New guy here, and I mean BRAND NEW! Still got the new guy smell...
To the OP, I'm intrigued by your thread, and moved by your intentions, so I wanted to take advantage here.
As a guy who has never owned or known anybody who owned a MB, I am thinking about pulling the trigger on a used ('03 - '05) E320 for the family. I am $1800 away from owning a 2001 Corvette Coupe, and being a new family man, it is my duty to upgrade the family ride from my wife's '90 Camry to a nice E-class.
My questions are these: what are some of the comparisons between the E320 2-wheel drive and the 4matic? Gas mileage, power, overall wear and tear, maintenance? Is one better than the other, given the relatively mild climate in Northern VA?
Being this is my first shot at Benz ownership, I'm being hassled about the maintenance/upkeep costs by naysayers, who speak more from the perspective of onlookers than first-hand experience.
Anyone who responds is greatly appreciated.