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Mercedes E-Class Wagons (E320, E500, E55 AMG)

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  • I have a 2001 wagon, and purchased a hitch from Master Hitch in Houston, TX. It is a DrawTite hitch, and I use it only for a bike rack. I think the 98 and 01 wagons are the same. You might contact a DrawTite dealer in your area.
  • Anyone done any work in installing a DVD player in an E320 wagon. Everyone I speak with says you cannot install the screens in the headliner with the sunroof. Anyone done screens in the headrests? If any information, would appreciate vendor and installer.
  • Any words of advice for someone looking at a '95 e320 with 90k miles? Owner is asking $15k. Car runs great but there has been some recent work ( water pump / wheel bearings / radiator ) done. What else should I expect to repair in the near future? What is an average monthly cost to own for a car of this age? If you own/owned a mid -90's e320, would you do it again?
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    You probably won't be buying a 2003 E wagon. They're only importing about 500 of them for the year and they will be the old body style (same as 2002). They'll be very hard to find. You'll likely have to wait until the 2004 model year for a new e wagon.
  • We have just taken our new 2002 e-320 wagon on our first road trip. Although we've had the car several months, it's the first time we've had it on the highway. At speeds of 65+, there was a fairly loud buzzing noise that seemed to be coming through the driver's side windshield. It didn't look like the wiper was vibrating. Has anyone else experienced this? Please e-mail me at dbirzon@earthlink.net.
  • Hi. My wife and I are considering buying a low-mile '01 E320 Wagon w/ 4-matic and while I am very familiar with Subaru's all-wheel drive system that shifts power to whichever wheel(s) need it, I was wondering how MB's 35/65 4-matic drive system compares. Any insight is greatly appreciated. Feel free to e-mail me at PHSLED@AOL.COM. Thanks. -Bob
  • kost1kost1 Posts: 1
    Has anyone seen the upcoming new e wagon yet? If so, where can i view it? Thanks
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Have you checked in Edmunds' Future Vehicles Section? They now have information about a 2004 E-Class Luxury Wagon. Is this what you're referring to?

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Check out Edmunds' coverage of the 2004 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon from the 2003 Detroit Auto Show.


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    Thanks for your comments!


    Revka

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  • I have what appears to be god opportunity to purchase from a dealer, a 2001 E320 WGN, has everything on it except the 4 matic, for a $39,000, price tag and it will include the extended warrenty. it was locally owned and has only 14,000 miles on it. Easily good condition, could be postitioned as excellent condition. I drive over 50,000 miles a year and am placing the 1999 volvo S80 (150,000 miles)with the wife. The wagon appears to be a good deal.. trying to get by the leap to another $40,000 vehicle in the drive way. Dealer says it will be priced to 43,000 to everyone else. sales person screwed up on the price quote. I don't know. everyone on this baord sounds pretty happy with there wagon...any comments ?
    b in virginia
  • cranshawcranshaw Posts: 2
    My wife and I have (finally) decided to take the plunge and purchase the E320 4Matic of her dreams. We have located a 1998 in the perfect color, in perfect condition, after one owner on the lot of the large, local MB dealership. It has only 49,600 miles and the CarFax checks out clean. We have been assured that the car is in excellent shape. Question: Should we be concerned that the dealer is asking only $24,900? Should we purchase an extended warranty from the dealer?
  • Hi Cranshaw
    We recently purchased a '98 wagon as well for closer to $28k - dealer wanted $32k for similar mileage. The only advice I can give is to make sure you have the vehicle inspected by an independent mechanic. The one we purchased was the second one we had inspected. When the first one was inspected, the car literally broke down after going two blocks from the dealership. The second one came back a lot better, but we still used some issues to negotiate the price. Hope this helps and please post a follow up.
  • cranshawcranshaw Posts: 2
    Mysienna2003,

    Many thanks for your input. After reading your email and noting that Consumer reports listed the E-Class as a used car to avoid, we enlisted our local Mercedes repair shop. Not only did they give the car a clean bill of health, they also gave us a great deal on the extended warranty. The peace of mind of the inspection and the warranty, coupled with a great car has made the queen rather happy.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Congrats on your recent purchase! And glad you've been able to get some helpful feedback in this discussion..., thanks to mysienna2003.

    You may also be interested in checking out the Consumer Reviews for the 98 E320 in our Used Vehicle guide. A lot of good information there. Good luck, and please keep us posted on your MB E320 wagon experience.

    Thanks for your participation! ;-)

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  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    To mysienna2003 and other owners- It would be nice to see some vehicle updates in here. Anyone interested in participating? If you'd like, you can list your:

    1. Model Year & Total miles to date.

    2. MPG (City/Highway).

    3. Any additional Accessories & Mods?

    4. Maintenance issues to date.

    5. Any interesting trips or cargo experiences?

    6. Overall impressions pro/cons of your E-Class wagon
        since you first purchased....

    Share as much or as little information as you like. I'm sure other owners/enthusiasts, passing through here, would find the information quite interesting... if not helpful.

