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Date registered: Dec 2008
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What's in a name?
Hello from San Jose, California!
I did some holiday shopping for my wife on Black Thursday (November 28) and bought her a '99 E320 wagon 4matic with surprisingly low mileage for its age.
She had originally requested a different brand; but after some research, it became quite obvious this vehicle dominates its category (and what we need) in terms of quality and value.
It is replacing our minivan, which in turn becomes a present to our nephew.
My previous experience with Mercedes was when I was a fleet mechanic in the '70s, while I was working my way through college to become an engineer. My experiences with maintaining and driving them for others at the time led me to consider Mercedes to be conservative yet uniquely designed heavy-duty machines, optimized for people who drive a lot.
(I don't really do a lot of driving, myself.)
With the current trend of "Green" technology and attitudes, some of my friends have recently purchased and recycled older M-B diesel models for modification to run on homemade biofuel. (While this strategy is very interesting, it also tends to favor a long daily commute due to the warm-up time required.)
Considering that the pollution and energy required to manufacture a new high-fuel-economy car will take multiple thousands of miles to amortize, opting for cars like Mercedes that are built to last is actually very "Green."
Furthermore, the E320 station wagon seats 7 people, and I expect to get 23 miles per gallon. This is on a par with a car that seats 5 people and gets 32 mpg, if the passenger capacity is taken into consideration.
Additionally, this car is extremely safe, especially compared to the taller crossover models.
Thank all of you for the bandwidth. Happy motoring!