Performance of a diesel.

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Hi. I have a 2002 s class 320 cdi ready for sale. I have never driven this vehicle before. I understand that they are a big heavy car, so how does yours drive?
Too me it seems sluggish with a large throttle movement compared to the pick up. Our other two cars are a 525i and a 318d bmw so I am used to those. Is this the way that the MB just drives?
 
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Hmm.. My e39 feels like a go cart in comparison ;). I think that is just the way the car is - a big luxury car with relaxed driving.
 

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Why don't you get in it and go off somewhere in a sedate manner, get on a dual or motorway then give it some right welly. You might be very surprised.
 
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I might do later in the week. I noticed that it has a blast of black soot out the back if you hoof it. I got it from the mother in law to sell for her and all she did was 2-3 miles a day in it for over a year. Could do with a blast I suppose.
 

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I must admit that although I love the car, my 211 needs my toe pressing down along way to move off at anything more than a graceful initi pace, which I generally love, until I have to join a fast moving road and feel it being thrashed...

I have a more suitable car for antics like that :cool:
 

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When I bought my E320CDI I also owned a Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo, the Merc is almost as fast only losing out by around a second on the 0-60 time.

These cars are real wolves in Sheep's clothing, if your's feels lethargic the turbo probably isn't working.
 

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Agree with all Member Posts on the performance of the e320cdi, although as you say they are a heavy motor, when you put the pedal to the metal on a Motorway, mine goes like a rocket, I give mine an Italian Tune up every so often when safe to do so and it does give a slight amount of smoke until it clears out the gunge in the cat and exhaust.
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Well I took it out for a blast today. Let it warm up gently then gave it some stick.. At first there was loads of black smoke out the back but that seemed to settle down a bit after a few 'full throttle' moments. It certainly does shift when you hoof it- a bit deceptive really.
I think the smoke will disappear completely when the car gets some proper use. 2- 3 miles a day is no good for any car long term. Anyway, someone bought it today and is collecting tomorrow. Happy days :)
 

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You should also bear in mind that your driving an S class.

The car is a bigger than the 5 and 3 series that you're comparing it to and subsequently will feel slower. The only true comparison would be if you could find a 7 series with a similar sized diesel.

I think that you'll also find that the newer MB diesels are pretty quick motors in any guise.
 

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I might do later in the week. I noticed that it has a blast of black soot out the back if you hoof it. I got it from the mother in law to sell for her and all she did was 2-3 miles a day in it for over a year. Could do with a blast I suppose.

Sluggish? Adaptive gear box used to mother in law driving it?
 

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I had the same prob on my 2001 E320 CDI,I changed the air mass sensor and it was back to normal,ie great exeleration
 

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