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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
I bought this car as a used car at a dealership. Got an excellent price. Has over 126k miles but drives like new. Everything works like new. The interior is in pristine condition. For people who spill the occasional drink the stainguard on the floor mat works marvelously. The gas mileage is averaging 35 mph with a/c in Phoenix at speeds averaging 70 mph. I read previously an issue with that but I haven't experienced it. I drive 80 roundtrip miles daily and this car is perfect for it. My carpool buddy loves how comfortable the seats can be for his naps on the way home. The overhead lighting for the back seat passengers is very helpful for passengers to navigate maps, etc while I'm driving.
Sound system, cd player is great quality. The torque and stability when accelerating is amazing. We get to 80mph before we merge onto the freeway if we're not paying attention. The gas mileage is fantastic averaging 35-42 mpgs at speeds ranging between 65 mph to 80 mph. The seat comfort features are great for long drives. Lots of lighting for night driving. Handling on turns and curves is amazing.
Too many ashtrays. I laughed at how many ashtrays are in the car. No bluetooth connection and the optional phone addition is too expensive (Mercedes-Benz dealer quoted me $1200.00). The 12V adapter isn't very good for charging phones, very slow.
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
So far zero problems with this car. I bought it transferred from Houston to Phoenix with 45k mi, and have 60k mi now. Everything is perfect. Fuel mileage summer 24/36 winter 29/38 city/highway. My typical city driving is 6 mile each way with 15 lights. hwy hilly and 75 to 80mph. Note ac use is the mpg killer in Phoenix.
Comfy, fairly fast, efficient, 16 inch wheels, and luxurious. I have done the brakes and oil. These items are normally easy to do, but this car is not a normal car. Everything is extremely over engineered, which makes it quieter and time consuming to just do an oil change. Note it was not difficult but about 20 screws hold three covers to change the oil. I may do the top recovery method next time. The brakes had extra steps too, 2 sensors that tell when the brakes are ready to be changed. They need a little more attention to detail than a chevy. Parts cost was surprisingly cheaper than my old jeep and my wife's honda. OEM online is what I did and they matched the stampings on the original.
No bluetooth, I added this with an aftermarket to the aux port, but not what it should be. Reading about the factory bluetooth, I wouldn't buy that either. Fold down rear seat is an option and not on mine. Mirrors do not fold in, they are on a spring. Power folding mirrors is an option, but either way I'm not a fan. Most of my friends don't like doing their own maintaining. If you plan to take it to the dealer, be prepared for large bills. This is the reason I would not recommend to a friend.
2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A) E320 CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
This car's average mileage for its first 51,000 miles is 30,6. On the highway I get 41+ at 70 mph. Add Mercedes legendary comfort and handling and this is a great car. I bought it used in 2009 from a dealer with a full MB warranty for $28 k. I'll never buy a new one again! It is my fourth Benz/first diesel, and I am now a diesel convert. Why drive anything else?
None - it is the perfect car.
This car has performed exceptionally well since I purchased it from dealer. It had approx 28k at purchase. I purchased the MB extended warranty out to 5 year/100k to cover major component replacements. Best mileage was trip from El Paso,TX to destination near Fort Worth,TX (609 miles)this year, using air, with cruise control set at 70 MPH. With a few stops along the Interstate, I averaged 42.5 mpg to destination.Onboard computer at arrival said I could go another 280+ miles till refuel.(E-320 CDI has 21.0 gallontank. On board computer says that I have overall average of 33.5 mpg since purchase of car-mostly city driving mixed with some x-country trips. E- 320CDI, BEST of 4 diesel cars I owned!
Large fuel tank (21gallon). Tremendous instant torque, will burn rubber on start. Never had a diesel car that could do that before. Comfortable bucket seats. Great A/C in the hot Texas summers. Heated seats are quick when selected. Good braking system. Selectable Rear Seat sun screen in back window.
Better Nav System needed. My Garmin 580 is much better overall. Add Iphone connections. I have after market IPhone system installed in the car's great sound system and works great for hands free dialing and answering using voice reccy. 17 inch wheels would be nice if good ride could be maintained.
