This will either be a source of great pleasure...

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  1. st13phil

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    ...or one of the daftest things I've done.

    I’ve been pondering for a while what my next car should be. The E350CDI has been a great car, but I don’t really need a car of that size, so I’ve been toying with moving back to a C-Class once the W205 is available.

    However, after three years driving a 6-pot I don’t really fancy going back to a 4-cyclinder motor – which is a bit of a problem because for the foreseeable future the W205 will only be available in the UK with the smaller engines. It’s already been announced that the W205 won’t be getting the OM642 V6 diesel, and there seems to be some doubt as to whether it will get the next generation 6-cylinder diesel too. So, what to do? I’d pretty much made up my mind that I would either run my W212 for another year or two or perhaps even move to the dark side for a couple of years in a 330d or 335d. That was until I was mouseing around last week and spotted something a little more interesting…

    Sometimes the heart just overrules the head and you find yourself doing something that makes no real sense. The only justification I have for my latest purchase is that sometime in the future I’ll be able to look back and say “Remember when…”, rather than “I wish I’d…”. So the deal’s done with collection arranged for Friday: a two-year-old E63 AMG Biturbo :D

    It’s an ex MB UK car which has virtually every option ticked. Performance Pack Plus (557bhp, 800Nm, 19-inch wheels, red callipers, etc.), Limited Slip Diff, Driving Assistance Package, Exterior Carbon-Fibre Trim Package, AMG Driver’s Package (which, as the second owner, turns out to be an expensive way of getting a rear sunblind!), Luxury Package (Nappa leather, leather on the dash, Alcantara roof lining, etc.), Dynamic Multi-Contour seats with Comfort Cooling, Split/fold rear seats, Speed Limit Assist, Reversing Camera, Phone prep, and a few other bits and bobs. It’s in Obsidian Black (not my first choice frankly, as I prefer driving to cleaning) with black interior.

    Pic’s at the weekend, weather permitting.
     
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  2. Alex

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    Congratulations, excellent choice! :thumb:
     
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    Always better to do it and (possibly) regret it than not to do it at all and wish you had. This is my logic as well.

    Nice choice of car, enjoy the cleaning, though I think I'd just give it one initial really good going over, with all the glazes and wax, then just do what you bought it for and drive and love it.
     
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    gaz_l Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    A fine choice. Do it while you've got the chance is what I say, I seriously think in 10 years' time these sort of cars will have been taxed/legislated out of existence. I'm enjoying the V8 rumble while I can..

    Cheers,

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    Ooooh! Nice one Phil! Can I book a ride in it please? :)
     
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    I'm interested in getting a C-Class diesel but bought an E63, brilliant! :confused: :D Well done & enjoy. :thumb:
     
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    ..so you have 2 X 4 pots.

    Nice.
     
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    Lovely car, obviously a person of taste.

    Sent from my GT-I9300 using MBClub UK
     
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    Well done mate, pleased for you.

    You'll enjoy every mile driven in it :thumb:
     
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    Fantastic - black on black with red calipers - all the best cars are like this ;):thumb:.

    At two years old, is it the same twin headlighter as mine?

    BTW - fixed the title for you:

    This will be a source of great pleasure...
     
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    Congrats buddy, was reading it and thought where is this going.....loved the outcome. I wish my commute was a lot less as the temptation for a true AMG is great!

    Enjoy and look forward to hearing about it more and seeing some pics.
     
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    I wasn't aware the Bi-turbo was available two years ago. Should be good.
     
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    Niiiice!! Enjoy...
     
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    Thanks to everyone for sharing the moment. In answer to a couple of the questions, yes it's a pre-facelift car so it has the quad lights, and the Biturbo was available from mid-2011.

    According to the OASIS report this particular example was built 23/03/2012 and registered on 28/03/2012 so it's just had its second birthday :)

    Let's hope it's dry when I collect it so I don't have to wash it again before I can take some photos...
     
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    Congrats on a great upgrade:thumb:
     
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    Well, picked up the E63 this afternoon. The dealer (MB Watford) seems to have done a great job prepping it but unfortunately the weather was miserably overcast so no piccies yet.

    However, initial impressions are that with the Luxury Pack and other enhancements the interior is a much nicer place to be than my previous E350CDI, the ride quality is extraordinarily good - especially so for a car on 19-inch wheels with 30% / 35% aspect tyres - and the performance is...

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    Another overcast drizzly day yesterday, but I did manage to get a handful of photo's:

    Brand new Pirelli P-Zero's all round on immaculate as-new rims...

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    Carbon-fibre goodies easily save a good 150 grams on a 1.8 ton car. But they do look good :D

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    Had a chance to drive around 120 miles yesterday, mostly motorway but some B-roads too, and the best way I can describe it is that it's like my previous E350CDI on steroids. In comfort mode the ride is a little firmer than the Avantgarde I had before, but it's in no way crashy or uncomfortable. Turn in and steering precision are both up several notches (especially with the Sport or Sport+ damper setting selected), the brakes require a marginally firmer push than my old car and the engine performance is best described as very deceptive. It feels quick, but not in a really "in your face" way; you have to reference the rapid clockwise motion of the speedo needle and the fast disappearing vehicles in the rear view mirror to get a sensation of quite how quickly it's accelerating. Most of the time it just seems to lope along, albeit at a fast pace.

    Start/Stop works surprisingly well, with the car very quick to fire up and pull away. The Distronic cruise control requires a leap of faith initially but works well too. It does have a couple of foibles and it tends to use the brakes in situations that as a driver I would have anticipated and lifted off earlier for, but overall it's much more use on our heavily used motorways than the regular cruise control is. The other driver aids - Active Lane Departure Assist and Active Blind Spot Assist - do their respective jobs, but I may switch off the former as the vibration of the steering wheel as you change lanes on a motorway if a signal is unnecessary and not given is a bit irritating.

    Although I normally prefer a light interior on a car, black seems to suit this one and the leather dash top roll and Alcantara head lining give a very luxurious feel to the place. The Pano roof definitely plays a big part in making the interior less oppressive than it would otherwise be, and as I'm a short-ar$e the reduced headroom isn't a problem, but it could be for someone particularly tall. I also now realise why people rave about the dynamic multi-contour seats: brilliantly comfortable and fantastically supportive. The massage function feels a little weird at first but is actually very pleasant.

    I think I'm going to like this car :D
     
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    Stunning car, looks amazing. I suspect it drives even better.

    Enjoy!
     
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    That looks fantastic - could I book a ride in it please?
     
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