1989 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reviews

1989 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300TE 4MATIC 3.0L petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.0L petrol Automatic
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.5 / 10
Distance when acquired36000 miles
Most recent distance230000 miles


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.

General Comments:

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

11th Aug 2011, 06:04

I thought that if the ABS is faulty, the car will fail an MOT test?

1989 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 260E 3.0 from North America

Model year1989
Year of manufacture1988
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.0 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.0 / 10
Distance when acquired270000 kilometres
Most recent distance270000 kilometres
Previous carVolvo 760


Really nice ride that gets you respect even from the valets


Just bought at auction and notice the sunroof and rear windows don't work - same circuit? Has a hum from right rear wheel area at speed. Oil change guy today said it 'weeps' a bit underneath. Have read review site of similar problems.

'Mushy' brakes that may just need a 'look see'.

General Comments:

Have salivated about owning a MB for years and now know why. This 260E is the most beautiful car I've ever driven. If this doesn't self destruct, Volvo has lost a faithful 28 year driver/buyer.

Drove my kids individually to their friend's houses 40 miles apart just for the experience of driving.

Considered going out to the carport with my pillow and having a sleepover with it -- more than once.

Both teenagers want to be seen in it!

White with smoked windows, sunroof, black trim, chrome fender wraps, sweet looking, beautiful & sticky drive on our Island roads, super comfy ride in spite of lack of fiery spunk and top end range, a huge winner.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th March, 2008

1989 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300E 177 hp 3.0L Inline 6 from North America

Year of manufacture1989
First year of ownership1993
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 177 hp 3.0L Inline 6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.2 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance120000 miles


A great car at a very good price


Power Antenna Failed.

General Comments:

The car's transmission starts in 2nd gear under normal driving, but when the pedal is floored it starts in 1st gear, it will peel out and rocket from 0-60 in 8 sec flat.

The car handles very well in turns, the suspension is very smooth, however it gets a tad floaty on the highway. Overall it handles very well.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th June, 2002

10th Oct 2005, 14:54

Put it into 2nd gear, then into drive, it will automatically start it in 1st gear.

25th Nov 2005, 00:13

Adjust your transmisson's pressure cable. It is on the driver's side rear by the firewall.

Average review marks: 8.9 / 10, based on 3 reviews