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Looking at a 2007 E350 4Matic, Wagon

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Just joined today, had some questions on potentially purchasing a 2007 E350 4Matic Wagon from a family friend. I've never really considered owning anything this luxurious before- truth be told, the only option I really care about is air conditioning (that includes power brakes and power steering), but this offer popped up. One owner, 50,000 miles for the low-ball price that the dealer was going to give on the trade. I'm not at all concerned if it's a good DEAL, I'm wondering if it's a good CAR.

I have done some google searches and most have led me here. I've seen some threads where you guys say that the 2007 models were good in that MB had fixed a bunch of issues that were present from the earlier W211s. I also read a specific "reliability" thread where most of the people with 4 matics chimed in saying the same thing, that by 2007 the problems had been addressed, and the 4 matic had the 5 speed transmission which was supposed to be better than the 7 speed of the RWD model. That thread was from 2009, though. I'm wondering about 10 years later. What "gremlins" have popped up? What should I be concerned about.

I've been asking everyone I know who are into these cars and have gotten mixed reviews. The consensus seems to be that it's such a great deal, and we won't drive it that much, so just buy it and if we don't like it we'd get our money back when we sell it. The only "nay-sayer" was a guy who owns just about every other brand of German car and said he would not buy any used MB that did not have a warranty. His cautionary tale included some issue his father had (MB of unknown vintage) where the stereo broke and the car could not be shifted out of park because of some computer lockout related to the stereo/navigation system- those are the types of issues I am most concerned about. I really don't want to be stranded and have to call for a tow because the cigarette lighter malfunctions, etc.

Anyway, just wondering some long-term thoughts on this particular car.

Thanks in advance.
Date: Oct 13, 2017   


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