I've had this car for a year now. I have regular service at a independent mechanic. I have had basically almost no problems with it at all except a leak in an after-market chrome wheel, which was fixed for $29. Although there are a number of newer MB in my work parking lot, the valets like to park mine right in front, maybe because the '98 E is the size of the newer S series and the styling is so great. I am more than pleased with it.
Comfort, handling, surprising acceleration for a big car with a 320, timeless design, power rear window shades, air seats
The cup holder is a bit technically ridiculous- more design than necessary.