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WARNING! Bad Engineering ahead
By vwbus1979 on 04/11/11 17:27 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

After five long years of owning my 98 E300 TD, I am left with a completely destroyed car due to poor engineering on MBZ. Turns out MBZ designed the transmission cooler INSIDE the radiator. The tranny cooler contains oil and the radiator contains water. Think about it. Yup! The two mixed last weekend and water went into the transmission, completely destroying the transmission, torque converter and engine electronics leaving me with a $7k bill for a car worth only $9k. Last summer, it was $4k to replace the diesel injectors. The summer before that, $2400 to replace the A/C unit and belts. The car only has 104k miles on it. It is now scrap metal. Unreal.
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Solid Car
By Solar Winds on 08/10/10 18:55 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

I was rear ended at a stop light by a pick up truck going fast and all I heard were screeching tires and then the crash. The e300 took a hard hit and did well. I got out out with whip lash. The seat held me in like a glove and felt if I was driving a lighter tinier car it would have been worse. The insurance company paid me 2300 more then what I paid for it. This diesel engine is great and gets up to 30 city and 36 hwy going 80 mph. I am debating on a new diesel or a 320, 430 e or c class This is a safe car and fuel is cheap knowing your safe...
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Diesel Quality
By John on 01/12/08 07:17 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

I purchased this car sight un seen or test drove it, because it was an incredible deal. I had it shiped from Dallas to NJ and auto Transporters .com did as promised. the car is driving great and has plenty of power and room and I have achieved 36 mpg although I am getting 32.5 avg. When i first got it i was getting 27 to 29 because of a bad tire, and transmission was low on fluids and leaking. once i fixd the tire and had a tranny service done leak stoped and Mpg jumped up to 32.5 mpg. I had an e430 with heated and leather seats this car does not but i have dogs and the MBTEX is better for me. As of now all is in working order i have put 4000.00 miles on it.
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Great long-term runner
By Bus Man on 04/03/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

Excellent fuel economy, 30MPG average. Good reliability once bugs were worked out. Motor runs like new with 134,000 miles, and the car still feels very solid, with shock & brake/rotor replacement.
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E300Td
By Chief on 08/09/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

Bought this car with 45000 miles on it. Absolute diesel rocket ship, amazing economy. Superb drive.
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First Diesel
By bart47 on 05/18/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

What a great car! My second used Mercedes, first diesel. Amazed the first time I drove it by the pickup and smoothness of the engine. The torque is so much better than gas engines. This is evident by the ability of the car to maintain cruise speed on the steepest hill without downshifting. My wife was skeptical about buying a used car with 101,000 miles, but now she loves it.
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Good Car, many problems
By kermit780 on 12/28/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

We have owned our E300TD for almost five years now. It is overall a good car, but there were so many problems that were unnecessary. At 9,000 the cupholder lid would not stay up and had to be replaced. To this day even the replacement does not work. We have had this vehicle serviced eight times for glowplug related issues, usually them failing. The sunroof stopped operating, the rear window came off track. There are other issues, but not enough time or space. The interior has no perks or electronic gadgets. When you pay that much for a car is a CD player too much to ask for, without paying $800 for the factory CD changer.
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Diesel Turbo 300
By Roger Bhatti on 10/03/02 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

I wish USA was still importing Dielel. It is the best.
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Mercedes Diesel
By vl39 on 03/30/02 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

Have been purchasing automobiles for 40 years, and this was my fifth(5) Mercedes. I have owned 1997 BMW740il, 1998 BMW328iC, Cadillacs, Pontiacs, 1961 Austin Healy. My 1998 E300TD is the best all around vehicle I have ever owned. Great mileage(>30mph), excellent handling and ride comfort, 0-60 in 8.5 seconds and 135mph top end with superb reliability. I have put on 91,000 road miles in 4 years with not one problem! I will sell this vehicle in the next few months because Mercedes has just announced they are bringing the diesel back to the US in the E class, a E270CDI, that will get 40mph.
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I am happy
By costa on 02/28/02 09:56 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan

Review

I love the car. Problems have been with normal service at particular dealers. Some dealers are so much better than others. Don't buy a diesel that isnt a turbo. 8.3 seconds 0 to 6 is not a bad time for a diesel.
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