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I’ve Now Owned 4 Mercedes-Benz E-Classes

Last week, I informed you that I recently purchased a certified pre-owned 2012 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG Wagon — a lovely car that should serve me well as a daily driver for the next three years. This week, it hit me: I’ve owned four Mercedes-Benz E-Classes, all from different generations. How did this happen?!

My E-Class ownership experience started in 2011, when I purchased a 2001 E55 AMG — one of my favorite cars I’ve ever owned — in pristine condition from a Honda dealer. The salesperson, who I am still friends with on Facebook and who occasionally likes my posts, told me it was a trade-in on an Odyssey. I got it to replace a BMW M3. I was thrilled, and I still have fond memories of driving around in that car.

Then there was the 500E. Only a few months after I got that E55 AMG, a local FIAT dealership near Atlanta listed a 1993 Mercedes-Benz 500E that they had taken in trade (along with a boat) for a used MINI Countryman. The dealer received dozens of calls for the car, as the 500E is special — it was built in a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Porsche, and only for a few years. But I showed up with cash, and I’m the one who got it — and suddenly, I had two E-Classes.

In short order, I sold them both. Back then, I was just starting to make money, and I put it all towards cars — I owned something like ten different cars in 2011 alone. I ditched the 500E for a sizable profit, as the FIAT dealer had no idea what they had, and I sold the E55 AMG a few months later to an attorney in Atlanta (who still owns it) in order to get a 2004 CTS-V sedan. I loved the CTS-V, but I still miss that E55.

The following year, I decided what I really wanted was an AMG Wagon — so I became hyper-vigilant in searching for one. You had to, because the first-generation AMG Wagon was made in incredibly small numbers: roughly 193 E55 AMG Wagons from 2003 to 2006, and 153 E63 AMG Wagons from 2007 to 2009. I eventually found one of the 153, and I bought it in Indianapolis for $41,000. I owned that car for most of 2012 before an accident — and a new career — made me get rid of it. I bought a Range Rover, quit my job and started writing about cars.

And then, five years later … this one. My fourth E-Class.

It’s worth noting that, for every single version of E-Class I owned, I had the best one: The E63 AMG Wagon on the “W211” and “W212” body styles, the “W210” E55 AMG and the 500E from the “W124” era. So I wasn’t just buyin’ random willy-nilly E320s with 14-inch wheels, here. But as of this week, I am, officially, a four-time Mercedes-Benz E-Class owner, as if I’m some sort of reasonably successful attorney or dentist. I love variation, so I did not intend to go down this path, but here I am. And if I’m feeling downtrodden about this lack of imagination, I suppose I can always floor the accelerator in my new one. Find a Mercedes-Benz E-Class for sale

Doug DeMuro is an automotive journalist who has written for many online and magazine publications. He once owned a Nissan Cube and a Ferrari 360 Modena. At the same time.

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Doug Demuro
Doug DeMuro writes articles and makes videos, mainly about cars. Doug was born in Denver, Colorado, and received an economics degree from Emory University in Atlanta. After graduation, Doug spent three years working for Porsche Cars North America. Eventually, he quit his job to become a writer, largely because it meant that he no longer had to wear pants. Doug’s work has been featured in a... Read More about Doug Demuro

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