Thinking about replacing a large SUV with a late 90's AWD E-class wagon
preferably with the turbo-Diesel, but maybe with the gas 3-liter six.
Is this likely to be a reliable choice?
I can live with the loss of towing/carrying ability, but I've heard Merc
quality is not so hot and am not interested in buying into something that
will nickel and dime me to death. (If I wanted that, I'd get a BMW.) we own
an older Lexus LS that is utterly reliable, so we're spoiled w.r.t.
reliability, but Lexus makes no AWD/wagon version of the LS or GS and we
don't like the RX.
Not interested in anything that over-weight and under-spaced. I already have
an SUV that is WAY more sensible than the VW. So why would I step back if I
wanted to stay with an SUV? Plus, I don't trust VW/Audi quality at all. The
ignition coil fiasco leaves a bad impression on me as a buyer.
An early 90's BMW 525 wagon would be an extremely reliable vehicle. I don't
know about Mercedes' reliability in these years/types of car but I know that
the early 90's 525 were the most reliable BMW's ever built and will last
well into 300k miles+ if regular maintenance is done. BMW has had its
problems, especially with later models but not with these.
We bought a use 94 E320 wagon, wanted diesel but couldn't find it. I
strongly recommend AGAINST Mercedes unless you're prepared to go through at
least 2K in mtce per year. Not AWD either but I haven't heard many nice
things about that option.
ARRGHH. Shoulda bought the Suburu.
However, at 140K miles this thing still kicks BUTT! and handles better than
anything else I've owned besides a Honda CRX Si.
Only TD Eclass wagon for the US was in 1987. I have seen several around my
town, but all have 150k+ miles. They are out there and if you can find a
clean one, it would be a bargin (CMV ~$7-8k). It is too bad that it was
available for only 1yr, because in some ways this is the perfect family
Suppposedly MB will have a new TD wagon available in the near future. If it
as durable and reliable as previous MB diesels, I will get in line to buy
That is if E320 CDI is selling well in the USA next year. We hope to see
the expansion of CDI offering to include station wagons as well as
4-litre V8 CDI for ML, G, E, and possibly S (wishful thinking on that
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