For Sale: Is this 2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 Wagon worth the green?

I’m a sucker for a good green paint job. And this W210-generation 2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 wagon wears its green hue well. It’s for sale locally on Craigslist and I’m telling myself I don’t need this one right now. But I’m having a hard time listening to my brain at the moment.

Do I wish the mileage was lower? Yes. Anything over 200k and German that’s not diesel-powered can get a bit scary. But these are still otherwise stout machines and if that engine is well taken care of it can run forever. Do I wish the interior was a little cleaner? Sure. But it’s certainly not terrible. The main wear is found on the driver’s seat, as expected, but the other sections look to be in good shape.

inside of a w210 wagon

Now, how about that price tag? The listing says the seller wants $3,200 and they’re firm on the price. That’s not a terrible asking price for something like this. But I’d still try to get it for $2,800 – $3,000. I don’t really need this car… but I don’t not need it, right?

Here’s the text from the ad in case it goes away:

2001 Mercedes e320 wagon, well maintained, all services done on time. Runs perfect!! Smog check ready, title in hand, No oil leaks, tires fair, interior well cared for/ no cracks in dash, factory Xenon headlamps, Back up camera.
Recently performed Aservice w0/40 mobil1, Trans service, spark plugs, engine mounts and rear pads. Didn’t plan on selling but needed a truck. Call or text, price is firm

So what do you think? Is the green on this worth the green in your bank account? Or is that odometer reading a bit too high for your liking?

9 Comments

  1. i have a 200k or so W124 with all the high dollar items taken care of. wiring harness, head gasket, transmission rebuild in the last 50k or so miles, all at the dealer, with dealer records back to the original owner. it’s the unicorn we all say we’d buy immediately if we found it. i found it and I bought it.

    the fucking thing breaks every goddamn second. it’s one thing after another. spend $500 and a weekend fixing one suspension fault and it pops a CEL the next day. you can’t escape it.

    and that’s a W124, which if you listen to geeks on the internet is the reliable, tank-like car that you can’t kill. factor in the step down in quality the W210 took. I’m not saying don’t do it, but be aware of what you’re getting into.

    the running gear really is as stout as they say, though, so if you don’t mind cosmetic flaws or electrical faults, you’ll be all right. but if you’re gonna deal with all those things, why have a Mercedes? the point is to look rich. a W210 wagon has old money vibes, but you have to keep it perfect to get the benefit. i think it’s worth it for my coupe, but it costs more money and time than people who don’t own these cars believe.

    1. I too am a sucker for dark green and I love me some wagons, but I’m with wunno sev on this one. Just walk away from it.

    2. I had no idea it was this troublesome. Does it offer enough positive feedback to not be kicked to the curb?

      My neighbour bought a used taxi wagon like the above, just with a diesel, ages ago. It was five years old with half a million kilometers on it. He was happy for a while, claiming everything but the engine and “shell” had been replaced at least once. What bothers me a little with the offer above is that the interior in his car look less worn than in the green wagon. But I guess proper care goes a long way in preserving that, too.

      1. it’s a very elegant car, and much of the money goes towards maintaining that (eg fixing trim and rattles). but i’m starting to wonder who that’s for. getting compliments and seeing the occasional camera phone is an ego trip, but a used Accord is probably as comfortable for way less headache. in the other direction, a practical classic like a W123 or 240 is more distinctive and less arrogant for probably less headache, minus some comfort.

        or maybe i’m just never happy with what i have. still, i have at least a few more months of owning this before i can rationalize the loss if i sell.

    1. I would laugh hysterically, but I’ve been sitting on three or four projects for several years now, so I’m not throwing stones…

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