I got to laughing the other day during a National Lampoon marathon on television when the memorable “Family Truckster” came onto the screen. The inclusion of that heavily ornamented and modified car in the movie was truly a stroke of genius, but once again a sad reminder that many of the wagons that previously were available to us are gone, replaced by crossovers, “GT”s, or SUV/SAV vehicles. Of course, because of this you don’t have to go back very far in time to find great deals on the last generation of premium 5-doors. Today, with that in mind, I’ve rounded up a set of all-wheel drive sporty wagons to consider – which is the winner?
Scanning our Facebook page the other day, I came across a rather amusing comment in response to our LS1 powered M coupe: “haul a** much?” Well, that would certainly apply to this five-door specimen, the E63 AMG Estate. What seems an improbable creation to be sold in the US market has now been with us through a few generations, proving this cult car does have some staying power amongst the enthusiasts. And when a company like Cadillac all of a sudden decided to drop a V8 bomb in their CTS wagon, well, you know you are on to something. For sale at a Porsche dealer outside of Washington DC, this one is doing its best to blend in with a shade of burgundy.
As car enthusiasts, many of us have found ourselves complaining that we can’t have exactly what we want. But sometimes, as the Rolling Stones would say, “you get what you need.” Such is the case with the AMG tuned E-class estates that Mercedes-Benz has offered for about the last decade or so. Your ordinary customer wasn’t going to waltz into the Mercedes showroom and purchase a 469 horsepower five-door monster, but for the family man having issues giving up his sports car, it was the perfect compromise. This 2006 E55 AMG Estate was brought to our attention by our reader Ry and is on offer in Texas at a rather attractive price.
Family life – it’s a mixed blessing. I could never have imagined the unintended consequences expanding my family by 50%; in terms of space consumed, physics and logic told me that there was no way that the amount of space required with a small child would increase any more than…say, 50%. Yet, the reality of adding to my family is that the amount of space required for even what seems like the most miniscule trip increases disproportionately to the size of the package that arrives. Babies are a bit like those magic sponges in a capsule I got when I was a kid; once they hit air, they expand to 200-300% the size they were. So, long story short, when you have a family you likely need more space.
Over the past few years we’ve seen a general backing away from wagons towards the bane of most enthusiast’s existence, the S.U.V. and the “crossover” – many of which are really just tall wagons. So what are the options if you want to maintain an enthusiast’s lifestyle whilst still surviving the onslaught of baby-themed items? Well, for around $10,000 you can get some pretty diverse rides – so let’s see what’s the one you’d choose:
One has to wonder how the product planning session went when Mercedes-Benz green lighted the E class AMG estate. Was management on holiday or did someone lose a bet? Whatever the case, the appearance of the E55 AMG wagon was a definite curiosity when it appeared in US dealers, even in very limited numbers. Who bought these cars? Power hungry soccer moms? Dads who were ticked off they had to surrender the sports car? Parents who couldn’t bear the thought of something that so obviously screamed “I give up?” Whatever the reasoning, there are now a few of these high-powered V8 expresses circulating on the used car market. This sleek silver number is for sale from the same dealer who brought you the E320 Coupe from last week.
Remember when the 500 horsepower benchmark was only breached by supercars like the Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari 575M and Aston Martin Vanquish S? It’s hard to believe that only 10 years later these incredible power figures are now available in family sedans offered by 4 different German marques. The battle of auto egos and the quest for alpha horsepower figures has brought us some pretty interesting cars and one of my favorites is the Mercedes-Benz E63. This example comes in retirement home white making it the perfect slate for a true sleeper.
Model: E63 AMG
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 56,829 mi
Price: Reserve Auction, $31,000 Buy It Now
2007 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Keyless! Navi! Arctic White/Gray Interior. This is the wife’s car. Time to make some room for another purchase. No scratches, perfect paint, serviced regularly.
* 6.3L V8 AMG! (507 HP)
* PREMIUM PACKAGE 2!
