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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#6 of 88 Hello,
Mar 02, 2001 (5:45 pm)
I bought my first MB twenty five years ago from a friend that had imported a 1967 250S from Germany. It was a great car and kept it for only three years as my wife didn't like it bacause it didn't have a/c. A few years later I bought a 1983 300 CD that I drove for several years and loved every minute of it. Even my wife was sold on the Merdedes quality. I sold it to a friend of mine when I bought a new 1993 300 E. I drove it until last June 2000 when I took delivery of a new 2000 E430. Actually the E430 I got for my wife as she had eventually inherited the 300 E from me. My daughter wanted the 300 E so she became the proud owner of it. In between all of this I bought a new 1998 ML 320 when they first came out and experienced all of the little squeeks and rattles that were associated with that first model. Being very patient and bugging the dealership every few weeks, we finally worked our way through all of the annoyances so that now it is trouble free. Back in time also we bought a 1983 300 SD that we kept until we bought the ML after putting on over 100K miles between my wife and myself. That was bought used from a friend because it was in such good condition.
This pretty much sums up my Mercedes ownership experience and both my wife and myself have said that we wouldn't own any other make of car.
#7 of 88 Proud Member of E-Club
Mar 02, 2001 (10:26 pm)
Well I am new to the Euro driving experience (opting in the past for Toyota products including Lexus products).
I have an '00 430 Sport Brilliant Silver / Ash, all options except vented seats, parktronic and 4-matic with Goodyear F1 Eagle GS-D2. I took delivery in May'00 and have 4K miles (yes it is pampered). Added headlight rings Zaino treatment and changed the oil to Mobile 1 at 1000 miles (although used 5w30). Fabulous car and just different enough to get a second look. I too enjoy the boards and have learned alot from the discussions.
#8 of 88 Hello
Mar 03, 2001 (5:01 am)
Having owned a 98' Audi Quattro wagon, I recently bit the bullet and purchased an 01' Mercedes E-320 4-matic wagon with all the bells and whistles. The thought being to keep and drive this car for 8 or more years. The audi was wonderful, but too many annoying repairs, mostly of a minor nature and covered by warranty, but I got tired of driving the dealer's used volkswagen loaners when the car was in the shop. The Benz is a terrific auto; well built, comfortable and handles well. At first, I was concerned that the 4-matic would be as good in the snow as the Quattro system, but the first snow proved that the entire system combined with ESP is as good if not better. With 7000 miles I am enjoying the car alot. Of course, like anything it has had 1 or 2 glitches to be fixed, but the dealer has been great at taking care of whatever issues I have brought to their attention. If only the sales side of the equation was as competent and knowledgable as the service side. oh well.
#9 of 88 Hello from Canada
Mar 04, 2001 (8:27 am)
Hello everyone, my name is Louis. I am from Canada; I just order an E320 picking it up next week. I am looking forward to being a member of this Club, thank you.
#10 of 88 Waiting! Waiting Waiting!
Mar 04, 2001 (5:41 pm)
Just signed for a new E-320 Brilliant Silver/Ash
with most of the upgrades (did NOT include the Command System, Veltilated Seats, nor Telephone option).
Any other suggestions for extended warranty?
and Delivery Inspection?
How about premium gas?
Grateful for any experiences and suggestions!
#11 of 88 Hello E-Class members
Mar 06, 2001 (8:13 am)
My name is roger, i live in the western suburbs of philadelphia. montgomery township in montgomery county, pa. i own a 2000 e320 4 matic, desert silver/java. i love the car, i have approx. 22k miles on the car, it is my daily driver and total commute is 65 miles a day. as soon as i bought the car, i became a member in the delaware valley section of the mercedes benz club. i have participated in several events sponsored by the section, they have been well run and fellow members have been great. i would suggest all mb owners joining the national org.
i find the information provided in the edmunds e class forum to also be first rate and enjoy the cyber conversation.
#12 of 88 Mercedes-Benz E320 or E430???
Mar 06, 2001 (2:32 pm)
I am about to purchase either the E320 or E430 with 4MATIC. Can anyone offer guidance as to the following:
(1) Is the E430 worth the extra $5,000 cost?
(2) Does the E430 really get about the same gas mileage as the E320 (2-3 MPH less)
(3) Any noteworthy problems for either the E320 or E430?
#13 of 88 Greetings from Texas
Mar 07, 2001 (6:13 am)
My name is Larry, I live in Dallas, and I own a '99 E320 (white with parchment). 22K miles and only problem was seat adjusters which had to be replaced. Love the power, safety, and solid feeling of the car. Wife has '96 C280 (black with black MB Tex), and my E feels so much more substantial. Our dealer (Ewing Autohaus)is top notch. My prior vehicle was Ford Ranger and there's a world of difference in the ambiance of the service depts:
Ford: 6 plastic chairs and a vending machine next to the men's restroom. Coffee machine down the hall with paper towel stuck in coin slot. Woman with 4 crying kids sitting in the corner waiting for her Escort. Service writer named Bubba.
Mercedes: Large glass enclosed waiting area. Lots of comfy cushy chairs. Copies of today's newspaper and Wall St Journal. Free Starbucks coffee, bottled water, and soft drinks. Satellite TV. Supermodel sitting in corner waiting for her SL. Service writer college graduate named Hans.
Anyway, I'm going to replace my tires soon - any of you owners have any experience you want to share? The original Michelin MXV4's (not Plus) are about to give up and I'm thinking about going with Bridgestones or Dunlops. Any comments? Drew??? What's your opinion?
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#15 of 88 Greetings from California
Mar 19, 2001 (4:15 pm)
My name is Martin and I live in California. I was born and raised in Germany, but moved to Ohio at the age of 25. It was later in Ohio that I bought my '96 E320.
It belonged to the research department of Honda Of America, and was probably tested at their Marysville facility.
Thanks Honda for providing me with a low-mileage Mercedes Benz.
It had a couple of issues related to the car not being driven very much for a long time (leaking final drive seals), but has been nothing but joy since then.
I always wanted a MB, ever since I took a friend's beat-up old S-Class up to 140 mph on the autobahn during my late teens. These cars do have a very solid feel to it. It's simply very relaxing.
Greetings to everybody,