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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Biodiesel, Diesel, Sedan
#20 of 608 Re: To Buy or Not to Buy, That is The Question [tlamb]
Sep 24, 2004 (7:13 am)
Note: The following also posted on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans Board.
I took delivery of an E320 CDI on 7/9/2004 from Star Motor Cars here in Houston, Texas. At my last fill up I only had 2053 miles on it. Since delivery I have had no problems and my mpg is 27.9 which is mostly in city driving. I recently drove to Dallas and back and averaged 35.33 mpg. I have noticed that the mpg is slowly increasing as the car is accumulating mileage. This is my second E320, the first was a 2001 and of course had a gasoline engine. I drove it for something over 40000 miles with only one problem that I remember and that was very minor, outside temperature display became erratic and the dealer replaced the instrument cluster. It is my opinion that only a few of the actual owners of MB that respond to these boards are satisfied with their autos. Therefore, it might be unfair to conclude the entire MB line as bad.
#22 of 608 Good news for diesel fans
Sep 28, 2004 (11:18 am)
"In the five months since the vehicle was introduced, it has reached its 2004 sales target of 3,000 units. This spectacular market launch also represents a fabulous comeback for diesel technology in North America."
My wife would trade her Lexus in for this diesel Mercedes. She bought the LS400 in 1990 and sold her 300D. She has missed the Mercedes quality, though the Lexus is decent also.
#23 of 608 Panorama Roof Feature in SE USA
Oct 16, 2004 (12:57 pm)
I am about to order a E320 CDI and intend to get the panorama roof. I will be driving in Coastal North Carolina / South Carolina. Does anybody advise against this feature due to sun or summer heat and humidity or any other reason?
All input is appreciated.
#24 of 608 Re: Panorama Roof Feature in SE USA [tlamb]
Oct 16, 2004 (3:02 pm)
The E's a/c is more than adequate to keep the cabin cool and comfortable in any climate.
#25 of 608 Re: Panorama Roof Feature in SE USA [tlamb]
Oct 18, 2004 (10:33 am)
We have had the E320 CDI since August 20 and have the panorama roof. Some of the dealers seemed to try to discourage us from getting this, but I think that had more to do with them trying to sell a car from stock (we did have to order from the factory). We live in MD and do the overwhelming majority of our driving during the day. We love the roof. The AC keeps it cool. The pop-up windscreen keeps it quiet and if necessary, the shade unrolls to close it all up.
#26 of 608 Too Short a Daily Commute? Costs?
Oct 19, 2004 (5:52 pm)
Does anyone know, or have an opinion about, whether 3 mile morning and 3 mile evening commute trips only five days of seven in this CDI would be determental -- or does that concern about limited time use have to do with older diesel technology only?
Also (although hoping no one has had the need thus far) what are anticipated engine component -- fuel injection system, for examle -- repair / replacement costs vis-s-vis the gas engine? Is the regular maintenance going to be less, more, or same as gas?
#27 of 608 Re: [dudleyr]
Oct 20, 2004 (1:27 pm)
The old Diesel is true, but modern Diesel with complex fuel system, and electronic is more likely having problem similar to modern gasoline engine.
#28 of 608 Sell to CA residents
Oct 29, 2004 (6:53 am)
Since 2005 CDI is not smog legal in California. Can a California resident buy a used one or had to wait after 2006?
#29 of 608 Re: Sell to CA residents [cheapowner]
Oct 29, 2004 (7:08 am)
When a car has at least 7500 miles on it you can register it in CA. There are several VW dealers in Los Angeles that specialize in used VW TDI vehicles with just past 7500 miles. Also if you were in Las Vegas and your car were to die and not be worth fixing, you can buy a new E320 CDI and bring it back to CA and get it registered. I think that would be trickier to pull off.