1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Diesel 3.0 litre diesel


My extended efforts during my prepurchase investigations have undoubtedly paid off!


In the six month duration of owning this vehicle, the only things which I have had to replace are a few light bulbs for the instrument panel cluster, a tail light light bulb, and a halogen headlight lamp.

Although the trip odometer still functions in regards to tracking distance, the numbers are not aligned properly and the unit will not reset.

General Comments:

My vehicle rides and handles extremely well.

The diesel fuel makes it quite economical to operate, (approx.$0.05/Km).

The interior has stood up very well considering the age of the vehicle.

The windshield exhibits signs of well traveled vehicle as it is fairly pitted, and unfortunately the wiper cannot clear the rain without streaking as a result.

I genuinely wish it were a five speed, but I will endure the less than ideal performance of this automatic because I find the rest of the package very satisfactory.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th April, 2004

3rd Jan 2005, 14:36

Bought my E300 Diesel with 40K miles on the odometer. Have put on 100K miles since.

Windshield has been replaced. Have never had a wiper blade that worked well since.

Had to replace glow plugs around 120K miles. Had to send to Germany to get them- Expensive!

Expensive to maintain, but at 30 m.p.g. it's worth it.

I love this car! I plan to drive it till it dies. It handles beautifully, feels safe and has never let me down!

1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E420 4.2L V8


Reliable and enjoyable car


At approximately 65000 miles I noticed a slightly off noise when the car was first started. Took it in to the dealer and they reported it was something on the emissions which amazingly was still covered under warranty (well past the 4 year and 40k warranty). It would have been about $300 otherwise.

General Comments:

Has been an extremely extremely reliable car for me.

I love the power of the 8 cylinder. My prior car was a 300E Turbo Diesel. This car has significantly more power.

Have regularly changed the oil.

Only semi expensive maintenance is brake pad/rotor changes (very easily done by a somewhat competent do it yourselfer). You are notified when these are getting low by a light on the dash.

Interior, especially the leather, holds up much better than most cars.

Very responsive quick car.

Handles adequately for a 4 seater family car.

A little poor in snow unless you get snow tires (which I highly recommend if you are in a snowy climate like Wisconsin). With some high quality snow tires, it handles great.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th October, 2001

28th May 2005, 21:28


Thanks for the information. I, too, formerly owned a MB diesel (1985 300D). I'm currently driving my wife's old 1989 300E. Last year we bought her a 1999 E430. Now it's time for me to upgrade. I hope to purchase a 1995 E420 during the xmas holidays, when prices are depressed.

By the way, I'm a do-it-yourself mechanic. You're 100% correct about changing the brakes and rotors. It's just a little bit harder than changing a light bulb. The same applies to changing the oil.