by MJG on Jul 20, 2009 Vehicle: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
I bought the 4-matic wagon used at 180,000km and had immediate issues with the transfer case, transmission and drive train generally. The ultimate solution to the AWD problems was to remove the front drive shaft. Once over initial maintenance corrections the car settled down to being very reliable and comfortable transportation. Currently it is over 430,000km and still going. The body is just now beginning to show some rust nineteen years after it was built. What a great car!
by JSRowley on Feb 1, 2007 Vehicle: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
Compared to other cars I've owned this car is the best in style (I at least like it), quality, and dependability that I have ever owned. While it occasionally does have its problems, they are very few. I bought the car with 160k miles and now I have over 220k. It seems to be like the energizer bunny cause it just keeps going, & going, & going, with very little maintenance or repair costs. I'm sure if I took better care of it (ie: tune- ups, oil changes, etc.), it would still be like new, although it never has given me any major problems and still runs like a sports car.
by Nevadasmith on Feb 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
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.
by Mike 300TE on Mar 14, 2002 Vehicle: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
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.
by BENZ WAGON on Feb 9, 2002 Vehicle: 1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class
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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