I have noticed that I don't get tailgaters when I am driving my diesel. Even at stop lights, people tend to hang back a bit, so you're never being "pushed" to go faster. On the note of acceleration. My neighbors own a 1991 Audi 100 5cyl, and recently my wife and my neighbors wife went for a drive in our Benz. My wife let her drive it. She said she could not believe how quickly the car got up to 60 mph, considering it's size and that it is a diesel. She said it seemed to go faster than their Audi. When you lean into the accelerator and that turbo spools up, you know it. Not that it's neck snapping, but if you're not expecting it, it sneaks up on you.
1994 MB E320 Coupe (199,500 mi)
1992 MB 190E 2.6 (173,000 mi)
1983 Porsche 911SC (148,000 mi)
2004 Volvo V70 2.5T (198,000 mi)
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