I bought the car with 22,000 miles and now have 65,000 miles almost a year later. The only repair I've made (under warranty) was some front end work. The diesel has returned 35 MPG total average in predominantly highway driving (150 miles/day). With the exception of the front end work, the vehicle has been flawless, even the electronics (which is surprising). I've owned six Mercedes before, mostly diesels, and wholeheartedly recommend the brand, and particularly their diesels.
Fuel economy and comfort at high speeds. The torque is also outstanding.
The only complaint is the braking system which seems harsh at times. However, I understand that this was remedied is subsequent models. A minor irritation is the necessity at times having to adjust the heating controls. The paint finish seems to have a slight orange peel effect, but not serious.
Finally, after 30 years of dreaming of buying a Mercedes Diesel, I finally have one. I purchased a used 2006 E320 CDI in November of 2009. I am beyond impressed. First, the vehicles systems are easy to access, air, fuel and air filters all are easy to access and change. I am a bit of a technical nut so this is important and it should be important to every person as it makes repairs cheaper. This car is built like a panzer tank. It effortlessly cruises at 100 and the economy is uncanny. I routinely get 40 MPG in MIXED DRIVING. My best is 45 MPG on a trip on Maine. This car is Quiet, and remarkable powerful. It blows away my BMW 3 series. LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT!!
DIESEL ENGINE, Economy, Brilliant Automatic transmission
More space for stuff in the cockpitt Ski bag Fold down seats
I bought this CPO car sight unseen from a dealer about 800 miles from home. I flew there, picked up the car, and drove it home. The car was virtually flawless. I was a little worried when the CEL came on the second day, but the selling dealer said not to worry...get it checked when I got home. I did...and it turned out to be a bad glow plug. My local dealer replaced all six plugs per a TSB. I have owned several Mercedes diesels in the past but this one blows the others out of the water. It has very strong acceleration! How great is that in a diesel (remember the ones from the 80s?)! I got slightly better than 40 mpg on my drive home and in combination city/freeway get 30+. Great car
Powerful engine, terrific fuel mileage, especially considering the size and comfort. Love that they've kept some traditional Mercedes touches, like the multi-function turn signal stalk, cruise control stalk, standing lights. Sirius radio is great and the nav system is better than portable Garmin.
Don't like the bar graph fuel and temp gauges. Prefer dials. Bring back the oil pressure gauge...and for crying out loud give us a dipstick. Glad there are no run flat tires on this car at least.
Bought used with 28k miles on it. Was all excited about getting this car, but excitement has worn off. Radio sounds good, but controls are poor. Knows nothing of folders on MP3 CDs. Too many button presses to get from Radio to CD to other. Defrost is annoying: full fan speed, highest temp, turns A/C on. Have to use MB phone, no BlueTooth. Engine is very good, powerful, economical, driving range is excellent (near 700 miles). Yet to see 40mpg like people claim, and I drive conservatively. Steering is soft/spongy. No Oil Dipstick?! Leather is good. Overall a good car, but I expected more from a company that charged $50k+ for this car when new.
Engine & driving range. Heated seats. Radio sound quality. Build quality seems good. Good visibility. Seats are very comfy. 13k between oil changes.
I've seen more complicated radios with simpler ways of using them than what this car has. Control over defroster. Dip Stick!
I bought this car when it was less than 6 months old with 4000 miles on it. I have had no problems with it at all and the drive and fuel economy is excellent. My only problem is that it is a bit too conservative for me, but after all I'm coming from a V8 BMW. But you've got to love the 37MPG for the 0-60 in 6.6 seconds. The interior is so much nicer than any of it's competitor's and there is enough space for 4 adults, even for long drives. I have installed the iPod option after market and it is the best thing you can ask for. Forget CD changers!
Stiffer suspension option for the diesel models as well. We like to drive sporty as well. Look at the BMW335d
Wonderful to drive. Fabulous mileage. Have driven MB since 1982. This is my last one. Has left me on the side of the road three times away from my home state in only 21000 miles. Fuel lift pump and fuel gauge sender unit is weak. It must be the same as from the gas engined car. Unit has been replaced twice. Air conditioner freezes up after driving two or three hours and has to be turned off to thaw, but refreezes every thirty minutes or so. Dealership seems unable to fix it. Mysterious electronic bugs in display that come and go. Preheat indicator sometimes comes on and stays on for three or four minutes. This car is not reliable enough to drive long distances!
