

I definitely prefer the bright work on a black car. My S4 is configured that way and it makes it pop.

Im in...
11-17-2018, 08:33 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Good morning, looking for your feedback on...

Good morning, looking for your feedback on certain options please:

Night Package? I've ordered most of my cars in flat black. Considering Obsidian black for this one to hold back the swirl...
11-15-2018, 11:38 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Correct, however perhaps there could be a...

Correct, however perhaps there could be a distinction between Euro and NA models. One can only hope.
11-15-2018, 11:23 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I've noticed that too. I'm hoping it deletes the...

I've noticed that too. I'm hoping it deletes the faux exhaust outlets. I need to go back and re-watch the TFL video and see if anything jumps out.
11-13-2018, 11:04 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

Opinions on Airmatic?

Thoughts / opinions form those who have Airmatic?

Worth it? Or Skip it?

What's your favorite thing about it?

Does it help performance in spirited driving or is more about comfort or...
11-11-2018, 04:10 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Well put. I couldn't even tell you when I last...

Well put. I couldn't even tell you when I last used cruise control in my car. Just getting used to driving an automatic every day will be an adjustment for me as it is.
11-11-2018, 11:13 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I'm still undecided on the suspension. The E-ABC...

I'm still undecided on the suspension. The E-ABC may or may not be the bee's knees but it is cost prohibitive at $8,100. The Airmatic suspension is another unknown. I cant say I loved it in the...
11-10-2018, 11:07 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

I know where you're coming from. I already have a...

I know where you're coming from. I already have a sporty sedan. Currently looking for a nice family vehicle. It's down to GLE400 vs GLE450 vs Audi Q7 3.0T.

I;m trying to understand this E-ABC...
11-10-2018, 09:54 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

What is the use case for E-ABC? Since the pkg...

What is the use case for E-ABC? Since the pkg includes underguards is it for offroading (a luxury Benz?) Sport? or Luxury? Low riding rap videos?

My preference is for a firm / sporty ride.
11-08-2018, 01:41 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Curious how this crowd perceives the competition...

Curious how this crowd perceives the competition from the other Germans, specifically the G05 X5 and MKII Q7.

I'm not sure what to expect of this GLE and it's hard for me to handicap it to what I...
11-07-2018, 10:00 AM
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Posted By buddy0329

A couple of questions for the regulars here: ...

A couple of questions for the regulars here:

Thoughts on the merits of leather versus MB-Tex versus leather on an ordered 450? My Audi is upholstered in alcantara with only the side bolsters...
11-05-2018, 08:52 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

Fantastic! My local dealer told me this afternoon...

Fantastic! My local dealer told me this afternoon that they will be getting their allocations for the 2020 within the next day or so. He poo poo'd any notion of early 2019 deliveries and instead...
11-04-2018, 05:26 PM
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Posted By buddy0329

I've been SUV shopping and it feels like there...

I've been SUV shopping and it feels like there are many models being refreshed / redesigned between now and the next 12-18 months.

I've been hesitant to pull the trigger on the Audi Q7 even though...
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