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09-09-2011, 01:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,713
Posted By E550Shopper

Have the same problem on my W211 and now on my...

Have the same problem on my W211 and now on my W212 as well. The W211 was a 5G as well, so it's not limited to the 7G's. This "feature" is probably worse on my W212 -- on the W211, I was at least...
07-30-2011, 11:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,889
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks guys. Good to know it's not anything I've...

Thanks guys. Good to know it's not anything I've done.

K-A: The transmission kick on my W211 was pretty bad, and that was a five speed. I was able to make it go away by changing my driving...
07-30-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,889
Posted By E550Shopper

Failure to Break-in Properly?

I got my E550 about two weeks ago now, and I'm around 500 miles. Probably about 2/3 of those 500 miles have come on the highway, with about half of those 2/3 coming in stop-and-go highway traffic. ...
07-24-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks again for the compliments guys... On...

Thanks again for the compliments guys...

On the rims: I wouldn't mind going to 19, but I'm still enjoying the novelty of the car as it is. I'll probably wait until that wears off, then go wheel...
07-23-2011, 11:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks RJC -- hopefully your order turns out as...

Thanks RJC -- hopefully your order turns out as well as mine, only faster. I'll probably get around to taking some exterior shots at some point.

I got tints, but otherwise no immediate mods...
07-23-2011, 09:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks hyperion! You'll love the headliner. ...

Thanks hyperion! You'll love the headliner. It's hard to fully appreciate it in pictures -- it's kind of a tactile thing. Good luck with the rest of your wait. :-)
07-23-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks guys! Just to be clear, I'm very happy...

Thanks guys! Just to be clear, I'm very happy with the car and at least for me, I would rather have the designo options than not. I'm more so making a statement about the value for the particular...
07-23-2011, 05:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,885
Posted By E550Shopper

Need more than this?

Need more than this?
07-23-2011, 05:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Here's a few interior shots. Exterior looks...

Here's a few interior shots.

Exterior looks pretty much like every other gray / black E, at least in photos. Hard to get a feel for Platinum Black in pictures.
07-23-2011, 05:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,885
Posted By E550Shopper

I'll oblige...

I'll oblige...
07-23-2011, 11:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,197
Posted By E550Shopper

Got my new 2011 E550: P2, designo Platinum Black / Black Interior

Picked up my new 2011 E550 Sport last week -- originally ordered in February, with the interior and exterior designo packages. Also got P2, driver assistance, parktronic, drive-dynamic seat, wood...
Forum: W211 AMG
07-17-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2,290
Views: 268,275
Posted By E550Shopper

Admittedly I didn't read this whole thread, but I...

Admittedly I didn't read this whole thread, but I might have a winner here among all the poser sightings...

My wife and I were driving earlier today, and as we passed a certain car on the road, my...
07-10-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

While not completely clear from the OP, it's...

While not completely clear from the OP, it's clear enough reading between the lines that I've already ordered it. I'm looking to get a price check because upon receipt of the car, the listed MSRP is...
07-10-2011, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

Has anyone here ordered designo in the last few months?

Designo (interior in particular) became available on the E in the US in mid-Feb or so. Did anyone here place an order for it? I was under the impression that the entire interior package (including...
07-06-2011, 10:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,601
Posted By E550Shopper

Tracking New Car Shipments

Does anyone know if the Wallenius Wilhelmsen tracking site will track your car all the way to the dealership, or just to the U.S. port when it gets dropped off?
07-04-2011, 10:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,984
Posted By E550Shopper

Ditto -- I had a dealer once tell me 3% are...

Ditto -- I had a dealer once tell me 3% are E550's.
06-01-2011, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,822
Posted By E550Shopper

You can get both these options. You can...

You can get both these options. You can configure it this way on mbusa.com. I've ordered my car this way as well.
06-01-2011, 10:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 60,711
Posted By E550Shopper

The cushioning on the leather seats feels softer...

