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11-10-2003, 07:09 PM
One year and 12k miles later I have no regrets. This was my first Benz and I wanted to test this model since I was considering an E55. After driving "stick shifts" the last 20 years the traffic congestion and stop and go traffic made the "fun" of pumping a clutch untenable. I've owned several late model BMW's but with the exception of my last M5, they all had reliability and build quality issues. This E500 has been a delightful surprise. No issues, very good performance, great interior and dynamite sound system. I did not like any pre 03 Benz models. They made great changes in their latest models. The downside to the E500 is that the "bank vault type luxury" comes at the expense of road feel which contributes to the "fun factor". However, you can set the adjustable suspension to the stiffest setting and still get a "sporty" feel. I would highly recommend minimizing ordering any electonic type options on any first year german car. I didn't even activate my SRS and have had no problems to date.

11-10-2003, 07:15 PM
My only problem with it is a lack of a stick shift. I once thought I could live without a stickshift so I bought a Jaguar XK8 coupe. I loved the car, but I really needed a stick shift to get full enjoyment out of it.

If I were in a high traffic situation though, I would prefer an automatic, and the current Mercedes E class certainly looks much better than the Bangled designs coming from BMW.

Do you have any pics of your E?<br>

11-10-2003, 07:50 PM
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11-11-2003, 10:50 AM

11-11-2003, 11:28 AM
mis-time the lights to give the impression of big-city traffic!

I'm heading into town there in the next couple of weeks to have Joe do my inspection.<br><img src="" height=126 width=199>

11-12-2003, 11:07 PM

11-12-2003, 11:47 PM

2003 BMW 540i 6-speed, Sterling Gray/Black
Dallas, Texas, by way of Laguna Beach (hometown)
M5 Bumpers w/Style-37 18" M-Parallel Wheels
Digital Sound, Sunshades, 30% Window Tint
Eisenmann Exhaust ('High-Performance' version)
CDVectomy, UUC Short Shifter, Hardwired V1 Radar

Retired: 2001 530i, 1997 SL500 Sport, 2000 328Ci 5-speed,
1993 400E, 1987 325 5-speed (first car, started the Roundel fever)

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11-14-2003, 10:37 PM
In my eyes, its not everyday you can appreciate high performace "sports" aspects - i think 90% of the time you will enjoy more of the comfort/convenience of a car. this is why I am selling my M3 - got to have real fun 5% of the time, otherwise 50% of the time, I was uncomfortable in some way... 5% vs 50%...

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