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Old 04-21-2001, 09:21 PM
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My M-B saleslady is so nice. She and my wife arranged for a full tank of gas and a pleasant afternoon for my 44th birthday on Friday so I could test drive one of her new C320's. It had 26 miles on it when we started.

Summary: very, very, very nice. And a bit of WOW.(!)

I should tell you that I'm not an easy person to fit into a small car. At 6'8" and ~220 lb there's a lot of body to get comfortable. The Z and 3xx series Bims are impossible, as are Miatas and similar. Remarkably, the CLK and C class fit me very well, although after an hour or so I felt that my left arm and shoulder could have used a bit more room. However, since this car would be for my wife's use more than for me, we pressed on...

...the accelerator and YEEHAH! Hey, this five speed automatic touch shift is delightful. Very smooth shifts, good transfer of power, really grabs nicely for downshifting (not the variable control of a clutch, however), and doesn't appear to have a lot of 'float' between engine speed and car speed. The car really slows down when you pull your foot off the gas.

The Bose stereo is two orders of magnitude better than previous generation (pre-'96, say) units. Still has WeatherBand.

The only thing it doesn't appear to have are heated seats. Not listed as an option.

The rack and pinion steering is very tight and precise. It's not an exceptionally powerful road rocket, but it is a very well balanced, good performing compact luxury sedan.

The stereo was enough to give my wife a good headache, and the twisty roads of northern Delaware estate country were enough to give her motion sickness. Clear benchmarks of a successful road test.

All done up sticker price of $39,000. ("Live a little.")

All the best, everyone,

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Old 04-21-2001, 09:48 PM
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I am glad your experience went well! Are you going to buy it? Let us know what is going on with that!

Heated seats are an option.
And the stereo is so clear, but not loud enough for me! I have the pre1996, 1995 actually, BOSE, and it's actually louder (maybe it's just psychological) than the S420 or my friends E430, persay. But it's a very nice stereo.

So, what's going on? Are you going to LIVE A LITTLE !?
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2003 E500 Brilliant Silver (Had 217k miles when totalled!)
1989 300E with 289,000 miles (had for <1 yr while in HI)
03 CLK 500 cabrio (Mom's)
2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
2000 C230k Sport sedans
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1995 C280 My First Mercedes-Benz... (155k miles. EXCEPTIONAL AUTOMOBILE. Was Very hard to let go of!)
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Old 04-21-2001, 11:19 PM
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How about living a tiny bit?

Well, we do need to replace Valerie's 190E. But we'll probably buy a late model C230 Kompressor or C280 when they come off lease. (Again, the nice saleslady keeps an eye out for us when we're in the market.) Just a matter of economics at this point.

Now, if we win the $2.4MM contract we are working on then maybe, just maybe, we can live a little!

All the best,

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Old 04-21-2001, 11:25 PM
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What about your wife?
Is Valerie your daughter? That'd be nice if you get that contract!! I wish you the best.
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Previous:
1993 300E 3.2L Sedan w/ close to about 300k miles
2003 E500 Brilliant Silver (Had 217k miles when totalled!)
1989 300E with 289,000 miles (had for <1 yr while in HI)
03 CLK 500 cabrio (Mom's)
2006 C230k (Dad's)
1999 S420 (Mom's/Dad's)
2000 C230k Sport sedans
2001 CLK320 Cabrio (Mom's)
1995 C280 My First Mercedes-Benz... (155k miles. EXCEPTIONAL AUTOMOBILE. Was Very hard to let go of!)
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