Date registered: Sep 2005
Vehicle: Green '02 E320 Wagon
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Importing a manual W210 E320 wagon to the USA
Hello all, I am starting my search for a W210 E320 wagon. Yes, at this point, I will have to buy a used one. The crazy part is, I want one with a manual transmission (stick shift). I live in the USA and I assume that stick shift models simply aren't sold here.
Will it be impossible to find a manual E320 wagon in the States? Should I not even consider trying to import one because it's unreasonably expensive or impossible with EPA regulations? And even if I could import one, is it far too risky to blindly buy a used car overseas thanks to language barriers, currency conversion, taxes and duties, shipping, EPA modifications, etc, etc?
I know its an odd request, but I love the space of a wagon and the control of a stick shift. The W210 E320 wagon has been tempting me for years and years, and with my current car aging (Volvo V70 manual), it's time for the Benz.
On my recent trip to Germany (Stuttgart, even) it was tempting to see so many manual E320 wagons. If my conversational German was above grade school level, I would have tried speaking to a dealership there. Maybe I would have embarrassed myself, which is why I ask here first.
Thanks in advance. This seems like a great forum, and I look forward to drooling at the pictures of your cars (oohhh, E55 AMG wagon....).
Getting my Benz back on the road one step at a time