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Old 06-30-2016, 03:07 AM
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Bumping this thread because it's pretty relevant to me and would rather not start a new one.

I'm looking at either a new C or a 2014 E. I have test driven the C and still haven't had time to get back to the dealership for the E. C was a lot of fun to drive but a little lightweight and not exactly Benz-y. I've driven the W211 and that felt numb, disconnected and boat like. Comfortable and solid and extremely confidence inspiring in the classic Mercedes way, but a little too soft and detached for my taste. I'll need this car for driving in downtown DC, so I'm a little worried about the size of the E, and I'm just under 30 and not quite ready for a car that completely trades comfort for fun to drive, but I've grown up with heavy Benzes and love them. I'm still driving a C220 I bought for 4K in college and enjoy the small size and balance between heaviness and tossability, but it's slow and getting too old to be a DD. Things are breaking one after the other this year.

So, from people who actually OWN an E (since even a test drive will be on a 1 mile loop of city streets and straight line freeway that's always crowded), is this a car that fits what I've described I'm looking for, as far as maneuverability/size and fun to drive go? I'm so confused; some threads or reviews say the E350 has great handling, others say it has a ton of body roll and is best kept to sedate cruising, where it shines.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:10 AM
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Bumping this thread because it's pretty relevant to me and would rather not start a new one.

I'm looking at either a new C or a 2014 E. I have test driven the C and still haven't had time to get back to the dealership for the E. C was a lot of fun to drive but a little lightweight and not exactly Benz-y. I've driven the W211 and that felt numb, disconnected and boat like. Comfortable and solid and extremely confidence inspiring in the classic Mercedes way, but a little too soft and detached for my taste. I'll need this car for driving in downtown DC, so I'm a little worried about the size of the E, and I'm just under 30 and not quite ready for a car that completely trades comfort for fun to drive, but I've grown up with heavy Benzes and love them. I'm still driving a C220 I bought for 4K in college and enjoy the small size and balance between heaviness and tossability, but it's slow and getting too old to be a DD. Things are breaking one after the other this year.

So, from people who actually OWN an E (since even a test drive will be on a 1 mile loop of city streets and straight line freeway that's always crowded), is this a car that fits what I've described I'm looking for, as far as maneuverability/size and fun to drive go? I'm so confused; some threads or reviews say the E350 has great handling, others say it has a ton of body roll and is best kept to sedate cruising, where it shines.
I don't have much experience in the C class, but I love my E550 sedan. It's not the most nimble car, but it is an absolute pleasure to drive and packs tons of power. A comfortable ride in the city, and a perfect highway cruise missile. It never feels too big or bulky for me. I think the 4matic really helps with handling over RWD models, and I would consider it a necessity in any climate with snow. If you heavily value performance over comfort and luxuries, then the C may be your choice, or possibly a BMW. I think it's highly personal, some think the W212 with sport trim is rough, some think it's too soft, for me it's a perfect balance. I had to move to a sedan due to a new baby, and my previous car was a CLK430 which is more E class than C class, I like the bigger bodies and consider them more of a true Mercedes than a C class.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:13 AM
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I was on the same boat for the last couple week and I finally purchased an E350 sport yesterday. it 2014 10K miles, with some nice option (sport package, P1, seat, wood/leather steering, navi, keyless, AMG wheel, back up camera...) but not 4Matic. KBB pricing between $38K-$41K with the same option from dealer and I bought it for $33.5K. This is my first E-class. I owned a couple ML. this car still under warranty for another 30 months or 40K more miles. Hope this car does not give me to much headache. Cheers.
I also picked up a very similar car with panorama roof and CPO with 14k miles for $35.5. It is less than 2 yrs old.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:25 AM
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Also, I would go for the used E, because buying a new MB is silly unless you intended to keep it until the wheels fall off. They loose 50-75% of their value in the first few years. I bought a car with original sticker around $70K for $25K when it was 3 years old. Everyone thinks I have secret family money or something.
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Old 06-30-2016, 09:45 AM
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I would drive the C and E back to back so you can appreciate the differences almost immediately. Also, not sure how long you keep cars, but in 4 or 5 years you may be glad you went with more comfort.
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I would drive the C and E back to back so you can appreciate the differences almost immediately. Also, not sure how long you keep cars, but in 4 or 5 years you may be glad you went with more comfort.
I do keep them 5 years or more if they're good. E seems like it would be a more rewarding car in the long term.

Does the sport suspension really make much difference as far as handling goes? Lots of threads seem to suggest it's more an appearance package and/or that the car rides rougher without an appreciable improvement in how it handles.
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I do keep them 5 years or more if they're good. E seems like it would be a more rewarding car in the long term.

Does the sport suspension really make much difference as far as handling goes? Lots of threads seem to suggest it's more an appearance package and/or that the car rides rougher without an appreciable improvement in how it handles.
I think it will too. The 2010-2016 e class has been rewarded with a Consumer Report "good bet".
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I have a 2014 E350. Safety options are better than 2013. Has a CD player and spare tire (unlike new ones).

Bought it new and have not had a single problem.

Mercedes E class has a much lower death rate than C class or Accord.
https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/driver-death-rates

Power is sufficient and interior is great.
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I have the 2014 E 350 wagon with 65k miles. The perfect car for me with only one warranty claim. I will buy another one when I get to 100k miles. Even the same color.
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I have the 2014 E 350 wagon with 65k miles. The perfect car for me with only one warranty claim. I will buy another one when I get to 100k miles. Even the same color.
Curious as to why you would buy (replace?) at 100K miles. Shouldn't we expect at least 200K from an E350?

I am actually asking - How many miles should we expect from an E350?
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You are bumping, because you are considering buying a 2014 and you are looking for more recent feedback?
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I frequently take long trips during the Summer and it's a hassle when things break. My last two cars were BMW's and they never went longer than six months without breaking. I have no doubt that my E350 wagon will last a very long time with excellent reliability but then again a new car is something to look forward to.
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