The cushioning on the leather seats feels softer to me than the MB Tex -- I've heard others make the same comment. Sit in both and see if you feel a difference.

You might also want to consider...
05-21-2011, 08:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,312
Posted By E550Shopper

See original post regarding the other threads.......

See original post regarding the other threads....

When designo was first announced in February, the word on the 2011's was no leather dash. But, in mid-March, the dealer info was updated to say...
05-20-2011, 10:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,312
Posted By E550Shopper

2011 E550 vs 2012 CLS

I've got a 2011 E550 on order with designo options, and I'm interested in comparing to the 2012 CLS. Can you guys help me put together a list of some of the differences?

- Direct injection on CLS...
03-07-2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,164
Posted By E550Shopper

It's my understanding that MSRP is 7% over...

It's my understanding that MSRP is 7% over invoice. So, at $2500 under MSRP, you're pretty much around $1K over invoice. That's not too bad, though you could probably do better if you really wanted...
03-04-2011, 04:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,710
Posted By E550Shopper

You're right on the codes for steering and...

You're right on the codes for steering and headliner.

As far as I know, pricing isn't in the system for the interiors, however dealers should have a PDF from MBUSA that lists them. I believe they...
03-01-2011, 12:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,400
Posted By E550Shopper

I don't claim to know everything there is to know...

I don't claim to know everything there is to know about ordering up and building an E. But, I'd be shocked if the luxury interiors were not available for some reason.

Nevertheless, if you asked...
02-28-2011, 11:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

ghaffar: SDMF can comment as well, but it's my...

ghaffar: SDMF can comment as well, but it's my understanding that heated wheel is *not* available in combination with wood/leather wheel on the E. If you get designo, you'll get the wood wheel as...
02-28-2011, 11:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,400
Posted By E550Shopper

Yes -- my point is that you're almost certainly...

Yes -- my point is that you're almost certainly going to get a gray headliner, because that's what comes with Luxury. Just like if you had ordered Almond, you'd get an Almond headliner with Almond...
02-28-2011, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,400
Posted By E550Shopper

BudC: In light of your claim on the other...

BudC: In light of your claim on the other thread, are you expecting a black or gray headliner with that black interior luxury car?
02-27-2011, 03:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,710
Posted By E550Shopper

Yeah, so the designo interior "package" comes...

Yeah, so the designo interior "package" comes with the designo leather seats, designo trim, black alcantara headliner (and only black as far as I know), wood/leather steering wheel with trim to match...
02-27-2011, 03:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,576
Posted By E550Shopper

Just so we're on the same page: "Mocha" is...

Just so we're on the same page: "Mocha" is probably never an option, though it will show up on a proper build sheet. The color scheme is "Almond / Mocha", i.e. the seats, door inserts, door panels,...
02-27-2011, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,576
Posted By E550Shopper

Hm, I don't know. Luxury models have never been...

Hm, I don't know. Luxury models have never been configurable on the E's on MBUSA.com, as far as I know. It's only ever been Sport options. This isn't true of Sport/Luxury only -- there are a...
02-27-2011, 10:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,576
Posted By E550Shopper

Actually, you can get interiors of all one light...

Actually, you can get interiors of all one light color, but only on the "Luxury" models. Unfortunately dealerships often don't stock these -- they stock the Sport models, which have the two-tone...
02-26-2011, 11:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,710
Posted By E550Shopper

Designo Available Now in U.S.

Here are the details, as far as I understand them:

All exterior paint options in the below configurator are available -- price is $2300.

All interior colors *except* Granite and Porcelain are...
02-26-2011, 11:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,071
Posted By E550Shopper

Car ordered...the wait begins...

Got my car all ordered up: E550W4, Designo Platinum Black, Designo Black seats, Designo Piano Black trim, Black Alcantara headliner, wood/leather wheel, P2, driver assistance, drive-dynamic seat,...
02-23-2011, 11:52 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 14,437
Posted By E550Shopper

220S: That PDF is super interesting. Note...

