by Steve H. on Feb 20, 2006 Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD
I have owned 3 E class. this is really a fine vehicle. quality definitely less than a German car used to be. 1 sensor after another need to be replaced. Ride quality still better than average wagon. 4matic works great in snow. Steering wheel feels the best in all cars I had owned (more than 40). Dealership service is very good, free pick up and delivery to my house. Of course, invoices is nothing under $1000. Re-sell value is BAD. I paid $30K 3 years ago, now worth $12-13K only. HVAC is far worse than Japanese cars. Even my "S" class AC still not good as my 1991 Lexus. Well, still receive a lot of complements in parking lot.
by Steve Ho on Nov 3, 2005 Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD
I bought it as a certified pre-owned. the dealer was great..deliver the car to my wife's office..Fed Exp overnight a spare key as soon as my wife it on 2nd day..my local MB dealer pick up and return it for service..need road side assistance three times..the good side they showed up in an hour everytime. great services again. drive and ride great last 3 years. Cost to keep it is not cheap at all. my last invoice to replace 2 sensors and a few small things came to $2000. In last 3 services, nothing under $500. Engine noise increase in last 6 months. Dealer say it is normal.
by steven e on Mar 6, 2004 Vehicle: 1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD
extremely frustrated . I have had
annoying problems ever since buying.
Passenger side mirror popped out when a
child brushed with a knapsack. Had to
have an entire new unit. new retaining
clip would have worked. Pneumatic seat
controls went with a $700 repair quote.
Driving light bulb had to be replaced
requiring a lift to get the car high
enough to remove panels. Single
windshield wiper is a royal pain. If
there is not quite enough water on the
window, the wiper skips across. A
couple of hours of that will make you
put a gun in your mouth!
All-wheel drive comes to the Mercedes' E-Class lineup via the E320 sedan and all-new E320 wagon. Like the rest of Mercedes' model lineup, E-Class cars formerly powered by an inline-six engine now receive a more fuel-efficient V6 unit that is also supposed to improve the cars' low-end response. The 1998 E-Class cars receive the benefit of BabySmart airbags which are able to detect the presence of a Mercedes' car seat in the front passenger seat and disable the front passenger airbag. BrakeAssist is also a new feature, which aids drivers' stopping distance in a panic-stop situation.