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Looking at 2011 E350 wagons, any advice?

Hey everyone,

Just joined the forum so this is my first post here. I do belong to another Mercedes forum but they tend to specialize in older models.

I currently own a 95 w124 wagon. Best car I have ever owned but at almost 300K miles it is having issues and I need to move into something newer.

Looks like I can get into a 2011 e350 wagon for around $25K. I am looking at this year and model because it is new enough that I can get it financed through a dealer, while keeping the price at or below $25K.

My questions to all are:

Is 2011 E350 a good year? Having driven a 95 E320 I know the importance of picking a good year where the bugs have been wiped out.

Are there major issues that I should be aware of with this year/model? For instance 95 w124 had head gasket and wiring harness issues, also reverse band issues. All were big ticket fixes but once completed the car was great.

If there are major issues/bugs, at what mileage would they be expected to come up at?

Would it make more sense to go to a 2010 or a 2012? Or some other year?

At the end of the day, I want reliability, reliability reliability! I don't care for the frills. If you know what a 95 w124 wagon is you will know what I am talking about!

Thanks in advance for any and all insight!
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If you can swing it, the 2012 engine/transmission setup was a big improvement for me.
Having said that, the 2011 is 90% the same as the 2012
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