My next Mercedes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 6cyl, Oct 11, 2019.

  1. 6cyl

    6cyl Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I have a 2009 CLS 320CDI, which I love driving, but the need for a more practical car beckons. I hired a 2019 E220d estate not long ago, it wasn't too far off the pace of my 320 tbh and it was very economical 60mpg + which is a good 50% more than the 320, but the sound was nothing to write home about, though they seemed to have made the 4 cylinder diesel a lot less agricultural than before. It felt light on its feet too, though the cabin looks like a throwback from the 80s with the neons etc.

    The amount of money I (could) be spending opens up a whole carnucopia (deliberate spelling) of cars, including the 6.2L and 5.5L E63. I'm sure it'll be a struggle to get much more than 50% mpg compared with my old 320, though that sound ! I could go older and start looking at E55 too. I know the cars I've listed are poles apart, but I'm torn between being sensible and why the hell not !? Plus I've never driven a V8 before.

    Any thoughts on reliability, cost to run etc?
    I'm getting on a bit, so insurance isn't a problem. Milage-wise, I'll be doing 12k Miles a year ish.

    Thanks muchly.
     
  2. Mr. B

    Mr. B Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    “I'm torn between being sensible and why the hell not”

    With respect don’t be sensible at your age. If you are thinking of doing it then just do it. I can only comment on a C63 that I once owned and regretted selling. No issues with reliability. Insurance reasonable for an oldish fart. If your concerned about running costs then a C63 isn’t the car for you. Not the most economical car ie. 22 mpg average but the V8 made it worthwhile. Expensive to service at MB also. Make your decision before you test drive one. Once driven you won’t look back. At 12k miles per annum it won’t be cheap to run but from one old fart to another why the hell not :)
     
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  3. SW18

    SW18 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Ouch, at 22mpg that’s about £4K per year in fuel. The road tax on the V8s is £560 per year as well. But (even though mine’s not an AMG) I just love the driving experience and don’t ever regret the extra cost.
     
  4. Teego

    Teego Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Who gets 22mpg? Last 15000 miles I averaged 20mpg. Road tax can be paid monthly.
    I've had no unforeseen problems and servicing at my indie is affordable and knowledgable.
    Costs are maybe 30% more than the average daily. Small price to pay for having fun.
    Get something with the M113K Kompressor engine. They are supposed to be bullet proof. Mine is really understressed. 2000rpm @ 70mph. But you get gobs of torque.
    You have to put time and effort into finding a good one.
     
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  5. Smart320

    Smart320 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Be totally impractical and get one like mine, you may not get much in it but it does do more than 20 mpg and road tax only £300
     
  6. Gbrowncls55

    Gbrowncls55 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Like you I'm always torn between being sensible and practical and a why the hell not V8. For some reason despite all the evidence the latter always seems to win.
     
  7. Atavus

    Atavus Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    Have a drive and see what you think. Fuel, tyres and road tax are a given. Check the service costs if you want to be better informed.

    Plenty of more sensible options out there, of course. It’s not what the 63 cars are about.
     
  8. Srdl

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    Go for it, from another old fart. I bought an entirely practical car 12 months ago which also happens to be my first AMG. OK only a V6 but I’m thoroughly enjoying it! :)
     
  9. Muckypaps

    Muckypaps Active Member

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    There's no better way to spend money than in the fuel tank of a V8.
    If there is please tell me before I die.
     
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    Mr. B Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    A night on town and a juicy kebab from Sheffield Road ?
     
  11. jdrrco

    jdrrco Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    CLS SB is more practical than a CLS, but much less boring than any other estate on the planet.
     
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    Muckypaps Active Member

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    A night on town and a juicy kebab from Sheffield Road ?[/QUOTE]

    Tarn nights are in the past.
    Kebabs on Just Eat.
     
  13. Alex

    Alex Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I had a 2019 E220d as a loaner car for a few days. I absolutely loved it. I then had a brand new 2019 S350d for a few weeks and loved it even more. S-Class had somewhat similar economy to the E but was an overall much more pleasant car to be in with more poke. The infotainment tech could be at times overwhelming, yes. But give it time and busy (at first) steering wheel feels like second nature. As these were all MB supplied loaners I had to sadly return them back. I especially miss the facelift S350d... Bottom line, buy the V8.
     
  14. Alex

    Alex Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    All Terrain E beats it.
     

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