Great driving experience with a price
Intermittent electrical faults, front end bushings/ball joints, crankshaft position sensor, A/C compressor, motor mounts.
Although I purchased this vehicle with fairly high miles and some known issues (front end/motor mounts/bad A/C), I still really enjoy the driving experience. I am somewhat fortunate to be able to "tinker" with vehicles and have performed most of the repairs myself, with the exception of the A/C compressor replacement, which I had the MB dealer perform to the tune of $1200.00.
With that said, the vehicle runs extremely well, gets 28 to 29 MPG on the highway consistently at 70+ MPH. It is very comfortable and has a pretty quiet cabin. The vehicle feels extremely solid, and one feels very confident in the way the vehicle handles. The turning radius is excellent for the size of the car, and making u-turns or parking is easy.
The fit and finish on the car (exterior and interior) is excellent, and it has held up very well for a 10 year old car.
The only gripe I have is that the low beams on this car are a bit weak, but the high beams are adequate.
If you are mechanically inclined and enjoy working on cars, then a well maintained E320 could be a good vehicle for you. If you decide to have it serviced by a professional independent mechanic or the dealer, then it will be a fairly expensive vehicle to maintain, especially as it gets older. These vehicles have very sophisticated systems in them such as SBC brakes, low pressure A/C systems, and the list goes on and on. Even though I enjoy working on cars and I consider myself a pretty good "shade tree mechanic", I still wind up at the dealership about once a year for a good financial thrashing by the service department, for issues that I cannot resolve.
With all of that said, I still really enjoy driving this Mercedes.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 23rd August, 2013