Most practical MBZ I've ever owned
August 30, 2017
I'm a Mercedes enthusiast. I've owned 9 others before this one. In the 70s, I had four 60s sedans. More recently, I've owned 2 antique classics ('70 280SE and '70 280SEL) and a couple of more modern ('87 560SEC and '97 SL320) sports models. My daily driver of the last 12 years in an '89 560SL. The LAST thing I thought I'd want to buy is a station wagon! But, having gone through everything else and realizing that the car I was recently hunting (an '09 CLK350 convertible) would be redundant with the SL and that it had basically zero trunk space, I decided to get pretty much the same car in terms of engine and interior, but to make it different from and more practical than my SL. I've only owned it a short time now (so I can't rate it for reliability), but it is what I thought it was: a super comfortable, luxurious long-distance driver with capacity for my gear (I'm a musician). It makes owning my SL make even more sense, as they do not overlap in function. On the inside, you couldn't tell if it's an E350 sedan, convertible or wagon unless you looked back or up (love the sunroof!). Being a V6, it's not as powerful as the V8 in my SL, but it has plenty of pep. Better gas mileage, too. So, a station wagon may not be as sexy as a convertible or even a sedan but, this time around, having had my fun with expensive older cars and their repair bills, I decided it was time to go as modern as I can stand, forego the repairs and just enjoy a quality driving experience in a little less sexy vehicle. I would recommend it.