I agree with you on the E500 - it did look lovely and it is very good value for money - but my comment earlier about the missus has triggered something in my mind - if she is always reluctant to get behind the wheel of such a big car, I could end up losing the free taxi service I currently enjoy. Not to put too fine a point on this, but that would be a tragedyI Have to say out of all the cars I listed I like the E500 (which he's badged with US Badges - they refered to them as 550's over the pond).
It's younger, has lower mileage but a lovely spec including panoramic roof.
You could probably get that at £17.5K with some good haggling. Plus it has the 388hp motor. It's no slouch.
My mind would be like yours - I wouldn't want big mileage on one of these cars.
But I always like to buy as young a vehicle as possible, as nice as the CLK is, it's a 7 year old car.
Personally I think the E class looks nicer than the CLS.
All very personal though.
I don't dislike the AMG at all, I just think the 500 motors are fantastic value for money as they are simply overlooked so often.
Hence why the CLK might be the saner choice. Yes it is a 7 year old car, but I would hope that having had an owner on the forum, it would have been treated very well, at least in his ownership, and perhaps for it to have een been bought by him in the first place, would needed to have been of a good standard prior to his ownership (car looks immaculate on his site too).
Perhaps I am answering my own question here....