It does everything I had previously read about an E350...quiet, relaxed, refined and effortless in the way it covers distance in serene quiet and comfort. 70 mph is barely 1700rpm, 2000 rpm = 85 mph, and even then there is no wind or road noise. I agree the 7Spd auto is slow witted at times, it hesitates momentarily on occasions before changing gear. Mercedes really should do something about this; it spoils a great car needlessly. The 3.0 Litre V6 diesels is a gem, much quieter and smoother than the 4 pot engines. It purrs on tick over and suits the car perfectly... or purrfectly.... power delivery is linear and the torque makes quick work of hauling the car swiftly, safely on overtaking moves. It’s no B road hot rod. If you want to hustle on B roads go buy a Golf GTI, or you will be disappointed. This is a big comfy quiet cruiser, its natural home is long distances on motorways or fast A roads. The seats are large, supportive and comfortable. Servicing costs are helped by taking out a service plan as a B service (25,000 mls) comes in at around £350+. Rear tyres (265/35 R18) last around 22,000 miles and at £175 each (Dunlop) are only £20 more than those for a Ford Focus titanium. I’ve covered 15,000 miles in 9 months, and loved every moment. On starting that V6 hum, then the leather heated seats and the Harmon -Kardon upgrade hi-fi will soon relax the stress of a hectic day from you. Would I recommend one? Yes? Would i have another?... most definitely!
The best car I have bought yet. I went for the manual option and the sport version of the E250 saloon. It still does great mpg. I have only done 10,000 miles since purchase and the average for those miles with mainly urban driving is 37mpg. On the motorway we have had 53mpg out of it without having to drive strangely. The build quality is excellent. I also opted for built in rear child seats (superb) and rear seats that can drop down to extend the boot. Both options were well worth the cost. I also opted for a DAB radio, again well worth the cost although I can't understand why the radio only receives BBC radio stations.
The ride quality is obviously a little bumpier as this is the sport version but still nothing that you'd really notice and worth it for the better look of the vehicle.
The purchase experience itself was pretty poor until I complained and was finally personally handled by the regional manager. Then things picked up and were as they should be when buying a car of this value.
I would totally recommend this car and will be hanging on to it for some time. This will be the kiss of death of course but apart from the fact that it was useless in the snow, I haven't had a single problem with it.
I have owned, Audis (TT and A4), a Mazda and a Ford SMAX previously and this car just pips the TT as the best I have bought.
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Even after 8 months I still look forward to driving this car. The handling is superb, the 8 speed gearbox a dream. There is a bit of lag when you…