In Reply to: About that test drive... posted by Larry on May 02, 2000 at 21:38:08:
I can see how that would be a major problem. What you need to do is go in the dealership and talk to the salesman. Don't go on too much about how much you adore the car. Take control and tell him/her straight up. "I'm seriously considering either a E55 or a M5, but I have yet to feel the E55 (make it sound like you've already drove the M5). I'd like to take this E55 out to compare it to the M5." After all, as nice as a car that it is, it is there so you can buy it. So don't feel bad about asking for a test drive, Make them sell it to you. That's thier job. If you can't drive the car and feel it before you buy it, no one is going to pour that kind of green in something they don't even know about. I'm 100% sure they will let you drive it. If it's in the showroom then Maybe not that day, you might need to schedule an appointment or something, but the test drive will happen. As far as dealers that have a M5 in Southern Cali. I'm not sure about. Anyway, good luck. Either choice will have its benefit. (I lean more towards the AMG E55 though). ;-)
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: : Its true, thank God for unbiased people. Personally, I like the AMG E55, but that is not saying that the M5 can't give it a run for its money. I know the M5 is a truely awesome car. The only thing I like about the M5 better than the E55 is the stick shift. Other than that, both cars are very nice. Like one of the other guys said before, it all depends on what body style you like, interior and other safety features etc. IMHO, I like the E55 body style, it has some nice curves, plus IMHO, I think the interior on the Benz is a bit more entertaining. Remember these are only my opinions. You should test drive both cars first to see which one you feel most comfortable in. Later.
: I do think that the E55 looks nicer and for sure has more room in the interior. I will be driving it on the freeway alot and that is why I am leaning towards the E55 with the automatic. The 2001 model is coming with a 6 speed auto which should make the shift points closer together.
: About that test drive....that is a HUGE problem. I have not seen any M5's in stock anywhere that the dealer would let someone test drive. Same with the E55. Very hard to actually find one at a dealer that can be driven. I have seen both and sat in both but not driven either one. That makes it hard to feel totally comfortable when spending the 70k on a product that you have only seen (not drivin) and read about.
: Any body know any dealers in Southern California (San Diego area) that have an M5 that can be test driven?
: Thanks for all the comments.