MD ride. MB comfort. MB safety.
Reliability. There should never be repeat problems.
The CDI has become r fave car vs 300 hp CLK V8 coupe and ML SUV Roomy, comfortable almost 2 ton panzer should be safer in collision as mass & room inside to decelerate vitals before contacting int. surfaces. Get heated seats - great for sore back & xenons really lite your way. Trip computer reads 32.0 mpg 4 the last 16457 miles! I never reset it, but they do reset at the various required MB services (battery disconnected?) Torque is incredible, this is a 5 sp auto with inline 6 turbo, a bit of lag, but u get used to it. If you are looking for a diesel for your own homemade biofuel, get inline 6 as unlike the new V6 diesel (2007 and up) the MB mech says inline can run on it with mods. Has been very reliable
Fold down rear seat option turns huge trunk to cavern, diesel pwr vs mpg, added black trunk spoiler to contrast with silver color and tie into black glass panoramic roof, got rid of hood gunsite for flat MB coupe emblem, and changed out chrome front grille for less grandpa look.
Center armrest uncomfortable, speed control stalk easily confused with turn signal/flash to pass stalk, sunshades need pullout extension for side window use, twin cupholder in center console useless if use for arm rest, nav needs download capability from Teleaid for on the road updates
I have covered 40,000 miles averaging 35 mpg . Handling , steering, suspension, excellent. Very comfortable ride. My only negative comment, no engine oil dipstick. Body panels good fit and finish excellent both inside & out. Very silent and very quick for a diesel
Handling .Ease of operation. Gauges easy to read. Very comfortable & easy to adjust seats. Also climate control, heat, and air conditioning covenient
I am 76 years old & would love a dipstick
I've put 28000 miles on my CDI asnd like it more than ever. Fast. Agile, Outstanding mpg's. Very comfortable and feels safe to be in. The car is amazingly handy in the city - it has a very tight turning cirsle and maneuvers beautifully in tight quarters.
Power and handling. Happy to drive it and to be seen in it.
I wish it had a dashboard display indicating what gear I am actually in - rather than just the gear selected.
This is my first Mercedes and it is everything I had expected and then some. The car is a pure pleasure to drive, fuel mileage is great, interior is comfortable, and the straight 6 cast iron engine should last for many miles.
I own both the BMW 5 series and this Mercedes 320 CDI. The Mercedes is so much more fun to drive! It has the power of a V8 yet sips fuel. The power matches the extra weight to give you the ride of a larger car. The leather seast are well made. The sound system is the best I've seen in a Mercedes ever, remember Becker? This will be a great car for many years.
I love the sound of the diesel, slight but addictive
Ask Lexus for help improving the Nav! Add 19 inch wheels, leather should be standard. The exchange rate is killing the price, give us some extras standard for purchasing a Mercedes.
Traded an '03 E320 for this '06 E320 CDI. The diesel is so quiet you don't know it's there. Plenty of power and lots of nice features like nav system and Harmon-Kardon radio, rear sunshade. Better cupholder/center console layout than the '03. Only had it for two weeks but well pleased thus far.
Fuel economy. Better than a lot of hybrids, with much more power. Range on a tank of fuel is over 700 miles. Solid overall construction and first class safety features.
Bring back the maintenance coverage during the warranty period. First service (oil and filter change, tire rotation and some visual inspections) was $ 329. Nav system is somewhat complicated.
After 15 months of driving this car, and at least 10 trips to the dealer for repairs for electrical, leaks etc. in the last 10 months I am going to sell it and get another Lexus. The electrics are horrible, and it takes 2 weeks to get the gaskets from Germany for the oil leaks. Buyer beware
Handling, and economy on long trips
Reliability, and available parts
I have a 1998 E300 Turbodiesel and it was the best overall vehicle I have ever had until I purchased a 2006 E320 Turbodiesel. The 2006 gets 15% to 20% better mileage, and it has 20% more performance. The lighting is superior, the Nav system works well, and the ride and handling are better than any vehicle I have owned. Mileage is 37 to 40 mpg at 70mph, and 33 to 35 mpg at 75 mpg.
