1990 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 300E 3.0 from UK and Ireland


What a car...!


Nothing has really gone wrong with her since I bought her. She did however come with a few faults.

One of her headlamp wipers does not work and one of the rear windows had ceased to work through lack of use.

General Comments:

The Benz is entirely FANTASTIC! I adore it!

She starts first time and never grumbles.

The cream leather seats are spotless and incredibly comfortable. Now the winter is approaching, the added comfort of the seat heaters is especially nice.

When inside the car, it is so pleasant being surrounded by leather arm-chairs and walnut, I often don't want to get out. (Pathetic I know)

The car is a sport-line model, she handles and corners very well for a car of this size. The steering is very precise and can be manoeuvred easily I find.

The straight six, twelve valve engine is exceptionally quick. Good low-end torque and will pull happily from 800rpm.

The fuel consumption is surprisingly good for car of this size, weight and age. I can usually squeeze 30mpg out of her.

The Gearbox has the sport and economy drive selector switch. Kept in the economy mode, she always starts in second gear unless you really have to move fast and will go down to first. Sport mode uses all four gears all the time and changes up at higher engine speeds. The gear changes are always smooth. Changing into top gear is so smooth, the only way to know is by looking at the rev clock.

The car still has a wonderful look. The paintwork still gleams brightly and the alloys sparkle. She does have the odd scratch, but wears her scars with pride!

The quality of the construction is evident everywhere about the car. The satisfying clunk of the doors shutting, to the harmonic hum of the the motor at 3,000rpm make driving this car an absolute pleasure.

I am incredibly lucky to own this wonderful machine.

Being 21 and driving this car does make people wonder. Usually this type of car is owned by the more mature gent, but I'm not bothered about that at all. I would have the Benz over a 'hot-hatch' any day.

The insurance is however, a little steep.

What more can I say?

She has plenty of class, all mod cons, is aesthetically pleasing and a real charmer. My friends all like it, and those who have driven her say how pleasant it is. The one person who does not like it is my mother.

You can't please everybody.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th November, 2006

1990 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 260e 2.6 from Philippines


The car is just great!


The thermostat sensor for the auxiliary fan did not work and eventually the car overheated.

General Comments:

The car is very quick for a 2.6 liter and the fuel consumption very good! In the addition the climate control for the air-conditioning is superb and you would think that it was built for my country.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th September, 2002

1990 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 260E 2.6 from UK and Ireland


26k of car available at giveaway prices!


Flat battery due to rear courtesy light being left on!

First sign of rust (1cm diameter at corner of rear number plate).

Side of cloth drivers seat wearing due to abrasion upon entry/exit from car.

General Comments:

This car has been a dream. It was bought 2nd hand after I handed back a 1 year old C180 Esprit company car. Use of my parents well maintained Ford Escort convinced me to stick with Benz.

Dealer service history is important when selling on, for proof of upkeep. Mine as maintained by MBZ until the last 2 when cost outweighed benefit (generally around £500 a time).

Excellent spec included full electrics, but no air con, or leather seats.

This car never let me down and has satisfied the needs of a growing family of 4.

Paintwork remains excellent and only wife's ego prompted the move to a newer version.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2002

2nd Apr 2006, 11:20

Superb review.

2nd Apr 2006, 12:29

These cars, especially the earlier models, are some of the best Mercedes ever produced not to mention some of the best cars ever produced by any manufacturer.

And now that Mercedes has chosen mediocrity over quality, these cars are even more desirable.

I still find it funny that an upscale brand like Mercedes didn't offer air conditioning on every model. Cloth I can see.

20th Apr 2006, 12:27

My Mercedes Benz 260e 124-hull construction 2.6l 1990 model; 150hp.

Automatic transmission.

Automatic air-conditioning.

Fuel consumption is 10.9ltr/100km.. quite high : (.. and that is the lowest that I can do. First it took like 12.8-15.7ltr/100km).

I've changed fuel filters, lambda air units, air filters, spark plugs.. etc etc.

The car is superb on the road; low noise and steady to drive. The acceleration is good also; 80km/h to 160kmh within 100m.

In 200kmh car is still balanced and flying nicely :).. (I hate those speed limits on Finland.. max 120kmh).

Brakes are good. Even though there is only 150hp, the car really fires up when pressing the spoon down, gear shifts sometimes move too hastily to the next gear. I would prefer manual gear if you really want to spice up the speed on the highway.

1990 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 300D 2.5 turbo diesel from North America


Cheapest (and best) car I've ever owned


Front end parts at 90000

Belt broke unexpectedly at 120000.

General Comments:

A far cry from the older diesel Mercedes (220D and 240D) in performance. This car will not only cruise, but will get to speed quite impressively for a 2.5L diesel.

The car retains the high levels of reliability, longevity, dependability and economy of its older siblings, but is far more quiet and comfortable.

This is an excellent long distance touring car. Range on a tank of fuel is over 500 miles. Creature comforts are well designed and function perfectly.

My only regret it that I can't buy a brand new one. Maybe someday again they will be available in the US.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th July, 2002

14th Jul 2002, 14:13

I believe you can now -- Mercedes from what I know, is or will be selling the E-class with a diesel again, possibly an E270 CDI.

30th Sep 2002, 06:29

Prey this be true. It probably is not. There was a badly run test whose results were misrepresented, that stated that diesel exhaust causes cancer. Although this was based on truck emmisions, OPEC will use it to try to get diesel banned from passenger cars.

However, were this true, I may actually decide to abandon my 1984 300D. It is a good car, and I love it dearly, but once around a 6 digit odometer is a bit more than prudent. The W123 makes the 124 seem flimsy in a lot of ways, but at over a million miles, Benny is beginning to rattle. No complaints though. I sure got my money's worth. I hope this new E-class is better than that PO'S W210. Long Live the Three-Pointed Star!!