1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate

My cousin touched base with me yesterday and wanted my advice on mid-sized SUVs with a 3rd row seat. While I’m a car enthusiast, I’ll admit, SUVs are never on the radar for me. I’m a sports car person. I’m not really sure what that Overland trim package on your Jeep nets you over the regular version for the proletariat. Nor do I really care. Interestingly enough, we both agreed that the Volvo XC90 is probably the best of the lot, but for me, it’s akin to choosing which communicable disease I’d prefer.

Ever the helpful relative, I offered up the “what would Paul drive” scenario. And guess what? It’s this car. The Mercedes-Benz W124 E class estate with the third row seat option. OK, so some people might be a bit nervous strapping their kids into a rear-facing seat, but there is no mid-sized SUV these days which can match this car’s durability and sheer class. More than likely, it’s a lot more efficient than most SUVs these days and you could even opt for 4matic all-wheel drive in this model from 1990 to 1993. This example for sale in Southern California is a final year 1995 model with 81,000 miles, which represents a barely broken in car when it comes to the W124.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Estate on eBay

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320W Wagon. 6 cyl 3.2 liter, automatic transmission, traction control, climate control air cond, power windows, power locks, cruise control, beautiful non-smoker interior, factory sunroof, factory AM/FM stereo cassette and CD changer. Beautiful body and paint, always garaged. This vehicle runs and drives very strong and very smooth. All factory books, factory alloy wheels, roof rack, factory mats. This was grandma and grandpas car and they dont drive anymore. Zero rust one-owner Malibu California car, real buyers know how nice these wagons are. 3rd seat package, loaded.

At almost $11,000, I think this Benz is a bit overvalued. If it has a complete service history available and presents as well as the pictures, $6,000 to $8,000 tops would be more like it. Anything over $10,000 these days should be reserved for near mint examples with under 50,000 miles. Still, there’s not many of these with under 100,000 miles left, as the estate variants are often the ones employed to the greatest degree.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E500

The W124 Mercedes-Benz 500E/E500 needs no introduction here at GCFSB. These brutes rounded out the German super saloon triumvirate, along with the BMW E34 M5 and Audi C4 S4/S6. They are also the exception to the rule that says Mercedes-Benz coupes and convertibles hold resale values stronger than sedans. Clean, unmolested examples are highly prized and this example for sale in California strikes a good balance between low mileage garage queen and clapped out, high mileage runner.

1994 Mercedes-Benz on eBay

1994 Mercedes 500E the original Autobahn Stealthwagon. In 1991 Mercedes introduced the high-performance 500E (W124.036) Designed and jointly built with Porsche, each 500E being hand-built by Porsche, and transported between the Mercedes plant and Porsche’s factory in Zuffenhausen over and 18 day build cycle. In 1994 the 500E was mildly face-lifted and the brakes were improved and re-badged the E500. Production totaled 10470 cars and concluded in 1995.

The 500E had a naturally aspirated 32 valve 5.0 liter V8 engine producing 322 hp and 354 ft lbs of torque which delivered performance of 5.5 seconds to 60 MPH. This sports car acceleration and its handling and braking prowess so impressed the automotive press they labeled the 500E a “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Because of its wide track and subtle flairs, limited production, hand-built construction, and joint provenance with Porsche; the 500E is already considered a “classic.”

The particular 500E has under 75k miles, and is a local SF Bay Area car from new, no accidents, clean CarFax and never smoked inside. Cosmetics are very nice and the car is all original; no performance or cosmetic enhancements. It has the heated seats. Tires are Michelin Pilot Sports and brakes are quite new. If you are looking for a really nice “classic” that you can drive comfortably daily and that hides its skills in a subtle looks; this is your 500E.

If you can find one with under 50,000 miles on the clock, these 500E/E500 sedans can usually command prices in the $25,000 to $35,000 range. Those cars with around 75,000 to 100,000 miles are still in demand, as these are Mercedes-Benzes that were engineered to a point, not a price. With no reserve, we’ll probably see this car sell anywhere in the $14,000 to $20,000 range; more than likely bringing a figure between $16,000 and $17,000. Smoke silver is a tame color for this fast Benz, but it’s not a hue that offends. That might hold back bidding just a bit.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe

