2008 Mercedes-Benz E350

Outside of the E55 or E63 AMG, I don’t really check out many Mercedes-Benz W211s. There is nothing wrong with these cars, but rather the fact there isn’t much to say about them. It’s a mass-produced, run-of-the-mill mid-size sedan that does everything just fine. Nothing special or unique about them. Most were bought or leased for three to five years, dumped off to the second owner who rack up the miles doing the bare minimum in maintenance to the car until the cycle repeats enough times to where you can pick one up for $5,000 at the corner lot or everyone’s favorite, Craigslist. Today’s car, a 2008 E350, seems to be an exception to the W211 typical life cycle. This car painted in the amazing Flint Gray, shows only 53,000 miles and is actually for sale by an official Mercedes-Benz dealer. What gives?

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2007 Mercedes-Benz R350

File this one under ‘I had no idea these have gotten so cheap’. This a 2007 Mercedes-Benz R350. I’d classify it as a vehicle that I’m still trying to figure out what it exactly is. It looks like a minivan but has four regular doors and seats six — all captain’s chairs, no less. Mercedes called it a “sports tourer”, a made-up term because they needed something for the marketing materials. It’s too low to be a true SUV, too long and big to be a CUV and Mercedes wouldn’t be caught dead calling it a minivan. I just call it absolutely worthless, unless we are talking R63.

Imagine trying to sell one of these back in 2007. “Well, it looks pretty odd. Reliability will be shaky at best. It doesn’t do anything particularly well. You’ll average 16 miles a gallon even with the V6. It’s a pain in the ass to work under the hood. The interior is a bunch of plastic and fake wood. It’ll be worth the cost of a new iMac in 10 years. And all this will run you about $44,000. Want to go inside and talk numbers?” To the surprise of no one perhaps outside of Untertürkheim, and by Germany I mean Alabama where they were made, the R-Class was killed off in 2012 due to slow sales. I’m sure that had nothing to do with all the reasons listed above and the fact that Mercedes had four other SUVs in their lineup, five if you count the Sprinter. So why even look at one of these? Well, it’s cheap. Really cheap.

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Year: 2007
Model: R350 4Matic
Engine: 3.5 liter V6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 126,000 mi
Price: Buy It Now $4,950

2007 Mercedes Benz R350 for sale. Mileage is 132,374 miles mostly highway. Good, clean conditions. Never involved in car wreck. Many components have been replaced and rebuilt including: cv axles, transmission, rear air suspension, power steering rack, air intake header.

This W251 for sale in Texas is $4,950, almost half of what a 2007 ML350 and a third of what a 2007 GL450 with similar mileage is commanding. Looking at the seller’s description, this R350 lived up to its reputation with numerous big components needing replaced or rebuilt. This one doesn’t look like it lived a hard life at 126,000 miles, but who knows. My guess is that the seller went to trade this car and received an offer around $3,500 then decided to turn to private sale. The only real advantage the R has is that it has a third row seat, but the leg room is laughable. The GL450 does have the third row too, but again, it’s over three times as much. It’s tough to really screw up a car purchase for under $5,000 and with this specific vehicle you probably aren’t taking too much risk, but who knows where the floor is for the W251. When it comes time to sell an R-Class, don’t expect people to come knocking down your door.

– Andrew

2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid

Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class? Mercedes-Benz made a hybrid S-Class. The W221 carried on the S-Class name proudly in the late 2000’s and when everyone jumped on the hybrid hype train, so did the Sonderklasse. Mercedes-Benz really had no choice, the 7-series, A8 and Lexus LS all were launching hybrids as well so it only made sense competitively for a hybrid S-Class to be offered as well. The result was the S400 Hybrid, a mild hybrid (gas engine working in parallel configuration with an electric motor) that returned 19 city and 26 highway miles per gallon. Compared to V8 S550, that was a slight improvement over the 15 city and 23 highway but you also gave up 87 horsepower and 117 lb·ft of torque. So why in the world would you buy one of these?

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Year: 2010
Model: S400 Hybrid
Engine: 3.5 liter V6 & 3-phase AC magneto
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 52,690 mi
Price: $23,500 Buy It Now

You are viewing a stunning 2010 Mercedes S400 HYBRID. It has only had two owners from new (both in Austin, Texas) and the 60k service was just performed at Mercedes of Austin. It is in excellent condition inside and out and has always been dealer serviced here in town (records are available with dealer).

