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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Reviews

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Very Low Maintance
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By frank castle
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 4dr Sedan


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Not a single drive train problem in ten years. Not a single tune up problem. Original plugs replaced at 150 000 miles. 27 on the highway. My mechanic has warned me not to get rid of the 98 320e. He has several he maintains. Yes, the center arm rest is not perfect, but it is fine. Amazing how well the paint has held up. Ours is a bronze gold. I cannot think of a problem we have had with this car, our 10th. We did replace valve cover gaskets when they leaded. Just did a round trip Boston to Florida. Tomorrow I will drive 200 miles to NYC without a worry. We did replace the headlights when they became less than water tight. Not cheap. Roomie for five. Trunk more than adequate. The man who bought our car new bought a 430, so this is a very powerful car, but the 320E I have driven is more than adequate. the 320E V6 has 12 plugs and is quite smooth. I would buy another today if it had been super maintained.


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Terribly Unreliable
3 of 18 people found this review helpful
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By rchampaneri
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


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never ever in my life would i have thought to recieve such a TERRIBLE car.
1 month after owning it, the headlights wont turn off.
then the battery died.
seeing as im in high school i was ok with it sitting for a day or two.
but once i bought a new battery none of the electric component were working.
(radio, speedometer, gas gauge, windows, door locks)
i bought the car at 139k


Best Features

cup holder and seats


Worst Features

center console, reliability, anything and everything what a bad car.


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Mercedes Money Pit
3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By or_cagirl
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Wagon


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I bought this wagon in Portland from a European used car dealership a few years ago. It only had 105 thousand miles, interior and exterior in great condition. My previous car was a 91 Volvo wagon and lasted 20 years but with teens being over 6'2, the Mercedes wagon has more leg room than the Volvos.
Car ran well for the first year, then the mechanical problems started one after another. The cost for just an oil change is minimum $200.00. I paid $6000.00 for the car in 2010. Since then I have put over $10.000 into it in repairs. I spent less on my Volvo in the 20 years I owned it. I love the room of the E320 but the cost has been a nightmare. Caution before you buy!!!!


Best Features

Seat 7 passengers


Worst Features

Sunroof leaks, no cup holders in the front, not a smooth/quiet ride


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The worest Mercedes-Benz I ever had
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By voice1
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


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This car I bought new 1998 , as soon as it went over 95000 Km the oil add oil started , in a 300 miles trip I would have to add at least two quarts .
Then the electronics started to fall , the headlight the tail light light bulbs almost every two to three week. Rust in the trunk around the key lock . I would say my 230 1988 or my 200 D 1973 were million time better built cars . I lost intrest in buying another Mercedes .


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E320 at 195,000 miles
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By jbnj1
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4dr Sedan


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ok at an amazing 195k on the clock this car just never stops amazing me , I bought this car about 1.5 yrs ago and my wife takes this car from nj to Lex va reguraly about 1000 miles round, I have no fear in letteing her do this with this car, I WOULD NEVER let her use any of our other cars ((3) all with less milage) to do this,,, this car gets about 30mpg , stops on a dime with akbono pads , and you can eat a bowl a soup in this car at 100-120mph and yes I've run this car personaly on I95, I81, and I76 multiple times in the triple digits ,The BEST USED CAR I've ever owned, this veh gets regular service , and when it was bought i recvd complete records, if you can do so too , buy it


Best Features

way to many to list,,, I had a hickup going uphill and tranny would not come out of 2nd gear thoght i blew the tranny, parked car, called mech, went to bring car to mech, car fixed itself, I guess protection mode on tranny,


Worst Features

My only complaint on this car is the headlight lens plastic ,they are cloudy, acording to my mech they call this feature cateracts, and it is common on theese cars,, the cloudyness is on the inside of the lens and there is no way to repair this ,, new lenses are about 250, the lights work and are usable but the lens look like crap,,


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