There is no better definition to the brand "Mercedes Benz" than to look at, feel, and drive the new Mercedes Benz E 500 sedan. It was first released in 1994 together with the E320 and the E420. It houses a 5.0L (303.0cu.in.) V-8 DOHC SPI, 32 valve engine in a luxurious body. Unfortunately, the E500 production was shortly stopped, perhaps to give way to other E Class vehicle up to be released in the following years. The E 500 re-entered in 2003 carrying a 5.0L (303.0cu.in.) V-8 SOHC SMPI, 24 valve engine in 5-speed electronic automatic transmission with overdrive and tons of safety and luxury features. The next E 500 model produced the same power as that of the previews year.
The 2005 E 500 comes with better features same with the reentry model. It has a 5.0L V-8 SOHC SMPI 24 valve engine, variable intake length, 150 amp alternator, 100 amp hours (Ah) battery, 7-speed electronic automatic transmission with overdrive, transmission lock-up, driver selection, TouchShift, rear-wheel drive, ABS and driveline traction control, 2.65 axle ratio, dual stainless steel exhaust, and ULEV emissions.
Driving is an ease with its new steering and suspension features including hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering, speed-sensing assisted steering, sensotronic 4 wheel disc brakes with front and rear vented discs, brake assistance, automatic with driver control ride control, adaptive suspension, auto-leveling suspension, stability control, automatic with driver control height adjustable suspension, front independent suspension, front multi-link suspension, front anti-roll bar, front air springs, gas-pressurized front shocks, rear independent suspension, rear multi-link suspension, rear anti-roll bar, rear air springs, gas-pressurized rear shocks, front and rear 17.0" x 8.00" silver alloy wheels, and P245/45HR17.0 BSW Performance AS front and rear tires.
It is added by comfort and convenience featuring Dual zone front and rear automatic air conditioning, steering wheel mounted radio controls, radio theft deterrent, cruise control, auto locking power door locks with 2 stage unlock, integrated key/remote, valet key, and remote keyless entry keyfob (all doors) among others.
And known for its safety, the Mercedes Benz E 500 completes it look by adding up safety features like 4 channel 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), daytime running lights, center high mounted stop light, dual airbags, dual seat mounted side airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, Airbag occupancy sensor, rear side-impact airbag, front height adjustable seatbelts with 4 front and rear pre-tensioners, side impact bars, rear center 3 point, ignition disable security, panic alarm, tracker system, and security system. All in all, this luxurious upper-mid level executive luxury sedan is posses the prowess of a true vehicle. It's fast, safe, powerful, responsive, luxurious, and beautiful.
Why is this Mercedes Benz model often referred to as E500 and 500E? Is there a difference?
Between 1990 and 1993, Mercedes-Benz collaborated with Porsche to build a high-performance version of the W124, the Mercedes-Benz 500 E. This model was hand-built and took eighteen days to complete.
In 1994, the 500 E line underwent slight physical transformations and was renamed the E 500.The facelift E500 came with an updated hood and trunk, newer lights, and heated seats, and an "E 500" badge on the rear sans underlining, among others. Both vehicles had exactly the same technical specifications. The range is popularly referred to as the E-Class.
How did Mercedes-Benz gain its prestige?
Surprisingly, it wasn't making high-priced limousines and luxury roadsters that made Mercedes-Benz famous. They gained they fame by manufacturing its line of mid-size sedans.
Mercedes-Benz' reputation wasn't built on extravagant fittings and fancy chrome decorations -- cars that took on dirt roads and broken pavement for decades earned it. These vehicles are made tough which made them worth the extra money even if they weren't obscenely luxurious.
I've noticed the ride of my Mercedes-Benz E500 become somewhat lower than before. Are my eyes deceiving me?
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you. The vehicle's rear air springs (bellows) are prone to developing leaks, thus causing the air pump to run more often to maintain ride height. The leaking air springs need to be replaced for the standard ride height to be re-established.
What could be causing the vibration inside the car's interior while the vehicle is in motion? Why is the "Check Engine" light going on for no apparent reason?
If the vibration centers around the car's center floor, the cause could be cracked or shredded driveshaft discs, resulting in excessive driveshaft movement. This should be repaired immediately to avoid further damage to the driveshaft support bearing, transmission, or differential.
Catalytic converter failure is common and could be the reason for the "Check Engine" light to blink. A catalytic converter transforms the noxious exhaust gases created by the engine into more environment-friendly emissions before they exit the vehicle's exhaust system.
Other signs of catalytic converter malfunction include the vehicle's lack of power; failure to pass emissions inspection, and exhaust that smells unusual.
How can I get my vehicle's system software updated?
Various software updates are available for your vehicle's numerous computer systems, however these updates won't be free if your car is out of warranty. If the update is due to recall, then it will be provided free of charge. Only dealers may supply many software updates, but some independent shops can provide them as well.
I notice my tires are wearing out prematurely. What's causing this?
Worn out lower control arm bushings that results in excessive movement at the control arm pivot point usually leads to irregular and premature tire wear. Worn Ball joints can also cause similar tire wear symptoms. In most cases, replacement of the lower control arm, including bushings and ball joint, is needed to address this concern.
Mercedes-Benz E500: A Baby of Two High-End Automakers
Two heads are better than one, they say, but when this is applied to the car-making industry, the result is a machine with astounding power and enthralling appearance. The E500, a collaboration model between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, was a high-performance version of the W124 four-door sedan. The eighteen days of making each unit, with each transported back and forth between two continents, turned out to be a good way of making the model the best that it could be. Despite being short-lived, the unit still had its share of the spotlight in the Benz history.
1990 – 1993: A supercharged W124
Initially called the 500 E, this model had an aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine, which was better than the W124 models by having 32 valves instead of 16. Generally, this unit was better than the best W124 models in that its engine could draw out 322-horsepower and 354-pound-feet of torque similar with the engine of the powerful W124 models; however, the difference was that the 500 E could run ten seconds faster at its top speed with a record of 5.5 seconds in 100 kilometers. Aside from being faster, the units also had a better overall performance. Braking was improved with the use of 300-mm discs with 4-piston calipers, while the rear brakes were 27-mm. In terms of fuel efficiency, the unit could spend 23 miles per gallon of fuel on the highway, while 15 miles per gallon in the city. The units could also accommodate four passengers with its leather seats, and they had a CD changer and an integrated cellular phone aside from the full features of the W124.
1994 - 1995: A drastic departure from the old style
Called the E500 model, the second generation of this Benz-Porsche baby saw the metamorphosis of the unit in terms of style. Two-tone interiors were available, and bird's-eye maple wood was used. Sun blinds, heated and memory seats, and a climate control feature were available as options. The sound system also received an upgrade. Also, there were airbags for the driver and the passenger side, cladding and bodywork upgrades, and two-tone sport line steering wheels. Some of the exterior changes that made these units indistinguishable from the previous version were the restyled headlights, trunk lid, bumper, and grille. The anti-lock braking system of the E500 prevented the wheels to lock up under heavy braking by pumping the brakes. Also, there was a brake assist system, a suspension with a stabilizer bar, an additional AIRMATIC air suspension with a damping system, and an anti-knock control for the engine.