Speaking as a former Mercedes-Benz owner, the styling direction that the house of the Three Pointed Star has taken as of late leaves a bit to be desired. One particular disappointment I had was when the current E class coupe returned, replacing the CLK coupe. It is no longer a true pillarless coupe. True, both front and rear windows roll down without and the car is sans B pillar, but there is a small, fixed pane of glass at the rear that just looks like it doesn’t belong. The new C class coupe isn’t any better, as it has a fixed B pillar and resembles the Honda Accord coupe just a bit too much. As sad and retrograde as it may seem, I long for the old Mercedes-Benz, specifically cars like this W124 E320 Coupe. Simple in design yet elegant, it harkens back to a time when Mercedes-Benzes were engineered to a fault and were produced in much smaller numbers.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe on eBay

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 Coupe. Only 44,427 miles. Heated front seats, sunroof. Rare, one owner white over gray coupe. This E320 comes with a complete service history performed by a local Mercedes-Benz dealer.

Highlights Include:

A new engine wiring harness at 44,413 miles ($2,200)
A new mass airflow sensor @ 44,373
A new timing cover seal, valve cover gasket and head gasket @ 39,820 miles ($1430)
A new front cam cover seal @ 37,602 miles ($663)

The pictures do not do this car justice! We encourage you to come see it in person if you are serious about a purchase. It is immaculate! Please note there are many shadows cast on the vehicle due to the conditions in which the photos were taken. If you are unclear of anything please contact us PRIOR to placing a bid!

This car has resided in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which is the northern suburbs of Philadelphia. It’s a rather wealthy area with roads and traffic conditions that wouldn’t be too harsh on a vehicle. Looking at the service records and the service advisor’s name, I can tell this car was serviced where I bought my last Mercedes-Benz, Keenan Motors. I never had a complaint about that dealer, as they were attentive to maintenance issues I might need to address in the near future and wouldn’t go out of their way to gouge me on repair costs. The mass air flow sensor and engine seals are rather common repairs, but I would inquire with the dealer regarding the wiring harness issue and if they have further information as to why this fix was carried out. I would say this car is about $4,000 to $5,000 overpriced, as you can get newer CLK coupes for similar money. Then again, the CLK is no W124. The color is a bit pedestrian but I’m a fan of this car, if not for its rarity, then for its stoic charm.

-Paul

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E

The 500E is one of the most complete cars I’ve ever driven. When I was in college, I was fortunate enough to test drive this legend at a specialist dealer. Even though the car I drove had 110,000 miles on the clock, in true Mercedes-Benz fashion, it felt solid as a rock. The suspension in this car alone was a revelation; comfortable enough for highway cruising yet tight enough when you wanted to be aggressive. To explain how the engineers pulled this off would probably be as hard to explain how gravity works. This car left an impression on me and every time I see one come up for sale, the little devil on my shoulder tells me to forget about the maintenance, fuel and insurance costs….just do it. This 1993 500E is for sale right in my backyard and it’s calling my name.

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E on eBay

1993 Mercedes 500E: A joint production between Mercedes and Porsche. Here is the chance to own one of the cleanest and most cared for 500Es.

A little history, the prior owner received the car as part of a settlement many years ago and she spared absolutely no expense caring for it, none! The car was stored in a garage on 5th Avenue nearly all its life, it was always serviced at MB of Manhattan or EuroMotorcars in Bethesda on occasion. I have paperwork on the car that includes all the maintenance performed since its original purchase in addition to the owner’s manual svc stamps since ’93. I have all the major services documented since original purchase, including the latest 60k maintenance performed at the dealership to the tune of $1,100+ when the car had 57k; transmission flush was performed at 52k. Documented engine harness and water pump replacement.

All major equipment/parts on the car are 100% original i.e., engine, transmission, and body… Engine runs super smooth and transmission shifts like butter. Everything functions inside/out, cassette deck has the occasional hiccup but radio and cd player work perfectly. A/C blows ice cold and heat works great. It has never been driven in rain or snow, no rust/corrosion anywhere and the car lived a sheltered life as stated. No accidents/bodywork and paintwork is all original. Interior shows no signs of wear w/ a few minor blemishes on wood that is merely unavoidable on these cars. I have all three original keys, owners manual, documents, and MB dust cover. When I took possession the dealership recommended as general maintenance to update some parts, so I did right away. Below I will list what has been updated:

Parts & Service

New updated O.E.M. MBenz Engine Harness- Originals were known to deteriorate over time ($1,300+)

Front Rotors and Brake Pads
Caps and Rotors
Windshield Washer reservoir pump
Interstates best battery that came recommended for this car
Mobile One Synthetic
Car just passed a stringent VA Safety and Emissions inspection last month.

