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    Which Wagon?

    My wife and I are looking to get rid of our SUV and get a wagon. We’d like 4 wheel drive (for skiing, going to the cottage etc) and we don’t want to buy new. So we’ve narrowed our choices to the following 2006 models:

    E350 4Matic

    A6 3.2 Avant

    530i Wagon

    I’ve driven (not owned) an A6 (though not avant) and an E-class from that generation (though not the V6 or a wagon) but I haven’t really spent much time in the BMW. My wife likes the BMW because you can get a stick (god love her!) but doesn’t like BMW as a rule… I’ve always had good luck with Audis but the Benz maybe a bit more comfortable inside? Obviously we’ll test drive all three but what do you guys think of the three? Which is best and why? Thanks for the help.


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    Past-President, Porsche Club of America - Upper Canada Region

    Re: Which Wagon?

    in all seriousness, i'd wait for the new f-10 5-series wagon. then you've got the freshest of the lot.....


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    Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you.

    Re: Which Wagon?

    + the new F10 530 wagon should blow the benz out of the water. Benz has more safety and a little more comfort, but BMW has the edge in the rest. Way better chassis, handling, performance.


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    indeed shifting is ancient technology - so is a fuel burning engine..  I happen to like both :) 
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    1984 BMW 323i 5spd 2.3L 141 hp (105 kW) More door. Black on black (parting out) 
    1986 BMW 325e 5spd 2.7L 121 hp (172 lb·ft) Le Mans Blau on Tan leather.
    1986 BMW 325is 5spd 2.5L 168 hp (164 lb-ft) White on Tan leather (parted out) 
    2005 Ford Focus S, 5spd 2.0L 136 hp (120lb-ft) CD silver on grey (sold)
    1986 Porsche 944, 5spd 2.5L 150 hp (168lb-ft) champagne gold on grown leather. (sold)


    Re: Which Wagon?

    You should buy the latest 5 series (F10), wagon with xdrive. You will also get the latest 8 speed auto gear box this way.


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    There is no try. Just do.


    Re: Which Wagon?

    If I was to get a BMW I would go for the manual.

     

    Is the F10 the new 2010-2011 body style? I"ve seen pictures of it and it looks great but it’s also going to be about $75K for a 535xi touring. I can get any of the three I listed (2006 model year, 30-40K (ish) km) for mid-high $20’s. Better car or not, I can’t justify spending an extra $50K on that with a baby due in 4 months (and a wife soon to be on low income maternity leave!).

     

    If you all are talking about the current (ie 2005-2009) body style, then my mistake. I do like the straight six engine. It would certainly be the most engaging of the group!
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    Past-President, Porsche Club of America - Upper Canada Region


    Re: Which Wagon?

    As you most probably will receive a car with extended warranty in North America, your choice can come down to personal preferences so testdrive all of them. BMW certainly the most entertaining model, the interior appeared a bit cheap on the first few years so I would choose one of the later modelyears. Mercedes different character and might not be the highpoint of Mercedes´ quality. At least stay away from cars with the SBC brake. Cannot comment on the A6, have been a bigger fan of the sportive 5-series or conservative E-class.


    Re: Which Wagon?

    Oh i didn't know you were shopping for used models from 2006. I'd say go with the Benz then, they hold their value over here quite a bit better than the Audi. At least over here on the west coast.

    http://www.netcarshow.com/mercedes-benz/2006-e-class_estate/

    Comfort, safety are class leading. I also love the chassis, the S211 was a win. Especially in the later (2006) models it was solid.


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    indeed shifting is ancient technology - so is a fuel burning engine..  I happen to like both :) 
    _____________________________________________________________________
    1984 BMW 323i 5spd 2.3L 141 hp (105 kW) More door. Black on black (parting out) 
    1986 BMW 325e 5spd 2.7L 121 hp (172 lb·ft) Le Mans Blau on Tan leather.
    1986 BMW 325is 5spd 2.5L 168 hp (164 lb-ft) White on Tan leather (parted out) 
    2005 Ford Focus S, 5spd 2.0L 136 hp (120lb-ft) CD silver on grey (sold)
    1986 Porsche 944, 5spd 2.5L 150 hp (168lb-ft) champagne gold on grown leather. (sold)


    Re: Which Wagon?

    yeah, if used i'd say benz as well.


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    Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary... That's what gets you.

    Re: Which Wagon?

    My choice would be Audi


    Re: Which Wagon?

    When talking about second hand cars, there is only one rule – drive all the cars, inspect them carefully and choose the one, which is in best overall condition.

    My personal choice will be between the Audi and the BMW, because 4matic isn’t a “real” AWD system for me. A normal E350 with good winter tires has the same performance in winter conditions. So 4matic doesn’t deserve its premium…  

     

     


    Re: Which Wagon?

    Why don't you check out the Audi Allroad models?

    More ground clearance  than a wagon but more car-like than an SUV. Variable ride height on air suspension.

    audi-allroad-quattro-01_640.jpg


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    It's not where you're going, it's how you get there that counts


    Re: Which Wagon?

    Boyko23:

     

    A normal E350 with good winter tires has the same performance in winter conditions. So 4matic doesn’t deserve its premium…


    Sorry, that´s not true. Ever experienced Mercedes´ ESP on snow? Smiley


    Re: Which Wagon?

    If it's used search for an Audi A6 Allroad.


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    There is no try. Just do.


    Re: Which Wagon?

    Allroads in Canada have the dreaded turbo V6 from the old S4 (I've heard too many horror stories on that engine to ever look at one...).

    I ended up with a 2005 e500 wagon. Every option but the SatNav and 65K km. My wife liked the interior the most and I liked the V8...


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    Past-President, Porsche Club of America - Upper Canada Region

    Re: Which Wagon?

    The A6 won't be outdated for another year or so, while the 5 series and the E class are already "old".


    Re: Which Wagon?

    Speaking of Audi Allroad - how about a Volvo XC70 T6? It's got AWD, a nice and classy design (for a cross-over) and if you choose the T6 engine you get decent performance as well.

    I really like the interior design as well.

     


     
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