    Also, you can report back every 3-5k to update again. Thanks for your participation, and happy motoring! ;-)

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  • maurcedesmaurcedes Posts: 38
    Always glad to brag about my car.

    Mine is a 1995, date of manufacture August 1994. White with blue interior. It started life in Rhode Island as a dealer's service wagon, then was sold to a woman in Mass. who, I deduce from the service records, drove a lot and was probably on-the-road sales. It also apparently made the Florida run often in its early years. I bought the car in July of 2000 with 120,000 miles on it for about $16,200. Current mileage is 174,000.

    Repair history:

    120,311 miles: Front brake pads, rotors, struts.

    120,567: Drivers side window stuck.

    125,708: Replaced rear load-leveling shocks. Power steering system serviced.

    128,265: Transmission repair to fix reverse.

    152,530: Replaced engine wiring harness and battery.

    168,000: Replaced air conditioning evaporator.

    Misc. repairs included a tail-light lens (probably done in by a shopping cart); an exhaust pipe hole; and the sunroof stuck open. The car's current repair needs are the transmission O-rings and rear pinion seal. It also needs a new windshield, it's so pitted that if you're driving into the sun or against oncoming headlights it's dangerous.

    I also had complete services done at 120,311 and 150,951 and tires at 128,061 (Michelins, w/alignment) and 155,406 (Toyos, holding up fine). Oil changes all done on schedule.

    ONE MORE THING: The "check engine" light was an intermittent annoyance beginning the day we bought the car. The EGR valve is bad, but I'm going to wait till the engine needs more major work before replacing it. The car runs fine and starts good. We don't have emissions testing where I live. When the A/C evaporator was replaced, they dismantled the entire dashboard, and I thus had the opportunity to "fix" the check engine light. I'm sure this is pretty common. I wish I had thought to ask them to replace the front stereo speakers also! They are worn out.

    My mechanic advised me in very strong terms not to use the gooey stuff to fix the A/C leak. I trust the guy. He said he had to replace a compressor once after doing this, on his dime.

    I get 25 mpg on the highway at 75 mph, with that nice in-line 6. I love the car.
  • revkarevka Posts: 1,750
    Thanks for your 174k update! Wow, I'm impressed. Seems you've taken very good care of your vehicle..., and it's paid off with some pretty good miles for you. I'm sure others passing through here will appreciate your detailed notes. Also, good luck in resolving the issues you've reported. Perhaps someone here can offer some feedback on those matters.

    So who's next? Anyone else have a vehicle update they'd like to share...? ;-)

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  • stdpudelstdpudel Posts: 3
    I am a little different in that I came to the E320 reluctantly. It's my 4th AWD wagon: Toyotas Tercel, Corolla, Subaru Legacy 2.5GT preceded it. I kept the Toyotas for over 100K miles, but the Subaru was unsatisfactory and I could barely sell it at 45K miles. I looked and looked at all the AWD wagons, and then a family member offered me the E320 coming off lease for $20K.

    And I have to say that it's been a quality car - 1 year of ownership and no brake repairs or exhaust repairs. This would be unprecedented for a Japanese car in the 4th year. We bought it new tires, and the dealer $400 oil change.

    1. Model Year & Total miles to date.
    1998 43,000

    2. MPG (City/Highway).
    As low as 16, as high as 25 (it loves the open road and 80 mph)

    3. Any additional Accessories & Mods?
    We have dogs. I got a cargo tray and a fabulous seat cover for the back seat from Over The Top in England.

    4. Maintenance issues to date.
    NADA! It is a little persnickety about having the gas cap screwed tightly or the Check Engine light comes on. But another charm of the car is that it "comes with someone to talk to". I called the 800 number and they pinpointed the cause and reassured me.

    5. Any interesting trips or cargo experiences?
    It has a huge cargo area and I carried a couch back from the store.

    6. Overall impressions pro/cons of your E-Class wagon since you first purchased....
    A quality vehicle (albeit large) that is practically worth the money.
  • knievelknievel Posts: 4
    Any advice on what to look out for on a 92 300TE 4-Matic with 146k miles? Carfax checks out clean on VIN, but not sure how to find out maintenance records. The VIN is WDBED90E3NF206541 if anyone has access to a special system... :)
    The seller wants 7k which seems reasonable - vehicle has passenger airbag, leather, 3rd row seat.
  • ncvolncvol Posts: 196
    Can someone please confirm this for me? I've been looking into getting a used E320 wagon, preferably 1999-2001 (amongst several other wagons), and it seems as if a CD player does not come standard, and if you get it as an option, it is not part of the front console, but rather back in the rear of the vehicle. This seems absurd for a high-end car like a Mercedes, considering that the lowliest Kias and Hyundais rolling off the lines have standard CD players up front where they can actually be used by the driver. It appears that this is still true even for the latest 2003 models. Am I missing something here?
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