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Mercedes Money Pit
By or_cagirl on 09/14/13 22:22 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4dr Wagon

Review

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!!!!
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Not your Daddy's wagon
By James on 01/12/07 01:45 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4dr Wagon

Review

I have only had my 1998 MB E320 wagon for 3 years. I have to upgrade in size due to the upgrade in size of my family but I really don't want this car to go. It's been super reliable, easy on the wallet at the pump, and has never lacked in fun factor. My kids even love the car! If anyone is ever in the market for a good used road trip car, this is it!
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My 5th Mercedes, still good, not best.
By Steve H. on 02/20/06 13:39 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

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.
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It is a good car..but expensive to keep
By Steve Ho on 11/03/05 17:22 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

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.
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Get ready for headaches!!!
By steven e on 03/06/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

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!
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Sweet Car
By KoolB70 on 03/01/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Have not had this car long, bought it used with 60,000 miles as an alternative to a larger SUV. So far it has been perfect and fits our 3 kids just right. Three car-seats easily fit across the second row of seats and the 3rd row seats provides added seating versatility. The car was in excellent mechanical shape when I bought it. I did have to pay for sceduled maintenance and replace a few items due to normal wear and tear. Mercedes maintenance and replacement parts CAN be very expensive.
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definitely not a Toyota
By bdkman on 01/15/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

Nice ride, comfort & decent traction,reliability is lacking.I have had Japanese designed & manufactured cars for the past 10 years or so so I was expecting the Benz to be comparable - not so.The car is plagued with little annoying problems that I won't tolerate.Like an old set of Christmas lights I never know which light will not be out next. Sunroof broke just out of warrany $300, engine gives off a nice blue smoke cloud when it starts, CD changer broke(CD's entombed inside, various unexplained glitches in the stability control electronics & in the electronic throttle control. Low fuel pressure trips Engine Light too!
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Exhilarating Disapointment
By leekaster on 05/04/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

I was thrilled to get this wagon for our retirement vehicle. It had apprx one year left on the warranty; good thing! Rear load leveling shocks started leaking oil. Driver seat heater gave out. After warr. up, air flow sensor for engine gave out. Turn signal collar started rotating with lever. Leak developed in hose to rear load-level shocks, cost $354 to cut & reconnect hose.
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Didn't miss my Passat for long!
By juelladeville on 03/26/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4dr Wagon

Review

Never have felt so secure on the road. Bought it when my daughter started school in next county.Great on highway. Yeah, cupholder is actually a better cell phone holder, but I'll deal! Bought it used with 29000 miles on it, saved a bunch over new and it still feels like new.
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Worth the Price
By Patrick Merkle on 03/14/02 22:19 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon E320 4MATIC 4dr Wagon AWD

Review

We were lucky to find an off-lease E320S4 w/just 17K miles. Watch fuel capacity: it's 18.1 INCLUDING reserve. Owner's manual appears ambiguous re 2.4 g "reserve". A sporty ride, disguised as a family wagon.
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