"I bought this vehicle from a wholesaler with 118,000 miles on the odometer. I had approximately 8 years worth of dealer service records with the car. After much looking, I would never buy one without having access to several prior years of dealer service records. It had a few minor issues, since repaired. The dash digital displays for temperature, time and transmission gear were toasted when I got it but the service records seem to show this was a continual problem. The good news is I don't really need them so I don't worry about it.
This is the best used car purchase I've ever made (except for my Corvettes, of course). No real problems in 10,000 miles. I don't hesitate to take it on 4-6 hour trips. Rides great, handles pretty good for a luxury ride (my other cars are a BMW 525, Lincoln Navigator and a Corvette), has plenty of interior and trunk room for all our stuff, great sound system (Bose) and the security of all wheel drive.
I will definitely drive it till the wheels fall off and then I'll get another, maybe an S class next time."
"I bought my 2000 E430 4matic new and it's almost 10 years. Worth every penny. handles better in snow than my 4wd pickup. Safety at high speeds with all 4 wheels pulling is the best feeling. Going on 112,000 miles now and still running strong."
"I bought this 1999 E320 4matic used as a Starmark preowned in 2004 for about $24,000. Had approx. 45000 miles and now has 95500. Have not had serious problems. Get about 25 mpg in mixed driving. AWD assures that it goes well in snow. Kept up A and B services as recommended. Cracks in dashboard have appeared at edges of defroster outlets. Even routine service on MBs is expensive. Getting ready to trade for a used one owner 2001 Lexus LS430 with 35,500 miles for $9000 difference. Will see how they compare."
"I bought this car used with 42,000 miles from dealership.
Now has 110k on it.
Runs excellent. Built like a tank - so solid.
Great power - smooth like a Benz should be.
Auto shifter is great.
Oil filter on top - easy to change with oil boy. Milage 25mpg on average. I get 29 on highway with cruise.
$1000 for a muffler.
Benz maintenance is big $$
Power locks flaky
Push button key fob is weird.
No rear seat pass through.
Over all, I am very pleased with this car.
Paid 34k used versus 55k new. You do the math.
If you want a really SOLID car - check out a used Benz. But save up about 2,000 for normal maintenance."
"The overall quality and value that Mercedes once represented, is no longer! Although I am a low mileage driver, I have experienced numerous mechanical problems, plastic parts breaking and maintenance issues before they were normally due. When replacing parts, many items only come as an entire unit, rather than breaking down the operating system into individual parts, which makes the replacement outrageously expensive and wasteful. I have owned eight different Mercedes models and I am certain, this is the last Mercedes I will ever own."
"Original owner of 97 E320 sedan, followed all maintenance, still many problems. Head gasket replaced just after warranty..'design flaw' I was told but they wouldn't cover it. Electrical issues too numerous to detail, but all window assemblies, tail lights, mirror systems, instrument cluster, computer chips,etc. Some fixed, some too expensive given declining value of car. Engine at least runs great...fingers crossed. Lousy traction in any snow/ice...needs FWD. Otherwise comfortable, smooth ride with good performance. Buying new Lexus and keeping this for the kids. Will only consider MB when reliability is demonstrated beyond doubt."
"Had this e320 for 8years and mechanically a fine workhorse. Frame and body rust killed it and had to scrap the car when front springs broke while travelling on highway. Electrical system glitches also very annoying withis year &model. Would recommend a Japenese car if you want reliability."
"This is a Beautiful Vehicle, my personal opinion is that
it was designed for a man verses a woman (the seating and
the front of the vehicle designed for tall individuals). It has a great engine. The interior is nice. Only complaint, since I am original owner- THE RUST on the door. Mercedes
products are suppose to be high quality and for the price
The trunk is very roomy and back seat has lots of room for
a child seat and passenger.
Totally love this vehicle, just wish the body did NOT
have RUST and that the company would stand by product.
Pros: "Smooth controlling drive, great sound quality."
