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Ten years with my E320.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Thomas G Lambach
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought new in '96, an excellent package in terms of its exterior size, interior space and cargo volume. Handles well and is a pleasure to drive, especially on the freeway where it just glides along. Highway fuel economy has been as high as 27.75 mpg (Model's EPA was 20/27). IMHO, in good condition the E320 is a screaming used car bargain, but only if its in good condition.


Best Features

'97 was the last year of the 217 HP smooth powerful straight six engine and first year of the electronic 5 speed automatic - 5th is an overdrive gear so at 65 mph the motor is turning only 2,250 rpm. This model has dual front airbags and side door airbags in all four doors.


Worst Features

The '97's single windshield wiper is OK, but has been replaced in newer models. I wish the car's heater would stay off until the motor was sufficiently warm to provide heat, something I have on an '80 model M-B!


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Bad car for very high price
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By hollyaben
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


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Car had problems all after warantty period. Horn stopped $140. Outside mirror Broke $450. Left rear window fell down for no reason $300. Head gasket blew.(very common on these cars) $1950. Complained to dealer and Mercedes and got nothing. Will never buy another.


Best Features

No rust


Worst Features

Better engineering, manufacturing and quality control. They should have fixed most of these problems no chage or at an adjusted price as they were common on the car I have since learned. Corporate attitude is poor toward customer.


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I Expected More From Benz
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By Don O.
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


Review

Bought this '97 E320 used in early 2002. I now have 180,000 miles on it. Engine remains reliable, but that's about it. My entire instrument panel is not functioning (dealer replaced ignition switch, which did nothing!!). AC died 2 years ago (dealer replaced dash heating unit, which did nothing!!) Car is rusting badly.


Best Features

Engine still reliable at 180,000 miles.


Worst Features

Improve the reliability


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Beware of Starmark
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By yvonne963
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D 4dr Sedan


Review

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.


Best Features

Fuel economy


Worst Features

Too many quality issue to list.


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First Benz and I love it.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By MARK98115
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1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


Review

This is my first Mercedes and I could not be happier. This car actually makes me want to go and drive somewhere. It has the perfect balance of everything I want in a car - looks, performance, comfort and reliabiliy. I also find it very interesting that it has excellent visibility while driving at night. I assume that whatever the windshield is made of, it does a good job of filtering out the glare of oncoming traffic. Keeping in mind that this is a 4 door sedan, I five the car very high marks for the way it handles corners and country (twists and turns) driving, while the engine has plenty of power (and torgue) for passing, merging or just getting up to speed.


Best Features

I find it really impossible to list favorite features. The car as a whole is almost perfect, so I'll just list the few shortcommings in the Suggested Improvements section.


Worst Features

The seats should have an adjustable lumbar support. This is the biggest shortcoming. Radio with a cassette player for an upscale vehicle. even in 1997 is sort of lame. Would be great if some company made a truck mounted MP3 player that hoocks directly into the CD- Changer plug.


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