Performance and mileage
Nav placed higher in dash like S class.
The E Class defroster has no adjustment. Full temperature only on the windshield and interior of car. Makes for an oven when on. Doesn't cut off automatically. Had I known this, I would not have bought a $55K Mercedes.
Defroster is a joke on a $55K car. Yet to achieve 37 MPG.
This absolutely the best driving sedan I have ever purchased. The CDI is a awsome engine. On highway driving 85mph, I am still getting 35mpg, and in the city I am getting 24mpg, but again I have a lead foot!
This car drives like there is a V-8 with plenty of power to spare! I owned a 2004 M-Class prior to purchasing this sedan, and the navigation system is much better.
Put this same engine in the M-Class!
I just bought the new E320 Bluetek. I replaced an E55 Kompressor, so the acceleration is down of course, the milage is double and power is enough. I drove last years 320 CDI, it's straight 6 was a little less noisey, you can tell this is a diesel when idling. Overall a beautiful car.
Best diesel I've owned. 750-800 miles to a tank. Great for a salesman, but wish the wagon was available.
Power and comfort
Need a wagon and warranty like a BMW
An outstanding combination of class, performance, and economy! The E320 CDI has it all. The vehicle is a pleasure to drive. It produces massive torque at below 2000 rpm giving the sense of tremendous acceleration with almost no lag. Cruising with this vehicle at 75-80mph provides a solid feel of the road while producing almost 40mpg. The car loafs along at this speed and you can cruise for 3-4 hours at a time without tiring. The car handles well on country roads as well as interstates. While not a roadster, the car easily handles most curvey roads well. Better handling can be had if you install higher performance tires versus those the car is shipped with.
Ive always wanted a Mercedes. To me, they were the epitome of luxury cars. I'm sorry to say I have been terribly disappointed. For what I paid I expected a top of the line vehicle, but got far less than I could have gotten from a new Camry. To start with, the navigation system is very important to me, yet the E320 has no touch screen, no voice command, not even blue tooth (some Japanese economy cars have blue tooth). In fact, the processor is so slow it cant present but a few streets at a time, and has no readable compass in the nav mode. No right arm rest for the driver if you use the cup holder. I could go on but space is limited. I wish I hadnt given up my Camry for this car.
Luxury appointments, Nav system, and especially customer service which I found totally non-responsive, as in ignored my calls, my emails, and even my request to speak to an MB Rep through the dealership I bought from. What's happened to this company?
I never thought I would own a Mercedes. I always felt they were and old person's car. This CDI as a lot of power. I drove from south Jersey to 20 miles from Georgia on one tank of fuel. I bet I could have made it to Georgia. I lease the car and the only way I will not buy it after the lease is if Mercedes puts that motor in its S class.
The fuel mileage. The ride is soft.
The Nav system. Put this engine in an S-class car. You will have a winner.
I don't think I will ever own anything but a Mercedes now! It's the best! Plenty of room for my family. I cannot believe the fuel economy I am getting! The dealership filled up my tank and I drove on that first tank 723 miles. This has so much power, and looks so slick!
Everything! I love this car!
The only thing I can say is that I wish some of the sedans came with a DVD player installed from the factory.
Faster than a speeding bullet. Finest ride in the world. This Mercedes truly lives up to what the Europeans say: There's Mercedes and then there's the rest. It is safe, quiet. The diesel sounds sexier and quieter than a gas engine, and the turbo makes it faster. I pay 23 cents less a gallon than I do for BMW guzzling Z4 BMW. Buy this car, it will save your soul.
DVD, navigation, compass. Stereo, satellite radio. Power everything.
Bluetooth. I have it in my Z4.
