I bought this used with just over 85000
on it,in very good condition. Main
complaints: no horsepower. It won't get
out of its own way, especially with a
load of people and luggage - almost
dangerously slow in traffic. Gulps gas
like you wouldn't believe, and the high
priced stuff, too. And when it breaks
down, which it will, it will cost you a
couple mortgage payments to fix it. I
won't be buying another MB.
Nice interior, all wheel drive.
More reliability, more horsepower,
better gas milage.
I have owned 7 MBs, and I think pretty highly of them. However, they have shortcomings that prospective buyers should be aware of. My 300TE is a handsome and highly functional car. Build quality is superb and I love the general comfort level. Long trips are a joy. The biggest downer with Benz ownership is the expense of fuel, repairs, and maintenance. "No kidding, mister, it's a premium luxury car." My wagon burns premium fuel only and gets about 18 mpg. I owned two Tahoes that cost less to fuel (regular gas). Parts and labor costs will make you cry. Routine maintenance is extremely pricey. The saving grace on all my Benzes has been terrific resale value. That is what keeps me loyal.
Classic styling that ages slowly.
Outstanding build quality.
Material quality and durability.
Very high comfort level.
Outstanding resale value.
Rotten fuel economy on premium fuel.
Sky-high costs for parts and labor.
Sluggish all-around performance by modern standards (just call it stately).
Notoriously bad stareos until recent years.
I have owned this car for 9 years now and have enjoyed every moment of it. My benz is always reliable. Its not very fast accelerating but it can get go fast if you want it to. Its got the wonderful mercedes control factor as well. The stearing is great. My only complaint is that if something does go wrong, its not cheap to fix. I also have a 96 Infiniti I30 and a 99 Chevy Tahoe. The Benz is my favorite of them.
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