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5 bad cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic

Mercedes Benz E350 Sedan
Mercedes Benz E350 Sedan
  • Price: $51,900
  • Gas mileage:
    • City - 21
    • Highway - 30

For many people, their cars are an extension of themselves and because of that, they won't think twice about plunking down thousands of dollars for a new ride. If you fall into that category but commute in traffic each day, you may want to rethink the high-end luxury car.

Sure, you'll sit in traffic in style, but you'd better hope there are no potholes or road construction that can result in dings and dents to your car. A great example of a car to avoid because of the chance that your ride will get scuffed up is the Mercedes Benz E350.

This bank-busting luxury vehicle has all the amenities a car lover could dream about, including the Nappa leather multifunction heated steering wheel, the optional panorama roof and the 14-way power front seats with memory. But getting a new paint job because a rock scratched your door is going to cost you. If you still are convinced that a Mercedes is best for your traffic-laden commute, you may want to go with the C250 Sport Sedan, with an MSRP of $35,800 -- $16,000 cheaper.

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