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Old 23rd July 2015, 14:17   #121
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The other launch edition of the city with the front bumper replaced to accommodate the Avantgarde/Elegance style grill with the Tri-star popping out from the hood.
Looks hot to me.
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Hey cityvic, do you know where the owners of this E got their grill and bumper replaced? And if so a ballpark cost would also be appreciated. I'm looking to do the same with mine.
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Old 27th April 2016, 12:05   #122
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Hey cityvic, loved your ownership review of the E250! In fact, it was this thread which prompted me to buy my first own car here in the US, an E350 4MATIC.

Sorry for gatecrashing your thread but here are a few pictures from my side:-

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Update at 1 year and 13,000 kms as on July 2014

Apologies for the late updates.
Since, I am back in Philadelphia now, I am free from meeting friends and relatives and also have more time to spend with the laptop so here are some updates.

So, sometime in July my car was sent for its first service to Benchmark Interkrafts.
The standard 1 year/15,000km service was performed and some general part replacements were done too.

- 15,000km service
- Engine Oil top up
- Air Filters replaced
- Other parts checked
- Both wipers replaced
- Front Brake discs replaced
- Front Brake pads replaced
- Rear Brake pads replaced
- Rear Brake discs polished

A general 1st service of an E Class costs about 40-50k which includes the oil top up, filters and wipers. The brake pads and discs generally wear out by 15000-18000kms and since mine had work out, got them replaced too. Replacing all four brake pads and the front brake discs set me back by an additional 60k. I also got a full sized 18" alloy wheel ordered via the workshop to keep in the car as the spare wheel. The donut wheel the CBU cars get is pretty much useless on Indian roads and look really weird too. A brand new alloy wheel set me back by about 30k and a Pirelli Pzero tyre for it another 27k. Benchmark Interkrafts has recently renovated their two decade old worshop to a state of the art facility which makes things slightly better when they are working on cars. Must mention that the staff at the dealership and workshop are absolutely well trained and courteous giving superb service unlike most other premium dealerships in the city.

By the time I left for Philadelphia in Mid September, the car had run about 15,000kms.
Touchwood, the car is problem free and is performing brilliantly. It is also liked by everyone at home and manages to do its daily duty well. In short, the decision to buy the E again in its latest avatar was a good one.

I also got the car completely detailed by Bhpian, Nos Power. He now has a full team trained under him to detail cars with Meguiars products under his new company name, Excellerate Auto Detailing. A fabulous job was done on the car which also beat the condition of the vehicle on delivery when new last year. This was the second time the car was detailed, the last being in December last year.

More pictures and details on the next post.
I had a general question w.r.t the E250 CDI. I've test driven 2 on separate occasions. I find the accelerator pedal on the E250CDI pretty stiff. It becomes all the more obvious when you drive (say) the C220 CDI and the E250CDI back to back. And definitely a lot stiffer then (say) a Civic.

I asked someone (a driver) who drives an E350 and he immediately agreed.
Here are a couple of threads where folks have found the pedal stiff:

http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w123...solutions.html
http://mbworld.org/forums/e-class-w2...tor-pedal.html

Just thought I'd check with an owner to get first hand feedback. Do you find it stiff as well? Is it something you get used to over time or is it something you never even found unusual?
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All Mercs have a stiff accelerator even the E350 which I used a couple of months back

My rationale

1: To make progress smoother, trigger happy accelerators expose the jerk in you
2: If you want to go fast, you really need to work on going fast instead of accidently touching the throttle.

My first car was a Peugeot 309SRi with a trigger happy throttle. I also used to drive a Merc W124 so I have been there
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Wonder if this is something to do only with the setup of the E/C250. The E 220 and C 220 didn't seem to exhibit this trait. Never driven the C250 though
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Hey cityvic, do you know where the owners of this E got their grill and bumper replaced? And if so a ballpark cost would also be appreciated. I'm looking to do the same with mine.
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He got the grill & bumper imported via some accessory store in Calcutta. The Mercedes Benz workshop will import and install the same parts for you as well if you provide them the part numbers of the grill and bumper. Costs around 1.5-2L for the entire front transformation with paint and labor on genuine Mercedes parts.

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Hey cityvic, loved your ownership review of the E250! In fact, it was this thread which prompted me to buy my first own car here in the US, an E350 4MATIC.
Thank you so much. Congratulations on your new ride.
Looks beautiful with the AMG styling kit and 18" AMG wheels. Got it from Mercedes Benz Cherry Hill?

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I had a general question w.r.t the E250 CDI. I've test driven 2 on separate occasions. I find the accelerator pedal on the E250CDI pretty stiff.
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All Mercs have a stiff accelerator even the E350 which I used a couple of months back

My rationale

1: To make progress smoother, trigger happy accelerators expose the jerk in you
2: If you want to go fast, you really need to work on going fast instead of accidently touching the throttle.
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Wonder if this is something to do only with the setup of the E/C250. The E 220 and C 220 didn't seem to exhibit this trait. Never driven the C250 though
There you go. Ajmat has cleared it out for you in the best possible way.

Frankly, I had never thought of this until you pointed it out and found the pedals absolutely normal till date. Infact our S Class also has a similar pedal design to the E Class, probably I just got used to them over time. In all these Benz's, the accelerator pedal response is pretty much the same, all designed for linear power delivery for a smooth comfortable ride. But then you have the kick down mode in the accelerator pedal whenever you want to go all out and have some fun while driving.

In the meanwhile lot of updates on the car and to the garage, will post everything shortly.

From left to right
Q5 | E250 W212 | 520d E60 | E250 CDI W212 | XF | S350 CDI W222 | 525d F10 | E200 Kompressor W211 | A6
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Q5 | E250 W212 | 520d E60 | E250 CDI W212 | XF | S350 CDI W222 | 525d F10 | E200 Kompressor W211 | A6
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Thanks cityvic for clarifying from your personal experience. Lovely collection BTW, every car enthusiasts dream
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Hi, I am planning to buy E250 CDI soon. Any word of advice from your side?

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Hi ......I am planning to buy E250 CDI soon......any word of advice from your side?
Double Edged proposition, I'd say. Buy now and avail of tremendous discounts to the tune of 10 lakhs or even more on the outgoing E Class.
Or wait till end Feb 2017 and drive home the All New W213 that's loaded with tech, luxury has one of the best dashboards, and is receiving rave reviews from all quarters. But my guess is the New E Class will be no less than 75 Lakhs OTR (A merc salesman indicated that kind of figure too during one my test drives).

Upto you to decide based on your own need and preferences. All the best with your decision
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Guess the E 250 cdi W212 is built like a tank and would serve you better than the w213. Though it packs in more tech in its new avatar, knowing Mercedes, they would not bring also this tech to India. By the time we get a fully loaded Mercedes it would be a few upgrades and more than 20% price hike. I bought my w212 e250cdi, knowingly that it would be replaced in a few months.. But I guess w213 is lighter and more Flimsy stuff.

If you don't mind driving an older model. Then w212 makes these best sense in terms of finance and quality.
Got mine on 19th Jan @ 54 on road that's including 20%kerala road tax and insurance.
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