1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Classic 3.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Beautiful big german cruiser of the old school

Faults:

Small fan belt for A/C fans was detached at purchase, unknown to everybody, as nobody knows it is there!

Fan belt tensioner damper noisy; easily cured using the car's own toolkit and £26 in parts

General Comments:

Huge feelgood factor, feels immensely strong and secure to drive, like it is invincible.

Small boot with factory fitted optional 80L fuel tank, however this provides great cruising range.

Automatic child seat recognition is very handy.

The 3.0 turbo diesel gives fantastic performance and economy, reliability is well proven, and it's cheap to maintain. However it takes 7.5 litres of oil.

Very fast car for what it is; a little diesely in terms of smoke on kickdown, but shifts like scalded cat.

Air con could be better despite a service; otherwise very easy to maintain.

Apparently prone to rusting, our example is a UK car since new, but has only minor blistering; less so than our 1999 Vectra and our 1998 5 Series BMW.

Fantastic speakers despite being basic Classic spec.

Handles better than a 5 Series of the same age, due to less roll oversteer, although the large steering wheel takes a bit to get used to.

TD models have Parameter steering as standard, which is very light at parking speeds and not much heavier when cruising; again an acquired taste, but makes moving this large car about very easy, and I personally love it; every other car feels heavy and truck like now!

Fantastic MB brakes as usual, and a feeling of generally being bank vault tough; whether it is or not is irrelevant, it feels so, and therefore is a proper Benz!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th March, 2014

1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 AWD sedan 3.2 from North America

Summary:

Outstanding vehicle and value for the money

Faults:

Front wheel bearings (at about 165000).

Fuel tank needed reworking (wouldn't feed last 1/4 tank, known recall issue).

Very slow A/C leak, treated with sealer.

Right rear window regulator needed replacing at around 175000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been absolutely solid and reliable.

It handles very well and is remarkably comfortable on long trips.

Even at 185000 miles, it runs like new. It gets around 28 MPG on the freeway, and looks great inside and out.

I upgraded the tires and wheels, mounting S-Class wheels with tires that had the same OD as the originals. These noticeably improved the ride, which was a bit harsh with the original 17" AMG wheels. Now it is very smooth and comfortable at any speed.

According to Consumer Reports, these have above average electrical issues, but I have never had even a hint of one.

Paid $7000 a few years ago, and could probably get close to that now.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd September, 2012

17th Feb 2013, 20:37

I have a 1999 E300, which I ordered and received in Oct 1998. It has been a wonderful car. Replaced the MAF, glow plugs, just done regular maintenance. Only have 65,800 miles on it, and it is a great car.

1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 220 CDI Avantgarde 2.2 CDI from Portugal

Summary:

A betrayal to Mercedes' great reputation. I'd rather drive my Citröen ZX

Faults:

The original CD player stopped working after 4 years.

The doors rusted around the rubber seals after 8 years.

The driver's side window mechanism has been replaced after 10 years. Now the switch needs replacement.

The paint on the switches wears badly; so much that they turn white in less than 10 years of (not much) use.

There was a huge fuel leak in the high-pressure part of the fuel system after a visit to the dealer about a worn clutch.

General Comments:

The car feels as heavy as it really is.

The suspension rolls and squats far too much for it to be a "sporting version".

The front seats were designed for fat people, so, they feel more like bench seats as a skinny occupant will slide around the leather seats.

Braking is good, but has failed at least once.

Fuel economy is very good for the weight of the car.

It doesn't drip, but it does burn a lot of oil.

The "self adjusting" headlights aim too near.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 12th March, 2009

13th Mar 2009, 15:31

You're complaining because you've manage to squeeze 250,000 km in ten years out of a 4-cylinder Mercedes with no mechanical breakdown? Everyone I know has had one electric window motor problem at least once in their cars within 10 years. And if all you're worried about is the paint on the power window button which doesn't last 10 years (but still functions), count yourself lucky. Mercedes had a bad reputation for the most of the '90s because of reliability problems.