I bought my used E320 CDI on 5 April 2007 (on a 53 plate) from a main dealer and have covered some 1,800 miles to date of trouble free and enjoyable motoring. Apart from an initial issue with one of the folding wing mirrors not working in conjunction with the other (subsequently fixed under warranty) I have had no other issues with the car. The fuel consumption averages 35-37 mpg on a regular basis on journeys to work and back (18 miles each way)and I have achieved 42.9 mpg on longer runs. The car is equipped with most of the toys - I am most impressed with their functionality including the Sat Nav/TV/Video, Telephone, very useful front and rear parkatronic system and panoramic sunroof. The handing and power are first class in comparison with my previous car (SAAB 95 Turbo Auto)which I rated highly until I experienced ownership of this one!
I am currently very pleased with the car - although I haven't had it serviced yet and have been advised that servicing costs are very expensive - thus the "Ownership" running costs only receive a three star rating - until after the service!
I am a professional driver with 2 of these cars in my care, both have done around 45000kms in a little over 2 years, one I have driven every day for the past 8 months, on occasion I have spent 16 hours in the car and have found it to be very comfortable. The controls are a lesson to all car makers on how it should be done, the speed limiter/cruise control are a godsend and so easy and accurate to set.
To be honest I thought that the car would be grossly underpowered but in normal use the 1.8k engine is more than adequate, I've picked up 4 fair sized men with a bootful of luggage and the car (via cruise control) has effortlessly held 120kmh on highway which has included some fairly steep hills.
One thing that doesn't usually get mentioned with these cars is the handling, it's excellent and very predictable.
In town the Mercs tight turning circle is very useful and I've parked in places I'd struggle to get an A4 Audi into, although the parking sensors must take a lot of the credit.
One car has had a new kompressor fitted at 40,000km (luckily 2 weeks before the warranty expired!), it started to sound like a diesel, the other has a problem with the internal lights which seems very complicated and is booked in this week, could be painful! The only drawback is a bit more noise than I'd expected.
I'm lucky enough to have driven most of the best of the top cars on the road today and can honestly say that the Merc is the only one I intend to buy for myself.
If you must have a big engined car with the accompanying fuel penalty then this is the one. No its not supercharged but belive me at 5.9 seconds 0-60 there is'nt to many cars that will pull away from you. Short runs will do 19/20 mpg, motorways at 80 mph will do 28mpg. Try realy hard at 60mph and I have had 33mpg (test only) Great fun, good ride. Big family car.Does depreciate loads though. If your mileage is 7000 pa running costs are ok, above and it will cost.Some servicing is costly, eg spark plug change at an MB dealer is £400.
I've owned this car since January 2005 and have not been disappointed in any respect. I am tall (6'3) and find the front drivers legroom to be the best I have experienced. It is extremely comfortable on long drives, and is also very easy to park around town. I have achieved 45mpg on a long run (I was driving slowly at 60-65mph) but usually achieve 39mpg+ However, around town it will do 35mpg without difficulty.
All in all the best car I have driven / owned.
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