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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Reviews

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Best Car I've Ever Owned
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By Kevin
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought for $22K. Wiring Harness is the only major issue ever ($1,700 to fix). This car regularly travels 800 mi RT to Gulf Shores, 300 mi RT to Spartanburg...and she just is great on the highway. Avg fuel is 28 in the city and 34 on the highway. I've put 120K miles on this car and she now has 223K total miles. Even my mechanic thinks this is an awesome car.


Best Features

Fuel economy Comfort Sound system


Worst Features

Make something today that is as dependable and durable as this product.


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wish I had read here
6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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By Dr John
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


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This Mercedes has been the least reliable vehicle I have ever owned. The electronic engine control hooks to an antitheft interlock which fails randomly. The dealership is happy to take my money but unable to solve the problem. Hence I can be anywhere and try to start the car and have it disable the vehicle, leaving me stranded. The Mercedes club people know of this problem and tell me that Mercedes made a replacement computer that disables the lock out, but will not sell it to me. The us Mercedes people were uncooperative. Since I bought the vehicle used, they state that someone could have changed my computer before I bought it. Yeah, sure.


Best Features

rides well when it runs, but terrible on ice and snow, not a car for midwest winters


Worst Features

remove the antitheft interlock, put in a pressure relief valve for the radiator, the plastic cap failed on mine and destroyed the radiator


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Good reliability
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By highlander
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


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I drive some 6000 miles every year on the snow and ice in the mountains and the electronics takes care of the occasional error. This car has has minor corrosion problems all corrected under guarantee at no cost to myself.


Best Features

It works


Worst Features

It needs better corrosion protection


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mercedes reliabilty
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By richard snyder
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


Review

when we purchased this vehicle in nov
of '96 we were so happy. then we found
out it had a german smaller gas tank.
the dealership replaced it tthe proper
size tank. then we started to have a
series of reliabilty problems, such as
the following: glow plugs not working
(8 times),care stalling while in motion
(10 times), 3 blower motors, 2 control
modules replaced, order pump for ww
wipers.if you wish i can you copies of
the work orders. It just to much effort
to wrie here. MB did extend the
warranty to 75,000 miles and the were
good in providing a loaner car with no
cost to me. The problems have with this
car up to this writing. richard snyder


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What a workhorse
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By cabernt13
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


Review

With gas prices going up, it's nice to
be getting 35 mpg with less expensive
fuel. It's safe, nice to look at, and
very economical.


Best Features

Classic looks


Worst Features

This model didn't offer a turbo. Would be nice for accelerations.


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