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Mercedes E350/E400 Wagon

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  1. donv

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    I'm thinking about getting a Mercedes E350 or E400 wagon to replace both my Ford Expedition and my Audi A6, mostly for use as a winter ski car and general foul weather driver, and hauler of stuff. A loaner for the kids when they come back to town as well, and maybe some other visitors.

    A new one looks to be around $70-72k the way I would option it, but given that I don't plan to put that many miles per year on it, I'm thinking of saving money and buying a used one-- probably right around the end of the warranty period, as that's the big inflection point in value. So 2014-2016.

    I'm not afraid at all of owning a car like that out of warranty-- I have a couple of good independent german car mechanics who I use for other cars, and I understand how to get things repaired at a reasonable cost, get things rebuilt rather than replaced, etc. It's a different mindset than owning new.

    Anyone have any experience with these cars, any pitfalls, things to avoid, etc?
     
  2. donv

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    No wagon or Mercedes fans here, I guess?
     
  3. GuyIncognito

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    I have a W211 E320 wagon, which is the generation before yours; so not apples to apples.

    I would just say anything you'd typically be wary of on a similar age E class sedan applies to the wagon, with the possible addition of self leveling/air ride rear suspension.

    they're great cars and perfect for your requirement.
     
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    You make a good case for it. I'd just take the time to get one with the options you want, and enjoy it!
     
  5. donv

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    I found a new 2018 E400 wagon at a dealer a few hundred miles from me, at a pretty darn aggressive discount. I pick it up on Monday, so we'll see how it is.
     
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    Picked up the E400 wagon yesterday, drove it 250 miles home-- fantastic machine! The infotainment/navigation leaves a lot to be desired, especially after owning Teslas for the last 6 years, but aside from that it's phenomenal.
     
  7. Cotton

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    Nice, they’re great cars imo. Let’s see some pictures.
     
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    nice! gotta love E class wagons :cool:
     
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    Nice picture! I'm thinking about that-- any recommendations?

    For just my wife and I, I'm also thinking of just lowering the center rear seat and sliding the skis in there.
     
  12. vroom

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    Have 95 E320 wagon, great car!
     
  13. JAM1

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    No reason not to just have the skis up between the seats, but the boxes look awesome on wagons - particularly when they’re paint to match. The one I posted above is a Thule Hyper XL Cargo box.
     

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