1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Review: Not bad for a 10 year old

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Consumer Review

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E420 Sedan (4.2L V8 5-speed Automatic)

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Not bad for a 10 year old
By Michael on


1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E420 4dr Sedan


Our car now has 74k on it, we purchased with 54k 2 years ago. It had some issues with some of the seals, but we've turned it into our family car and a daily driver. Heck, before we bought it the car averaged 5.4k a year. We replaced a 1996 Maxima (250k miles), with this car, and honestly the older Maxima had more advanced features. However, having said that you can't image the status upgrade this car will give you, if that's indeed important to you. But seriously, this was not our first European auto, but we were a bit suprised by the price of maintenance and the lack of performance upgrades on the market.

Best Features

Power from the V8. I like the single windshield wiper. You can't beat the status. The 420 in this trim is rare, most in this body style are the smaller engine 320, you've got a bit of a sleeper here. Don't try to take newer sports sedans from a standstill

Worst Features

The cupholder is the single most over-engineered piece of plastic I have ever seen.
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