I picked up this last Saturday after countless hours of searching for new cars. It wasn't even on my short list, that contained things like C350 diesel, 330d, 335d, Audi S4 (B8), 335i, 530d, 535d. All the usual suspects. I was trawling through pages and pages of diesel C350's looking for that elusive one with massive spec (tons of time spent decoding VIN's!) and suddenly one caught my eye, a 3.5 litre amongst the sea of 3.0's. I didn't realise they did a 3.5 diesel I thought.... then I realised it was petrol and suddenly I had a new search on my hands! I started researching the engine and quickly found it's a very rare thing, mainly due to everyone buying diesels when it was released, and the high petrol cost too I would guess. A 268bhp V6 started to really appeal, but the £500 tax didn't. I kind of gave up then because the only one I could find in saloon or estate was over priced (a red estate, still for sale now at £12k). Then a grey one appeared (still for sale), but noticed it was listed as 306bhp. Turned out to be a facelift, 30 odd more bhp, and £310 less tax! Perfect! Now to find one with big spec, with the amount for sale it seemed it was going to be as hard as trying to find an LCI 335i with manual box, which I gave up on. Especially as I wanted very rare options like Distronic (active cruise control) and various others. Then this one appeared. A white facelift 306bhp Sport saloon. Perfect. I hurridly decoded the VIN to get its full factory spec, and to my shock I found it had a huge spec, with every option I had wanted and tons more I didn't know existed! I rang them straight away and put a holding deposit it, cue a long week at work.... I was originally planning to sell my Mk6 Golf GTI privately as I refuse to give away cars, but I knew I couldn't miss this one as the chances of ever finding another are very slim to say the least. A decent deal was sorted and that was that. The first drive from Wembley to Peterborough and then 20 mins home from there showed it the average to be 35.3mpg! Very impressed. The Golf was getting 35, so was very pleased with that. Obviously it will drop somewhat on local driving, but thankfully I rarily do town or city roads, so hopefully it won't drop too much. Spec wise it is rediculous, I spent hours last night going through the manual, and am still finding new things out still. The full datacard for anyone interested: Code: 205B OWNERS MANUAL AND SERVICE RECORD - ENGLISH 213 SPEED-SENSITIVE POWER STEERING/VARIO STEERING 220A LEATHER 221A LEATHER - BLACK/ANTHRACITE 230 PARKING GUIDANCE 233 AUTONOMOUS INT. CRUISE CONT. PLUS (DISTRONIC PLUS) 237 ACTIVE BLIND SPOT ASSIST 238 ACTIVE LANE KEEPING ASSIST (FAP) 23P DRIVING PACKAGE 240 LED DAYTIME RUNNING LIGHTS 241 ELECTRICALLY ADJUSTABLE LEFT DRIVER SEAT W MEMORY 244 SPORTS SEATS, FRONT 249 INTERIOR AND EXTERIOR MIRROR,AUTOMATICALLY DIMMING 255B MB MOBILO WITH DSB AND GGD 265 LINES-NO.PLATE DISCONTINUED 275 MEMORY PACKAGE (DRIVER SEAT, STRG. COL., MIRROR) 280 LEATHER STEERING WHEEL AND LEATHER GEAR SHIFT KNOB 283B AIRBAGLABLE - ENGLISH 294 KNEE AIRBAG 299 PRESAFE 2U1 RADIATOR SHUTTER 305B HEAD UNIT LANGUAGE - BRITISH ENGLISH 30P COMPARTMENT PACKAGE 310 DUAL CUP HOLDER 335B INSTRUMENT