1992 Mercedes-Benz E-Class from North America
I HATE it!
Windshield wiper stopped working.
Windows stopped going up and down.
Alarm would not stop going off.
Gas cover got locked up, and had to be broken in order to get gas.
A/C worked for a day.
Radio stopped turning on.
Sporadic transmission failure.
Would not shift to 3rd gear for a while.
I have a '92 Mercedes E300 as well. It has relatively low miles for an old car - about 92000.
It is definitely the worst car I have ever owned. The best thing about it is that it is safe (I was hit by a dump truck and the car wasn't even damaged), but that's the only good thing I can think of.
The bad things with my Mercedes were that all of the electrical wiring went bad (after research, I discovered that there is a recall for this). The windows do not work, A/C broke instantly, the sole windshield wiper stopped working, and now even the radio stopped turning on.
This car has been more trouble than it's worth. I have to take it in to get it fixed every two months. My mechanic actually told me, "The problem with this car is that it's a Mercedes. If I were you I'd get some good insurance on it and crash it."
I also had a battery explode.
I had one period of time when the car would not shift gears at all, causing it to be non-driveable for 3 months. When I took it to the mechanic, it suddenly worked fine.
Also, I had a MAJOR problem with the alarm system. One day it just started to go off for no reason. At first, it would go off when I started the car, but after doing this for about a month, it would no longer turn off for ANY reason. I ended up having to get the alarm system disconnected.
I have had plenty of used cars before - Ford, Saturn, Toyota, Volvo, Chevy, etc., and none have been as bad as this car. I'm going back to Toyota, which lasted to 300,000 miles.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd December, 2010
Buying a used luxury car is a risky move; the more useless luxuries in a car, the more that'll go wrong in 10 years.
How much did you pay in insurance? I heard that these and Volvos cost a fortune to keep going.
And how hard did the dump truck hit your Benz?