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1989 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Review
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Falling Apart — Little things are starting to break, especially plastic parts. These are expensive to replace. This car is way too fast...I have to use the cruise control on the highway to help avoid incarceration. The transmission is now leaking, that is going to wipe me out $$ to replace!

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: Speed and handling

Cons: Transmission leak, exhaust leak

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300e — Runs great for being 20 years old. In great physical shape also considering the age. 3.0 L inline 6 is a bit underpowered for the heavy car. Mine gets about 30 mpg with A/c on. Acceleration is horrible, but the car rides great, tons of features even in 2009. Love the car just wish it had some more power

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: quality, interior design, seats very comfortable,  gas mileage

Cons: lack of power, rust on jack tubes (google)

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Masterpiece. German Artwork — The car is made like a tank, probably the safest car on the road. While performance may not be top notch its a wonderful and comfortable car to be in. Acceleration is slow in the diesel but handling and breaking are outstanding. Repairs are expensive but well worth the german price tag. Bosh makes excellent parts. Interior is beautiful and comfortable. The exterior is up to the individual. I think its a beautiful car. Gas mileage is excellent for a car this old. Maintenance is,... well its a mercedes. Built to last but built to hit your wallet on occasions. The car is a privilege to drive. The best investment i have ever made.

Pros: Safety, Beauty, Comfort, Quality, GERMAN, ... its a mercedes

Cons: A/C is an issue... not too bad because heat always works and there is a sunroof.

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Mercedes-benz 300sel 1989 — One of the favourite cars that i have ever even riden. Old but riding it was like being in a new car. Loved it... still do. Shame that i had to sell it because the only thing that was bad about it was the fuel consuption. The gas tank was 99 liters so when you filled it up it costed well over 100€. And when it took around 10-15 liters in 100km that isn't cheap.. at least for me :) But at this moment i would take it back if possible...

Pros: Allmost everything

Cons: fuel consuption

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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.

Pros: Reliability, durability, fuel economy, driving dynamics

Cons: No cup holders

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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)

Pros: Styling, Comfort, Dependability, Mileage

Cons: Performance

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The Last Of The World-beater Benzes — One of the finest handling cars i've ever owned. Brakes wonderfully, turns sharper than anything i've ever seen, and handles like as champs. It was fairly cheap to own, very fun to drive, but it could have been better on gas. I loved the way it looked. I just wish that this page would go more in depth with models, as mine was a 1988 300ce, the coupe model.

Pros: Great handling, wonderful performance, amazing quality

Cons: So-so mileage around town.

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Grand For Driving, Even Grander For A Mechanic — Peformance times on the car were quite impressive, my specific model was a 1989 300E with around 150,000 miles, and for the age on the inline 6 cylinder engine it had some impressive sprints and moments of torque. Handling in the car was very precise and cornering made cutting through windy roads a blast. However, the reliability, probably due to age, was completely horrid. Blown head gasket, blown gaskets, surprise leaks, faulty transmission and air conditioning, made this car a hard thing to keep running. I sold the car just due to the estimated mechanic bill for the blown head gasket (a little over 2 grand, when car was worth 3500) but it still was a grand car especially since it was the one I learned how to drive one.

Pros: Overall feel behind the wheel

Cons: Reliability

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M-b 300e — Pretty nice car, Has its oddities but then again its german. Makes rather good power once you get above about 3k rpm. The odometer went out at about 150k miles and the ball joints began squeaking those were easy replacements though. Overall a fun car to drive. I would recommend it to anyone.

Pros: Good car reliable.

Cons: Noumerous oddities.

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300-te Y'all — I love the color and the economy gauge, which I spend approximately 45% of my time sampling. However, at one point the tape deck refused to turn off and was constantly whirring about until my friend yanked out the stereo unceremoniously. The things weighs a ton, but you can get decent gas mileage if you keep an eye on the economy gauge. Moon-roof is a plus.

Pros: Many

Cons: Few

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Majestic Autobahn Workhorse. By bidawi

Indestructible Diesel 5-cylinder engine. Built for the German Autobahn, drive like a dream on the highways, going 65 Miles an hour at very low RPM. Built like a tank. Very comfy drive. If you can find... Read More

1993 300e Mb By erictakashi57

Our 300E has been in the family from my sister to my mother to my wife, and now my son. It's been a good car. I still think it looks stylish after all these years. It runs great. Very nice ride. It's ... Read More

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Loved It By Mb300E

smooth riding comfortable on long trips.decent gas mileage once it gets go great acceeration .crusie control is terriable in this car very herky jerky so I never used it very quiet engine and great so... Read More

Its A Merc By Helena

Its so quiet for 141,000 miles, motors nicely, very smooth ride but would prefer leather seats. Would have another any day. She used mainly at the weekends but fuel economy is amusing/dire better t... Read More

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Panzer Tank Build. The Last Of The Real M-bs. By toofast69

What can I add that hasn't already been written about the iconic W124 Mercedes-Benz? These cars were big, heavy, overbuilt, solid, and would run all day long at 100 mph without batting an eye...unles... Read More

Owned It For 15 Years...i Must Like It! By N5329K

Best family car I have owned....third row seating is great for carpool duties, and trips to the mountains in snow...even heavy snow...are no big challenge with the car's all wheel drive. Solid, depen... Read More

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

One Of The Best Cars Ever By migration_ks2013

I owned a 1990 300E from Sep. 2011 to Dec. 2012. I bought the car with around 220,000 miles and though it was far from perfect due to age and mileage I have never been more impressed by a vehicle and ... Read More

1987 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Reviews

Nearly Perfect Vehicle By 300SDLGUY

The 300SDL, is a car that STILL rivals many of the cars today. From the TANK like build to , luxury ride, to the 30 MPG, hard to find the combination. Its old school Mercedes, but that is NOT a bad ... Read More

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