Junkyard Gem: 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC Wagon

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Whereas the choice of US-market station wagons was dwindling quickly because the twenty first century approached and SUVs took over, automotive buyers on the lookout for new ’99 wagons nonetheless had a couple of attention-grabbing decisions when on the lookout for a good-sized cargo hauler that wasn’t a truck or truck-influenced. Honda had axed the Accord wagon over right here after 1997, Toyota USA gave up on the Camry wagon the 12 months earlier than, whereas Nissan and Mitsubishi had ditched the Maxima and Diamante wagons on our shores after 1989 and 1995, respectively. Subaru was nonetheless within the early levels of its spectacular (and ongoing) gross sales run with the Legacy Outback wagon at that time, whereas Ford bought the Taurus/Sable wagon throughout the 2005 model 12 months. BMW nonetheless supplied the 5-Sequence wagon then (with one other decade to go), however our 1999 wagon shopper needed to look to Mercedes-Benz and Audi for a European property with all-wheel-drive. Here is an instance of Stuttgart’s A6 Avant Quattro fighter, now residing in a Northern California self-service yard.

Daimler-Benz (and, beginning in 1998, DaimlerChysler), bought the W210 E-Class in North America from the 1996 via 2003 model years, changing the Nineteen Eighties-vintage W124.

This all-wheel-drive E320 had an MSRP of $49,990, or about $90,155 in 2022 {dollars}. That is what it price for the type of wagon you wanted for correct Y2K partying, although the marginally smaller Audi A6 Avant Quattro set you again a mere $36,600 that 12 months ($66,005 now). In the meantime, a brand new 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback wagon price $22,990 ($41,460 at the moment).

The US-market E320’s engine for 1999 was this 3.2-liter V6, rated at 217 horsepower and 229 pound-feet. That beat the A6’s 200-horse 2.8-liter V6 and blew away the Outback’s 142-horse boxer-four (although you can pay further for a 165hp model). A five-speed handbook transmission was obtainable elsewhere on the earth, however American W210 consumers needed to get the automated. For diesel fanatics, the E300 sedan was obtainable (no wagon model right here, sorry).

The inside is completed up in leather-based, and the VIN tells me that this coloration mixture was generally known as “Mushroom/Quartz/Pebble” in 1999. It seems to have been in fine condition, previous to the depredations of heavy-handed junkyard buyers.

The physique and its Neve White paint bought banged up in what appears to be like to have been a multi-car fender-bender or an incident involving being mashed into different vehicles whereas parked. The airbags did not fireplace, however this type of injury wasn’t value fixing on a 23-year-old E-Class.

You’ll be able to nonetheless get a brand new E-Class wagon, although it is probably not a wagon (in response to my annoyingly strict definition).

This business is for the German-market 4MATIC sedan, however you get the concept.

Here is what Jeremy Clarkson considered the UK-ized diesel model.

Dali- and Warhol-approved!

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