Tonight, my wife discovered that the W212 wagon exists. She also discovered the rear facing third row, a dream feature of hers. So now it’s been adding to our shipping list for the 9-7x replacement in the spring.

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Since we have no Mercedes dealers in our area, and very few MB independent mechanics, reliability is more important than, say, the new Buick TourX. I’ve read that this generation is much more reliable than the previous gen, which helped MB earn their “lease only” rep. But I have no experience with MB and only know one person who owns one around here. So help me out, anyone ever lived with one for an extended period of time? (Not just the wagon, any Eclass from the era) We plan on holding onto this car for 7 years. We’re looking at 2013-2014 models, so it will be 10 years old when we trade it in.

The offending feature that now has me researching Teutonic kid haulers.
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