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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel - Consumer Reviews

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E300TD 3.0L 6-cyl. Turbodiesel 5-speed Automatic - (10 reviews )
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WARNING! Bad Engineering ahead
6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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By vwbus1979
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 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.


Best Features

The interior is really nice. The fit and finish is extraordinary. When you close the doors, it feels safe. The handling is really nice and the efficiency of the turbo diesel engine is a huge plus in times of high fuel prices. The automobile was obviously meant to last a long time so they did put a lot of effort into window seals, interior trim pieces and more. Lots of those finishing touches really makes for a nice ride that, if taken care of, will last a long time.


Worst Features

Well, what can I say? After $10k + of maintenance costs over 5 years time only to be stabbed in the heart with a terrible $7k failure due to poor engineering...It's disappointing. The car makes for a really good first impression because the fit and finish is so nice! But be WARNED! Like the Audi and BMW, the E300 is very costly to keep maintained. I'm a BIG believer in maintaining an auto with the thought that the more you keep it maintained, the longer it will last. I still think that is true but ... at some point you have to draw the line at how much you throw at a car before the "worth it" scale tips. The E300 did not age well for me.


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Solid Car
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By Solar Winds
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan


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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...


Best Features

Built like a panzer.


Worst Features

Bring more diesels to USA and put the 4 cyl diesel in the C class 50 mpg.


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Diesel Quality
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By John
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel E300TD Turbodiesel 4dr Sedan


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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.


Best Features

In line turbo diesel engine its powerfull and sips Fuel. rid,. comfort, style, MbTEX. Handling, tires, telescopic steering wheel, sun roof, weight and safety, lots of air bags.


Worst Features

It is 2008 and the new Blue Techs are out, test drove one and its great ave. 35 mpg Why dont MB put a Diesel in a C Class and get 40 + mpg and lower the price 08 Blue Tech 56K, I am going to waite a few years and get an 05.


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Great long-term runner
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By Bus Man
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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 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
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By Chief
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Vehicle

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


Review

Bought this car with 45000 miles on it. Absolute diesel rocket ship, amazing economy. Superb drive.


Best Features

Performance, ecomomy, ride & handling.


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