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Despite the obvious differences (the M-B is 5 years older and RWD), I'd like to know the advantages & disadvantages of the S80 over the E320.<p>I realize that if I went with purchasing a '95 E320, I'd be looking for awhile to find one with low enough miles. The legend of M-B reliability and durability really attracts me to this car, even though it is 7 years old.<p>The Volvo is obviously more technically advanced, and even more attractive (I guess). However, I've heard horror stories about the transmission in this car, and horror stories about Volvo service in general.<p>So, please, give me some pro's and con's about the S80. Thanks!
 

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Re: 2000 S80 vs. 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 (Saed)

<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:<HR>Despite the obvious differences (the M-B is 5 years older and RWD), I'd like to know the advantages & disadvantages of the S80 over the E320.<p>I realize that if I went with purchasing a '95 E320, I'd be looking for awhile to find one with low enough miles. The legend of M-B reliability and durability really attracts me to this car, even though it is 7 years old.<p>The Volvo is obviously more technically advanced, and even more attractive (I guess). However, I've heard horror stories about the transmission in this car, and horror stories about Volvo service in general.<p>So, please, give me some pro's and con's about the S80. Thanks!<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><p>Interesting comparison...<p>You do not mention what type of S80 you are interested in; 2.9 or T-6?<p>Anyway, that should be easy and not because (in my own "biased" opinion) the S80 will offer you more. You are comparing a 7-yr. old car to a car that is only 2 years old. I don't care how "legendary" Mercedes' reliability is (and that is questionable, they have their own problems) but you are talking about a 7-yr. old car here. Out of warranty, whereas the S80 will either have the balance of the factory warranty or (even better) a 6-yr/100,000 mile Certified Pre-Owned warranty. No brainer there.<p>Where you live, FWD means something...the RWD E320 will be a bear in the snow. The S80 gives you more interior room plus more advanced safety features. Try replacing parts in the E320 vs. those in the S80...Not that Volvo parts are cheap but parts from the Mercedes are...insane.<p>Features-wise, the S80 being a more modern car will have the advantage there; auto-down and up front windows, same for the sunroof, better stereo system, more advanced suspension, memory on the driver's power seat and sideview mirrors. Furthermore, the S80 "feels" more driveable; even teh gas pedal of the Volvo is more responsive. Try modulating the Mercedes (any Mercedes) gas pedal and you feel like there is a neutral "space" before the engine abruptly kicks in. The S80's steering wheel feels more neutral than I like but it is still a better feel over what feedback (or lack thereof) the Mercedes provides you with; I never liked the recirculating ball mechanism, anyway.<p>If I were you, I would look for a late production '00 S80 and ask for the complete history of that car. Get it from a Volvo Retailer along with its Certified Pre-Owned warranty and you will be in business.<p>Naturally, this comparison involves the S80 2.9. If you are thinking about an S80 T-6, then hang on to your hat! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emwink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Yannis
 
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