I know this is an extraordinary example of a very rare car, only serious buyers please inquire, I will do my best to answer your questions. Pictures do this car no justice so once again serious buyers please feel free to set up an appointment with me.I will do my best to assist with shipping if required in any way that I can. $1,500 deposit will be required at time of purchase. I have set a low reserve on the car considering what I paid and money I personally invested thereafter.

Over the past couple years, I’ve seen some 500Es advertised at stratospheric prices, sometimes close to or over the $40,000 mark. Usually Mercedes-Benz sedans command less than their coupe and convertible brethern, but this is one special Mercedes and enthusiasts know. This car’s asking price is refreshing; well within reason given the mileage and condition.

-Paul

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320

Those that know me are aware I have a weakness for certain vintage Mercedes-Benzes. Interestingly enough, it’s not always the flashy coupes and roadsters, but rather, the sedate sedans that pull at my heart strings more. Having grown up with a 1992 Mercedes-Benz 400E in my parents’ household, I’ve admired the W124 for its no-nonsense looks and stout chassis. I’d love to have another one someday and while the legendary 500E would be the one I’d choose, more than likely my wallet would steer me more towards a six cylinder variant, and preferably the face lifted version that appeared for the 1994 model year. This later model 1994 E320 for sale in the Mid-Atlantic region is not the most mint condition example out there, but with a bit of TLC it would make an excellent daily driver.

1994 Mercedes-Benz E320 on eBay

1994 Mercedes E320. No reserve auction, highest bidder wins! Original 101,942 miles. Yes, those are original miles. No accidents, non-smoker, rust free, adult owned. Well maintained, no warning lights. No leaks, clean and clear title plus Carfax in hand. Runs, drives and looks great. Engine starts and runs perfectly. Transmission shifts very smooth without any hesitations or jerkings. These straight 6 cylinder engines are well known to go over 300k miles with regular oil changes. I personally drove this car and found it to be in outstanding condition.

Features: automatic transmission, ABS, airbags, power windows, cruise control, power locks, power mirrors, power steering, power seats, tan leather, sunroof, alloy wheels and more. Please note that this is a used vehicle and it does have minor wear and tear. Front bumper cover is broken as seen in picture but does not effect how it runs.

Since this is a no reserve auction, I would estimate that anywhere between $3,500 and $4,000 should take it, given the car’s cosmetic faults. Cleaner, lower mileage examples, with exception of the 500E/E500 can sometimes change hands for $10,000 or more, depending on what engine might lie under the hood. Provided it has a well documented service history, this E320 could be a great first Mercedes for someone seeking a car that is durable, fairly simple and won’t break the bank.

-Paul

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate

When friends of mine ask me for my advice when it comes to vehicles with added utility, I always throw out the possibility of buying an estate car, or station wagon, as they are known here in the United States. Whether it was the holdover of the family car stigma from the 1960s and 1970s or the rising popularity of the sports utility vehicle, I’ve never understood why a vehicle with a hatch on the rear, be it a two or four door car, doesn’t curry much favor stateside. You still have pockets of the country where these cars are still popular, mainly around the Northeast.

Luckily, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz sell a good number of these body variants here in this country and occasionally, we get lucky and see a few hot versions enter the mix. We’ve seen BMW 5 series Tourings with V8 engines and Audi S4 Avants here on our shores, but you have to hand it to Mercedes-Benz for kicking it up a notch with their AMG E Class wagon. First introduced in 2005 and available one year after that, the E55 had a supercharged 5.5 liter V8 which gave way to the 507 horsepower, 6.3 liter V8 in 2007, which had more horsepower but less torque than the E55, which enabled the vehicle to be hooked up to the 7 speed automatic transmission. Very few E63 estates made their way across the pond and they don’t appear a whole lot different from the usual E class estate, save for the large wheel and tire combination and quad exhausts.

2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on Autotrader

This 2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG E-Class 6.3L wagon with 507HP could potentially be the vehicle of your dreams! Enjoy an extra level of confidence when purchasing this E63 AMG 6.3L WAGON, it’s a CARFAX One-Owner. Sophistication & understated luxury comes standard on this Mercedes-Benz E63. This E63 has been lightly driven and there is little to no wear and tear on this vehicle. The care taken on this gently used vehicle is reflective of the 25,777 miles put on this Mercedes-Benz. You’ll quickly realize how much you will need a navigation system once you are stopping for directions or looking up addresses on your phone instead of looking at the road. This E63 features a navigation system that will free you of these unnecessary headaches. This Mercedes-Benz includes: standard paint, burl walnet wood trim, leather upholstered seats, premium package 1, Distronic adaptive cruise control.

