1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Buyer's Guide

Owner Reviews
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2 Reviews
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
2.5
Reliability
3.0

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Owner Ratings & Reviews

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1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Leap in Automotive Mechanical Engineering

Robert
Santa Monica, California
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
2.0
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.
Story
It is a rather non-descript car, it doesn't turn heads because it is common. That said, almost everyone who takes a putt in it remarks on the car. They admire it, say positive things about it after riding awhile and even go so far as to say they want one. Of course, the superb sound system helps. It is almost 30 years old and still takes its place as a very, very comfortable executive ride, ac... (more)
Pros
Oh, that engine! It sits in the bay like a jewel. It is a masterful piece of work, aluminum block and heads with ridiculously precise calibration of component fitment, two ignition systems (aircraft style), advanced (for 1998) fuel injection and is engineered to be powerful but noninvasive, reliable to a fault and smooth as a polished diamond. It is dropped into a handsome chassis that could be used for a Panzer. It is almost as if the car were hand sculpted from a solid piece. It is the epitome of the Mercedes brand. Overall fit and finish are excellent.
Cons
Handling? Well, not so much. It is a front engine, rear wheel drive machine made for touring mostly, not for the windy road. It is better handling than most of the huge Detroit steel of yore, for sure, but does not pretend to be a performance car in the more modern era. I will give it this: the tight turning radius is remarkable. Another issue, endemic to both Mercedes and BMW and a consistent occurrence with this model, are electrical problems. When it is older, this E430 might just decide not to light the instrument panel at night. Or might feel obliged to automatically lock you out of t... (more)

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Best Mercedes yet!

Evelyn
Boise, Idaho
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
3.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
2.0
Reliability
4.0
This car is a sturdy, comfortable tank! It's got over 150,000 miles but is going strong. It's also got a sort of retro vibe nowadays and stands out from the crowd. There is a ton of backseat and trunk space. What I really love is the color, a nice muted gold. The car itself is very comfortable to sit and be driving around in, and the interior has held up well throughout the years! This car is great for families (or lots of friends!) or simply moving things from here to there as it is very spacious. There is even a good chance you can fit some pretty big furniture in there when you're moving! There are some awesome features like cruise control and seat warmers as well. The interior console paneling has some gorgeous tortoise shell inserts that really make things pop! The center console ... (more)
Story
Someone recently mentioned at a stop light that they loved my car, it was a very unexpected but pleasant compliment!
Pros
Tons of room for passengers or travel/moving. Very comfortable and looks great internally and externally!
Cons
Car radio requires a manufacturer passcode to unlock, which if lost is impossible to recover.

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