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Old August 16th, 2011, 13:46   #1123
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Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: South of Boston
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Drove my M-B for the first time after having the Passat here last weekend. The Mercedes is slower, but not as much slower as I would have expected. The much stiffer accelerator (a M-B characteristic) makes it difficult to compare, and the Passat accelerator has relatively short travel, so you're giving it more pedal than you realize.

The Mercedes has significantly less wind and road noise. Some of that may be the Michelins on the M-B, but there is certainly less noise around the mirrors. But the M-B has more engine noise, for sure, and is turning 3000 RPM at 75 to boot.

I still think the Passat is nice, but I was surprised that the 18 year-old 300D didn't feel like an antique by comparison.
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