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2009 W211 E class cars with good records should fit that budget and are great cars to drive.
Agree 100%.
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I agree too. Find a low-mileage E350 from 2008 or (preferably) 2009 with a decent service record and you can't really go wrong. Get it inspected before purchase if you are at all nervous about it.
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That E class is looking like a good option. What's the difference between the 2009 model and earlier ones? I see the facelift for the W211 was in 2006, so what was updated between then and 2009?
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The SBC brakes were ditched for 2007-2009 and changed to more conventional ABS system.
2009 only had the COMAND upgrade with improved navigation.

By the time the 2008-2009s were on the road the soft balance shaft issue that could eat up the
upper engine was no longer and issue. If looking at a 2007 please post the VIN in the W211 forum
and a member will check the engine number to make sure it is one that is past the problem range of engine numbers.
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X2 to Noodles. I bought a 2007 E350 a few years ago, and was to get a car without a possible issue thanks to forums like this one. I would say that I like my 2014 E class more than my 2007 E350.
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Kinda jonesing on this one, if you're cool with the colour scheme and don't mind flying to Houston:

Mercedes-Benz E Class 2009 E350 4MATIC AWD Panoroof Nav Heatseats AMG P2 | eBay

It doesn't have ventilated seats but they don't work very well on Mercedes of that era anyway


Really nice wheels IMHO and P2 Package but you may not need/want 4Matic and/or Pano Roof there in LA. Marked down from $21,980 to $17,990 and I'd offer even less than that.

There's also this one closer to home (in SD):

Cars for Sale: Used 2009 Mercedes-Benz E350 in Sedan, San Diego CA: 92111 Details - Sedan - Autotrader



Of course you have to do your own 'diligence' wrt the dealer, accident history, etc etc.
But it's a good model overall if you're looking for a sedan in that price range.
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Those both look like keepers. If I did need a wagon I would be very interested in those 2009s.
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The one in San Diego is certainly an option. I just noticed that there's such as thing as a 2008 E550. Are there any concerns I should have over this model compared to the more common E350? Also, airmatic suspension on these E's isn't a big liability?
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Opinions will differ of course; here are mine. The E550 is a wonderful car, and many swear by it. Its maintenance costs (and fuel consumption) will be slightly higher than the E350 (it being a V8) but of course its acceleration will be better too (the E350 has all the power I ever needed though). 550s are also typically better equipped in terms of features, but there are exceptions.

I can't remember if Airmatic is standard on all the E550s of these years or not, but I personally steer clear of any active suspension (e.g. Airmatic or ABC) particularly in a car which is more than three or four years old. They perform wonderfully when new but become maintenance headaches (expenses) once you near your warranty expiration date. And note: many if not most extended-warranty policies specifically exclude active-suspension components.
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E350 it is. Are there likely to be impending problems if I get one with around 100k miles on it?
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