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I am a wagon fan. Always have been. We had numerous Volvo wagons when I was a kid – always called The Brick – and the classic E-Class wagons – called the Cool Bus. There is something special about having a row of seats to yourself.
It turns out I am not the only fan! US sales of the E350 wagon have been increasing! As a nod to this small group of wagon enthusiasts, Automobile Magazine has recently published quite a few articles about the E350 wagon, the E63 AMG wagon and the non-US CLS-Class Shooting Brake. All of these articles were written by the same author, Marc Nordeloos.
“The brilliance of the Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG Shooting Brake is that it offers nearly all of the comfort of the Audi while being far more special to drive quickly.”
“It’s important to remember that the CLS Shooting Brake is a four-door “coupe wagon” and not a traditional station wagon. Still, if cargo capacity is not one of your top priorities, the lovely design will far outweigh any of these complaints.”
“There is something special and unique about an E-Class Estate. Customers recognize this, and it draws them to this product.”
“We have loyal customers who really appreciate the cargo capacity and the driving dynamics over an SUV. I think there is definitely a niche that would warrant future variants.“
“When you’re done being a rally star in your near-600 hp station wagon, slip the transmission back into Comfort mode, set the suspension to the softest setting, and click both the heated and massaging seat buttons. You’ll be hard pressed to beat the comfort in an S-Class. Add a set of rubber winter mats, and it’s as if the Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG wagon was destined to effortlessly plug through winter.”
“Of all the cars on the list, this is the one I actually do own.”
“There’s just something about a Mercedes that impresses when you live with it. You don’t fully appreciate this during a brief test drive. I love the fact that there are three rows of seating, allowing car-pooling without resorting to an SUV. Plus, who doesn’t love a rear-facing third row seat?”
That’s it! The Rear Facing third row. I’ve obviously outgrown it but I have such fond memories of sitting back there getting big rigs to honk, making faces at other kids and road-tripping like a queen ensconced in a carriage!
So, Marc and I are clearly huge wagon fans…how about you?
Have you decorated your car this year? Wreaths? Bows? Trees? Lights? I would love to see it! Send me a picture via e-mail or tag me on Instagram. Nothing brightens my day like an owner that loves their car!
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I am an avid SiriusXM listener. The only time I listen to terrestrial radio is when I am driving through the car wash!
If you have a loved one with a Mercedes-Benz newer than 2003 it is very likely they have Sirius installed in their automobile. I think a subscription would be a great gift!
All you need is the ESN of the car to call Sirius and set it up. The ESN can be found under Radio < Sirius < Info or some similar combination of words. It is always in the Sirius screen < bottom left < bottom menu < number appears.
You can visit SiriusXM online to get more information or set up the service!
Everyone wants to know the most popular colors for cars and the best colors for resale. Here is chart from PPG, a global supplier of paints, coatings, optical products, specialty materials, glass and fiber glass, showing the trends for 2014.
Are you looking for the perfect gift for the Mercedes-Benz enthusiast in your life? Check out The Collection online and stock up!
If you carefully read through the insurance documents for the Mercedes-Benz European Delivery program you will find that the car has coverage for Marten damage.
Damage caused by martens chewing through or biting cables, tubes, leads and wires of vehicles licensed as private motor vehicles with the exception of rental vehicles, taxis and self-driven rental vehicles.
Ummm, what kind of monsters do they have in Europe!? Here is a video from Audi addressing the issue. It made me grateful to only have mice.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure is this weekend in Atlanta! This will be my 7th time participating in the event and, as always, I am proud to raise money and awareness for this cause. If you live or work anywhere near our path please come out and cheer us on. We need the encouragement!
If you are looking to send your charity dollars somewhere, my team link is on the left of this page. We’ve hit our minimum but every dollar towards the cure is a good investment.
I’ll be posting pictures all weekend to my Instagram account tagged #the3day if you want to follow along!
Were you looking for a fun way to spend an hour? Here it is! I just downloaded a new app about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and it is magic! First, visit www.C-ClassTour.com and print the target sheet. Then download the app. I just searched for C-Class to find it. As you move your device over the page you can rotate the hologram! It is fascinating! Have fun!
Ask and ye shall receive! I recently posted about the new colors available on the G-Wagen for 2015 and specifically mentioned wanting to see it in Paprika if it was ever built. Turns out there is already a Paprika G63 AMG in the world! It was exhibited at Pebble Beach and the designo Product Manager was nice enough to send me a picture! Enjoy!
Bertha is due to arrive soon and I made a book for her new owner!