Nicest One Left? 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon – Sold?
September 28, 2021 Update – We just confirmed the listing for this “Classifind” expired, so with no replacement found we’re assuming this ride “Sold?” While this one got away, please reach out either by email or call us directly if you’d like to be informed when we come across something similar.
The W210 chassis Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a hidden secret among luxury sedans and wagons that are just old enough to be at the bottom of its depreciation curve but not yet on the rebound to cost a lot to buy. This 2000 Mercedes-Benz E320 4Matic wagon originally listed in September 2021 on Craigslist in Orlando, Florida with impressive cosmetics and claimed no-needs condition for $8,200. Comparing this price against the NADA Price Guide confirms this private seller has his E320 wagon priced just below the “High” retail of $8,500, and above the “Average” retail of $5,400.
The W210 is a bit unloved at the moment. There were certainly some quality control issues, some of it serious as it related to the main engine harness and other electrical ailments. But the bigger issue, in my opinion, is living in the shadow of the iconic W124 chassis E-Class. This was the benchmark, the model lineup against which nearly all other Mercedes were judged, outside of the W123. It’s in the same unfortunate spot as BMW’s E21 3-Series, stuck between the revered 2002 and loved E30. The W210 represented a dramatic styling departure from the classically conservative E-Class, and that alone may have been enough to cause some of the brand’s faithful to retreat to a more stoic design from the likes of Audi or Lexus, especially as BMW began to enter the Bangal era of design. Regardless, they remain a relative bargain on the market today, and the wagons and the AMG cars, like the E55, are reasonably smart buys in excellent condition.
The Men & Motors YouTube Channel features this vintage review of a ’99 E320 Estate from 1999:
This E320 wagon certainly seems to fit that bill, with outstanding cosmetics inside and out and just under 100,000 original miles. The paint still gleams, and the interior reveals no major sins aside from being perhaps the blandest of color options available. The 4Matic system is a take-it-or-leave-it affair; it wasn’t particularly exceptional and does tend to add complexity where it wasn’t needed, and it can be a source of additional maintenance costs over the rear wheel drive models. That said, I can’t recall seeing many W210s that didn’t come with all wheel drive already checked off on the build sheet. The seller claims it runs and drives perfectly and has ice cold air conditioning, along with the rear-facing third row seat. For under $10,000, you’d be hard pressed to find a German wagon that presents as well as this one does. Find out if records exist and go from there with an offer – good luck with the purchase of this long roof Benz if it floats your boat.
Here’s the seller’s description:
“I am selling a 2000 Mercedes E320 4MATIC Wagon with a 3.2 Liter V6 engine and automatic transmission. It runs and drives perfectly. 98k miles. No leaks, maintenance lights, etc. It is very clean inside and out with minor scratches/chips on the exterior. No accident history (carfax report available upon request). AC is ice cold. Roof rack is in great shape. Rear-facing third row seats work great. I have a detailed walk around video and test drive available if interested.“
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