Parents bought the car new, and it was given to me when I got my permit ten years ago. Rarely gives trouble. If you don't know how to drive it, it can be slow, but hit the top of the accelerator and the car will throw you back in your seat. Best car to get into a wreck in. A TrailBlazer hit me and did a number on the Chevy while leaving me with a scratch. I like this car so much I bought another one, if that tells you anything. The gas mileage is good. I get about 18 in the city w/ A/C on full blast. While I've owned this car, I've owned an AUDI, VW, two BMW's (very needy cars!), and an Infiniti. None, not even the Infiniti, held up like the MB. These cars are built like tanks that last forever.
I bought my 1990 300e 15 months ago. Today I am learning that my water pump is in need of replacement and it will be a bit pricy. What I can say is that with 190K miles, that is to be expected. Otherwise I can say that this car loves the road. It's 15 years old and yet everytime I get into the car, I still get that first time drivin' feeling. I encourage all who research buying an old 300E to get to know what you are looking at. When you come across a goodie, don't pass it up!
This has been an awesome car--1989 300E which now has 210,000. People can't believe it's 15 yrs old! Overall, paint still looks GREAT, but a few rust spots around jack holes at bottom and around trim. I'm going to have to part with it soon and get newer model. I think if not for rust, I may have considered keeping it a while longer. Solid, smooth ride and easy to handle. Great interior quality- -still looks great. Have had it to the dealer only a few times--which is a good thing--pricey! We do minor maintenance and repairs ourselves. Got my money out of this one.
My 1989 300E has 210k miles on it, but you'd never know unless you looked at the odometer. I've put about 45k miles on this vehicle and while there have been minor repairs and tire changes, it has been a great vehicle. The ride is closer to a BMW than other MB vehicles. It is a comfortable highway cruiser, but isn't afraid to take on the curves now and then. The seats are very comfortable and the trunk has quite a bit of room. I would say the back seat is designed more for 2 adults and legroom can be a little tight if front seats are back all the way. Overall, a very solid vehicle that is comfortable and provide a nice mix of performance.