flight152
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Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:19 am

What a change! This car looks even better. What do you guys think of it? What other changes will we see for 2003?




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fspilot747
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 5:01 am

Old news, but I must say, the E-Class has striking resemblance to the Lexus GS Class. It's the headlights...Take a look. Compare the below photo with the above photos.



It's sorta ironic, because Lexus usually copies Mercedes!

 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 5:17 am

Well that headlamp style has been a Mercedes trademark long before Lexus ever existed.

That said the current generation E-class was, well..., rather dull and uninspiring. The new E really goes backs to the car it was in 1985 when it was first introduced, sporty and edgier. Plus it gets almost all of the cool doodads from the S,SL,CL family. Hopefully Mercedes will be able to capture a younger audience with this car, b/c the current model says grandpas car.
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racko
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 6:35 am

I agree, the current E-class looks a bit outdated. The average BMW buyer is 15 years younger than the average Mercedes Buyer!

Anyway, I still prefer the current and the upcoming BMW 5 over the E-class, but the new one comes closer. Of course, nothing beats the handling of a BMW!

 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 7:33 am

Hmmm... that BMW looks like it would be in dire need of a diet and a personal trainer... Big grin
 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 7:49 am

Interesting point Klaus.

While it seems like all the new Mercs (S,E and C) have slimmed down from the previous models, the Bimmers have been getting porkier, especially the 3-series. I haven't seen any pics of the new 5 until Racko posted that one. It looks smaller than the current car, but the high window line, the large tire/wheel package make it seem heavy.

Hell it is not like I could afford it anyways.
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fspilot747
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 9:36 am

The new 5 looks almost as hideous as the new 7 does. Really folks, yes, some people may like it, but from what I have read, the majority doesn't. The front is way too high, and the back looks really weird. Being a graphic artist, I'm really into new designs and forms, but this thing just isn't right. Interior is gorgeous, but the front and back of the car need work. I've heard rumors that BMW is going to work on a new design due to the failure of this design.

One thing though, the new 3-series sedan (2002) that bimmer just came out with is gorgeous. The front is flawless, and is nothing short of eye-candy. I love seeing it. The same engineers who designed that should design the new 7 over again, and the new 5. I hope they keep the current M5 design, I want one of those when I can afford one!

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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 10:09 am

BMW will have no problem selling every new 5 Series they produce.
It's a wonderful looking car.
I'll agree with back end of the 7 Series....butt ugly..literally.

M5 Rocks.

Brdgs.
 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 4:01 pm

The 2001 7 series still trumps all. not sure if i like the new 5, bmw took a real gamble designing their new 5 and 7 in this new design which is coming to mixed reviews.

although let me say, i live in a pretty wealthy area of the country where cars are prized very much (its sick really), and being home only about a week I've seen a ton of the new 2002 7 series. surprising for 2 reasons: 1) the market is down down down and 2) the unusal design of the car.

but its selling, in boca, at least.

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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 7:43 pm

I love the new 2003 E-class, if only I could afford one. As for the BMW I like the new 3 series but the 7 is definitely U-G-L-Y!.
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Sun Jun 09, 2002 10:43 pm

The new E class looks like a big improvement. A lot of 60 year old doctors will be clammering to get one....

New five series is real sweet. It will be a big success. I agree about the very strange look to the 7-series backside.

When I took my car in about a month ago, I visited with my sales lady at Momentum BMW here in Houston she told me some interesting stuff.

--There is actually a wait for black/black 7-series cars because they are used by limo/driving services. This is more true on the west coast but there is still a delay in Houston.

--25% of BMW's production of black/black 3 and 5 series cars are for Southeast Asia where it is by far the most popular colour combination. Note that she said 25% of that colour combination...not the whole 3 or 5 Series line.

--More silver/black combinations will be made than any other combination on the 5 and 7 Series.

--The least popular combination is white/tan...and it will have a lower resale value due to it's unpopularity.

No revelations. I just thought it was of mild interest to car enthusiasts.
 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Mon Jun 10, 2002 12:36 am

DesertJets: I know the Mercedes round headlights has been there for a long time, thats not what I was talking about. I am talking about the 2003 E-Class. The new slanted outer light resembles the lexus.

I think it's better looking than the current E-Class, but I just would never buy a Mercedes. I find that they are just expensive and boring. Nothing really special, except that they will last forever, which is a real good thing, but a car should be fun. Mercedes barely makes any car stick shift, which really stinks, because if they made cars like their SLK stick, it would probably appeal to more people. My dad drives an S-500. Sure it's a great car, but jeez for that money I would buy an M5 and with the left-over money, buy a spare Audi S4! Anyone who doesn't know much about the M5, go to BMWFilms.com, download "Star." Good way to get acquainted with it  Big grin

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flight152
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Mon Jun 10, 2002 11:17 am

You can't compare the E-Class with the BMW 7-series which everyone is donig. The 7-series is more compatible with the Mercedes S-Class.



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FSPilot747

You can't compare these cars with a BMW M5, which is targeted for younger consumers vs. slightly older people for the E/S-class. Older people generally care about looks more than performance, which is why I haven't seen a 60 year old guy driving a M5 .
 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Mon Jun 10, 2002 1:49 pm

The new E-class is great....lovely interior also...although i have yet to see one in real life.
I agree with flight152.....you cant compare an E-class to a 7 series....they do not compete. I think the AMG version of the E-class.....the great E55 will be provided with a more powerful engine(currently 350HP). Both the M5 and the E55 are great cars very close competitors..
As for the new 7 series......i can not believe some people don't like it.That car is really nice.Its probably more high tech then anything on the road plus the interior and exterior is very very nice....even though its different.The car has a very muscular look specially with the larger optional wheels..
 
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KHI747

Mon Jun 10, 2002 6:36 pm

KHI747: As for the new 7 series......i can not believe some people don't like it.That car is really nice.Its probably more high tech then anything on the road plus the interior and exterior is very very nice....even though its different.The car has a very muscular look specially with the larger optional wheels..

I just think it looks fat and chunky. With a rucksack. Big grin

Okay, it´s a matter of taste. But I immensely dislike that "modern" look with tiny viewports and bulging metal everywhere. Like a bloated pig.  Wink/being sarcastic
 
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Mon Jun 10, 2002 10:39 pm

The new 7 series was obviously designed with American tastes in mind. Look at it next to the previous 7 and it looks bloated with a huge ass. The interior is for the most part very nice, but I cannot accept i-Drive as the answer to all the technology that is being placed into cars these days. Now just a simple function where previously you'd press a button, such as turning off the traction control, now you have to navigate through menues with a joystick to find the function and turn it off. Is that progress?

I guess BMW is trying to be more like Lexus and are straying from the model which have made them as successful as they are today. Shame!
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LH423
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Tue Jun 11, 2002 2:20 pm

It looks nice, but it resembles the already re-designed, lower level C-class too much.

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B7474
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RE: Mercedes Redesigns E-class For 2003

Tue Jun 11, 2002 10:43 pm

Seems to me Mercedes-Benz sedans now come in sizes just like in McDonalds since they all look similar.
The Mercedes C-Class would be small
The Mercedes E-Class would be medium
The Mercedes S-Class would be large
All of them are great looking cars and this is just another example.

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