Cons: "Price for services and parts."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have experienced some nice cars. However, there is a difference between driving in a good car, and driving in a luxury vehicle! You get what you pay for, the service fees may be high, but it will last you a lot longer than any other type of car service. In example, the oil change on any other vehicle is every three months. On a Mercedes-Benz the oil change last for at least a year!"
"I've owned this car for 12 years now and it's been very dependable with routine maintenance. No significant unexpected repairs and there is no mistaken the Mercedes ride and comfort. I'm told repeatedly by my dealer that the newer Blue-Tech diesels are nowhere near the car this one was. So I keep it pristine with factory parts and let it keep on going."
"I bought my 2000 E320 in 2007 with 105000 miles. Great car. never let me down. Only thing I replaced were tires and A/C compresser. Drove until April 2011 put 190000 miles on it then I was hit by someone running a red light. totaled but no injury to me. I want another E320"
"Bought my '99 used with 139,000, no has 204,000 miles on it. Had the computer chipped so it's really quick, but these cars are expensive to maintain if you're not doing your own work. Prone to throwing "check engine" codes for MAF, ABS, etc. Expect to replace control arm bushings, belt tensioner, water pump (plastic impellers fail), window lift mechanism (cables break). Nothing too serious and of course this is after 200,000 miles. Still starts, runs, drives like a $50,000 car and gets 30 mpg. Just can't imagine having to pay dealer prices for repairs!"
"I saw this car advertised at $9000 w/85000 miles 4/2002. I previously owned Cadillacs, One test drive and I fell in love with the Black Birdseye Walnut interior and the nimble performance of the car. The premium sound system is the best I have heard in 30 years of car buying, With the final negotiated price of $8500 I had to trade the 2002 Cadillac Seville SLS. This car is great all the way around and the horsepower seems much greater than advertised. I am now a Benz enthusiast and had to convert from a die hard Cadillac fan. If you can find a good deal like me you won't be disappointed with your choice,"
"I first fell in love with this car in 2003 when I drove it as a complimentary rental while my 2002 C240 Merc was being serviced. I finished the C240's lease and went and purchased this car. Loved it ever since. Still drives as smooth all these years later. Reliable and well built."
"its is best awd wagon I have ever had. 7 pass seating is awsome when hauling grandkids. Plenty of floor spce when 2cd and 3rd row flat. Leveling helps adjust trim
level for comfortable driving loaded. 165,00
miles,$60,000 when new and after 10 years
still worth $10 to 12,000 retail.
mileage around town 22/25 and 30 mpg highway."
"Bought 1998 model off-lease at 16K miles and paid half the new car price. Has been very reliable. Window fell into door once and rear bulbs fail more than they should but I have been very happy overall.. Smooth ride, great for long trips, decent mileage. Would like a bit more acceleration but cruising/passing power is impressive. Now has 110K miles and still truckin'. This car does not deserve the 'unreliable' stigma of MB."
"For a vehicle that is over a decade old, the 1996 E320's reliability, handling, comfort and classic mercedes-benz style hang tough with many vehicles right off the 2008 assembly line.
As the parent of a 4 year old and 5 month old, there is not another car on the market in which I would feel as secure as I do when I am behind the wheel of my E320.
I owned my first MB in the early 90's. Put over 400,000 miles on it when the odomoter finally gave up. I have no doubt I'll make it just as far in this one."
"This is the 4th MB I have owned and will be my last. Paint chips easily (know issue by MB). Rust with the least little chip. Poor Dealer and MFG support. Electrical problems that cause light bulb failures. Most recent issue is the need to replace a 10 cent rubber cover for the Nav antenna...Dealer wants to sell me a whole antanna for over $400. Was able to buy a cover from a CA dealer for $90..(still a rip off). Clearly the 1996 Chrysler merger pulled MB down. I have had more problems with this one E320 in 55k miles than all three previous combined. Dealers also clearly not the same "service at any cost" as in the past."