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Easy to repair.. and you better be good at it.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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By spammeplez
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 4dr Sedan


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Trans went out at 150000 miles. Electrical problems and an emission gremlin that has never gone away. At 200000+ miles. Oil seep that I've just lived with for 6+ years of ownership. Annoying but easy to deal with. Squeaky belt but since none of the components running off the belt has ever been replaced.. guess its not that big of a deal. Fuel pump went out but easy to repair plus it was the original. Again not a big deal.. Lots of little things but parts are easy to find, just as cheap/expensive as any car. But easier to repair than any Japanese car I've ever owned. Just need to figure out the little tricks the engineers designed to make repairs easy. This car will go 300K miles.


Best Features

Comfort, timeless style, feels safe and has great pickup. Long road trips are where it shines. It's been cross country several times. Very little fatigue after a long trip.


Worst Features

Need a DIY repair manual describing all the clever tricks and tips. Example, to remove the sidemarker lamps, poke a finger into a hole in the wheel well. Pops right off.


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Very reliable! 24.5MPG @ 245K Miles
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Chriss
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 4dr Sedan


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I've had no mayor problems with the car, the biggest job was a transmission service @ 177,000 miles. The car has around 245,000 miles and it runs like new. It smogs fine and it does about 24 MPG. I dive it every day and about once a month i drive to LA from northern californa (about 300 miles) and it feels great. It has some minor issues like a stereo volume knob that is worn due to normal use and like any W210 the original head gasket leaks around the front of the engine (cyl 1) which didn't cause any problems other than the leak itself which if you had warranty it's fine if not its around 150usd for the gasket set.


Best Features

Ride comfort, quiet inside, fuel economy.


Worst Features

CD changer inside instead of in the trunk!


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Excellent Automobile
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By roderickmallen
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 4dr Sedan


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I just purchased the car recently but love it. I have heard about the quality & performance of the Mercedes-Benz brand but am thrilled to finally experience it first-hand. The car performs flawlesly and the comfort if among the best.


Best Features

I particulary like being able to raise and lower the windows with the key or remote. I love the acceleration also.


Worst Features

The paint is beginning to show slight signs of oxidation. I would like to see better paint in the future cars.


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Christmas tree
1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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By Not worth it
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 4dr Sedan


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This car has so many problems it's hard to tell where to start. The common thread is the constant check engine message. So many pretty lights come on it's like a Christmas tree lighting up. Performance and mileage are a disappointment. Ride comfort is not at all what I would expect. My wife refuses to drive it, preferring a Saturn with over 200K.


Best Features

Most of the "favorite features" stopped working (A/C, stereo, remote entry)


Worst Features

Reliability! Bought this with intentions of driving for years to over 200K. It won't reach it and I can't wait to figure out what my next car will be.


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My first MB and most likely the last!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By Zenboy
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 4dr Sedan


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This car was my first MB and due to the problems and quality most likely my last. At 100K the engine (in-line 6) began leaking oil at the head. I have also had electrical problems with the dash and rear tail-lights. I could live with these issues but the other day while driving down the road my front left spring fell out! The spring pearch had rusted off. If I was going faster someone could have been killed as my spring went bouncing down the road!


Best Features

The drive is (was) great and the car looks awesome.


Worst Features

The spring pearch looked like it was off a Vega not an MB. It is a huge safety issue and MB refuses to fix it!


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