"Purchased new. FANTASTIC car! Extremely reliable.
Have owned many other cars since purchasing this car, all
in the luxury class level from Rolls Royce to S Class Benz
and Lexus 460LS. This little fellow will stay "in the stable!""
"I bought my StarMark Certified 1994 E420 in 1999 from Mercedes-Benz Manhattan with 26,000 miles. When I first spotted it in the dealer's showroom, I asked my salesman to tell me about this car compared to the C-class cars I had been looking at. He immediately identified the E420 as an "autobahn cruiser," and said it didn't compare to the C-classes. I took it for a spin up the West Side Highway and, for the first time since driving my original 1970 Ford Mustang Mach I in college, immediately fell in love. Since I live in Manhattan I only put on about 3000 miles a year, with the exception of a round-trip cross-country spin from New York City to Phoenix AZ in 2001, where I had a chance to crank up the 4.2 liter 275 horsepower V-8 engine to 100+ MPH on interstate highways west of the Mississippi. Over the years my E420 has held up extremely well, and I generally spend less than $250 a year on routine maintenance, with my highest expense being the $400 per month Manhattan garage fee. The body and interior leather seats are in great condition, and the electrical, engine, transmission, braking, AC / heating and steering systems all function perfectly. The only problem I've detected so far is that the exterior temperature indicator in the dashboard works only erratically. Other than that, all systems are A-OK and my autobahn cruiser is built solid as a rock. Now I have 57000 miles on the odometer, and I'm looking forward to my next 350000. As the people at the M-B Manhattan dealership where I have the E420 serviced admit, "They don't build 'em like this anymore.""
"Bought my M-Benz 1995 E 300 Diesel with only 55,000 miles, now have 64,647 on same. Runs great, love fuel milage with diesel. Change oil and oil filter every 3,000 miles at inpendent M-Benz Shop. Service transmission every 10,000 miles. Always garage, great road car. Drive nice on open road. Very safe vehicle to own. Have own four M-Benz cars in my life. First car while station in Germany 1955 M-Benz Diesel."
"Bought my '95 back in 02, with 95K...now has 150 K. No major problems yet...some oil drips, muffler a little noisey. Interior is still near perfect; outside paint finish still great. Everything works nicely. Wish it had a little more pep, but it is so solid & dependable, like an old friend. Also own a 95 e320 Cabriolet. It too is exceptional quality; a great ride."
"Having owned 8 or so Mercedes, mainly all diesel, I came across this E320 and bought it immediately. After some small repairs and servicing it is humming along perfectly. This car is actually a replacement for a 2008 Audi A6, and I almost prefer the 1995 Mercedes E320. We will see how it does this winter. This is arguably the best Benz ever built."
"Car is great, well made and fast. Can go 500 miles on a tank of gas. Downside is that the upkeep on the vehicle will drain your wallet. Normal wear items are expensive thru dealers. Hopefully no unusual problems happen that would really get expensive."