2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E500 V8 from North America
The best car for the money
Door seal came off frame. Wear starting to show on driver's side B pillar fabric.
I bought this car in 06 and was debating between it and the Infiniti FX 45 at the time. I think its design has aged much better than the Infiniti's, and still looks gorgeous.
I enjoy driving it immensely. I love its interior. This was a major factor in my decision to purchase it. It has a beautiful cabin. Everything is well laid out and accessible. The only cavil I has is the leather is not very supple. It's finish is of a high quality to be sure but my Jaguar's leather makes this stuff feel like sandpaper. (As did my only BMW 750's, and I recall the FX45's I drove had much softer leather as well...)
The ride quality is engaging, but this is no sports car. Get an E55 if you want to take turns at speed without leaning over in your seat.
I have had many issues with aftermarket stereo modifications. I would recommend employing an installer with previous Mercedes experience if you intend to do such upgrades. It will save you much frustration in the long run.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th January, 2009
Early w211 cars are nightmares. Quality improved a bit since 2006, but still nowhere near LEXUS...
Like the last comment, the Lexus LS series are still way more reliable than the Benz. Yes, the Benz has some great finishing, but after my personal comparison, the LS was ahead.