220S: That PDF is super interesting. Note though that since the E hasn't been tested on the 2011 NHTSA standard, they've filled in the average car's values for the NHTSA tests. So, if you...
02-23-2011, 11:39 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 14,437
Posted By E550Shopper

Somewhere above it seemed like someone expressed...

Somewhere above it seemed like someone expressed surprise that the E would outsell the C given that the E is more expensive. But my guess is that the 3-series crushes the C in sales, such that (3 +...
02-23-2011, 11:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By E550Shopper

Nola: You're right in that you get known cash...

Nola: You're right in that you get known cash flows out of the lease, and a lease is less risky than a purchase. But, at least on average, these known cash flows have to be worse than some...
02-22-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By E550Shopper

"Just to state on the contrary, there are people...

"Just to state on the contrary, there are people here who have posted RIDICULOUS Lease deals, that seem like Dealer giveaways more than anything."

Fair enough, though who knows what prices they...
02-22-2011, 11:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By E550Shopper

I have a hard time believing that leasing ends up...

I have a hard time believing that leasing ends up being a better deal in the long run, unless you really, really understand the leasing process. Even then, trying to accurately forecast the...
02-21-2011, 09:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,632
Posted By E550Shopper

So what's this all about?

So what's this all about?
02-21-2011, 09:16 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,312
Posted By E550Shopper

Looks sweet! I'm in the process of building a...

Looks sweet! I'm in the process of building a similar car, but it'll still be different enough. :)

I assume by "front" tinted 80%, you mean the windshield, not the driver / passenger front side...
02-20-2011, 02:50 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 14,437
Posted By E550Shopper

So, I also agree that the the interior finish on...

So, I also agree that the the interior finish on the E is a bit lacking for a 60K car. That said, it's still pretty nice.

I had a question for those who prefer the F10's interior: If you compare...
02-20-2011, 11:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,531
Posted By E550Shopper

Anyone here have Nightview?

Had a Nightview question: Does it come on automatically in certain circumstances? Or do you have to turn it on yourself if you want to use it? If it does come on automatically, can you switch back...
02-20-2011, 10:57 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

I see you've got the pano roof with the...

I see you've got the pano roof with the Alcantara. How does this work: When you close the sunroof entirely (i.e., both shut and cover the glass) does it close with that mesh fabric that comes on a...
02-17-2011, 11:29 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

Ok, thanks. What's your take on the feel of the...

Ok, thanks. What's your take on the feel of the Designo leather vs. regular leather? I'm considering going with the Black Designo leather, even though I kind of hate the white piping, because (a)...
02-16-2011, 11:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

Alright, Designo interiors are finally available...

Alright, Designo interiors are finally available in the U.S. now as well!

Question for you: In some of the Designo configurators, it looks like the glove box and other parts of the front interior...
02-13-2011, 09:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 660
Posted By E550Shopper

Still no Designo info?

Designo options (beyond just exterior paint) for U.S. W212's were supposed to be released this month. Has anyone heard anything?
02-13-2011, 01:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 39,515
Posted By E550Shopper

Regular Black vs. Obsidian Black (Metallic)?

Any perspectives on whether it's worth the additional $720 to get the metallic version of black on the E550?
02-11-2011, 09:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,492
Posted By E550Shopper

Agreed with the poster who said black leather w/...

Agreed with the poster who said black leather w/ burl reminds me of black suit with brown belt. To me the black leather w/ blash ash is pretty classy.

I'm going to buy an E550 shortly, and what...
01-18-2011, 10:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 840
Posted By E550Shopper

I've got a 2007 E350 4M, bought in June w/ 50K...

I've got a 2007 E350 4M, bought in June w/ 50K miles. This is basically the same as what you're considering. I paid just over 27K.

I'm liking my car so far, but initially I experienced a common...
01-17-2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

Ah wow, just the regular black ash, huh? Looks...

Ah wow, just the regular black ash, huh? Looks really glossy, hence the guess of black piano lacquer. Looks like anthracite is black, yes?

Still, what's the last pic in your original post?

