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.