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2001 E320 Mercedes sedan
4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By kgcarrut
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought the car with only 87000 Kms on it and fixed a few things and put on new top of the line tires. The car runs beautifully and I have few complaints.
But I find the steering is very tight and the car reacts immediately at the very slightest movement of the steering wheel which when on the highway at 75 to 80 mph can be disconcerting. It also doesn't straighten out by itself after a turn and you have to help it by steering it back.
On the highway I found a sudden gust of wind or even passing a large truck can cause the car to swerve and in one instance almost move me out of the lane I was in. Is this normal?? None of the cars I was following swerved as much.


Worst Features

Cup holder in the front is poorly designed.


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Elegant, subtle, practical, fun, solid, reliable.
23 of 48 people found this review helpful
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By rick161
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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After 8 BMWs over the past 15 years, plus an assortment of others (Infinity, Jaguar, Cadillac, etc.), I replaced my tired Volvo V70 T5 w. a beautiful white '01 E320 I found near Charlotte, NC, w. just over 100k mi.. It's a 2-owner local car w. no accidents, clean & no problems except for the new set of Chinese tires (why???) it wore. I corrected that today w. a set of Z-rated Michelin Pilot Sport A/S+. After a thousand miles in 2 weeks on combined high-speed interstate & rural highways, I couldn't be happier. W. transmission fluid/filter & differential oil, coolant & plug change, it looks, runs & drives like new, all for under $8k. W. due diligence, still plenty of good ones out there.


Best Features

Great build quality, quick, smooth & quiet. Far more of a driver's car than I expected - this baby is fast! The engine is a gem, far stronger than 221HP should be but not coarse - very smooth. Comfortable seats, auto climate control, rain sensing single-wiper, digital MPH readout, keyless remote fob (new one from the local dealer is pricey but works perfectly). Built-in garage door opener. Moonroof. Headlight bulbs are cheap & easy to replace. Center armrest has plenty of storage (& lower level has an A/C vent!) Beautiful leather & wood. Premium Bose sound system & trunk-mounted CD changer, although my favorite entertainment is simply driving this subtle, elegant car w. the 3-pointed star.


Worst Features

You can tell the German engineers didn't really want to put cup holders in this car - the Rube Goldberg device on the center console works but is a bit unhandy compared to current models. More than one power outlet would be nice in this age of multiple devices (GPS, radar detector, satellite radio). MPG could be better (averaging about 25mpg), but for a spirited car w. great driving dynamics & power, it's acceptable. Dual spark plugs means replacing 12 when the time comes, but only every 100k miles.


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Cat Food Cans
16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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By flyspech
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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It's May 2011 and my '01 E320 has just 36k orig mi. on it; looks new inside and out.
I anticipated owning this car until I couldn't buy tires to fit it.
In May of '06,
its 5th bday (the warrantee now as good as the paper it was printed on), we lost the right catalytic converter, in 6/08 the air conditioning just stopped, 4/09 the left side cat rattled us back to the shop, but today is special; today starts a week long diagnostic attempting to discover why neither infrared key will operate the ignition.
Our '01 E320 is a great car to wash and keep in the garage.
It especially looks good in the driveway.
If my wife felt the same as me; it'd be pressed into lots of cat food cans.


Best Features

How the paint gleams on a sunny day.


Worst Features

Just a few.


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Nice car, but too much rust
6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By e320_4matic
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Nice car.
Rusts too much for a car this expensive.
We love how it drives.
Gets good fuel economy for a larger family.


Best Features

3rd row. Fuel economy.


Worst Features

Better alloys and paint, less rust.


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I'd Buy Another - It's Been Very Good
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By Don French
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I purchased this off a new-car dealer via eBay; had 78K on it then; now has 125K. This car sure beats the newer Cadillac SRX that I dumped due to horrible reliability. This is my "work truck" for renovating rental homes - back seats are often down with building materials in the back as the car tows my 5x8 utility trailer behind, with 2 dogs on the front seat. The 4-Matic never gets us stuck, as we love to ski in the winter and travel in snowstorms. Slightly-stiff seats utilize excellent- grade leather & show only minimal wear (some leather dye sprayed on annually keeps them nice). Issues: Dash pixels (common), rusted hydraulic line, broken front spring, stuck sunroof and nasty body rust.


Best Features

Drives smooth, handles great, excellent gas mileage 21-27 MPG, well-designed durable interior, very safe design w/6 airbags, pulls trailer with ease, 4- Matic AWD is near perfect, easy to get in and out of compared to an SUV, auto leveling rear suspension handles heavy loads, minimal repairs, xenons.


Worst Features

Non-galvanized body has serious surface rust issues requiring annual paint work, cup holders are a farce, cd changer should be in dash. Known Chrysler influence cheapened product build quality. Note: All these items were corrected in the next body series W211 (2004-2009 models).


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