Junkyard Gem: 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC Wagon

While the collection of US-marketplace station wagons was dwindling swiftly as the 21st century approached and SUVs took more than, automobile shoppers hunting for new ’99 wagons continue to experienced a number of appealing possibilities when seeking for a fantastic-sized cargo hauler that was not a truck or truck-motivated. Honda had axed the Accord wagon over right here following 1997, Toyota United states gave up on the Camry wagon the 12 months ahead of, whilst Nissan and Mitsubishi had ditched the Maxima and Diamante wagons on our shores after 1989 and 1995, respectively. Subaru was nevertheless in the early stages of its spectacular (and ongoing) sales operate with the Legacy Outback wagon at that place, though Ford sold the Taurus/Sable wagon all the way via the 2005 product year. BMW however provided the 5-Sequence wagon then (with an additional decade to go), but our 1999 wagon shopper experienced to glimpse to Mercedes-Benz and Audi for a European estate with all-wheel-generate. This is an case in point of Stuttgart’s A6 Avant Quattro fighter, now residing in a Northern California self-assistance lawn.

Daimler-Benz (and, setting up in 1998, DaimlerChysler), sold the W210 E-Class in North America from the 1996 through 2003 product several years, replacing the 1980s-vintage W124.

This all-wheel-travel E320 experienced an MSRP of $49,990, or about $90,155 in 2022 dollars. Which is what it value for the type of wagon you required for good Y2K partying, even though the marginally lesser Audi A6 Avant Quattro established you back again a mere $36,600 that calendar year ($66,005 now). In the meantime, a new 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon price $22,990 ($41,460 right now).

The US-industry E320’s motor for 1999 was this 3.2-liter V6, rated at 217 horsepower and 229 pound-ft. That beat the A6’s 200-horse 2.8-liter V6 and blew absent the Outback’s 142-horse boxer-4 (however you could spend additional for a 165hp model). A five-pace manual transmission was available elsewhere in the world, but American W210 prospective buyers had to get the computerized. For diesel fanatics, the E300 sedan was readily available (no wagon edition below, sorry).

The inside is carried out up in leather, and the VIN tells me that this colour mix was identified as “Mushroom/Quartz/Pebble” in 1999. It seems to have been in good condition, prior to the depredations of large-handed junkyard buyers.

The system and its Neve White paint obtained banged up in what appears to be to have been a multi-car fender-bender or an incident involving staying mashed into other automobiles when parked. The airbags did not hearth, but this type of problems was not worth fixing on a 23-calendar year-aged E-Course.

You can still get a new E-Course wagon, even though it can be not actually a wagon (according to my annoyingly demanding definition).

This industrial is for the German-industry 4MATIC sedan, but you get the strategy.

Here’s what Jeremy Clarkson imagined of the Uk-ized diesel edition.

Dali- and Warhol-approved!