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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), Sedan, Wagon
#2 of 24 Wow! I'm first ???
Aug 28, 2006 (5:08 pm)
I had a 1996 E320 that gave me approx. 22 mpg in mostly around town and short (10 miles at a time) highway travels. On long trips, from Mass. to Florida, I used to get almost 28 mpg.
I now have a 2001 E320 that gives about 25 mpg in a mix of highway (40%) and rural roads (60%) on a round trip of 60 miles. On long trips, (last winter from Mass. to Georgia) it gave 28.9 mpg for the entire round trip including the usual running around in the evening trying to find decent restaurants. And this was mostly on 89 octane rather than the recommended 93. I fill with the 93 every 3rd or fourth tank. I'm very impressed and don't feel like I'm driving a big gas hog as I fly by those SUV's getting 15 mpg..
My wife has a Toyota Matrix that we bought for its fuel economy. I can only say that it was a mistake. My Benz does far better..! The Matrix struggles to do 21 around town and 26 on the highway. And this was rated as 31 hi-way. Can't wait to dump it for a real economy car.. And the Benz rides SO MUCH better !!!
#3 of 24 Re: Wow! I'm first ??? [microrepair]
Sep 01, 2006 (8:19 am)
My '01 E-320 gets about 19 mostly city with a little freeway driving. My prior '98 E-320 did the same. I use 91 octane gas.
#4 of 24 2000 E320 Figures
Dec 27, 2006 (5:15 am)
Around town (3 - 5 mile trips) my wife is getting around 21mpg. On a recent trip (390 miles, 95% highway) at an average speed of 72mph with the climate control keeping the cabin a comfortable 72 degrees, we averaged 32.1 mpg.
#5 of 24 Re: 2000 E320 Figures [walte320]
Jan 01, 2007 (9:27 am)
That's excellent for that weight car. My puny 2.7L '03 Sonata's V6 can't even come close. But were those numbers derived via the car's "trip computer" (if equipped) or calculated dividing the miles traveled according to the trip odometer by the gallons pumped with a hand calculator, or [gasp!] manually with pencil & paper? TCs in some cars have been known to be a bit optimistic for reasons not entirely clear.
#6 of 24 Re: 2000 E320 Figures [ray_h1]
Jan 02, 2007 (11:48 am)
Regarding the method for calculating the MPG....Both. I work in Information Technology, so I know better than to trust a computer
The TC was within a couple tenths of the good old pencil and paper.
#7 of 24 Fuel Type for 2003
Mar 10, 2007 (3:15 pm)
I am planning to buy an 03 E320 with the base V6 that is rated for premium fuel. Will the engine perform ok with mid grade? How about regular?
#8 of 24 Re: Fuel Type for 2003 [zeen]
Mar 12, 2007 (1:15 pm)
Since the Premium prices went well over $3.30 around here (MA) last year, I have been using 89 0ctane almost exclusively and I have not noticed any problems or reduced fuel mileage. I am reluctant to try the 87 octane as I fear that knocking may occur and cause some engine damage.
#9 of 24 Re: Fuel Type for 2003 [microrepair]
Mar 12, 2007 (4:35 pm)
Thanks Micro. I had heard that the lower octane might trigger the check engine light.
#10 of 24 Gettin' better....!
Mar 21, 2007 (10:29 am)
Just returned from another 2000 mile trip down south and this time I got OVER 29 on two days; 29.3 on one day.. And most other days was in the 27's or higher. Hey, who needs a hybrid when ya got a luxury ride with these kind of mileage numbers?
But of course as the price of gas creeps higher each passing week, the urge to get a truly economical ride gets stronger. Ah, for the bucks to get an E-class diesel...!!
#11 of 24 Re: Wow! I'm first ??? [microrepair]
Mar 23, 2007 (7:51 pm)
My husband and I are looking at the 2000 and 2001 E320 Wagon. We have never owed a Mercedes. We have a Ford Explorer and have loved it. Now we want a station wagon that will accomodate 5 passengers comfortably. We have 2 kids and want to be able to carry a couple other people. I love the fold down seats in the back and the room I'm used to in a SUV. The E320 has the classy look, yet I'm a bit nervous about some of the reviews I've read about maintaining them. Have you experienced the electrical problems or engine issues I've been reading about? He is ready to go buy one now, but I'm a bit hesitant. What are your honest feelings as far as your experiences? Anyone have some suggestions as to another vehicle we might look into? We are being stationed in Spain soon so we like the idea of a German vehicle, yet anything is a possibility.