This was an almost $100,000 vehicle in 2007, so a mere five years on, you have $55,000 worth of depreciation. White isn’t my first color choice for an E class wagon, but one could fly well under the radar with this rig while sacrificing little in driving pleasure or performance. I give Mercedes-Benz their propers for offering this car in the US market. Fast wagons are like an inside joke to most Americans; they just don’t get them.

-Paul

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic estate

Here’s a low mileage example of the final year Mercedes-Benz E500 7 passenger estate. I tend to refer to these as Hamptonmobiles, as German estates are the vehicle of choice for those who live and vacation in the far east reaches of Long Island. Armed with 302 horsepower, this wagon can hit 60 in just under six seconds. Additionally, the 4matic all wheel drive makes this a particularly attractive choice for Northeast customers without reverting to the de rigeur SUV.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4matic estate on eBay

2006 Mercedes-Benz E500 4Matic AWD Wagon, Original MSRP: $71,085

* Premium Package (Originally $3,550.00)
– Power Tilt/Sliding Glass Sunroof, Includes 1-touch open/close and memory
– harmon/kardon LOGIC7 Surround Sound System, Includes 12 speakers (including dual surround speakers plus a subwoofer) and 7.1 channel amplifier.
– 6-Disc CD Changer
– DVD COMAND Navigation
– Active Ventilated Front Seats
– Heated Front Seats
– Rear Side-Window Roller Blinds

* Hands Free Communication System (Originally $1,450.00)
– Includes Voice Control

* Lighting Package (Originally $990.00)
– Bi-Xenon Headlamps w/Active Curve Illumination, Low and high beam.
– Headlamp Washers

* Automatic Power Liftgate (Originally $520.00)
* Sirius Satellite Radio (Originally $420.00)
* 3rd Seat 7-Passenger Package

PEDIGREE:

* Extremely Clean and Well Cared For Inside And Out.
* 1 Previous Owner
* Clean CarFax & AutoCheck Vehicle History Reports. 100% AutoCheck and CarFax Certified. No Reported Accidents, Issues, Problems, Etc.
* Amazingly Well Serviced and Maintained at Mercedes of Melbourne, FL
* Tires in Very Good Condition, Tires Measure 7/32nds Rear and 6/32nds Front – App. 60% to 70% of the Tread Remaining. All Matching.

Normally I wouldn’t be so enthused about a car for sale in Chicago but it appears this one was sourced from Florida. It certainly appears as such. While the V8 engine isn’t the most economical choice for the times, the color, practicality and condition make this a good choice for long distance travels. If in fact the extended warranty on offer can be honored at Mercedes dealers, it would be a wise choice, as one could enjoy this estate for a little while longer while mitigating repair costs at a fraction of its cost when new.

-Paul

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 Estate

I give a lot of credit to Mercedes-Benz for their willingness to let a select group of US buyers special order the last generation E class AMG wagon. The E55, introduced in 2005, featured the 5.5 supercharged AMG V8 that cranked out 469 horsepower. With the phasing out of the 5.5 liter supercharged engine, it made way for the E63, which brought us a family estate with over 500 horsepower.

These are rather unique cars, as only a few hundred were sold new. This 2009 E63 represents the last year for the W211 AMG estate.

2009 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Estate on AutoTrader

CARFAX Certified one owner. The most rare car on the road, only two for sale in the whole United States for 2009. 507 HP, black on black, leather seats. Third row seating. Low miles. Navigation, Harman-Kardan Sound System, Xenon lights, all service completed. This E63 is immaculate. It is powered by a 6.2L 507 HP engine. No dents, scratches, non-smoker.

Multi-Zone A/C, Adjustable Steering Wheel, Heated Driver Seat, Heated Passenger Seat, Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror, Adjustable Lumbar Support, Power Door Locks, Heated Power Mirrors, Variable, Rain and Speed Sensing Wipers.

The seller’s description in this ad was so bad that I had to massively edit it for the site. If it’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s dealers that try and sell unique cars like this and try and pass them off as your usual ex-rental Corolla. Also, I’d like to know how the Mercedes emblem on the tailgate was broken (there’s no ring around the three pointed star). All in all, a car of this stature deserves of a better presentation. With issues like these, it makes me wonder what else could have happened in this car’s past. When you spend this kind of money for a used car, you’ve just got to get it right.

