Ok, first a disclaimer... Overall I do like the car. It's a 2010 E350 4matic (AWD).
It drives well in the snow (stops like crap, but they're AS tires not snow tires).
It drives GREAT in the rain up here (the set of Conti's I have on it are GREAT wet tires).
Of course, it's also great on dry
Handles great for a sedan. Not as crisp or overall as fun to drive as the 535xi it replaced, but good for a sedan.
Rides like a Benz SHOULD ride. It's nicer on the hinny than the anything else in the stable (except maybe the LeSabre, lol!)
Ok... the rant:
#^# whoever thought it would be a good idea to have a "closed" automatic transmission.
Corporate, some engineer, whoever... they can kiss my rear end. When we got the car we were told it's a lifetime transmission. One fluid & filter change at ~ 35K, seal it back up and done. Forever.
Well, apparently they kills a lot of transmissions that way, so now they're recommending replace fluid and filter like every 20K.
Now... draining and dropping the pan is super easy. Remove a protective plate (or two if you're also changing engine oil)... add a protective shield to keep crap off suspension parts (only for AWD models), no biggie...
But filling... since there is no dipstick or fill tube, you have to pump the fluid up into the tranny through the overflow. Not too awful bad. There are plenty of disposable fluid pumps that can do the job. Oh, there's more pain in the ass to flush and/or drain the torque converter, but I'll gloss over that.
Then, you get to check the fluid level.
Get ready for this high tech method...
- Fill the transmission mostly full.
- Turn on the car, shift through the gears.
- Finish filling to what the level should be at.
- Run the car to get the Tranny into the proper temp range.
- Look and what splashes out of the overflow hole.
--- Heavy/steady flow = overfilled
--- Sputtering flow = good
--- Light spitting = underfilled
Seriously??? Inventor of the damned automobile and THAT is your high freaking tech measuring method?!?!?!?!?!?