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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#61 of 88 "New" E320 owner
Feb 09, 2003 (1:12 pm)
Well "New" owner, not new car. My name is Andy and I hail from Western Mass. I just purchased a 1999 Mercedes-Benz E320 4MATIC AWD Sedan w/26K. This was a HUGE decision, mainly because for the last 20 yrs. or so I've owned trucks, vans or an SUV (all domestic). My wife's past few cars have been Volvo's, Audi's and presently, a 98 BMW 528. After getting over the hump of not buying another truck, I test drove Saab, Acura, Lexus and lastly, the E320. It was love at first drive! I told my wife, if I'm going into a car, this is it! I'm purchasing a 5yr/100000mi extended warranty because of the stories I've heard, with regards to costs for repairs and I'm not wealthy. The car is fully loaded, even has Satellite Navigation. I'm picking it up tomorrow and will post impressions and/or issues later.
Nice to be aboard.......I hope!
#62 of 88 Buying 2004 E Class
Jul 31, 2003 (2:34 pm)
Presently have a 2000 E class,which was my first experience with Mercedes and a very rewarding one. I read a lot of various stories on problems with the E, but I have experience very few. So I will go out in October and buy another one. Great gas mileage and a beautiful driving experience.
Jul 31, 2003 (7:49 pm)
You will LIKE the car! It is much improved over the previous iteration, and despite the bad publicity, is reliable and inspires confidence when you drive it. I expect the 2004 to be even more improved.
Oct 22, 2003 (6:19 am)
Sounds like a good deal to me and the mileage is VERY low..! But I personally would buy an additional year or two on the Starmark warranty, just in case..!
#66 of 88 A Mercedes dealer has a trade - in 1999 E320 with 8700 miles
Oct 22, 2003 (9:04 am)
Do you mean 87,000 miles?
#67 of 88 Repost/ 1999 E320
Oct 22, 2003 (9:39 am)
A Mercedes dealer has a trade - in 1999 E320 with 87,000 miles,has a Starmark warranty 5y/100,000 miles. Black on black,heated seats,moonroof, bose system with CD, etc clean car. Asking price is $22,000
Is the price right? And is that too much miles? Since the warranty will be for just about 14000 miles before it expires. What maintenance problems should I be aware of?
Please give feedback asap.Thanks
Oct 22, 2003 (10:56 am)
big difference!! 8700 vs. 87,000.... OK, now that isn't such a good deal. I drive more than 13,000 per year so that Starmark warranty would only last me about 8 or 9 months. The 99 has the V6 320 engine where my 96 320 has the straight 6, which had a head gasket at 116K miles (generic to lots of the straight sixes). I believe the V6 hasn't experienced the head gasket problem. So maybe you'll get a number of years of regular maintenance without major repairs. Make sure they deliver the car with new rotors, pads, shocks, tires (or at least with lots of remaining tread), etc. All that stuff will otherwise be needed soon, probably at your expense. Good luck..
#69 of 88 head gasket at 116K miles
Oct 23, 2003 (8:56 am)
microrepair... What symtom did you have pointing toward a head gasket problem? Is this a special case or expected for ALL '96 E320 . My '96 E320 has only 58K miles. Thanks
#70 of 88 Head gasket warning sign
Oct 23, 2003 (3:00 pm)
is basically a slow oil leak at the front of the block mostly on the passenger side. You will see oil dripping down the outside of the block and it will be on your garage floor or driveway.. It appears to be generic to all the straight six 3.2 liter engines and shows up usually around the 150K mark. Mine came a little early; 116K miles..
After making an appointment (about a 9 day wait) I noticed antifreeze leaking and had to add a couple of quarts of water/antifreeze per day for the 4 days before it went to the garage. I thought it was another head gasket sympton as did the service manager. But after they finished the head gasket and refilled the cooling system, the water pump bearings turned out to be the cause of that leak. So another 2 days in the garage for a water pump. They did give me big discount on the water pump work. They already owned the rest of my monthly allowance (for about 3 years!!) for the head gasket..!