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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Consumer Reviews & Ratings

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 481 Ratings for the 1996 - 2002 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    8.9/10
    Performance
    9.1/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.0/10
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I love my wagon!

By on Thursday, November 10, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 215,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

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

"We bought the 1999 E320 wagon used for $11K, in 2005 and it had 105,000 miles on it. The front seats are uncomfortable for my 6'3" husband. At 115,000 miles, we had to have some transmission work done to the tune of $1700. Since then, we have not any additional issues other than a few small things. Like, the back passenger window motor went out about 2 years ago. The auto locks don't work (but the alarm does). The AC went out at about 130K miles, but we replaced with a private mechanic for $750. Don't take this car to a MB dealer - you will pay top dollar for repairs. We have also replaced the oxygen sensor at 175K - bought the part for $80 and my hubby put in it. It now needs an oil sensor - again, the part is under $100. I have never been stranded in this car and told my hubby when we got it that I would keep it until the odometer read 200K. We're there and as long as she'll run, I'll drive her! My only complaint is that our boys are getting bigger and that big seat isn't growing any. The front seats are uncomfortable for my 6'3" husband."

8 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Will not buy another

By on Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
1/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Good gas Mileage"

Cons: "Unreliable-Spends more time in shop than on road.."

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

"I bought this car used in 2008 thinking I was getting a well built reliable car for my wife as I spend about 6 months out of the year overseas. Guess I was wrong. It has been a maintenance nightmare ever since, and extremely costly. The only good thing I can say about this car is: it gets great gas mileage for a 3.2 liter luxury car. When it is running, I'm seeing 30 to 32 on the interstate at 75 - 80 MPH. Like I said, when running. I have had to replace the brake switch 4 times (I will replace it again when I get home from work today). Thank goodness GEICO has a great roadside assistance and towing program. I can keep going..... Will not buy another...."

3 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Nothing better for the money on the planet.

By on Sunday, November 06, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

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
9/10

Pros: "Motor, transmission, brakes, steering, fit, finish"

Cons: "Sensitive CEL, few."

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

"Owned one new in 2002...loved it for $65k then and found them to be an absolute bargain today. Picked up a 2001 with 78k for $15k...7k additional miles of bliss so far. The cars are simply a blast...fast, fun, clean, roomy. No squeeks or rattles. Runs like a MB Nascar."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

own and love it

By on Monday, October 24, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

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

Cons: "tires, brakes and tune-ups can be a bit pricey"

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

"I own this car and it has lived up to all it's hype. The car is not only a confortable luxury sedan but is all a speed bullet on the highway. The intergrated phone (Bluetooth puck from MB) and navi, this car has it all. Heated seats, memory seats with 10 options including lumbar air cushions, Bose stereo and speakers. Did I mention it looks great. I get some many compliments on this car and it is 11 years old and has 140,000 miles on it. Great car. Just be careful where you take it to get repaired. If you have a good mechanic that specializes in Mercedes then this car is well WORTH it."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

Ten years of joy and NO repairs!

By on Saturday, October 22, 2011

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

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

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

"Simply wonderful car"

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

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