2003 MercedesBenz E500 Four Seasons Test & Review Automobile Magazine

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Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211

2003 Mercedes-Benz E500 Seasons Test

Historically, the that has made Mercedes-Benz so celebrated over their history has not been luxury or or value; it’s been Mercedes-Benz seems to have let down by its engineers lately. days, advanced automotive takes the form of increasingly electronics and proliferating computer These advanced electronics, have brought more than hosannas to the three-pointed Electronic glitches have the brand’s quality reputation, the fact that its cars are capable than ever.

In our drives of the new E-class, for instance, it impressed us-much more its predecessor. The V-8-powered version, the was particularly seductive. But we approached our test with some Would the E’s appeal or would problems with complex electronics overwhelm the experience?

Besides issues of reliability, also the sense of remoteness and that computers and electronics can The E500 certainly puts a lot of between the driver and the car’s what with its electronic system (SBC), variable-effort steering, and three-position selectable rates for the air suspension. These did provoke some grumbling our test drivers. Ultimately, the electronics were neither enough nor intrusive enough to the car’s innate goodness.

We should tackle the reliability first, because it’s settled. During the course of miles, we had a seat sensor go which caused the SRS (airbag) light to come on; we had the stereo because of a software problem; and we had to a tire-pressure sensor. Not automotive but hardly crippling.

The original-equipment didn’t exactly blow us with their longevity. Two of the Continental ContiTouringContacts wore out at miles, and the other two were so we wanted to have them Continental couldn’t find any ContiTouringContacts, so we took four new 2s instead.

Our E500 also was part of biggest-ever recall, for its electronic system. The problem involved the of the electronic function, leaving the car on standard hydraulic brake The fix is a software upgrade. We never any braking irregularities-unless you count the comments of the people who simply the brakes difficult to operate

Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211

This was the biggest criticism of the car in its days. It’s a shame this car’s newest electronic brakes, should mar an world-class dynamic package, one tester. I don’t know anyone else, but I find it impossible to achieve a smooth, stop.

The last ten percent of pedal is very difficult to modulate. He was not I cannot get the car to brake smoothly all the way to a came one response. Another The electronic brakes seem to be to read your mind than your foot. But difficulty was not universal. Executive Mark Gillies, senior Joe DeMatio, and technical editor Don all professed to have no problem

with the brakes. After a even some of the early got used to them. And the high-tech certainly were effective, the car from 70 mph in 181 feet in our tests. But the final word on the brakes from Mercedes-Benz itself, after putting them on the and the SL, has allowed that it will not be them to the upcoming new S-class.

and tried to address our criticisms. He may been just blowing up our butts, but all we know is that was lost now is found.

Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211
Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211
Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211
Mercedes-Benz E 500 W211


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