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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel

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Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) is a category of used car. Often late-model vehicles, they have been inspected, refurbished, if necessary, and are under warranty by the manufacturer.
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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.0 L Inline 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 134 hp @ 5000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 23/30 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Beautiful nose, light-hearted design, rock-solid construction, and the panache of owning a Mercedes. What more could you want?

  • Cons

    Hmmm... I'd like it more if Mercedes-Benz gave me one to keep.

  • What's New for 1997

    The Mercedes-Benz E300D and E320 receive the driver-adaptable five-speed automatic transmission. The E-Class also has a smart sensor to determine if anyone is sitting in the passenger seat and to determine whether or not to deploy the airbag. The E420 can be had with a Sport Package.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
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  • 30
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Total junk!

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan

This car was a total hunk of junk from the first day we drove it. The check engine light came on on the drive home on the day of purchase. It was never fixed, but to make the car even worse the radiator had to be replaced before the car could be sold. So, $3200 later we finally just got rid of the car to cut our losses while we still could. Run! Don't walk away from this car!



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This is my third mb

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan

This is my third MB, and my second diesel, and I have enjoyed every one. Even though the 97 Diesel in a non turbo it has plenty of go. My fuel mileage averages upper 20's around town to low thirties on the highway. I bought the car with 106K on the odo and after two years and at 135K on the odo the only major maintenance required has been changing the glow plugs, which requires pulling the intake manifold. The car is a joy to drive, and I constantly get compliments on its looks. I guess I am just fortunate because I have not experienced the problems with any of my MBs that so many others in this forum seem to have. I hope to always be fortunate enough to own an MB.



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Beware of starmark

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan

Bought my 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class with a Certified Pre-Owned Starmark warranty. After three weeks it would "miss" or hesitate at 45 - 55 MPH. My dealer said that the fuel return hoses clogged. They would not fix this problem under warranty and said it was not part of the Starmark pre-sale inspection. I had it fixed by my independent mechanic at cost of $800. the entire mainfold was fouled with carbon buildup at only 45,000 miles. My mechanic says that this is a common problem on this non-turbo engine. It's a poor design, in his words. The glow plugs were "frozen" in place by this carbon build up. I have corresponded with my selling dealer and Mercedes-Benz USA, both wished me a happy holidays. This is my sixth and last Benz.



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Fuel system nightmare

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan

We love this car BUT, it has had serious fuel system problems. The fuel injector pump has been replaced at 50K and 90K miles. We were stranded in the middle of nowhere when it went out at 90K. A long walk with no cell service in the area.Thank God for the 100K extended warranty we bought or we would have been out over $3K each time. Our previous diesel a 1982 240D ran over 300K miles with no problems. We wanted one of the new CDI diesels but now we are not so sure.



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Full 1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

What's New for 1997

The Mercedes-Benz E300D and E320 receive the driver-adaptable five-speed automatic transmission. The E-Class also has a smart sensor to determine if anyone is sitting in the passenger seat and to determine whether or not to deploy the airbag. The E420 can be had with a Sport Package.

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Talk About The 1997 E-Class

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Discussions See all Started By

stavka911
stavka911
08-27-2013
I am looking at possibly buying an 1997 E-320, but am wary of the repair costs. I plan on having it thoroughly looked at by a mechanic, but if things do come up (which they will) what can I expect f?...


susan67
susan67
03-14-2001
We just purchased a 1997 E320 last week and have been trying to program our Genie intelicode garage door opener to the car's remote. After calling Genie, they faxed us with directions that did not wo?...


mercedesfan
mercedesfan
06-10-2014
@greenpony, Supposedly they have. I didn't run into this problem for the 6 years I owned my S550 and my wife's E-Class hasn't run into this issue either. To me, this is just one more example of why yo...



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