4th Jun 2010, 22:46
I just bought a 1997 E. It has 142,000 miles on it. Best car I've ever owned.
I recently had a 1998 Jaguar XJR, and the ride on the E is much nicer and the suspension is awesome, the car feels like a tank.
I love it, especially the E Class body style, runs as strong as ever.
9th Dec 2012, 03:52
I can understand your frustration, but your complaints don't really speak to reliability of the vehicle. A bulb. A latch. Bulbs burn out. Etc. Anyone can change a bulb. If you think those are problems, you should buy a Toyota Camry or a Honda Accord. German cars have trade-offs. If you want a magic carpet ride with that German engineered feeling, then you have to pay for it. If you don't mind a car so boring it will put you to sleep, but is virtually maintenance free for the first 200k, then buy an Asian car.
14th Dec 2012, 23:03
Turn signals, bulbs, those seem like normal wear items for a car with 100k miles. I wonder if you had any major issues go wrong. My E320 is not cheap either, but given its age, it has held up a lot better than other cars of the same year.
German cars are not like Japanese cars, they require a lot more maintenance based upon my experience, but there is the trade off of having a car that is truly enjoyable to drive, versus just having an appliance for an automobile.
28th Oct 2014, 21:58
I have owned two Mercedes: a C200 and an S320, and they are the best cars that I have ever owned. If you maintain it well, it will last for generations. My S320 is a 1991 W140 and it has clocked over 300k with only the usual maintenance, and no major problems. It still rides and accelerates beautifully. AWESOME MERC!
9th Sep 2015, 00:34
There is always someone to comment that my car has 300000 miles and I didn't put any money on it. Perhaps these people jack the wheels on a running pad and come back 10 years later.