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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Information shown for entry-level Sedan.

Fuel Economy:
City 24/Hwy 32/Comb 27 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 6-Cyl, Diesel, 3.0 Liter Transmission: Automatic
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Germany

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 500 Ratings for the 1996 - 2002 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.7/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Great car, fixable electric issues, and oil leek.

By on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 350,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
4/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "fun to drive, comfortable, swag."

Cons: "Electical issues, oil leek"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"This Mercedes is extremely comfortable and really fun to drive. She's made it through the long haul, and with a little support has some more in her. There are some fixable electrical issues and a significant oil leek. I would continue to drive this car for a while longer, but I'm in a crunch for money to pay for college. I am willing to negotiate prices."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

It was all GREAT!!!!!!!!

By on Sunday, July 12, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: To by another one

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid firm ride, performance, and satifaction"

Cons: "This is as good as it gets for the price"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought my 1998 E320 brand new. It started and finished with a very solid ride and the performance is just as great at 219,000 miles as it started wit 10 miles. The black on black proved to be very durable in wear. After 17 years of ownership I received compliments all during the 17 years. If you take good care of these MB luxury cars "then they will take care of you (93 octane, regular maintenance at a MB dealership, synthetic oil,....). The firmness of the ride and acceleration was always there, and I recommend you take them to a good car wash. Now I am about to pick-up my next BM E550 Black on Black with all the confidence of many years of continued and expected MB satisfaction. These are luxury cars and with that comes luxury maintenance prices and a higher level of driving satisfaction and dependability."

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

So nice I want a new one

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 154,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfortable ride. Nice interior."

Cons: "Could use better cupholders."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I bought this car from a buddy who needed cash. Never had any interest in Mercedes. Mostly driving Audi's and Porsche I was surprised to find how much fun this car is to drive. For a four door it looks sporty enough and is very comfortable to drive locally or on a road trip. Since this is an older version, things like the phone don't work because it was analog. The Bose stereo sounds great. The single wiper blade throws me off a little. Maint is a bit high but remember, it takes 8.5 quarts of oil (every 12k miles) and has 2 plugs per cylinder so tune ups can get expensive.Has a 21 gal tank which can take you more then 300 miles but I have to admit, it's sometimes a shock to fill it from empty. I average 18 mpg overall. All in all I am happy with the old girl and would recommend it overall."

11 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Great car, sold on Mercedes

By on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 105,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Solid car"

Cons: "diesel clatter"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Needed a 4-door sedan, got a good price on a '97 300D, very low mileage. A luxury level car, especially since Diesels are usually plain. Wife likes the leather, moonroof etc. I like the solid smooth ride, tight transmission, very low road noise, super adjustable seats. Only drawback is that diesels don't have super acceleration, fine with me. Good fuel mileage. There is just nothing like a Mercedes for great engineering and detail, and nothing I've ever driven compares to the E-class."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

I feel so safe in this car!

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 170,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Classy, Quick, Safe & Comfortable."

Cons: "i don't have a drink holder in the front seat"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my car. I've never felt so safe in a vehicle. Last month someone decided to get off the freeway directly from the third lane i was passing the exit in the first lane. So, from 65mph (probably more like 70-75) to a dead stop to avoid the moron - I'm not going to lie. I was scared. Every other vehicle I've had would've maybe tried to stop, but ended up smashing that dude. My mercedes came to a solid, safe & secure stop, on a dime. It was fantastic! Gotta love that German engineering!"

14 people out of 20 found this review helpful

Best Mercedes I've ever owned.

By on Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 242,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliable, leather interior, comfortable car riding"

Cons: "Needs new clear coat."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This 1996 Mercedes diesel is a real trooper. Taupe exterior, leather seats, Sunroof, A/C, large trunk, I have personally logged over 220,000 miles in this car. I bought the E300D from my West Palm Beach Mercedes dealer. I average about 32 MPG. I will give the buyer all of the service records. The only needed repairs is new paint and a couple of rust spots. I have an estimate of $2500 for the paint and rust. $4500."

6 people out of 9 found this review helpful

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