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Advice: if you find oneThis is my wifes car,We went to get a new E class sport,Until we saw this car coming off the car trailer. We picked the car up that night . They gave us a cd changer and took $400 off.With taxes it ended being 60k
Pros: Handling and power.
Cons: CD changer in rear requires some planning.
Advice: Know your prices, there are discounts.After testing most of the top rated mid-sized SUVs, I settled on the ML. I cannot imagine who writes the negative reviews I found, because this was by far the nicest car and the best value out there. The Mercedes dealer was low pressure but high service (unlike Acura -- they wanted me to feel I was lucky to buy one!) The car feels safe, solid and luxurious, but not in a superfluous way...no useless bells and whistles, but nothing missing either. It's quiet, fast, and smooth, especially considering it is a truck-based vehicle. Our overall experience is overwhelmingly positive.
Pros: Computer and rain sensor
Cons: No automatic headlights
Advice: Be sure to bargain, they'll sell it to you for sticker if you let them.This vehicle manages to combine comfort, power and efficiency. The prior vehicle was a C280. Although a significantly smaller car, I find that the fuel economy is almost identical. But the passing and acceleration power are world's apart. And the transmission is so velvety smooth.
Pros: Keyless 'Key' Entry - Security feature/Valet Protection
Cons: Rear Seats do not allow access to the trunk to carry extra long items - EX: My Ice Hockey sticks
Advice: You really need to test drive this vehicle to find out the true performance & engineering features.I always thought Mercedes Benz vehicles were way overpriced. A friend of mine, who is a Auto Mechanic recommended that I Seriously take a look at the E Class. The major advantage over the competition is the engine has no Timing Belt! Plus it is easier to work on for regular maintenance. With the above in mind, I decided to test drive the E-320 V-6 engine. Without ever taking it for a ride on the Freeway, I knew and could feel the response of the V-6 engine. All the comfort features and then some are found in this Mercedes Class. I always have wanted a Luxury Sedan but have the feel & look of a performance car! This is the complete package. 5 Passenger Luxury Sedan with many technological safety features, such as side window curtain air-bags. The driver has everything he/she needs at their fingertips. The 2003 model will be redesigned, I would wait to see what the changes are going to be. I highly recommend the 2002 Model E-320! It will be my 41st Birthday gift to myself!
Pros: Kompressor Super-charged engine
Advice: Test drive it and buy it.On a whim, I test drove the Mercedes C230 Coupe on Easter Sunday, after seeing that hip, carefree commercial one too many times. Within 2 hours, I drove home in the C230. If you want most of the features of a $70,000 car for under $30,000, the C230 Coupe is an ideal choice. The doors are bank-vault solid, the engine is smooth and powerful, the panorama sunroof a perfect alternative to a convertible. My 5-year-old daughter loves this car and I feel safer, knowing that this sports coupe is equipped with 8 airbags standard. My wife steals it at every opportunity as a welcome contrast to the family wagon, a 1999 Ford Explorer Sport. The ride of the C230 is very smooth thanks to the independent suspension. What you notice immediately is the solid, heavy, sure-footed feel you get behind the wheel. This is controlled, balanced power in a solid chassis. Brakes and handling are not compromised. Acceleration is excellent and even at 100mph, the car is rock steady. The hatchback is ideal for weekend getaways or simple errands around town. Other luxury features abound, such as automatic, light-activated headlights, rain sensors which increase the wiper speed as the rainfall increases, radio controls on the steering wheel, dual-climate controls. Even sitting in traffic is stress-free thanks to the excellent sound-proofing, quality sound system and ventilation system. When freeways or wide streets open up, it's irresistible to hit the accelerator and feel the powerful Kompressor supercharger kick in all 192 horsepower. This is exactly the same engine as the $41,000 SLK230. It looks, drives and feels expensive, but it isn't when compared to other cars in its class. I cannot keep any car longer than 2 years, but the C230 Kompressor has finally tamed my car wander lust for at least the length of its 4 year, 50,000 mile warranty. I owned 6 Saabs before this car and am now a convert to the Mercedes Benz stable. Mercedes took a chance on this radical design and finally opened up their product line to entry level luxury buyers with this attractive price point. Test drive it and buy it. You won't be disappointed.
Pros: Smoothest cruise control ever.
Cons: Car does not respond instantly when accererating.
Advice: Thorough test drive.Accelerates and handles extremely well at highway speeds. Poor acceleration, rough transmission shifts at low speeds.Defrosters do not clear fogged windows quickly.
Pros: GREAT car for the money.
Advice: For a really sporty look, do the wheel package. At $750, a bargain.What really surprised me was the quickness--and my last car was a Cadillac STS. I'm not saying this little coupe is that fast, but it's surprisingly quick. I think to experience it best you need the 6-speed manual. (In fact, if ever a car was MADE to be a stick, this is it.) The look grows on you, and grows on you. Inside, it just feels classy. I kept thinking, I'm really going to get this car for under $30,000? I better get it before they change their minds. Surprisingly good room in the back seats--not for BIG people--but better than you'd think. My biggest concern came when I looked at the trunk and wondered how I'd get my golf clubs in. But they answered that with the split fold-down seats. The wheel package really adds the finishing touch to the sport feeling.