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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel

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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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best car i've ever owned

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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.




Wish i had read here

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Good reliability

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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.




Mercedes reliabilty

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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




What a workhorse

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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.




Great cross country car

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Vehicle: 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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.



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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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 23
  • cty
/
  • 30
  • highway
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