1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 Elegance 2.0 4 cylinder from Australia and New Zealand
The name speaks volumes
The water pump began to rattle. It was fixed at a very reasonable cost.
The exhaust had to be re-welded (fairly cheap).
The rear view mirror rattled. It has now been fixed and is holding firm.
Since first purchasing the E200, I have had many enjoyable trips, both 'round the city and travelling to another town. The Mercedes provides me with everything I need and desire.
Driving at about 5am is a bit early. The Mercedes is not a performance vehicle. It provides me with more than adequate comfort so I am not jerked awake by ruts in the road. Instead, I find myself enjoying a cool breeze produced from the rather powerful air conditioning system and gazing at the walnut wood and looking down the long bonnet that is topped off by the three-pointed star.
Mercedes-Benz has prided itself on its safety. I have experienced quite a marrow-chilling crash and walked away unharmed (I think we need not mention the other car involved). The Mercedes was not so. A rather large sum of $4000 went in to the labour costs and the purchasing of parts. It was due to this accident that the rear view mirror began to rattle. Now, I find myself driving my car every morning. There is no evidence of my crash at all. Replacing the airbags was a bit pricey. $500 each. Two airbags were triggered: the driver's side air bag and the driver's front airbag.
The doors open and close with a solid sound. Many noises from outside are impossible to hear inside and vice-versa.
The paint is still in excellent condition after nine years of faithful service, most of which was served in Singapore (I imported my car).
I find no difference between an imported car or a local car, save for the price. I believe that imported cars are better than local because the NZ fuel has a high sulphur content. Sulphur damages the engine considerably.
I wish to sum up my argument. Being German, the car is well built. Being Mercedes, it is a good business car and impresses the masses. Being mine, I am a lucky person.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 15th September, 2005
I too have a W210 E200 1996, the engine is very well built, and economy at freeway cruising, I get 13.5km/l which is amazing, considering a 10 y/o car and 140k in odometer, what I love of this car is it has not much of electronic in it, it has just enough as my opinion, not too much or left out something desired. Mine come with rain sensor which adjust wiper according vehicle speed. Before purchasing this car I was thinking to get a Japanese 2.0 sedan, but I wanted to give myself a chance to try german car, so, here I am.
Engine and gear box are top-notch, The build quality especially the shell are not quite there.
Rust appears in may places, so I've had to have the whole car re-sprayed. Also the front suspension bushes were gone at 70,000, replaced at $300.
Other than that, a very comfortable ride & great work-horse that has served me well.
I too own a Benz E200 - this is a great review, captures the romantic side of owning a great luxury car. Cheers for writing this.
Yeah man: kudos to the writer. Good review.