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Old 05-13-2002, 11:21 PM
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1994(5) vs 1997 E420

Hey folks,
I am at a crossroads. I love the look of the 1997. Especially the front headlights, but I am used to my MB driving like the "king of the road"..from the 300sd to the 560sl..they drive like MB. I have been reading that the 97 e420 drives more like a honda with ALOT of pep and the older ones drive like the classic benz with lotss of power.

Please post your comments so I can begin to make up my mind.

Thanks!
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
1979 240d 170k-SOLD
2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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Old 05-13-2002, 11:57 PM
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I agree that the W210's drive more like an Acura or a Lexus than MB's of old.

The steering is much, much lighter, and so is the accelerator pedal input. The pedal feel is very light and less linear, with a lot of tip-in.

My mother has a 1999 E430, and I have to admit that I enjoy driving it very much. It's also nice having a cupholder.

My advice is to drive one of each. Nothing replaces a seat of the pants drive.

Oh, the W124's also have recirculating ball, not rack and pinion like the W210's.
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Old 05-14-2002, 08:48 AM
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Thanks Sugi and by the way..Happy Birthday! I think I noticed your name on the birthday list yesterday.

I will do my best to try out each of these cars. I have not made up my mind if I wan't to spend 20-25k on the used 420..something is telling me wait for a later model and drive a 95 for awhile. (because as I see these beautiful cars MB is manufacturing I know I will want another one in 3-5years).

Again many thanks for everybody's thoughts.
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Mountain Island Lake
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2004 VW Passat GLS TDI-50k
2006 Honda Odyssey EX-L 7k
FOR SALE 1991 300TE 228k

2003 Subaru Outback 57k Silver/Black-SOLD
2005 C230K 18k Pewter/Grey-SOLD
1997 E420 108k Black/Grey-SOLD
1986 560sl 200k Black/Palimino-SOLD
1985 300sd 340k-SOLD
1979 240d 170k-SOLD
2000 Volvo V70XC-POS couldn't sell fast enough
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Old 05-14-2002, 08:57 AM
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A merc is not a merc unelss is has an overly heavy throttle pedal hinged on the floor!
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Old 05-14-2002, 12:16 PM
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Hey, thanks for noticing it was my birthday yesterday.

I hit the big 34.
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