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W211 Facelift E-Class

  • 04-08-2021 1:33pm
    Registered Users Posts: 3,819 ✭✭✭ bbk

    Hi all,

    I've a C350e which I really like, and which suits the commute to and from work. My fuel economy is doing very well, and the car can be a lot of fun to drive if I want it to be.

    That said, I'm at a stage where I wouldn't mind saying goodbye to the car loan. Used prices for the c350e are going up too, which is interesting.

    My Dad had a 2004 E class which had its electrical problems, but it was a solid car so there is some sentimentality clouding my judgement, or at least memories of a comfortable car that was mechanically reliable. I find myself drawn to, the facelifted 2008 or 2009 versions. Even going so far as looking at the E280 or E320 CDI, albeit rare nowadays. High Peak Autos on YouTube is partly to blame!

    Am I mad? I have the cost of hybrid battery repair or replacement on my mind, and getting a decent old eclass and spending a bit on essential maintenence and just running it until diesels are banned sounds attractive to me.

    I've read that the c350e uses a battery technology which is longer lasting, so the degradation is not going to be significant. In the two years I've had the car, I've seen no reduction in range or average economy. I know the battery is small but I'm nearly doubling the fuel economy of my B8 A4 TDI. I'm quite happy with the car.

    That said, simpler motoring is appealing to me recently. I'm sure lots of us have had this experience!