The E320 CDI is very fuel efficient and fun to drive, but the transmission has occassional problems. Slipping during takeoff which my dealer says is normal. Styling is rather bland. Seats could stand to be a little more comfortable. The lumbar support should be power and easier to reach. My biggest complaint is the antique nav system. Somebody must have bought these on a $59 closeout. Charging $2900 for this system should be a felony. It's an unbelievably antiquated system with few features, no touch screen, and no voice command. Also there's no bluetooth unless you buy their phone. I own a 2007 Toyota Camry that blows this car away with superior luxury features. Sorry MB, you need to catch up
The diesel engine is wonderfully built. Kudos.
Start providing a decent nav system and reimburse the folks that got stuck with the current one.
There's a flaw in the stats: mine gets MORE gas mileage: 45 mph. The car rides like a dream but maneuvers like a sports car. Quiet and powerful. I formerly owner a Mercedes diesel 70's model and the problems were: slower than a gas engine, smelly and noisy. Not now: the Turbo Diesel is super fast, doesn't smell, and is quiet as a church mouse. Listen to your doctor: Buy this car! Miami to Atlanta on 1 tank!
DVD, Satellite radio, handling, gas mileage, ride, power seats, quiet, fast. The best car in the world today!
Lower price? How about a convertible diesel four matic? My dream car.
Have owned BWM, Volkswagen, and Volvo vehicles. This MB is by far the best in terms of build qulity, ride, and engineering. This is my first diesel, so I'm hoping for a huge improvement over my current SUV (16 mpg). The design is timeless and the car feels like it will go hundreds of thousands of miles.
CDI engine (power!), keyless go, bi- xenons (they light up the night!), ambient lighting, summer opening feature (windows/sunroof), electronic trunk closer, sensuous body lines, MPG, steering wheel entry/exit feature, MFD that lights up when using cruise control, jealous stares from strangers :)
Navigation is too complex/too many buttons. Remove key chime w/keyless go. Ability to scan preset radio stations from steering wheel. Can't add MB SAT radio unless you order it from the factory :(
Recently drove from FL to RI and averaged 36mpg. Very quiet and very powerful. Average around town and in the city is 25. I have been running bio-diesel so it is even more ecologically minded.
The tilt/telescope wheel should have bigger adjustment range.
Lease was up on ML500 and I wanted something with space and fuel economy. With fold down rear seat and large trunk this was the car. I have averaged right at 30mpg and it drives great. Very quiet. Much quieter than my wife's 2005 Audi A8.
Diesel engine, storage space, quietness.
Navigation system is too complicated. They should purchase a unit from Toyota or Nissan.
Having your cake and eating it too! The E-Class is the perfect highway cruiser, soaks up the bumps and smooth as butter. The diesel is phenomenal with gobs of torque off the line and still plenty of passing power from 50 to 90 mph range on the highway. Just drove this baby home 300 miles and got get this 36.8 mpg for the trip about 80% hwy and 20% city driving. Mercedes has it going on - forget hybrids diesel is fuel efficient and practical and proven for over a 100 years! Wasn't impressed with Lexus (dressed up Toyota) and BMW lacks luxury and pampering I was looking for (too spartan inside and weird looking outside) Audi came closest with A6 but alas no diesel in US yet! Drive it - Sold!
Premium package goodies and Satelite radio is the Best! No flipping channels on the way home.
Once US standards take effect for cleaner diesel by the end of this year you won't be able to tell at all you have a diesel car except for the great gas mileage. It is still the only car that feels like a bank vault to me!
This car is amazing and it is fast for a diesel. The E class is also nice in the interior. The gas mileage is suprising for a Mercedes Benz of any kind, let alone the E class
The navigation sytem
A new aerodynamic design, refering to the BMW 5 series
I did a lot of research and realized that the I-6 CDI motor was one for the ages. Iron block, naturally balanced, dependable and durable. I had to purchase a "pre-owned" 2006 since I live in the great state of California. I arrived and I could not be happier. My father has owned many MB cars over the years, this CDI is as close to a perfect car as he and I can imagine. It is the perfect size, seats 5, it has outstanding acceleration and curising speed capability and I got 35 MPG over a 226 mile trip (including several acceleration runs). On that 226 mile trip I used just a smidge over 1/4 of the tank. The range left is 400 miles. I am looking forward to this car for years to come.
