Anyone's E55K Estate or anyone know about it?

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Yes, I bought the E500 one. Agreed on the ride and I think the 211 for me has a nice blend of old school simple enough to use, enough tech/features/functions with enough safety/quality but still good to drive. The late 90's through early to mid to late 2000's for me was a sweet spot for many cars.

The 213 E43 is a lovely place to be just find it hard work to do anything in in also most modern cars of say 2015 onwards. The interior design of the 211 is spot on for me. Looking forward to getting it out for some long drives.
 
I might still look for an E55K but might find I'm happy enough in the E500. I'm not greedy nor want or need too much. At least I can take my time now and sell the E43 knowing I've got something decent to use without needing to rush to get anything.
 
I think if you’d driven both recently you might not have wanted the 500. I mean it’s a 300hp+ car but driven back to back it makes the 500 feel a bit gutless, but that’s silly in reality.

In truth the S211 E55K was (and is) such a good all round car that it’s a hard package to beat. Then again, all S211s are such good cars at almost every level there’s something in it for all purposes.

My only negative towards the 500 is the running costs are pretty much the same as the full fat 55K AMG variant, but without the performance.

I’m sure it will be a good car for you though either as a stopgap or if you get comfortable with it for a while :cool:
 
I think if you’d driven both recently you might not have wanted the 500. I mean it’s a 300hp+ car but driven back to back it makes the 500 feel a bit gutless, but that’s silly in reality.

In truth the S211 E55K was (and is) such a good all round car that it’s a hard package to beat. Then again, all S211s are such good cars at almost every level there’s something in it for all purposes.

My only negative towards the 500 is the running costs are pretty much the same as the full fat 55K AMG variant, but without the performance.

I’m sure it will be a good car for you though either as a stopgap or if you get comfortable with it for a while :cool:
Yes, I see your points entirely and do agree. I think the upside of an E55K over an E500 outweigh the small downsides IMHO the same as you. In fact the SC noise on the E55K adds a little more too.

I'll see how I go. If I come across a nice E55K I might go for it. Which raises one point I guess......prices. A decent E55K will be twice the price and that I can live with. When you starting talking more than twice the price then the E55K starts to lose its advantages over the E500 more. In the real world these days you can't even explore the full performance of an E500 so the E55K becomes superfluous most of the time. On the odd occasion you can and do get to explore the benefits of the E55K more it will be rare for me as I just don't do anywhere near the miles and journeys I used to.

We shall see I guess over time how the E500 works out.
 
Yes, I see your points entirely and do agree. I think the upside of an E55K over an E500 outweigh the small downsides IMHO the same as you. In fact the SC noise on the E55K adds a little more too.

I'll see how I go. If I come across a nice E55K I might go for it. Which raises one point I guess......prices. A decent E55K will be twice the price and that I can live with. When you starting talking more than twice the price then the E55K starts to lose its advantages over the E500 more. In the real world these days you can't even explore the full performance of an E500 so the E55K becomes superfluous most of the time. On the odd occasion you can and do get to explore the benefits of the E55K more it will be rare for me as I just don't do anywhere near the miles and journeys I used to.

We shall see I guess over time how the E500 works out.
The 500 looks like a good buy.

Re a 55k, does it have to be an estate?
 
The 500 looks like a good buy.

Re a 55k, does it have to be an estate?
Yes, it does need to be an Estate really or a large hatch might work. I use it for work and customer jobs with the need to carry a fair bit of stuff at times. Also useful having a practical vehicle for moving stuff, collecting stuff or.recycling center.runs. Always nice having some options rather than restrictions.
 
Given the relative rarity of S211 55Ks, maybe a W211 55K with folding rear seats could work as a compromise?
Just a thought.
 
Given the relative rarity of S211 55Ks, maybe a W211 55K with folding rear seats could work as a compromise?
Just a thought.
Thanks. Yes, it is an option of thought of but I'm often onsite on jobs and an Estate or SUV always makes it easier to get to stuff/cables etc. at the back where a saloon often means you have to take stuff out to get to stuff at the back. I'm OK with Estates and SUV's also something like the S5 or S7 Sportbacks work OK too. I did have a Cayenne V6 until recently for a year but found the ride a bit too hard.

I think I've decided more modern cars are not for me and happier in the older cars. Not ideal for the way the world is going of course! I'm still a believer that we should run older cars for longer when they have already been built. Especially when you don't do many miles. I suspect the additional carbon footprint of a new car for me with my low mileage would take many many years to balance against an older car that already exists.
 
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