Hello all you wise and knowledgeable MB owners...
Need some advice.
43 yo Mom looking for a WAGON to haul around a 5yo, an infant and a 100lb dog on lots of road trips (as we like to say, we're like visa...6 hours from anywhere you want to be
. Live in UPSTATE NY...read: LOTS of snow.
I am not going to buy another gas guzzling SUV (been there done that) nor am I willing to go back to a minivan (been there and done that too). Having started the kid thing later in life, I am looking for a slightly more luxurious ride that perhaps the average sippy-cup carting crowd.
I have loved MB since my Dad bought his first in the late 70's. Dream car was a MB 300TD wagon even then. (Have looked at those used but dh says no way on the diesel because it gets too cold around here. No where to plug in a block warmer while on the ski slopes...)
Hubby is very handy with vehicles and in the past has done quite a bit of our maintenance although he has been taking his A4 to the dealer instead of repairing himself. I suspect we will do some repairs ourselves and take others to dealer.
I am interested in a USED E320 4matic but have NO idea what year to look for or avoid. I know there are issues with some years but there are lots of differing opinions about which ones. Help knowing what things to check mechanically would be great too.
Need to keep the price under 20K and would prefer under 15k. Miles don't scare me as much as things like premature rusting and other serious flaws.
Advice? (Please don't tell me to buy a Subaru...saw the earlier post on that...) I have test driven almost everything else on the market and either hate the plastic/fake interiors or am turned off by the less than 20 highway mpg that most wagon/crossovers are getting. (I pretty much have my heart set on a mb....