Good Morning to all. I have in the past owned many Mercedes' ranging from a '98 C180 and a '01 C240 to a 53 Plate E270 CDI which I bought new. In between this, I also had an ML270 CDI manual which I bought new in 2002. I recently changed over from Mercedes to BMM in 2008 for a brand new 525d, due to the automatic gearbox on my E270 CDI giving me trouble, and the ML270 CDI looking slightly outdated. Costs also played a part in getting rid of the ML, and not buying a new shape ML. I have had a lot of fun in the BMW 525d, with it's 3.0 engine giving out quite some power. I had this car remapped, and it's a brilliant drive. However, I miss the Mercedes feel you get when you drive a MB, sort of, "first class". I also miss the great services I was provided with by my dealer, as I near enough knew everybody there. I have a few questions on hand regarding the new shape E250 CDI. I have been told that the engine is a 2100CC and a 4 cylinder engine, is this correct? Can any owners of an E250 CDI tell me what kind of power output they're getting, as I'm slightly worried 2100cc for a large car is "small". Is it possible to get an E350 CDI without an automatic gearbox? (I'm scared of Autos now after having paid £4000 to MB in Aachen (Germany) to fix a problem which did not fix it, then paying £2500 to MB Chelsea to fix another problem they found in the gearbox "which was the initial problem" but failed to fix it.) I will be looking to either order a new E250 CDI with all options that are suited for me with a manual gearbox, or, if anyone could shed some light on the reliability on the E350 CDI Auto's and it's general drive, I may purchase an AU version. Thank you for your time, and Thank you in advance for any help offered. MK.