I had a second serious look at the 400E. I love the car but.......
It is for sale by a Mercedes dealer. They won't give me any warranty on the car Except: 5 years or 25 yards (whatever comes first) (that's the distance between the parking lot and the sidewalk). The engine has a weird sound (timing chain???) on start up and the car feels very loose (suspension/steering??). I don't feel comfortable with it. I decided to pass....
I guess I'll fix my faithfull old 260E and wait for a better deal/car.
Thanks for your comments.