Comfortable, reliable, superb performer, that is cheap to run as it does not seem to go wrong.
Exhaust back box.
Relay on Air Conditioning.
Every time I sit in this car it makes me smile. It was one of the last 320 E Class's to be made hence was fitted with over £7.000 worth of extras as standard to help sell it over the newer E320 model. Full cream leather interior, climate control air conditioning, electric sunroof, electric seats, headrests, windows etc.
Very comfortable inside, plenty of room for four, even more legroom with just two!
Performance is very nimble with the 3.2 litre, 24 valve, straigh six unit. Handles like it;s on rails although the compromise for performance is a slightly harder ride. Compared to my previous 123 230 CE model that was like driving your favourite armchair, the 320E is very quick and precise in handling. It is easy to induce wheel spin with over zelous use of the throttle, so light aceleration from junctions is recommended if you don't want to appear like a boy racer!
I can't find a fault with this motor car. Build quality is superb. Unlike more modern Mercedes Benz models, there are no rattles leaks or bits of trim that drop off. My only regret is that MB are no longer built to this high standard.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st November, 2003