E class estate advice please

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  1. Smatt

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    I would like to buy a used E class 350cdi estate.
    Now for the hard part. Whilst there are lots out there, there are not so many with 7 seats. I really want to get the 265bhp engine, plus as many extra options as poss.
    I would like to know whether it is straightforward to retrofit the rear facing child seats?
    If it is, would it be better to wait for a 'complete' 7 seater package, or would it be better to get a fully loaded 5 seater, then retrofit the rear facing seats?
    Anyone know the list of parts required?
    No matter what the interior colour, the rear seats only come in black.
    Thanks for all advice
     
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    Wait for a 7-seater. There are a lot of parts involved — and you need to tell the DVLA and your insurance about the change to the number of legal seats etc, which will affect the resale value.

    Do you need the 7 seats? I bought mine as a five seater as E220CDI 7-seater S211s seemed almost non-existent, and at the time my budget was right at the bottom end of the essential post-facelift cars. With three kids, I was disappointed not to have had what seemed like such a great option — but I would have used it maybe four or five times in the intervening two years, and the underfloor space has been much more beneficial.
     
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    Go onto the Mercedes used car site and select the advanced option. There are currently 12 E350cdi with 7 seat options.

    I had the 7 seats in my previous S211. I used them occasionally but they are occasional seats rather than for regular use.

    The kids are +11 now and too big for the seats hence we didn't look for this on our current S212
     
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    Yes, I agree, it would not be essential all the time, but would be very handy.
    Out of interest, what do you use the underfloor space for aside from spare?

    Yes, I have used the advanced search, but none were quite to the spec I was after. I need to weigh up how far I am willing to compromise...
    The trouble is, we have just got a heavily loaded E cab, so I would like one similarly loaded!
     
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    It's huge. The front compartment on the S211 has a plastic tray which is great for muddy shoes after a walk. The rear compartment in mine has the space-saver spare, a child booster seat, an electric tyre compressor, a bulb kit, four ratchet straps, a tow rope and a set of jump leads.

    When we go on holiday, the booster seat comes out and as much stuff as possible goes in. I can pack all sorts of toys, games, shoes and stuff in the car, shut the floor compartments then start again seemingly from scratch.
     
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    Looked at a 7 seater myself but decided it was just a gimmick and bought a regular 5 seater.

    It would be cheaper to just Hire a People Carrier if and when the time is arises!
     
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    Think I have found a good one...
    2011 265bhp, good spec, but its got 45k miles
    -Is the mileage a problem?
    -Please advise of any specifics I should be looking out for?
    Thanks again!
     
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    Not really any problems on the forums with the 265bhp engine / gearbox yet.

    45K - just run in!
     
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    how much to compromise?

    Hi Bluegnome,
    May I ask where you got yours from & how long it took to find?


    I am wondering how much I need to compromise-
    the one I found is not my preferred colour & I would prefer a low mileage model, but spec wise v good:

    SPT Sport
    489 AIRMATIC
    197 Obsidian black metallic
    231 Leather Sport Black
    248 Integrated rear child seats
    844 Rear facing child seats - leather.
    275 Memory package front seats
    840 Privacy glass
    413 Panoramic glass sunroof

    512 COMAND APS incl Navigation update
    810 Harman Kardon® Logic 7® Surround-sound system.
    863 TV tuner (digital and analogue reception)
    864 Rear seat entertainment system
    537 Digital radio DAB
    218 Reversing camera

    If it was perfect, I would keep it for upto 7-8yrs, so not sure whether to get this one or wait longer for a keeper...

    cheers
     
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    Hi. I got mine from a BMW dealer. It took about 3months to find. It was 5months old and had 4k on the clock. The guy who had bought it was a long term BMW owner who tried a Merc and decided he didn't like it so traded it in for a new BMW.

    The one you have found has a great spec, of course if it's at the right price!
     
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    Yours sounds like the perfect age/mileage!

    Because of the changes MB has made, the newer models do not suit:
    -The 350CDI is now bluetec which has a large fluid tank in the floor, so no room for 3rd row seats!
    This means that (as far as I have learnt) the last 350CDIs with 7 seats will be 2012-13 with the BE engine, not BT and I think will all be the pre-facelift. The largest engined 7 seater thereafter will be the 250CDI, which is still blue efficiency.
    Also with the Bluetec engine it is not possible to have airmatic or H/K speakers!
     
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    Yes it was quite a deal!
     

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