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Well, we're not exactly new to Mercedes. Owned a big white 250S sedan 1970-73, then got into SAABs and never looked back. Forty years later we're changing makes (for obvious reasons, if you read the papers). Mercedes is a candidate, along with BMW, Volvo, and the usual suspects. Just doing the research at this point.....
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I suspect it'll be a sedan. No matter what we buy, it will be FWD or AWD, so for MB, that means 4Matic. The good news is that there are a lot of late model CPO E350 4Matics at a local dealer. The problem with Volvos is that I have already been effectively warned off by several people (on the Volvo forum, no less) who say not to expect the driving experience with a Volvo that we've been having with SAAB- to stick with MB or BMW.

OTOH, the last Mercedes I drove was (I believe) an R-class. Of course it was a nice car, with all the features we're used to in SAAB and then some, but I think an SUV or a crossover is going to have too high a center of gravity for the driving experience we like. When I drove the R-class, I looked up the specs, and was appalled at the weight when going 4Matic. I am driving an '04 SAAB 9-5 wagon right now, which is about 3500 pounds EW, and I'd be pushing 5K in an E-class 4Matic. No real mystery at the somewhat lackluster fuel efficiency.....
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