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Old 28th May 2015, 15:08   #31
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Wanted to bump this thread for quite some time and finally found the reason to do so

Have recently completed road trip of Goa-Mahabaleshwar-Lonavla-Pune-Goa .

The Merc performed beautifully. Absolutely a stress free drive. And contrary to popular belief, she actually was pretty much fun to drive along this route, which had a lot of curves.

The only thing about the car that robbed it of a perfect score on the driveability front is that gearbox. It is just too confused as to what gear it has to be at that particular time. So while the engine has more than enough grunt, its the gearbox that takes quite a bit of time to kickdown. Sorely missed the manual gearbox.

Stability on the dual carriageway exceptionally good and she was comfortable cruising at really respectable speeds on the dual carriageway. Had a blast on the Mumbai- Pune Expressway!
And yes she still garners a lot of respect on the road. An instance was when I slowed down for a speed breaker. Now if I was in my city, people would honk incessantly behind me to get a move on. But in the Merc, voila! People would patiently wait for me to cross the speed breaker at a really low speed.
Thanks for the updates!
Definitely reassuring after the experiences some of us have had with the older models! I won't lie, and contrary to most of my posts - I am starting to warm up to the Mercedes charm again. The ride quality mated with good dynamics make it perfect for our cities.

Is yours a 5 speed or the 7 speed gearbox? Since you picked her up in 2010, I am assuming 5 speed - in which case I can understand the pain! Its perfect for the city and for cruising, but takes away all the fun on open roads or twisties!
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Is yours a 5 speed or the 7 speed gearbox? Since you picked her up in 2010, I am assuming 5 speed - in which case I can understand the pain! Its perfect for the city and for cruising, but takes away all the fun on open roads or twisties!
She sports the antiquated 5 speed gearbox. That is the only thing that spoils the otherwise quite sporty setup of the car.

The Merc has been good with us and instilled confidence in us to trust the brand (I am in no way paid to market them), but the OTT pricing of the spares is the fly in the ointment. Some of the prices are insanely stratospheric.
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