"I...
01-17-2011, 06:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

Actually that's a fantastic question -- can you...

Actually that's a fantastic question -- can you get ventilated seating with designo leather? Doesn't look like you have it on this car but don't know if that's a Canada thing or a Designo thing --...
01-17-2011, 01:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

And is the headliner gray or black?

And is the headliner gray or black?
01-17-2011, 01:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,897
Posted By E550Shopper

This is awesome. Can you tell us exactly which...

This is awesome. Can you tell us exactly which options you have here? Looks like alcantara headliner, Designo leather (obviously), black piano lacquer trim w/ wood wheel...do you have the leather...
01-07-2011, 10:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,754
Posted By E550Shopper

Genesis only comes in rear-wheel drive, so if you...

Genesis only comes in rear-wheel drive, so if you want AWD, it's out.

For me, I've never really liked the Audi interiors, though the new A8L is gorgeous. The A6 is also kind of an older car,...
12-31-2010, 08:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks man. Don't suppose you remember any more...

Thanks man. Don't suppose you remember any more details? In particular, I think Designo exterior paints have been available for quite some time, but it's my understanding that interiors won't be...
12-29-2010, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 819
Posted By E550Shopper

Any US Designo Updates?

Apparently come February, MB will have some better Designo options available. About a month back I tried to find some more detailed info, but didn't have much success. Was wondering if any of you...
Forum: W212 AMG
12-18-2010, 10:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,075
Posted By E550Shopper

Excuse my ignorance, but what's "CF"?

Excuse my ignorance, but what's "CF"?
12-18-2010, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,616
Posted By E550Shopper

U.S. Designo Configurator?

Can anyone tell me if this is a U.S. designo configurator? Not clear to me, but they do spell it "colour" which suggests UK or Canada. On the other hand, usually ".com" domain name means U.S.
...
12-18-2010, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By E550Shopper

pb12 (or any others for that matter): Any...

pb12 (or any others for that matter): Any updates here?
12-05-2010, 11:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,306
Posted By E550Shopper

If you believe Edmunds (insideline.com),...

If you believe Edmunds (insideline.com), real-world gas mileage on the E550 (19.3) blows away the 550i (16-ish). The 550 is not supposed to be substantially worse than the 350. I currently get...
11-30-2010, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By E550Shopper

Great. Please keep us posted with anything you...

Great. Please keep us posted with anything you might find out.
11-30-2010, 09:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,594
Posted By E550Shopper

You almost certainly have Luxury styling...

You almost certainly have Luxury styling available in Canada. It may be called "Luxury", or "Avantgarde", or "Elegance", or just "Non-sport". But you've almost certainly got it. Sport may be...
11-29-2010, 10:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Posted By E550Shopper

I've been trying to figure these things out for...

I've been trying to figure these things out for the past couple of weeks. It's pretty hard to find out anything, and I've been getting conflicting answers from different dealerships.

For...
11-29-2010, 10:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,594
Posted By E550Shopper

Great question. I can't speak for the Canadian...

Great question. I can't speak for the Canadian S212, but I know how this works for the U.S. W212, and I suspect it's similar.

On the U.S. W212, whether you get the Almond headliner or Black...
11-28-2010, 04:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,000
Posted By E550Shopper

Zinny -- Didn't you order your car already? ...

Zinny -- Didn't you order your car already?

I'd say stick with what you got. Who knows when the TT will be actually be available. They say MY2012, but does that mean you can order in Sept/Oct...
11-27-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,000
Posted By E550Shopper

Probably going to order a new E in February, for...

Probably going to order a new E in February, for May/June delivery. But maybe I should wait for this....
11-23-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,570
Posted By E550Shopper

I remember seeing this claim about Y80 on another...

I remember seeing this claim about Y80 on another thread, but not really sure I understand it. What about Y80 (or P34) needs to be "certified"?