CLUSTER/HU LANGUAGE - ENGLISH 345 RAIN SENSOR 427 AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION 7-SPEED 428 STEER.WHEEL GEARSHIFT BUTTONS/SHIFT PADDLE PAINTED 440 TEMPOMAT (CRUISE CONTROL) 442 MULTIFUNCTION STEERING WHEEL (12 BUTTONS) 461 INSTRUMENT WITH MILES IND. AND ENGLISH LEGEND 477 TIRE PRESSURE LOSS WARNER 486 SPORTS SUSPENSION 4U4 RADIATOR GRILLE WITH CENTER STAR 500 ELECTRIC FOLDING OUTSIDE MIRROR 509 NAVIBOX 510 AUDIO 20 RADIO WITH CD CHANGER 518 UNIVERSAL COMMUNICATIONS INTERFACE (UCI) 51U BLACK FABRIC ROOF INTERIOR TRIM 537 DIGITAL RADIO STANDARD DAB (DIGI. AUDIO BROADC.) 537L GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND 551 ANTI-THEFT/ANTI-BREAK-IN WARNING SYSTEM 580 AIR CONDITIONER 584 ELECTRIC WINDOW REGULATOR 5XXL EUROPE 600 HEADLAMPS - CLEANING EQUIPMENT 608 AUTOMATIC HIGH BEAM SWITCH (IHC) 621 HEADLAMP WITH ILS, LEFT-HAND TRAFFIC 650U CALCITE WHITE - STANDARD FINISH 666 PRODUCT PROT.F.TRANSPORT VEH. W/O TIE-DOWN HOOKS 690 EMERGENCY SPARE TIRE (MINI SPARE) 739 TRIM PIECES - ALUMINUM 74V SPEED- + LOADINDEX 92Y XL+94Y XL 772 AMG STYLING PACKAGE-FRONT SPOILER, SIDE SKIRT 776 WHEEL ARCH ENLARGEMENT 786 AMG DOUBLE-SPOKE WHEELS 18" WITH MIXED TIRES 802 CHANGE OF MODEL YEAR, THE LAST FIGURE SHOWING THE NEW MODEL YEAR 817 SIREN BRACKET FOR INCREASED THEFT PROTECTION 873 SEAT HEATER FOR LEFT AND RIGHT FRONT SEATS 882 INTERIOR SAFEGUARD 885 HIGHTEN THEFT PROTECTION 909 ALTERNATOR MANAGEMENT 916 FUEL TANK WITH LARGE VOLUME - VOLUME 1 920 GASOLINE DIRECT INJ. W/ STRATIFIED CHARGE (DES) 928 EXHAUST GAS CLEANING WITH EURO 5 TECHNOLOGY 932 TANK AT DRIVER/FRONT PASSENGER SEAT 950 AMG SPORTS PACKAGE 954 EQUIPMENT PACKAGE FOR AVANTGARDE VEHICLES 966 COC PAPER EURO 5 TECH. W/O REGIST. CERT. PART 2 989 IDENTIFICATION LABEL UNDER WINDSHIELD 99N STEUERCODE WERK SINDELFINGEN/GRAZ A20 STARTER GENERATOR A31 SOFTWARE (INDIVIDUAL) A63 FE TORQUE CONVERTER HOUSING-0 A64 FE CONVERTER 0 MM A87 U VALVE BODY ASSEMBLY WITH VGS 3 A89 REDUCED-FRICTION B03 DIRECT START / ECO START/STOP FUNCTION B09 REFRIGERANT COMPRESSOR WITH MAGNETIC COUPLING B12 WHEEL REPLACEMENT TOOL F204 MODEL SERIES 204 FW LIMOUSINE G906 TRANSMISSION CODE VERSION 06 GA AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION HA REAR AXLE J82 SEPTEMBER RELEASE K11 ADAPTIVE STOP LIGHT FLASHING K13 CONTROL CODE FOR SERVICE INTERVAL 25000 KM M276 V6-GASOLINE ENGINE M276 M35 DISPLACEMENT 3.5 LITER N3A STEUERCODE W50 FUER PPS-INT. VERWENDUNG P47 PARKING PACKAGE HIGH P49 MIRRORS PACKAGE P54 THEFT PROTECTION PACKAGE P64 FRONT MEMORY PACKAGE R RIGHT-HAND STEERING R01 SUMMER TIRES U01 REAR BELT STATUS INDICATION U18 AUTOMATIC CHILD SEAT RECOGNITATION (AKSE) U22 LUMBAR SUPPORT ADJUSTMENT U26 FLOOR MATS - AMG VL FRONT AXLE HALF, LEFT VR FRONT AXLE HALF, RIGHT It's the first auto I've ever owned, and for the last 15 or so years I've not owned a car without at least 1 turbo, so my concern was power delivery, would I not like it? All I can say is, I LOVE it! If I had to list any bad bits, it would be one; it's too quiet. That can obviously be easily solved, and will be asap! I have always loved the sound of a V6, much more so than a V8, so I'm over the moon at how it will sound after watching youtube clips.