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Old 04-11-2010, 11:48 AM
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Randall, glad to hear that you're thrilled with your 2003 E320 wagon. Your observations are what I would expect from a MB enthusiast who cherished a 1987 300SDL.

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Old 04-11-2010, 01:11 PM
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Biggest change--and you didn't mention it--is the 5-speed transmission in the W210.

It's fabulous compared to the old 4-speeds and it's nice to finally see 2500 rpm on highway vs 3500 rpm. Ever notice all the posts here and on all Mercedes forums from first-time '80s Mercedes owners questioning whether their motor should be running that fast on the highway? This was OK for its time, but in today's context it approaches ridiculous.

The 7-speed, BTW, is compared to the 5-speed not the leap the 5-speed is compared to previous transmissions.

You did well getting a 2003, as the facts about W210s are that newer is definitely better and "facelift" models (2000-on) are certainly preferred.
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Old 04-12-2010, 12:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Randall Hansen View Post

I wouldn't consider going back, though. The SDL has one 24-year-old airbag while the E320 has 8. The E320 has heated seats and all-wheel drive. Hot damn, what a car.
Actually, it has 10. There is a pair of side impact bags for the 3rd row seat mounted in the ceiling back there.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:14 AM
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The more I see the W210 wagons - the better I like them. They are attractive cars - especially the newer model ones.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:27 AM
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Originally Posted by jcyuhn View Post
Actually, it has 10. There is a pair of side impact bags for the 3rd row seat mounted in the ceiling back there.
Ha! That's awesome. This car just got a little more ridiculous

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