I love the smooth and effortless engine, the acceleration and especially the MPG. The ride is solid with no wind noise whatsoever (.27 cd!). I simply laugh at the hybrids who will face major $$ when their batteries need to be replaced. I will be long gone on my way to 300k miles of MB driving.
The only minor thing I can think of is that the accelerator takes some getting used to. The electronic throttle control is not like the old cable throttle and there is a learning curve for the driver.
I just purchased my new CDI. I had driven older diesel Mercedes so, was familiar with the car. However, I was amazed at how quiet and powerful the new engines are. In addition to the many outstanding qualities of this car, the MPG is incredible. I have gone from 2 tanks per week (Range Rover) to 1 tank per 1 1/2 weeks. What a difference. Way to go Mercedes!
Radio changer on the steering wheel only scans and does not switch to next preset station, annoying
I am a Mercedes enthusiast that has owned models ranging from SL, S and E classes since 1977. I have owned 4 diesels and 8 gas mosels. This is without a doubt, the finest car yet. The speed and torgue is fantastic, actually faster than the E320 gas model. Combine this with fantastic mileage (37 MPG hwy) great handling, impressive interior and exterior design, roomy interior, large trunk and lots of neat features and creature comforts and you have a 10.
I have owned diesels since 1977, starting with a 240 d. I managed to get a used (9000miles) CDI from my local dealer last month, they imported it from Ohio, because they can't sell diesels in Calif. The car is great except for the electronics. After having the car for only 2 weeks, the battery warning light came on, and it had to go back to the dealer because of a faulty sensor. We have had the same trouble with our 99 E430. Apart from this the car is great. Its difficult to get the 27 mpg in the city though
Navigation system, Harmon Kardon audio system
Use Japanese electronic parts, 17 inch wheels should be standard
My previous E-300 (99) was driven 87000 relatively perfect except for a ew electrical glitches and bad window carriage interior hardware. This CDI model gets better fuel mileage, is quieter and is more comfortable. All over I'd rate it a 9.8. I wish it had 4- matic, but I was told that it was not available in the CDI model. The worse single feature is the radio/cd which can't hold a candle to the system in my 1999 model. Kardon vs Bose...
I really love this car. I'm retired and not wealthy, but I appreciate great cars and for my budget, this is the one. I like the electronic readouts in the speedometer. I am not really crazy not having dip sticks in the oil and tranmisssion housings. I love the overall handling of this car.
Get rid of the tape deck system, its too prone to mishaps. Update the data in the GPS (doesn't show several areas I passeed through drving RI to FL). Add 4-matic to the CDI at a reasonable price. Keep the costs of repairs in line, especially when a car diagnoses itself and most repairs are plug in.
Car is fully loaded with all but hands-free telephone option. The only minor complaint I have about interior is the headrest is too far forward and cannot be adjusted back at all (so far as I have figured out!) Ride is exceptionally smooth and the torque is awesome- when you put your foot down: Wheee!! The car is beautiful. Pano roof is good so far- extra light is nice. Rear seat could offer a bit more leg room at expense of trunk, IMHO (I am tall and have the seat all the way back). Good fuel economy so far. Keyless Go is wonderful. Love it all!! Just wish I had more places to go :>)
-Keyless Go -Nav map -Xenons- [Brilliant light! Not sure I see the active curve illumination that is touted so highly in the brochures.] -White paint with black pinstripe -Rain sensor wipers -Stylish looks!!
-Adjustable fore/aft position of headrests (i.e. like the tilt feature in Audi 2000 A6)- I feel like my head is pushed into a further forward position than is optimal for me. -I miss the rear window wiper of my wagon -Slightly more rear seat legroom and less trunk room would be good trade-of
I have had this car for one month and 1300 miles - what a car. I am getting 33 MPG communting to work, great acceleration, great passing down kick at 60 MPH, and I can chirp the tires at a light - what more can you ask for. I traded my GS300 for this car and could not be happier. This car is not your father's diesel
Nav system, the engine, the mileage, low wind noise, the HK sound system, the handling, and the GREAT acceleration
Better standard leather seats, bigger side mirrors to reduce blind spot. Put this engine in the new R Class, what a winner that would be.
