What a great car. My first E-class, an E430, was totaled, and the same dealership got me into an E320 4Matic. Excellent ride; a joy to do some DIY work to, easy to work on and find OEM parts online, and a great community of owners at various sites, including benzworld dot org. I've had Lexus and I just can't get over how much better the German ride is and how well Mercedes makes their vehicles. A completely different driving experience than even BMW and Audi, both brands I love as well. But for now, given the quality, fit and finish of these vehicles, I'm glad to see Benz took a step in the right direction with the W212 chassis (2010- up) and I'll be buying a used W212 wagon next!
Handling, road feel, 17" rims on Sport trim I own are gorgeous, the 3.2 liter V6 engine really has the torque where you need it unlike some Japanese luxury models of the same year; classic interior and exterior design; reliability is much better than Germans are ever given credit for.
This car is now out of production, so does it matter? Antiquated stock 16" wheel design is about the only complaint I ever had with this car. "Better cupholders" are for people who drive to get from A to B; this car drives like a dream.
I bought this for my wife. The grandkids were coming home, and I wanted more security than the 04 Outback wagon. So, one day were cruising the lots in Fairbanks, AK. and find this sweet E320 4matic. So, we test drive and she is really liking the car, but is reserved. It is way more car than we have ever owned before. Now, I do own an 83 240D, and love it, 4spd 28 miles to the gallon on its second engine...but a 2002? Well I go to work, I drive the Dalton Hiway ...the haul road. When I get home 2 days later, the wife has had a change of heart...she had it all arranged. She loves the car. I've added a few things, 18" chromes, stainless window trim, and wash it every weekend. Love the silver!
Awesome comfort, classic lines, quiet ride, even with 2+ size wheels and tires! Great handling and mileage, even with Alaska prices. Safety. Like Fort Knox for the family.
I love the car so much, when my daughter came home with our 4 grandchildren I found her an 02 wagon 4matic!
Rock solid car. Own a 1999 ML 320 also -
what a difference. The M Class was in
the shop every other month. This car
has never been back yet. Ride, fuel
economy, handling, are superb. 4Matic
is worth the cost, even for a southern
climate. Grips the road in rain or
snow. Last year produced in this Model
Series - W-210, hence many previous
issues resolved (would not recommend
any first or second year MB model).
Glad I purchased this E-class- safe,
superb, sleek - will keep it for years.
Ride Quality; Road Handling in any
weather;Brake Assist (used it - it does
work!); Stability Control, Xenon
Headlamps;Climate control system;
Cruise Control (best I have had - very
Automatic headlight switch; single
player CD; Satelite Radio
option;laminated side window glass
(security feature - prevents smash and