And, even if it does need to be certified somehow,...
11-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,570
Posted By E550Shopper

alsyli -- That's consistent with what a dealer...

alsyli -- That's consistent with what a dealer here told me. Here's what I'm still trying to figure out:

(1) Does Feb 2011 *really* mean Feb 2011, or will it get pushed back to March, then April,...
11-22-2010, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,726
Posted By E550Shopper

Where can I read up on this "facelift"? And is...

Where can I read up on this "facelift"? And is it for MY2012? So those cars probably aren't available for a year or so?
11-21-2010, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,570
Posted By E550Shopper

Anyone order Designo in U.S.?

Has anyone here ordered Designo options in the US? No details are available on MBUSA.com, at all, but the website and the brochure say it's an option. I'm considering the following config on an...
11-21-2010, 04:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,231
Posted By E550Shopper

Poll! Interior Color Choice

Trying to decide on an interior color, and was wondering what most people have:

(1) Cashmere (Beige) Seats w/ Savannah (Brown) Dash
(2) Gray Seats w/ Dark Gray Dash
(3) Sahara (Cream) Seats w/...
11-21-2010, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,010
Posted By E550Shopper

Oh, but it is an option! It's available via...

Oh, but it is an option! It's available via special order. It's not shown on MBUSA.com -- just like many other options -- but it's in the dealers' computer systems.
11-21-2010, 02:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,317
Posted By E550Shopper

Agree with above -- this sounds fishy. Not many...

Agree with above -- this sounds fishy. Not many people are going to want this car, they should be bending over backward to accomodate you. Not even sure why they've stocked it, unless someone...
11-20-2010, 09:37 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,077
Posted By E550Shopper

Anyone have Steel Gray *Luxury* with Almond/Mocha interior?

Just trying to decide on color choices now for a new E550 order. Options are:

Steel Gray Luxury w/ Almond/Mocha interior
Steel Gray Luxury w/ Black interior
Steel Gray Sport w/ Black interior...
11-17-2010, 09:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 12,413
Posted By E550Shopper

Slightly confused here on the safety -- is the...

Slightly confused here on the safety -- is the leather dash really less safe somehow?

And anyone know what the options are in the US?

The dash in the pics from MB_FanAddict -- is that black, or...
11-16-2010, 12:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,751
Posted By E550Shopper

E550 = Gas Sipper?

Was reading Edmunds' comparison of E550 vs. 550i vs. Jag XF, and they noted that the E crushed both in terms of realized gas mileage. So I thought I'd look up a few other cars from Inside Line's...
11-14-2010, 10:50 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 30,815
Posted By E550Shopper

USAA is military / veterans only, yes?

USAA is military / veterans only, yes?
11-14-2010, 09:56 PM
Replies: 312
Views: 30,815
Posted By E550Shopper

Lots of leases here -- wonder why that is. Never...

Lots of leases here -- wonder why that is. Never really considered it much. Seems to me like there are too many degrees of freedom, easy way for the dealer to play games and rip you off.

Any...
11-14-2010, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,729
Posted By E550Shopper

"According to MB, the steering ratio on both is...

"According to MB, the steering ratio on both is the same. " -- Which of the four comparisons are you referring to as "both" here? :-) 350/550?
11-14-2010, 01:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,729
Posted By E550Shopper

That's awesome Tjdehya, thanks. It was certainly...

That's awesome Tjdehya, thanks. It was certainly at low speeds that I most noticed the steering issue.
11-14-2010, 11:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,729
Posted By E550Shopper

Arrie -- A couple of things: It felt like...

Arrie -- A couple of things: It felt like relatively little force from my hands would turn the wheel, and secondly, it felt like you had to turn a full quarter or half turn of the wheel to move the...
11-14-2010, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,729
Posted By E550Shopper

Steering: 350 vs. 550, 4M vs. RWD, Luxury vs. Sport, W211 vs. W212

One thing that's troubled me *slightly* in test drives is that the steering on several of the 550 4M Sport's is that it's seemed too loose for me. I'm coming from a '07 350 4M Luxury. I'm not sure...
11-14-2010, 07:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

Fair enough, colors are subjective. :-) Here are...