My commute is 60 miles of highway against the traffic flow and I fill this CDI up once every two weeks. My 2001 E320 required refill once per week. Composed and comfortable, the integrated iPod system is a delight. Seat comfort is much improved over older models. No clatter or smoke and plenty of low end torque when you apply the right foot. Most passengers won't know it is a diesel till you tell them.
Wood and chrome trim yield a handsome interior. Don't by a 6-disk CD; get instead the $260 iPod interface cable. Cabin lighting at night is a special touch. A much bigger trunk than earlier E Class models and better heated seats.
The wheel style and size should match the E350. The trunk release in the driver's door is difficult to reach. No "rest" feature in HVAC means returning to a cold cabin in the winter.
This is very comfortable car. Lot of amenities and it feels very safe. The H-K sound system is outstanding. I have had it not long enough to make a judgement on its reliability yet, but so far it has been a great car. I took my friends out and none could tell it is powered by a diesel engine. The acceleration is exceptional and the handling are quite sporty. It is also a very quite highway cruiser (reving at 200 rpm at 70mph) and has plenty of power for passing.
The diesel engine. The safety features that makes the passengers/driver feel very safe and secure. The nice interior finish - the wood trimmed steering wheel is a very nice touch. The efficiency of the front and rear defrost. The very comfortable and quiet ride. Room on the back seats.
Behaviour on snow could be better. Where's the 4-matic for cdi??. The fabric on lower portion of the doors and around the frame gets dirty far too easily. I am not too sure about the cruise control (can get confused with the turn signal too easily. Confusing command control
I just plain love this car. I ordered from the factory with Obsidian black exterior and options like the HID lighting, and just could not be happier. The pickup, performance and handling are stunning, the interior is perfect, and the sound system performs as well as the car. I specifically wanted a certain set of options, so I sat with my dealer and made a build sheet and waited for delivery from Germay and I am not disappointed. The car is all I had expected and more. I am a diesel lover - I also have a VW diesel and I just cannot adjust to how quiet and quick this MB CDi is. Mileage has varied between 24 and 32 MPG, and tends to run higher when my wife drives it. She loves it as well.
Ride, handling, performance, sound system, trunk space, HID lighting option and did I mention the performance?
Only thing I could think of is the DVD/Navigation system. It does not have some streets and/or addresses in it, but works beautifully 98% of the time. also, the rear seat legroom could be just a inch or two bigger. Other than that, nothing I can think of..
Beutifull styling, lots of torque so this car is fast - and I'm getting 34 MPG. Excellent handling on narrow rual roads that we drive in TN; love the electronic manual shifting. Most dealers order without many options, but many features (i.e. navigation) can be added by the dealer.
Just returned from a 2,000 trip, I'm a bit disappointed with the fuel mileage. Even when using every trick to coax better mileage from the car, the best I saw on the highway was 34 mpg, it was usually less than that. The fit and finish of the vehicle are excellent. I'm not a big fan of the HVAC controls, the dials adjust the temp in 2 degree increments, sometimes it's hard to get just the right temp. I've seen reviews that indicate it's too easy to confuse the turn signal with the cruise control stalk, and even after 3 months with the car, I still occasionally mix them up. The car is an excellent long-range cruiser, very comfortable.
I like the long range between fuel stops, even though I seem to have a car that isn't getting quite the mileage other reviewers have written. The car is comfortable on long trips, the front seats are very good.
Do something different with the turn signal and cruise control stalks, it's too easy to get them mixed up. Change the A/C temp control to allow 1 degree increments versus 2 degrees.
The E320 CDI is a real driving pleasure, comfortable, amazing pick up and accelaration and a wonderful stable driving platform - minimum roll at cornering. A car to enjoy and keep
Engine performance, fuel economy, comfortable and a knock out sound system
Can't think of any except maybe putting the engine into a CLK convertible
The E320 CDI is top notch and well worth the 50G+ price tag. Acceleration is smooth and effortless, the interior is attractive, quiet, and comfortable. It is literally a pleasure to drive back and forth to work. If the power, ride, and handling don't lift your spirits, the sound system surely will. This car has become my private decompression chamber. I look forward to driving it each and every day. It has that quality of ride and handling only the Germans seem able to pull off - firm yet compliant, and tight yet not punishing or noisy. It's as though the bad elements arising from the road are edited out, yet you're still left with outstanding feel and handling.