* NAVIGATION SYSTEM!
* SUEDE HEADLINER!
* HEATED and COOLED FRONT SEATS!
* KEYLESS GO!
* 6 DISC CD CHANGER!
* HARMAN/KARDON PREMIUM SOUND!
While BMW tends to go heavy on the sport flare for its M models with side vents, huge bumper intakes and aggressive hoods, Mercedes-Benz has always done it in a very unassuming way. If you take away the badging the E63 AMG is hard to distinguish from its weaker siblings, the only big giveaways being a slightly more aggressive front dam and the thunderous noise emitting from the signature AMG quad exhaust pipes. With 507 horses to dispatch from the glorious hand built V8 you have more than enough power handle most sports cars on the street. I’ve always dreamt of replacing the AMG badges with E320 BlueTEC nomenclature and then terrorizing unassuming people at stop lights and through tunnels.…
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.
Model: E55 Estate
Engine: 5.5 liter supercharged V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 55,098 miles
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.…
After reading through an online discussion on Generation Benz, an invite-only market research portal for Mercedes-Benz owners, I was rather unhappy to read over some of the comments from Mike Martin, C-class Product Manager. A participant asked whether or not there were plans in the works to bring the C class estate stateside. This was the response:
“There are currently no plans to import the C-Class wagon or AMG wagon due to low sales history and low US consumer interest in wagons. Also, a GLK really serves the functionality needs of a C-Class sized wagon or utility vehicle.”
So there you have it. It’s just that simple. You’ll have your cute ute and you’ll like it. To Mr. Martin, I have but three words: no thank you.
It’s sad to think that Mercedes-Benz is going to become just another purveyor of soft roaders chock full of the latest gizmos, but this is the road they seem to be steering towards. While they still offer the E63 AMG Estate here in the US, you know it’s just a matter of time before it becomes a victim of the no fun club. In the meantime, it’s still possible to find the errant low mileage AMG estate. Normally I steer clear of cars from New York City, but the black on black meanie we featured a a few weeks ago is back up for sale with just a few more miles on the clock.
Model: E63 AMG Estate
Engine: 6.2 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed manual
Mileage: 36,900 miles
Price: $41,800 Buy It Now
As rare as they come, only 67 E63 AMG Wagons were sold in the US in 2007 and this is the best color combo they made. Black on black, pure stealth bomber status.
Last minute catch, but this E63 Wagon is up for sale with no reserve.
Model: E63 Estate
Engine: 6.3 liter V8
Transmission: 7-speed automatic
Mileage: 36,360 mi
Price: Auction – No Reserve, Sold at $38,900, buyer couldn’t pay, relisted at $42,900.
AS RARE AS THEY COME, Only 67 E63 AMG Wagons were sold in the US in 2007 and this is the best color combo they made. Black on black, pure stealth bomber status. AMAZINGLY FAST WAGON, 6.2 liter V8, 507 hp @ 6800 RPM, 465 lb-ft @ 5200 RPM. Only one senior owner from brand new, this car was a special order direct from Germany. Fully serviced only at Factory MB Dealer, last service was just this week to prepare it for sale. It has Mercedes DVD players in the rear headrests complete with separate headphones, a must if you have kids. The Car is stunning and needs nothing except a new owner. Both keys, manuals, all weather mats etc. Rare opportunity. These cars are highly coveted among the AMG enthusiast crowd. They don’t hit the market often and when they do, they always bring a big following. Pics are not the best and don’t do the car the justice it deserves, i will take better ones this week the first decent day we get. No paintwork or accidents, clean Title / carfax. You may be able to extend the Mercedes Benz factory warranty pending certain restrictions, contact me for more info. Must be seen and driven in person to be appreciated. No scratches / dents / smells / stains or curb rash on the wheels. Has to one of the cleanest E63 Wagons in existence, inspections welcome!! These things are very rare, even rarer to find one with this color combo, options and low mileage.
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 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!