Fair enough, colors are subjective. :-) Here are some more objective questions that get more to the heart of what I'm trying to decide:

(1) For those who have it / have seen it in the real world,...
11-13-2010, 10:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

Considering this color combo -- thoughts?

Someone posted a link to this review earlier -- just so happens to be the config I'm considering. In particular, the E5504M Luxury w/ Almond / Mocha interior and wood steering, and (possibly) the...
11-13-2010, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,168
Posted By E550Shopper

Is this interior here almond (more white) or...

Is this interior here almond (more white) or beige (more brown)? Considering getting an E550 Luxury w/ Almond/Mocha interior and wood steering, but undecided on exterior color. Leaning toward...
11-12-2010, 09:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

I think this is a consequence of an unfortunate...

I think this is a consequence of an unfortunate naming convention.

"Presafe" is the feature that will closer your windows / sunroof, pretension your seatbelts, etc., if it thinks you're about to...
11-12-2010, 07:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,081
Posted By E550Shopper

Pretty sure the answer's no. You need the...

Pretty sure the answer's no. You need the distronic radar tech in the car, I'd think.
11-12-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By E550Shopper

Btw, is the heated steering wheel also a wood...

Btw, is the heated steering wheel also a wood wheel? Can you get both? And if so, is it $500 for each?
11-12-2010, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By E550Shopper

Ah, sweet! I also found this form, which seems...

Ah, sweet! I also found this form, which seems to indicate Heated Steering is indeed an option:
...
11-12-2010, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By E550Shopper

I actually answered my own question on #4 last...

I actually answered my own question on #4 last night -- the paper brochure has several E550 luxury models pictured. (Who says those things aren't useful!)

Can you elaborate a bit on the "flat...
11-12-2010, 08:28 AM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Try this: For me, I've seen this come up most...

Try this: For me, I've seen this come up most often when I give my '07 350 a fair bit of gas, then either let up quickly (giving it no gas), or worse, brake. If you're doing this, instead try just...
11-12-2010, 08:26 AM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Didn't buy the car yet, so don't have a manual....

Didn't buy the car yet, so don't have a manual. :)

But sounds like it does work as expected -- thanks guys!

Sweet video by the way...
11-11-2010, 10:37 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Questions on a few options

Getting ready to order a new E -- wanted to get some thoughts / advice on a few options.

Here's the config so far: E550 4MATIC, Palladium Silver, Almond interior, Burl Walnut Trim, P2, Driver...
11-11-2010, 09:58 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Just got back from test-driving the 350 and 550...

Just got back from test-driving the 350 and 550 back to back. Certainly seems to me like there's a big difference. (Probably) about to buy an E here soon, and am leaning toward the 550.
11-11-2010, 09:57 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Presafe *Brake* when not using Distronic?

I've asked two salesmen this question, and got conflicting / unclear answers.

Basically, I'm trying to figure out if the "Presafe BRAKE" feature -- i..e., the component that will brake for you if...
11-10-2010, 09:47 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

How many CD's on music register?

How many CD's can you store on the music register? It's 6GB, yes? So, I figure, if they're uncompressed, maybe only 10 -- if it compresses them to MP3, maybe more like 100?
11-10-2010, 03:38 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

No worries -- and I'll probably keep challenging...

No worries -- and I'll probably keep challenging you a bit for the next few days, at least until I make up my mind for sure. :-) Mostly playing devil's advocate, but in any case, enjoying the...
11-10-2010, 03:20 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Well, for starters, you're confusing two...

Well, for starters, you're confusing two different data sources -- crash test data, and insurance claims data. The comment of mine that you reference is in regard to the insurance claims data.
11-10-2010, 09:47 AM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Well, unfortunately, the same is true for the PDF...

Well, unfortunately, the same is true for the PDF you linked to yesterday. :)

As far as I've been able to tell, there's no real-life statistical data available yet on the W212. All we have are...
11-09-2010, 11:15 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Fair point on the comparison within the Luxury...

