I purchased a well cared for 1993 300se
from a local "high-end" dealer. The key
to having a good experience with these
cars is making sure that all service and
mantainence has been completed on the
deal. Have a local "expert" do an
inspection including a leak down test
and you'll be fine. The car is one of
the best ever to be produced by
mercedes. Just wished the soft closing
door feature worked all the time without
having to disconnect the battery!
aargh! The use of 100 octane fuel also
helps with the fuel economy- currently
getting an astounding 26mpg in the
mountains of colorado!
Excellent interior appointments. Great
seat adjustments and plenty of storage
for golf clubs and a keg o beer! The
bose system is ok as long as the
crossovers hold up- common problem that
could have benefited from a better
transmission that wasn't vaccume regulated.
Extreamly well made and solid car. The
suspension soaks up every bump and the
double glazing helps to make it very
quite. Build quality in the cabin is
excellent - no squeaks or rattles
Unfortunately I bought one that turned
out to have been unloved and it cost a
lot of money to put right. Head gasket
replaced, gearbox overhauled, water
pump and tappets replaced, brake disks
and drop-link arms on the suspension
replaced, CD autochanger replaced - the
list goes on and on. But I have now a
brillant car with all the major bits
fixed (I hope)! If you can get one that
has been serviced correctly then this
must be the best car in the world!
Great suspension - soft on the bumps
yet allows the car to handle the bends
as if it were much smaller and lighter.
No air con in my car - this is a must!
Make sure you also get leather and auto
transmission for resale value.