Last post on Nov 18, 2010 at 6:09 PM
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Mercedes-Benz R-Class, Car Buying, Wagon
#64 of 68 2007 R Class 320CDI with AWD
Jun 16, 2010 (7:23 am)
My wife and I have had our R Class since early 2007. It had a couple of issues at the start relating to sudden engine flameout, which made us nearly try to dump it. But the local M-B dealer got the right help (it took a while, ultimately coming from the Black Forest), and in the meantime did the right thing by loaning us another R Class that was working right. 3 years and 50,000 miles later, the car is increasingly proving to be what we'd hoped for: dependable, comfortable for long family trips, spacious, reasonably economical (28-29 mpg on highway -- phonomenal for a car of its size). If buying again (which I would, though I hope it won't be for another 8-10 years), I'd look closely at quirky nav system before buying it. M-B has fixed the other problem for families with kids and carpools, since second seat row can now hold 3 passengers. AWD usually not needed but really helps out in those weird mid-Atlantic-States winter snowstorms. All in all, a great and pretty stylish workhorse of a car.
#65 of 68 Re: 2007 R Class 320CDI with AWD [dpirwin]
Jun 16, 2010 (10:40 am)
Almost forgot about that .... the AWD feature. That is one of the reasons that we went with the R350 because living in the mid-west, AWD comes in handy.
#66 of 68 Re: 2007 R Class 320CDI with AWD [new2benz]
Jun 16, 2010 (11:25 pm)
Well all of your comments have been so helpful in my research I decided to get a 2 yr used 08 R320cdi and flew to Atlanta, GA from Houston, TX to get it (thats how committed I was to getting the exact options and year lol). I just got done driving about 13hrs and 900 mi and will give my first report.
25mpg at 75-80mph and as good as 31mpg at 55mph (30-50miles test intervals). I averaged 28mpg at 63mph for the whole trip.
Some people say the nav joystick is ackward but i am coming from a touch screen Acura RL that I have had for 13 years and after awhile touch screens get perma grease on the screen or pure wear over frequently used buttons that mess up the screen and then get hard to press the various buttons. Sure this button and joystick took getting used to but I am liking it better.
My tire pressure monitor light did go off even though the tire pressures seemed filled ok. My town and country does this all the time too so not that big a deal. It seems to to be the perfect family cruiser but sorta tankish if your looking for hard cornering abilities and agility. But then again I did NOT buy they car for that. I got 2 boys and lots of gear that I wanted to transport. I'll report back.
#67 of 68 Re: 2007 R Class 320CDI with AWD [jasonwipf]
Nov 18, 2010 (2:22 pm)
How is your experience with the CDI? Or Gas is liveable? I am looking for Diesel CPO as well. Honda Odyssey is still an option too. Grateful for your thoughts.
#68 of 68 Re: 2007 R Class 320CDI with AWD [manigopi]
Nov 18, 2010 (6:09 pm)
I didn't end up purchasing the Mercedes. I tested a lot of cars of similar and larger size and was impressed with the R class' handling. However, I ended up buying the Buick Enclave and love it. For the size of the car, the handling is superb, the styling is lovely, gas mileage is liveable, and you can't beat the safety of Onstar. Good luck in your search!