Most people agree - a Mercedes is always a Mercedes and carries the same status or cache regardless of its age. "Oh, you have a Mercedes?!" Many of Mercedes' models have a timeliness design to them (the S class from the 80's and early 90's and the E's [W124]). The 210s also have alot of recognition and it will be a couple of years before the majority of people realize their was a model change this year!
Gary, thanks for the support on the heated seats - I expected to take a lot of heat over that comment! Not to make a pun!