1989 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300TE 4MATIC 3.0L petrol from UK and Ireland
I'd buy a new one tomorrow if they existed
This car has never broken down in 22 years.
A water pump and a radiator were replaced at approx 70000 and 140000 miles. ABS packed up at 170000; not replaced.
Two 4 wheel drive sensors needed replacing before 50000 miles, and 2 of the 4 electric window motors were replaced by about that mileage as well.
Since 215000, the suspension fluid has had a leak, and it has become a rather bouncy car. This needs fixing, as does the cruise control.
The fastest estate on the road in its first years.
The 4 wheel drive occasionally cuts in to help around a tight corner; once when control was lost on a gravelly spanish country road, and recently during icy winters.
It drives like an old friend, can be parked with ease, and has such a good turning circle.
A magnificent load carrier.
Comfortable leather seats, no problem on long drives in Europe.
Excellent dashboard layout and glove box, all feels spacious.
Maintenance has been simple, and really for a top of the range car when produced, never that expensive.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 9th August, 2011