I appreciate the quality of the car and the overall performance. I have had the vehicle for a few years, and it has held up rather well, however, there are a few concerns as well. Some pros include power windows, power seats, seat warmers (one of my favorites), CD player, leather interior, power folding in mirrors, it rides very smoothly. Some of the cons include no cooling on the seats (it only has heated seats, does not cool also), there's no option to plug in an auxiliary chord, and lastly -- which has been the biggest con -- the car has been a mechanical nightmare as far as the electrical aspect goes. I have had several issues with lights -- both interior and exterior. I have had to replace the exterior lights much more than a usual vehicle, and furthermore, I had to take my car to the dealership because "something was wrong with the headlight." It ended up costing me a fortune. Speaking of costing me a fortune, it is very costly to get the oil changed, and in addition to that, the car requires 15-inch tires, which is a rare and hard to find size, so that too is very expensive. All in all, I do enjoy the vehicle quite a bit, however, it is rather costly in the end. I would only recommend this vehicle to those who are willing to pay the costs not only for the vehicle, but the upkeep as well -- which is significant.
Santa Monica, California
Leap in Automotive Mechanical Engineering
This is one of the best large sedans on the market. The build quality is exceptional, there are no "tinny" components, the car is solid as a tank, no rattles or strange vibrations, no loose feeling handling characteristics. It is plain solid. However, it is the smaller displacement V8 that most defines this car. The engine is a leap forward for its time. It has an even power band delivering generous power and feels like an extension of the driver. This is an excellent car, with only a few criticisms, mostly related to the fact it is large and heavy.
North Tustin, California
It was the best first car
I got a great deal as a second owner of my Mercedes E320. It was my first car, and it had everything that a first car should and then some. It had all electric accessories: seat adjustments, windows, adjustable steering wheel, side view mirrors, sunroof, window shade in the back window, locks, everything. I've never had an engine problem since I have owned the car, and as far as I know, neither did the first owner. What few problems I have had with the car were due to being rear ended by a drunk, which brings us to one of the few negatives I have had with my car. The repairs are expensive. And there isn't really a way to get it properly repaired without shelling out money, short of knowing how to do it yourself. So it's lucky I haven't had engine trouble. There are two other problems I have had with the car in the 10 years I've had it are that the check engine light does come on at the slightest provocation (most of the time there isn't actually a problem, about half of these times it was actually just telling me I hadn't put the gas cap on tight enough) and a more recent problem that is my fault: I broke one of the clips that secure the turn signal bar. It still works, but it is now all floppy instead of the resistance it is supposed to have. For its age the car gets pretty good mileage (20 MPG with regular unleaded, better mileage if you use higher quality gas) The seats are really comfortable, there's a lot of storage space in the console and glove box. I love my car, and am very glad this is the one I chose when I was shopping. A lot of people get rid of a new car before ten years, and I have stuck with my car for ten years, and it was already 8 years old when I bought it.