Thanks Grapes11. I feel lucky to have bought this car. You ususally hear about the problems people have with their cars but my experience with this vehicle and Herb Gordon Mercedes, where it's been serviced, has been outstanding. I bought this car for my wife as a daily driver (I get to clean it, take it for servicing and drive it on long trips) and reliability was very important to me. I would definitely buy another E-class but if a cheap part had gone bad and destroyed more expensive ones, and Mercedes knew it was a common problem and ignored it, my next car would be a Lexus.
Good luck with your campaign, it's always the squeeky wheel that gets the oil.