Bought my 95 E300D in Jan of '07 with 282,000 miles on it and 1" Benz 430 wheels with a spare in the trunk. I have put almost 20k more on it with 12K+ using Biodiesel B99/B100. On the Bio, this car is as quiet and smooth as a Corolla. It is also great with an Elsbett veggie oil kit. Plus, in LA stop and go, the car averages 25-27mpg, which is almost the same as my wife's 2000 Corolla. This car is a solid as they come. I hope that it never gets totaled.
I can push or pull your Suburban up a hill.
Cup holders. If you buy one of these, upgrade the wheels to 17" for a better ride and better mileage.
Purchased model year 1995 E320 wagon in 2003 with 63,000 miles on it. Although it is a wagon, it drives like a sedan and is actually quite fun to drive. The cargo capacity cannot be beat. Primary issue is maintenance and reliability. Just about every part that can break has broken. Spent more on maintenance and repair than original purchase price. From overhauled transmission to the litany of sensors gone bad, this car is not any better than a usually maligned "American" car.
Speed, performance, and firm response when driving
Great car that feels sturdy and smooth. Purchased the car with 69k and Head Gaket, front engine seal and front timing chain cover was all leaking. After fixing those items it started to have electrical problems. The engine wire harness was brittle and arcing under the top engine cover. Then the center vents in the dash stopped flowing air. To fix, $300 up to $1200 depending on the 6 vacuum pods (10 hours labor).
Remote head rests and heated seats. The car rides and steers very nice after changing out the steering coupler. Solid feel for a 12 year old car.
Poor gaskets, bad engine wire harness, bad air conditioning evaporator. At present rear diff. is leaking as is rear engine seal and trans is moist....whats next??? Older Mercedes = Leaky Car. They should learn how to make better gaskets.
This is my 4th Mercedes, my 3rd diesel. Wow, they got this one right. It's powerful, reasonably quiet, dead simple to maintain, and the parts aren't bad at all. Bought her with 235k on her, and did ball joints, tie rod ends, brake line ends, and an epic cleaning. Changed the oil and coolant several times, cleaning out the sins of the previous owner. I've put 10k miles on in 6 months, and nothing but smiles. I hit 40 mpg on a 800 mile road trip in October, and nailed 41 mpg on a 400 mile trek later that month! The daily commute gets 36 mpg in the summer, down to 31 in the winter. She's big, she's bad, she's comfortable, and the wife even likes her. Worth the steep price.
Traction control is spooky good. Antilock works great. Love those heated seats. Cheap to insure, cheap to run. Galvanized body is holding up well. Compatible with low sulphur diesel!
Sunroof does not look to be correctly aligned when closed, but does not leak. Headlight wiper motor burnt out in icy conditions. Why didn't it pop the fuse?