-Paul

1989 Mercedes-Benz 260E

The W124 Mercedes-Benz E class was one of those rare instances where the replacement for a legendary model, the W123, almost surpassed its predecessor’s reputation for solidity and reliability. One of the lesser known models was the entry level 260E, or later 300E 2.6, with the same engine as the W201 190E 2.6. Clean, early W124s are becoming more rare, and I was surprised to stumble upon a well maintained one owner example right in my backyard.

1989 Mercedes-Benz 260E on eBay

Up for auction is a perfect example Mercedes E260, legendary W124 in superb condition. I deal with a lot of older Mercedes vehicles and this one is one of the best I have ever had. Mercedes has a real reputation for building some of the safest and most reliable vehicles on the road and this one is no exception. Mercedes vehicles are known worldwide for their reliability and durability. This Mercedes is truly masterpiece in design, engineering and quality. This vehicle was assembled in West Germany. The quality of this vehicle is without any questions, the best. Mercedes vehicles are assembled with precision, knowlege, love and pride. I can tell that the previous owner took care of this Mercedes with the same attributes. I can say and even provide real statistics that the quality of this vehicle easy surpass any Japanese vehicle without any doubt. Please take a look at this beautiful Mercedes E260. This car was definitely garaged since it left the assembly plant. This is because the quality parts and assebly. No rattles or any strange noises. The Vehicle drives like a small tank. The interior of this car smells like new. People who ever had an experience with Mercedes cars should be familiar with authentic smell of Mercedes interior. When you sit down, please look around, close your eyes. You will smell the real wood and rich leather only produced using the best components available on earth. It can be fully opened or it can be opened in vent position. Simple and genius. Since this car was garaged most of the time, there is no rust on vehicle at all!!! The are no dents on the body and no paint work! This Merc was never envolved in accident.

Everybody knows that the price for the gas these days is not a joke. This vehicle has inline 6 cylinder engine. This engine gives you great fuel economy and at the same time it is powerful enough to move this vehicle quickly. This vehicle is very economical on gas. The engine starts and sounds perfect. The engine has an excellent sound. When you drive it, you know that you drive Mercedes and be proud of it! Transmission shifts the way it should in proper manner. All electronics work properly. Visual Display Organizator does not have any “check engine” light. All power doors work as they should. All the interior light work as they should. I would define this car as showroom condition. Also, this car has a low milage and Auto Check shows very high score. This is a original milage vehicle. This is also one owner car. This car can be purchased for daily use or as a collection to your garage. This is your chance! This vehicle is true Mercedes. It is built like a small tank. Low Milage. Garage kept. It has a real steel, wood, leather and other high quality components. Made in Germany. Good luck bidding on this beautiful Benz. I will also take reasonable offer. I can also assist a shipping for this vehicle.

I really enjoy watching these no reserve auctions as it’s a great, up to the minute indicator for the used market. I really like this 260E, because it is classy in a staid, unpretentious sort of way. The colors are right and with a good history, it should have many years left for a new owner to enjoy.

-Paul

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Cabriolet

Following up to the clean, low mileage Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan just featured, here is a very mint example of the first Mercedes-Benz four seat convertible manufactured since the early 1970s: the E320 cabriolet. Just shy of 3,700 examples were produced in this last year for the W124, featuring the venerable 3.2 liter inline six producing 217 hp. This example has yet to see the better side of 60,000 miles and it shows.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 Convertible on Hemmings Motor News

This E320 Cabriolet is painted in rare #721 Moonstone Gray Metallic with a Gray leather interior and black cloth top. A limited production hand-built car, this example has only 57,000 miles. No accidents ever with clean CarFax. All original paint. Meticulously maintained by its owner and used as a fair-weather driver only in Wisconsin summers and Florida winters. Must see and drive to appreciate.

It always amazes me that given how few E320 cabrios were produced, there always seems to be a wealth of clean, low mileage examples for sale. The asking prices for these models have always been strong, but $28,500 seems a bit optimistic. If this car had under 20,000 miles and was close to showroom fresh, maybe I could see it. But realistically, given the current economy, a value of closer to $20,000 seems more reasonable.

I will say that this car speaks to me, and quite loudly, because my 1998 Mercedes-Benz C230 was painted this very hue, Moonstone Gray Metallic, and it is a fantastic color. Subtle, with a hint of mauve about it in the right lighting. Ever since they appeared in 1992, the W124 E class cabriolet was a favorite of mine. I have no doubt that someday, when my economic and living situation changes, I will be searching for a clean, lovingly cared for example like this very car. And maybe I’ll be lucky enough to get it in Moonstone Gray.

-Paul