This car had basically all the options ticked when sold new and had a sticker over $100,000. The options list is below:

Premium 1 Package: Headlights: Bi-Xenon; Headlight control and active headlights; LED day time running lights; Driver and front passenger seat front seat heated, ventilated and climate-controlled

Premium 2 Package: Driver and front passenger seat front seat active/massage and active seat bolstering; Smart card/smart key with keyless entry includes keyless starter; Card key power locks; Front radar parking distance sensors, rear camera parking distance sensors; Parking assistance: guidance display for rear parking

Sport Package: Front spoiler; Side body skirts; Front and rear alloy wheels: 19″; Front 255/35- and summer tires, rear 275/35- and summer tires

Rear Seat Entertainment Package: Entertainment display screen located in back of front seats; Two sets of wireless headphones; Two remote controls

Driver Assistance Package: Overtaking sensor; Adaptive cruise control; Lane departure warning; Requires: [P02] Premium 2 Package

Power Rear Side Window Sunblinds

Panorama Sunroof

There are no mechanical or electrical issues and everything functions as it should. If you have any specific questions, feel free to contact me directly. I’ve been on ebay since 1998 and have an excellent feedback record during my almost 20 year history here.

Title is in hand and I can assist the buyer with shipping if needed.

The most interested thing about the S400 Hybrid is that it was the cheapest S-Class you could buy in the United States. BMW and Lexus made buyers shell out a premium for their flagship hybrids but Mercedes-Benz actually gave consumers a $3650 discount along with an $1150 federal tax credit to take home the S400 over the S550. Before anyone gets too excited, the MSRP still started at $88,825 and with stuff like the P1 and P2 packages like this one for sale in Texas, you could get to $100,000 without much effort. Of course, there is also the “smugness factor” buyers reap when purchasing a hybrid vehicle and other more practical things like HOV lane access, although some states put an end to that practice.

For $23,500, this price is low enough to make you consider the S400 — at first. In terms of increased complexity, the car is setup with the standard M272 V6 engine but with a electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack placed between it and the 7G-Tronic gearbox. It sounds great, although there is a “but” here and I wish I could put that “but” in size 72 font. When this battery fails on this car, which it will, the Mercedes-Benz dealer will replace it for $21,000. Doing the quick mental math here, you can see how this isn’t ideal. It’s not like you can run the car without a battery either. Some owners have lucked out and had their battery die within the original warranty period to prompt a week long celebration of relief and joy while others have went ahead with their bankruptcy filings. There was some talk of a 10 year and 150,000 mile warranty on the battery if the S400 was sold in certain states, but confirming that hypothetical situation was difficult to say the least. You can actually buy a replacement battery for around $2,000, but unless you were trained by Mercedes on how to actually replace one of these, is your life worth it?

– Andrew

2008 Mercedes Benz E350 4Matic Estate

 

I am officially dubbing this week “Mercedes Week” for myself. The majority of my recent posts have been BMW’s as that is mostly what I am in the market for but since the universe sadly does not revolve around me, I figured I best mix it up. What spurred this line of thought was a friend who suddenly found himself in the market for a new vehicle and asked for my help finding one. He wanted a wagon, preferably one with AWD as he lives up a particularly nasty dirt road in Vermont and his budget was about $10k. As with most folks in my native state, his first choice was a Subaru Outback and he found a couple solid examples right away. However given that he wasn’t completely married to the idea of having a Subie, he asked me what else he could get in the same price range with similar functionality. A4 wagon prices have stayed strong, particularly on the manual ones but the E-Class wagons, well those have depreciated significantly despite being a rather reliable rig. I found a few of these in his price range and a few that were decidedly not, clearly this one is the later.

At first glance I didn’t much care for this particular example, I’m not a big fan of tan interiors or light woodgrain accents. I much prefer a nice alcantara or perforated leather wheel, subtle dark wood trim if wood at all. However the more I scrolled through the pictures the more I began to appreciate the vibe this car is putting out.  It conjures up images of trucking kids to private school and neighbors in a freshly minted subdivision waving to each other in acknowledgement of their mutual success. While that might not sound all that great I think it perfectly captures why this car is a solid option for the enthusiast with a family, ultra sleeper status. Nobody expects they grey wagon with a beige interior to be a fun drive anymore than they expect the Inquisition. A set of sticky tires, upgraded sway bars, bushings, and CAI would make for an entertaining and very incognito daily driver indeed.

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