Hey AA757, let me know when the E320 CDI
diesel shows up at Mercedes-Benz dealerships. I know it's supposed to be soon, and it's really nice to see Mercedes getting back into selling diesel powered cars in North America.
I too have a friend who works as a service manager at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Toronto area (must be a busy guy with all the problems current Benzes have), and he's taken me for a few really cool rides. The most memorable was years ago, when I was a young punk like American757, and he took me for a ride in a 1996 SL600 V12. I even brought along my video camera (what a geek).
Other memorable rides were in a red 500 SL
from the early 90's, a late 90's E55 at 225 km/h, and the most recent was approximately a year ago in a brand new E500, which was very impressive.
"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster