Great Car but Could Be Better
July 18, 2018
I love the car overall, but was disappointed in the thoroughness of the Certified Pre-Owned process. Mercedes touts it as pretty thorough, but on delivery I found 2 wheels with road-rash, one tire that should have been replaced, some rock chips in the windshield and it was not very clean. In fairness, once I brought these deficiencies to the attention of the dealer, they are in the process of taking care of all of them. However, they shouldn't have been tolerated in the first place.
On to the car. The E400 Cabriolet is a luxury convertible, not a sports car. It is smooth, powerful, great looking and in general really nice, but it's not a Porsche (which is what I was coming out of). The ride is very soft, except for the low profile tires which ride very hard. The engine is terrific and throws you back in the seat when you jump on it. But, it is not going to corner like a sports car, no matter what the ads claim. I was also surprised at the lack of refined technology. The phone system won't accept all my iPhone names (only last names from A-O). The radio is clumsy with changing the pre-set stations. The visibility out the back is obstructed by a windscreen. It withdraws partially, but not enough. For driving around on a nice day with the top down, though, it's very nice.