1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class User Reviews

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Appearance:4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars 4.4 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 15 reviews
"power" 10 reviews
"fuel economy" 9 reviews
"comfortable car" 8 reviews
"quality" 6 reviews
CONS
"heavy car" 5 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 3 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"exhaust" 2 reviews

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Bob-Daniel writes:
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fun 2 drive, strength, performance & interior decor

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electrical faults n injectors could b worrisome

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Good Car 2 Own If U Cud Treat It Lyk Ur Girlfriend — durability, performance handling and braking is good, buld quality is fair enuf, appearance was ahead of its tym, maintance and mileage not d best though, so fun 2 drive. electrical faults abound though. i had a good tym wit it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Leif writes:
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the comfort

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nothing

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Superb — a car that really is reliable and always starts when turning the key....not very much more to say other than that´s the best car i´ve ever driven in my 23 years of driving.....just plain and simple

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Carl writes:
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Class, comfort, safety, style, durability

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Gas mileage

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Awesome Car, Probably The Best Car Ever Made — It was fast in its day, still quick now. It takes about 9 seconds to rocket to 60. I handles well with the right tires and brakes very fast. It has an unmatched build quality and has needed minimal repairs in its 200k miles thus far. The styling is very classic, yet functional and the interior is comfortable and has features many current models lack. The gas mileage isnt great, but its from the 80s. This car is a blast to drive.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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dic_camarillo writes:
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4

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Good classic styling, great seats, lots of room, easy to drive

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Engine needed a valve job at 118K miles.  Some of the plastic inside is going bad. Muffler/exhaust system rusted

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A Good Sturdy Luxury Sedan — This is a very nice driving sedan. I doesn't look that big, but it is. Lots of room inside and a big trunk. So easy to drive - great visibility and gives you a feeling of confidence and safety. Starting to look a bit dated, but this is after 23 years! Seats are very confortable.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Arden writes:
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5

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its 5.2m long with a bullet proof straight 6

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not a lot to be honest,

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300se — great car, rides beautifully and the build quality on these is amazing. Amazing acceleration for a 23 year old car, the braking is excellent for such a large car and the appearence is one of a stately classic car that has aged well.

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Luc writes:
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A piece of history. Tank-like build quality

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Can be expensive to fix and has a mind of its own.

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If You Can Find A Good One, It Will Be The Most Comfortable And Interesting Car You've Driven! — If you want a vehicle that is built like a tank will not find anything better. These may not be the prettiest cars on the road, and they are aging, but they have class and pedigree that is hard to find in modern cars today.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Gilbert writes:
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5

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You get noticed that you're driving a Mercedes

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Good mechanics who know these cars are hard to find

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Engineered Like No Other Car — Build quality is timeless, things don't fall apart just because the car has aged. The engine is a straight six with a cast iron block and is probably one of the strongest engines that was produced at the time.

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Denton writes:
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Handling, quality, luxury, comfort, styling.

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Don't be afraid.  This is a great car- if you find one that's clean.

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If You Find One In Good Shape Like Mine And Have A Slight Neurotic Nature, This Car Is For You. — (1989 300 SE W126 S-Class, short body, 3.0 inline 6.) It's a very comfortable car and everything works. It moves for the most part, but when driving in the mountains, it can be sluggish at times. It handles great for being a big tank and it's reliable as hell. Cruising on a highway is great- very smooth "meaty" feeling. The car is solid. I put $2,000 into it when I bought it, and since haven't had any problems. The interior and exterior are in very good shape, the gas mileage is fine for a car this size. Maintenance is easy- change the oil once a year, add a quart once every two months- no leaks, just burns it up 'cause it's old. Yeah, it's fun to drive- it starts conversations for some reasons.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jack writes:
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Styling, Comfort, Dependability, Mileage

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300sd — The 300SD... Poor performance, but this car isn't meant for the track. This car is the perfect everyday, drivable car. It will ALWAYS get you from A to B and with a "little" modification, it is one of the coolest cars to cruise around in. The well-built solid steel German inline 5 diesel engine (the famous 617 model engine) has been known to churn out over half a million miles with only regular maintenance. And of course you get Mercedes timeless styling. While diesel costs more at the pump, the car gets around 28 mixed mpg, and if it is ran on bio-diesel, the cost per mile is better than a Prius. (And more environmentally friendly) I love this car and I think everyone should own one at least once in their life. It is a perfect example of "they just don't make em' like they used to". (My car was made in 1982, but the years only go back to 1989)

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Malek writes:
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4

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Reliability, durability, fuel economy, driving dynamics

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No cup holders

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300sd — Built like a brick privy (albeit one with leather upholstery and wood trim). Minimum maintenance, yet highly reliable (has not “failed to proceed” even once during the 8 years my family has owned it). The engine has somewhere near 500,000 miles on it, but it still works (though the new low-sulfur diesel makes for a rougher idle when not warmed up, and adds to the level of smoke under hard acceleration unless a fuel additive is used). The transmission has around 300,000 miles on it, yet shows no signs of throwing in the towel (although the old saying about Mercedes transmissions shifting rougher as they age, instead of breaking down, proves true in the case of my vehicle). The break and accelerator pedals have a linear feel, and have just the right amount of feedback/feel, and the breaks are very effective (break too suddenly, and one might be forgiven for believing that the vehicle has hit an immovable object such as a curb or a wall). Steering also has the perfect balance between feel/feedback and power-steering assistance, and the handling is estimable for an automobile of its mass and vintage (riding on all season tires with mere 16” wheels). The suspension is perhaps one of my favorite aspects of this vehicle, as it affords the perfect balance between road feel and insulation. This model has enough suspension and steering feedback to communicate exactly where its handling threshold is, yet the suspension insulates the vehicle’s occupants from the larger potholes and dips in the pavement. The steering feel and suspension of this early 80’s Mercedes design (which remained largely unchanged until 1991) is, to me, still unmatched by newer models of certain would-be competitors of the re-badged Japanese and American variety. The highway fuel economy of 25mpg is also admirable for a late 80’s vehicle weighing 4000lbs. Urban fuel economy can be improved if one endeavors to maintain an engine RPM below 20,000, which is where this vehicle achieves its peak torque. One complaint has been the reliability of the air conditioning system. I am informed by my mechanic that the majority of the AC components for this model where sourced by GM. Although critical functions such as the windshield defroster and heater have never malfunctioned, the Air conditioning is not very reliable/efficient during the warmer summer months. Another common malady that most, if not all, vehicles of this model suffer from is cracks in the dashboard and peeling of the wood trim. Furthermore, the front driver’s side window motor ceased to function after about 250,000 miles. The sound system is also unacceptable by modern standards, and if one intends to purchase this model, one should budget for a replacement system. Also, this vehicle has no cup-holders, which could be a problem for some. I would recommend this vehicle to someone who is looking for a comfortable, reliable, durable vehicle with European driving dynamics and relatively fair fuel economy, and has an understated/tasteful exterior design and a well constructed cabin. Definitely not recommended for those with a juvenile delinquent driving style.

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1981 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

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1986 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

The Family Heirloom Kept Past Its Prime By Katie

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1987 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Nearly Perfect Vehicle By 300SDLGUY

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Fit For Royalty By Pamoco

This car is still a good looking and driving car for its age. I think when you add up all the pros and cons the pros outweigh the negatives. Parts are plentiful and most are affordable. These go fo... Read More

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