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LA area there is one I know of... (archive)

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Posted by JPC on May 03, 2000 at 02:58:15:

In Reply to: About that test drive... posted by Larry on May 02, 2000 at 21:38:08:

Hi! I am not an M5 owner, but I usually lurk around the e46 m3 section, waiting in agony. (DAMN THAT horrendously long deposit list!!).

My local MB dealer (called Smythe European) in Norcal had 3 E55s as of 3 weeks ago. Unfortunately, they are selling them WAYY over sticker. 10000-20000 over sticker, depending on milage. I was fortunate to drive an E55 and absolutely loved it!! One thing: I am not too fond of the tiptronic style transmission MB offers. It wasn't quite responsive.
Anyways, to answer your question, I believe there is a silver '00 E55 model at CALSTAR in the San Gabriel Valley. You might want to try there.

: : 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.

: Larry

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