2003 E320 Sport - Alabaster White with Stone
E2: Moonroof & Premium Sound Package
E3: Sport Package
Factory CD Changer
This car is absolutely gorgeous. ... Show moreThe Sport Package is a must. The bodykit makes the car look normal, the bi-xenons are real bright, and the Airmatic suspension makes the ride controllable. The 5-spoke rims look better and are easier to clean too. Plus, the blue tint really cuts down on heat. The black maple wood is just so-so, but the white gauges look much better than the stock black ones. I love the interior. It's really luxurious looking although the leather isn't that great. The only problem with stone interior is that it's so light, it gets dirty waaaayy too easily.
3.2 Liter 18-valve V-6 engine
221 hp @ 5,600 rpm
232 lb-ft @ 3,000 - 4,800 rpm
All this = barely adequate horsepower with a very gravelly engine noise. Wish I had the V-8.
My neighbors have a lot of trash, don't they? Oh, and see that house with the white car in the background? That garage houses a silver S55, silver SL55, and a white CL600. That's on top of the Lexus LX470 parked on the driveway which you can barely make out. I think they have a white IS300 also, but I'm not sure. Update: I'm not quite sure which car got the boot, but that neighbor now parks a yellow Ferrari F430 Spyder in the middle garage spot.
Yeah, I know the tint job sucks, but my mom wanted cheap tint. You get what you pay for. 5% in the back, 30% in the front. That's on top of the stock blue tint. It's an interesting effect.
Notice that weird cutout in the rear quarter window? Tint guy didn't bother removing the interior paneling and tinting the entire window. Ugly isn't it?
LED brakelights. Wish the other car in this picture had them too.
Trunk holds at least two people. Yes, I tried. Show Less
I finally tinted my car. Huper Optik 30 in the back, V-Kool 70 in the front. Huper is a ceramic based tint so it doesn't affect radio reception or radar... Show more detector range as much as metallic tint does. V-Kool is metallic based, but it comes in a lighter shade than Huper yet rejects as much heat. Even though I have a black interior, because of my tint, the interior is only mildly warm after a hot day.
From this angle, you can tell I have tint on the front windows. It's sort of shimmery here; an unfortunate side effect of metallic tint.
30% in back. Dark enough for some privacy, yet light enough to see out of at night. I had limo tint before. I learned my lesson.
This pic shows the contrast between 30% and 70%. It's hard to tell the front is even tinted. Hopefully cops have just as difficult a time and don't bother me.
This shot lets you compare the untinted front windshield with the tinted side window.
The installers did a good job. Dot matrix didn't pose a problem to them. Dot matrix is what I call those little dots on the edges of a lot of your windows. Many installers can't tint over them properly. They can cause large bubbles if not installed right, making for a very ugly tint job. The sign of a good tint installer is how well he can handle dot matrix. For both shops that I used, the installers were able to tint over the dot matrix without any extra steps done to the window. Some installers sand down, paint over, or attach a black vinyl strip covering the dot matrix. All that is unnecessary. A good installer, like the two I used, can tint over the dot matrix without doing anything to them at all. It takes more time and effort, but it can be done.
Rear quarter window
Upper portion of back window. Had to use my hand to block the glare from the sun so you can actually see how the dot matrix looks.
Front side window
Tint installed by:
WinTech - Professional Window Tinting in Costa Mesa, CA.
XLNT Tint in Anaheim, CA. Show Less