I really enjoy this superb and silky smooth car. All aspects of the car has been positive. The car handles nicely and feels quite substancial. My only complaints are typical to many other Benz's of similar years both earlier and later. This car turns heads and is deserving of all the attention that it recieves. Mercedes really stepped up the look on the car. To date this is the best looking E-Class. The 2003 chassis doesn't look as beefy, beefy looks good for a mans car. The 1996 is a heavy and stiff car. This tank is built for the road and it superbly holds the road in all weather conditions. This is close to car heaven. That is so far.
Keyless entry and feature allowing you to remotely lock doors and close the windows and moonroof is cool. I also enjoy the rear headrest and just in general all the gadgets in this model.
Headlights lens and plastic and they tarnish if you're not careful, also the oil leaks are unexceptable but a common problem for a lot of different models. The 6 cylinder was designed for the 1992-1995 124 chassis, the car also needs that 5 speed transmission. Those issues were addressed in 97 & 98