Wagon Week: 2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 Estate

Now that we’re well into wagon week, I know it can be frustrating to look at some of the cars we’ve featured knowing that we may never get to drive, let alone own, one of these cool haulers. But, in 2005, Mercedes-Benz gave five-door fans in the US a breath of fresh air with the E55 AMG Estate. This supercharged V8 wagon was vastly different from anything on Mercedes’ forecourts at the time, as the company was focused heavily on its ever expanding SUV lineup. But somehow, this beast got through a committee and made its way stateside. All the better for us gearheads, then, because the E55 AMG offers up 469 bhp and 516 ft/lbs torque from its 5.5 liter, supercharged V8. That’s plenty of power to catch your carpool mates off guard. This clean E55 AMG Estate is for sale in Austin, Texas and is ready for all your fast hauling needs.

Year: 2006
Model: E55 Estate
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 55,098 miles
Price: $34,950

2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Estate on AutoTrader

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Local trade, black with charcoal leather. Premium package ($3,650), lighting package, keyless go ($1,080), COMAND navigation system, six disc CD changer, Harman-Kardon sound system with Dolby, three zone automatic climate control. Driving dynamic front seats, burl walnut trim, power tilt/slide glass sunroof, bi-xenon active light system, 5-speed automatic transmission. Six twin five spoke AMG aluminum alloy wheels, all books and keys present, 46 point quality inspection completed and maintenance performed with all documentation including oil and filter change and front brake pads plus much more.

Honestly, the E55 AMG Estate is one of my all time favorite Mercedes-Benzes, right up there with the R107 SL and W124 500E/E500. Sure, the later E63 may have added more power and refinement, but I loved the visceral yowl of that supercharger on this engine.…

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG

AMG cars have always been among the best performing German machines available, often with naturally aspirated engines tuned within an inch of their lives or huge V8s in a small chassis a’la the Hammer. AMG used the basic principal of big power + light car = hang on tight. In the late ’90s things at AMG went from crazy, to just plain insanity, as they started tinkering with supercharging on their AMG models.

One of the first recipients of the insanity was the W210 chassis in the form of the E55 AMG sedan. The 5.4 liter M113 AMG engine put down a laundry list of staggering performance numbers. With 349 bhp and 391 lb/ft of torque and mated to the 5-speed Touchshift automatic transmission, the E55 recorded 0-60 times as fast as 4.8 seconds, and 1/4 mile times in the low 13 second range. This amazingly kept 2001 E55 for sale in Fairfax, Virginia is a great opportunity to own an Autobahn burner.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG on eBay

For Sale is a 2001 E55 AMG in mint condition.  This car runs and drives great.

New Continental DWS tires front(245/40R18) and rear(275/35R18)
Denison ipod connection that has taken place of the CD changer
5,000 mile oil changes
Transmission Service performed less than 5,000 miles ago
Brake Flush done within the past year
New serpentine belt with less than 8,000 miles
K&N air filters installed
Black Grille painted with plasti-dip (can be peeled off)
All windows have been tinted 35% except the windshield
Engine and transmission mounts replaced about 10,000 miles ago
There are a couple scratches that were there when I originally bought it, two on the left rear door and one on the left rear quarter panel.  I do have pictures but don’t want to pay extra to load them on ebay.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Estate

As much as the SUV trend has taken off, there has been a spate of performance estates that have made their appearance over the last decade. Most recently, the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon has made a splash by offering a supercharged V8 and 6 speed manual in a marked departure from the traditional Cadillac lineup. BMW and Audi have offered up a few hot estates for US consumption and Mercedes-Benz, not to be left out, unleashed the E55 on us in 2005, a supercharged V8 beast that made going to the market just a bit more fun. These E55 estates are now at an age where they are becoming attractive second hand buys, and this special ordered example is quite possibly the most off the wall one I’ve come across.

2006 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Estate on eBay

2006 Mercedes Benz E55 AMG Estate Wagon. One of one factory ordered 685 Sunburst Yellow with prominence. OEM AMG 19″ 3 piece CL65 wheels (includes OEM original wheels with Conti Pro Contact Tires). Navigation, Keyless Go, Bi-Xenon Headlamps with headlamp washers, voice activated control system, heated and cooled dynamic seats with massage, Designo Charcoal Leather with factory ordered yellow stitching, Designo Burl Walnut interior trim, Alcantara suede headliner, power lift gate, Harmon Kardon Sound with 6 Disc CD changer.

Being offered is this factory ordered Sunburst Yellow Estate Wagon that was special ordered by a very prominent racing enthusiast for a very high end client. This information will be provided to the new owner. It is currently owned by Master Certified MB Service Advisor. Rare, Rare, Rare! This is your chance to own the only Sunburst Yellow E55 Wagon known to exist. This has been verified by Mercedes Benz North America. If you are a person who likes to own something special and stand out in a crowd than this one is definitely for you!

“Time Warp” 55k-mile 2001 AMG E55

There aren’t a lot of better ways to get in on some classy German V8 action than the W210 E55. Plenty of power and timeless looks generate nostalgia for the last time German uber-sedans were simple. This example has covered fewer miles than its moniker and it shows.

