1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan - Consumer Reviews

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A reliable inline-6 S-Class
By Michael L on 05/03/10 23:33 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan 300SE 4dr Sedan

Review

This car has been reliable. Now that it is 21 years old with 146,000 miles there are a few wear and tear items. First, my right rear passenger window regulator went out along with the door lock mechanism. The radio volume relay switch went out and was replaced. There are some wear and tear items that need to be addressed, but as long as I can drive it safely.
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1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Best car I have ever owned - 40 years
By stein-dog on 02/12/10 16:23 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan 300SE 4dr Sedan

Review

This "S" class w126 sedan is the most reliable, best riding, safest car I have ever owned and has been the least expensive to maintain as well. Bought it w/ 122K miles 4 years ago (I'm 3rd owner); now at 148K, and have had only $2K in "by the book maintenance" costs during that period. I would take it across the country tomorrow without hesitation. Rides great, rock solid on the road, and stately about town. Bullet proof safety. Gas mileage is not great 15/20 but what a ride. Always gets looks at stop lights and parking lots. Key to buying one of these is complete records which mine has since new. I've had 3 BMWs,3 Saabs,1 Cadillac & a Corvette The Benz is hands down the best!
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Bought it new and still loving it!
By benzie300SE on 09/07/06 23:47 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan 300SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Parents bought the car new, and it was given to me when I got my permit ten years ago. Rarely gives trouble. If you don't know how to drive it, it can be slow, but hit the top of the accelerator and the car will throw you back in your seat. Best car to get into a wreck in. A TrailBlazer hit me and did a number on the Chevy while leaving me with a scratch. I like this car so much I bought another one, if that tells you anything. The gas mileage is good. I get about 18 in the city w/ A/C on full blast. While I've owned this car, I've owned an AUDI, VW, two BMW's (very needy cars!), and an Infiniti. None, not even the Infiniti, held up like the MB. These cars are built like tanks that last forever.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Beautiful Car
By xwingftr on 07/18/06 21:15 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan 300SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased March '05. My wife's uncle had owned it since new and he was selling while I was looking to replace my daily driver. I've never owned a Mercedes, I don't consider myself a Mercedes person, I'm actually a sports car guy. The car has not dissapointed me. It is very slow getting going from a stop, solid build quality, quiet, simple yet comfortable inside, nice leather and sound system. Did I say slow. Once you're up to highway speeds, the car accelerates and handles much better. It is actually fairly easy to do maintenance on and has been very reliable so far. I just went over 115K and, I'm told, she still has another 200K left! They are solid, feels like you're driving a tank at times.
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Buy low and be ready to spend
By rossperot on 09/11/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Sedan 300SE 4dr Sedan

Review

Purchased used in Feb 2002. Car was in fantastic cosmetic condition with 108K. Have had a complete brake system overhaul and replaced Head Gasket. Also replaced AC blower motor and turn signal/emergency flasher unit. (turn signal flasher is not a $5 plug in type) Park Place Mercedes in Dallas appears to not want my business (as they refer to - "a car that old") Not been easy to find a capable mechanic to work on the vehicle. Thought to have been a good value at time of purchase, now higher cost, but still within reason considering condition.
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