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E300D 3.0L 6-cyl. Diesel 4-speed Automatic - (8 reviews )
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Best Car I've Ever Owned
By Kevin on 08/21/09 19:38 PM (PDT)

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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 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.
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wish I had read here
By Dr John on 04/18/09 09:26 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300D 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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Good reliability
By highlander on 08/07/06 06:57 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300D 4dr Sedan

Review

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.
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mercedes reliabilty
By richard snyder on 07/25/04 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 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
By cabernt13 on 09/04/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 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.
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Great cross country car
By JKA on 01/31/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300D 4dr Sedan

Review

We have owned several MB diesels. Our '96 300D is a fantastic road car. We have made many cross country runs from Minnesota to Maine and always find this car able to offers us a dependable and comfortable ride.
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Bad MBZusa service and warranty
By John Wang on 12/13/02 00:00 AM (PST)

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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300D 4dr Sedan

Review

I have believed MB but so disapointed this time when the engine blowed out at 31000 miles, a screw linked gear and oil pump got broken then oil pump stopped working......... while there is no engine oil pressure indicator! I got a lemon car with poor assembling quality but MBZusa didn't want to be responsible for their design failure as well as manufacturing failure. Buy BMW!, it is much better in quality and service, I have had a 525i since 1990 and have no problem.
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The deisel that wasn't
By jwkrotec on 09/02/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300D 4dr Sedan

Review

The new 4 valve deisel is a work of art. There is plenty of power for accelerating and the broad tourque curve makes highway cruising at 75 effortless. Unforntunately, many little problems with various systems have had the car spending days at the dealer. The dealer took several tries to get it right each time! very bad. At 95,000 miles the legendary Mercedes deisel stopped! I was informed that the bad fuel in this country gummed up the vanes in the induction unit and it cost $3,500 to repair. This is rediculous. One buys a deisel to prevent this sort of thing.
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