The engine, of course, is my favorite feature (the torque!). The auxiliary heating that comes with the CDI engine puts out warmth within seconds of starting the car. I did not expect this as a positive aspect of owning the diesel. It's a great feature if you encounter freezing Winters, like I do.
Plain Jane styling, particularly the side view, still needs to come up a notch. A good-looking car, but not particularly striking or beautiful. It needs more character infused into its looks. The stock wheels are also uninteresting - especially for a car with this heritage and price.
I dearly love the car, if I can keep it out of the shop. It is the small things, like keyless go has given me fits (three service visits). Now the steering wheel up and down module is out (6 hours of labor). Other small things have gone out. I love the power, the economy of fuel, Sirius radio, GPS, and comfort, but overall quality stinks.
Power, fuel economy, Sirius radio, GPS
Better quality of electronic components.
Bought the E320 CDI to replace 04 BMW 530i. The difference in quality are amazing, for a $50k+ car the BMW is cheap and tacky inside. MB feels like it costs a lot more. Fuel consumption made me get the diesel, after test- driving both the gas and the diesel. The torque is stunning. Averaging 33mpg combined so far.
Quality, equipment, fuel consumption
Cruise control adjustment in 5mph increments - only thing I miss from my BMW.
This car offers a great ride coupled with outstanding fuel economy, good looks, and a social conscience. Sat, Nav, sound system are all top quality. Worth every penny!
Keyless Go is a real convenience. You just come and go without fishing for your keys, and you start up and stop at the touch of a button!
More storage space in the center consol.
Great build quality, interior layout and handling. Quiet engine, as well as wind noise at high speed due to high tech diesel and .27 drag coef. Handling is best I've seen in a 4000lb sedan with road tests give it a .84 skid pad rating.. With 17" 245/45 wheels/tires it almost handles like a sports car. I am getting over 40 mpg consistently at speed over 70mph in freeway milage.. amazing.
Diesel Engine COMAND w/Nav Harmon Kardon 430 watt stereo German handling
More standard features.. such as leather, and sunroof!
The power and sophistication of this diesel motor must be experienced to be believed. Why M-B does not offer this motor in more body styles is beyond me.
Power, style and fuel economy. I got 39.1 mpg on a 300 mile trip @ 70mph+ and have been getting 29-30 mpg in suburban driving.
If they put this diesel or the new Euro diesel in an ML or E wagon with AWD. I will buy another to go with the sedan.
This car is the best highway cruiser I ever had. After 53 cars, its smooth and except for tire noise it is very quiet. The tire noise will be fixed with non high energy tires. My mpg is 30. The suspension is controlled but stable and conforming without being hard or soft.
Power and torque
Less tire noise. Add more power
The CDI at 34 mpg on my last 3600 mile road trip can't be beat. I do miss a middle armrest but the distronic seats make up for it. The car is fast. I do find the Harmon Kardon radio a tad less bass capable than I like
Better high end stereo. I'd use Bose like in my CLK with subwoofer and a better middle arm rest
Luxury car, hot rod performance, and great fuel mileage, sounds like an oxymoron, but it's true. This car will effortlessly out accelerate many so called high performance cars to 60 mph. Very comfortable inside with all the latest gizmos. Super sound system that rocks the car. Rear sunshade is great for those tall trucks with their headlights in your rear view. Lots of storage space. Folding rear seat option is great for those trips to the hme improvement sore. Navigation system is easy to use and the voice control system is a super feature for hands off operation of the Nav, CD, pone, stellite radio, etc.
No long lines at the gas pumps, since your not using gas, but diesel.
Airmatic suspension to raise and lower car should be standard. An airbrake to slow the car down as fast as it can accelerate.
Great car in all respects--Mercedes does not understand what a great car they have here. Great pickup, Great economy. Who needd a hybrid when you can drive this?
Add more luxury features
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