From the seller:

Up for sale is a gorgeous Silver E55 AMG – an autobahn stormer in a gentleman’s suit. The handbuilt AMG engine is magnificent and very responsive. This car has been garaged and well maintained with all service records. It drives as nice as my wife’s 2010 Mercedes, which is a testament to how well built these machines are. 1 prior elderly gentleman owner prior to me. I have all the service records and original window sticker with a $70,000 + pricetag. In my exhaustive search for the perfect E55, none of the others that I drove have come close to the caliber of this car. The new owner gets two sets of keys.

MECHANICAL: The magnifient E55 AMG handbuilt engine sounds amazing and is just as responsive as the day it left the factory. It drives amazingly well, thanks to religious servicing. It handles just as well. No rattles. Dealer serviced, and I have the service records. In addition to routine servicing, some major items are as follows –
18k mi – AC blower motor replaced under warranty. AC works great.
37k mi – replaced throttle actuator and EGR valves and gaskets, shift linkage bushings, lower control arm bushings – $1320

EXTERIOR: Gorgeous Brilliant Silver paint (744) is in excellent shape. Garage kept, without dings. A few small scratches on the rear bumper. NO rust and flood issues.
– 18″ AMG wheels with Michelin Pilot Sports II with 80% tread depth. A few small scratches on the wheel lips, but not too unsightly.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

The W210 Mercedes E-Class represents one of the first times I started seeing M-B as capable of the bruce I knew so well from their Bavarian counterparts.  The sport-edition E430 certainly looked the part with some slick 5 spokes and near-AMG body kit, but the real beast of the litter- subtly aggressive on the outside and packing tire-roasting torque on the inside- was the E55.  Now, some may scoff at its 349hp, 5.4L V8, but realize that we live in the most golden age of horsepower wars. Though it even gave up some power to its contemporary M5, the tides were reversed when it came to torque, making this a true muscle car from the great Hammer tradition.

2000 Mercedes-Benz E55 for sale

This one comes in clean silver, showing off the well-shaped hood and clean lines front to back.  It has 133k miles and a less-than-descriptive listing so it could use a thorough pre-sale inspection, but it looks to be in good condition inside and out and is priced at a mere $10,000.  For 10 grand, you’ve got your own German ape-in-a-business suit, ready to spin those AMG monoblocks and look classy doing it.


2005 Mercedes-Benz E55 wagon

After the glut of minivans and sport utility vehicles that have flooded the automotive landscape over the last two decades or so, the wagon, or estate vehicle, has become an afterthought in many people’s minds. Mercedes, however, has shown a steadfast commitment to the body style, as they have offered a wagon in their lineup every year for the past 32 years. Below is an example of how perfectly Mercedes-Benz blends style, performance and utility in one irresistible package.

The E55 wagon attained almost instant classic status when Mercedes announced they would be selling it here on U.S. shores, because everyone knew it had no equals and was meant as a limited production model. The E55 and E63 which followed accounted for a few hundred sales across the U.S. during it’s production run. Not many family haulers can brag about sharing a supercharged V8 engine with the legendary Mercedes-Benz SL roadster.

The seller states:

One of 129 (verified with Mercedes AMG Private Lounge – I’m a member/AMG nut with 2 other AMG cars) E55 Estates produced for the 2005 model year. In VERY RARE Platinum Blue Metallic with Black/Blue two-tone interior (has subtle blue stitching throughout), light grey headliner. 31.5k miles with 2 owners (AutoCheck is incorrect, 2 of the noted owners are Mercedes dealers).

This has to be one of my favorite Mercedes-Benzes of the last two decades, partly due to its rarity and the Q ship factor. This is a true multipurpose vehicle, as you can find yourself hauling a wardrobe while simultaneously clipping an apex at 75 mph. And if you are a parent and just can’t let go of your youth, this is the best way to have your cake and eat it while on your way to soccer practice.


Well Cared for 2001 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG For Sale

Randy emailed me recently with details of his low mileage E55 AMG that he’s listing for sale. What a great looking car! While we usually go with more classic and rare listings to feature on the site, I was compelled by the honesty of his email and history of ownership.

On to the pictures and details!

2001 Mercedes E55 AMG For Sale

quote from Randy’s email to me:

I have my father’s 2001 e55 for sale. He bought the car new and drove it sparingly until he died in 2004. (His other cars were a 1995 993 – which we still have with 32,000 miles on it – and a Subaru Turbo Wagon!) I got it after he died and drove it until late 2007. At that point, I got a new 2006 e55 and my Dad’s car was put in the garage. It has been driven occasionally since then.

It has approximately 49,900 miles on it. I have all service records; mine and my Dad’s.

There have been no modifications to the car. No air dams, spoilers, extra AMG badges, blue lights or huge wheels with ridiculously low profile tires, etc. It’s just as Mercedes intended it to be: subtle, yet extremely powerful.

The car runs strong; it accelerates powerfully, it stops straight. The air blows cold. The radio & trunk-mounted CD work as they are supposed to. In fact, everything (to the best of my knowledge) works, with the exception of the air bladders in the front passenger seat.

It is classic silver with two tone silver.


1) There is a tiny scratch (not through the paint) on the right rear bumper skin.
2) Very slight “curb rash” on the right front wheel.
3) Two years ago, my wife was involved in a minor accident with the car. She pulled into an intersection and hit another car.