Fair point on the comparison within the Luxury class at least helping to control for driving style.

The IIHS article you cite is great. Though, it's worth noting that the new E gets fairly worse...
11-09-2010, 10:40 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

So, most cars haven't been tested yet on the 2011...

So, most cars haven't been tested yet on the 2011 standard -- E included. So, I generally look at the 2010 data (and prior when necessary). And there, E is (essentially) the worst by the NHTSA...
11-09-2010, 03:01 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

This is awesome K-A, thanks. Again, I'll reply...

This is awesome K-A, thanks. Again, I'll reply in more detail later tonight.

For now though, the remaining question on these stats is, to what extent do they convolute driving style with crash...
11-09-2010, 12:58 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Will have some more time to respond in detail...

Will have some more time to respond in detail later tonight, but in the meantime: K-A, I tried google for fatality stats by model, without much luck. Got any good references?
11-08-2010, 10:23 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

E-Class Safety Overrated?

As mentioned on a couple of other threads, I'm looking for a new car, and E is at (or at least near) the top of my list. However, I've recently become a little hung up on the car's safety -- crash...
11-08-2010, 09:59 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks guys -- really helpful today,...

Thanks guys -- really helpful today, LaicepsYdobon (https://mbworld.org/forums/members/65567-laicepsydobon.html) in particular.

LaicepsYdobon...
11-08-2010, 09:52 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

I'm kind of sour on the interior of the 5/7...

I'm kind of sour on the interior of the 5/7 series. Maybe I'm being unfair though?

Will certainly give a closer look to the 5.
11-08-2010, 10:20 AM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Got some time to read a few more threads here. ...

Got some time to read a few more threads here. Seems like there are occasional complaints of "issues" with these cars, particularly with the E550's, but not many concrete references to problems in...
11-08-2010, 10:17 AM
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Posted By E550Shopper

In thinking about it, I'd guess that in going...

In thinking about it, I'd guess that in going from an '11 E550 to an '08 S550 would be a reasonably big downgrade in technology, yes?

If I planned to have rear seat passengers more often, I'd lean...
11-07-2010, 10:51 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks -- I remember seeing that comment of yours...

Thanks -- I remember seeing that comment of yours on the 4matic steering on another thread.

As for S vs. E -- would be happy to hear people's take on what makes the S worth the extra money,...
11-07-2010, 10:29 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks guys. I'll certainly give some thought to...

Thanks guys. I'll certainly give some thought to the CPO S550. Emauss, on the A8L, what specifically did you dislike in the test?
11-07-2010, 09:50 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Thanks reckrab -- very useful. Both the 750 and...

Thanks reckrab -- very useful. Both the 750 and the A8L have a similar thing with a diagram of the car on the LCD screen, broken down into 6 or 8 sections, each of which can light up...
11-07-2010, 09:20 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Considering buying a new E...

I'm looking at new cars, and leaning toward the W212. Been reading many of the threads here, and people seem generally happy with it.

I had a number of questions that I was hoping I could get...
11-07-2010, 08:45 PM
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Views: 7,847
Posted By E550Shopper

Is this common in the W212?

Is this common in the W212?
11-07-2010, 08:29 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

Similar deal on my 2007 CPO E350 w/ 50K miles --...

Similar deal on my 2007 CPO E350 w/ 50K miles -- told it's normal by the MB techs.
11-07-2010, 07:14 PM
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Posted By E550Shopper

I've experienced similar issues on the '07E...

I've experienced similar issues on the '07E 4MATIC (5-speed) I bought with 50K miles on it. It tends to happen when I give it a lot of throttle, then either brake or ease up on the gas. There's...
11-07-2010, 06:36 PM
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Views: 4,335
Posted By E550Shopper

S550 vs. A8L, S550 vs. E550

I'm looking to make a decision on a new car purchase over the next couple of weeks, was hoping to get some insight from the forums here.

I've more or less narrowed it down to S550, A8L, and E550. ...
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