Pros: 25 MPG, excellent reliability
Cons: electrical problems can be frustrating
The Mercedes 300E is truly one of the most durable cars made. Mine just turned 223,000 miles and still looks new! I am not kidding you. I bought the car in Austin Texas new in September 1988 and paid $41000 for it. It has been a garaged car all it's life and now resides in Colorado. I did replace the water pump, thermostat and all the belts and hoses under the hood at 118,000 miles in 2000. Not because I had to, but I couldn't stand it anymore. It still has it's original starter! Nothing more than a little transmission work at about 140,000 miles that cost less than $500. This has been the cheapest car I have driven mile for mile in my life. I do have 16 inch 1995 stock Mercedes wheels that update the looks of this car nicely. The paint is still flawless. If I had to guess, I would say this car has been parked outside a total of about 150-200 days since 1988. People are shocked when they find out it's almost a 20 year old car. You can't go wrong if you want to buy this model. I never liked the 190 series and am told it's not half the car the 300E is. The 300E is a real Mercedes, even on the lower end. I don't call the 190, or even the newer 240 ck series "real" either. You can purchase most every part you'll ever need on Ebay, find a good mechanic, avoid the dealer and this car will outlive you. Bet on it!