Thursday, September 25, 2014

10k: Long Roof Narwhal: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG Wagon

The W210 E55 AMG sedan is a supremely capable people hauler, but what about the guy with 5 kids or 3 kids and a few dogs?  Sure, you could step up to the RL63 AMG, but the W251 platform cars are expensive and suffer from the reliability/brand-whoring of the Daimler-Chrysler era...but it would be better to just find the elusive E55 AMG wagon.  Find this 1998 Mercedes-Beng E55 AMG Wagon offered for $12,500 CAD ($11,300 USD at time of printing) near Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Tip from E_Falhman.


The longroof version of the W210 platform is indeed a sight to behold.  The AMG version adds some road hugging ground effects, AMG monoblock wheels, and a few badges out back.  Even with yellowed headlights (that could be polished up with a little plasticX in a matter of minutes) this thing just looks mean and out of place.  It stands out in the school parking lot like a pro MMA fighter picking up her twins.  At first glance it looks like it could be a typical model, but it moves like predator and nothing jiggles when you hit a speed bump.



Under the hood is the M113, a 5.5 liter V8 rated at 354 horsepower and 391 ft-lbs of torque.  Mercedes only offered the AMG version with a 5-speed automatic gearbox, but think of the E55 as a reboot of the classic muscle car formula, not some kind of corner carver. 


The inside of this wagon looks in decent shape, but the leather shows some sign of the 109k miles on the odometer, but even nice leather starts to show wrinkles/cracks in a few years.  It is a shame that Mercedes stopped using the MBTex material they used in earlier cars because that stuff was impervious to wear.


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17 comments:

  1. As a 1998 C43 driver this hit all the right notes. As a plus it has a CD player (mine has the OEM cassette...the original owner didn't buy the optional CD player, must have thought it was a passing fad)

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  2. Fleetwood T. BroughamSeptember 25, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Probably smells like an ashtray, given the only functional use for those window deflectors is being able to crack your window when it's raining while you're smoking.

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  3. Still miss my ratty W124 wagon. This car has 109,000 km, so 68k miles. Says it was imported from Japan, so can I get it into the US?

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  4. Sadly this one does NOT have 3rd row seats. I just sold my '02 E320 wagon w/ 3rd row last year and it was a good family hauler, easy to maintain as a DIY guy. I would have loved to get an E55 AMG wagon to replace it but this generation was never in the US so that's a far fetched search. Amazed to see one here with LHD! Good price too, but kind of loses the family hauler purpose with no 3rd row, or at least to me being a guy with 4 kids and a dog. Cool find though, these are fast and fun! Not even that big really.

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  5. Was MBtex not available on this?

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  6. The car was imported from Japan, but it's apparently LHD.

    It's got 70K miles.

    Hmmm...the note above about smoke smell is a consideration, but, hell, the pickelhaubes at Daimler-Benz never regarded any of us Anglophones as worthy of this car. Hmmm...

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  7. And what's an RL63?

    I know there's an R63 (something like 60 built, two of which live in my area, one of which I've left a 'wanna sell?' note on), an ML63, a G63, a GL63, but I've never heard of an RL63.

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    1. Yeah, it was a typo, I meant R63. Been a busy week!!

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  8. it has the third row rear facing seats like my regular w210. they're folded into the floor mine's a Japanese import and lhd also. just got mine this year a 1999 4matic with only 30000miles for $3000 at auction. I love car shopping Japan!:) most japanese imports have the window deflectors, quite handy actually. some are really conspicuous, these aren't bad.

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    1. I don't see the seatbelts in the rear area - that is the telltale sign of the 3rd row being present or not.

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    2. Also you can see there is only one cargo tray lift handle, not two. You need the second one present if the 3rd row is tucked in there. This car just has the single storage space in the rear floor.

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    3. ahh! you may be right. i didn't look that closely

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  9. If I could get this into the US without breaking the bank it might be tempting, at least if you have to drop the headliner to fix the sunroof with a wagon it just all comes out the back, you don't have to pull the rear window...

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    1. Oh, gee, the E34 M5 Tourings are now gradually crawling past the EPA's 21-year window for importation.

      Time to start shopping...

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  10. i have a '91 M5 with 81k original miles from Japan that I wanted to sell and was told it had to be 25 years old to enter the US except under a "show car" exemption with limited mileage permitted. Many of the higher value cars in Japan are LHD. My mechanic claims quality on Mercedes dropped after 1995 and parts prices went up - anyone else find that to be true?

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  11. It took me two days to notice the Mercedes-Beng name in the title. No, it was not on purpose. Fixed.

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  12. It's a beast. I did see a German conversion of a W116 450 SEL into a wagon. Looked good too, cheap and good value, just cannot remember which site. Was tem,pted, but bringing cars into Canada is a real mare. I love the old E500 (the Porsche version), plus with Mercs, they have to be pre-93, and not 'pimped'. The amount of stunning SEC's I see spoiled by customisation hurts, and a note to old SL owners.....lose the tacky chrome arches

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