1996 E-Class

Consumer Reviews

1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

$316 - $10,620  MSRP Range

Review Score

5.0 out of 5 stars

5.0

7 Reviews
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5 out of 5 stars Comfort
4.3 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
4.9 out of 5 stars Interior Design
4.9 out of 5 stars Reliability
4.4 out of 5 stars Performance
4.7 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

Comfortable car, great gas mileage

by First time benz owner from Folsom, Ca on Fri May 30 2008

I bought mt E-320 used last year (2007) from a mercedes dealership. It's luxurious. runs great and gets great gas mileage. Their was a modification on the's A/C that wasn't done on mine, that I had to pay for when it went out, it cost a couple grand so that was a bummer other than that it's been great. if you decide to buy this car, ask if the ac mod was done~

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

A True Mercedes

by BenZ owner since '88 from Hinsdale, IL on Wed Jun 29 2011

This car has been in my family since 1998, at the time my dad bought it from a authorized Benz Dealership with only dealer miles. the car is a true Mercedes in my opinion. It doesn't spin its tires away with smoke but rather wafts away like a car of its price should. And it never accelerates out of control but has other minor faults which would render it unusable.(i.e. starter motor, EGR valve, broken radiator hose) But best of all this car is my dream car. The sound system is great with plenty of bass. The exterior is stunning;The color is a rare green blue, only one in my town, but inst offensive. The interior is bright and happy. I like to think of my car as my child no its not perfect but if you try to take it away from me ill rip your head off!

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Got a tude

by benzer from Fredericksburg VA. on Sun Nov 13 2011

MY 1996 E300D was purchased used 185000km, winter 2007. The car now has 293000km. I use it to take trips and some for my daily commut 180 miles round trip. It is very comfortable, I feel the safty in it's construction and excellent handling. The deisel engine is stroung yet proides great fuel economy.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
4 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

96 E320 BEST CAR EVER.

by Captain Rick of New Orleans from French Quarter N.O.L.A. on Fri Sep 01 2017

Most amazing Vehicle I have ever owned. Classic 96 Benz is the TOP's. IF...You Find one with low miles, 1 owner, good service records, garage kept, Southern life (no rust), in ANY color other than GOLD (hate any car in UGLY gold, who doesn't...eh?), good rubber seals & tires, dent free and under 3 Grand? BUY IT FAST. IF YOU DO NOT BUY IT (for some strange reason) in the description above. PLEASE contact me and I will GLADLY purchase (Sight UN-seen) a 2nd one, or a entire fleet of them if available and start my own dealership of nothing but 96's Benz's E320's. But the ONLY DRAWBACK for me is that it would be extremely impossible to sell one or EVER let one go. SO.... I guess I would just build a HUGE garage (after finalizing the divorce...LOL) and call it my "Lil E320 Collection" instead. (with the ONE exception of the Classic 57 Chevy Belair 2 door two tone red/white under the velvet tarp in the corner). Lol

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Not worth the. Money

by Awpful from Clanton, Alabama on Thu Apr 12 2018

Though I lived thelook of the car, it tenses to obethearpt in heave traffic. Additionally, the service calls were beyond expensive. I was not told of this when I purchased the vehicle.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Favorite Benz I've EVER owned, Love Mine....

by Captain Rick of New Orleans from French Quarter N.O. on Fri Sep 01 2017

Comfort in every aspect, Style, design, Drives like floating on a cloud and then some. Bought mine from original owner who garage kept and serviced it properly. Seriously low miles (way under the average miles should be VS it's age) as it is tight in every aspect and handles curves and straightaways like a high end sports car. My favorite car and Benz ever, and I recommend this exact year and model to everyone. If you are wanting luxury, style, comfort, reliability, safety, and a real head turner STILL and is now a classic at 21 years old. My E320 is my favorite car I have ever owned, and I've owned 7 different Benz's over the years. E-C-MLS-S classes and this model and year is tops in my book. If you can find one in the shape mine is under 3'G's and you don't buy it? Please contact me and I'll be down and I'LL GLADLY purchase her on the spot(Not in gold though,,) gold is UGLY on any car. I had a MINT 66 Classic Mustang I bought (CHEAP)and HAD to sell it just because the gold interior, exterior, was too much. AMAZING American Iconic classic 60's muscle car that I loved and aren't cheap to buy today. BUT...In GOLD I just could NOT stand to drive. Why I bought it so cheap I was told years later from the guy who sold it to me was because HE TOO couldn't stand the color either. Lol. I'm convinced there is STILL a MINT 66 Stang for sale cheap as you will be the 697th owner because NOBODY wants that color. Lol. Anyways Love my 96 Benz.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Having fun

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great but could be better

by Sky Natale on Mon Aug 06 2018

The transmission went out on many of these vehicles at 100,000 miles. Overall, fantastic reliable car that is 22 years old. Nothing else ever gave me an issue

5 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

You can credit Acura, Lexus and Infiniti for the stunning rebirth of Mercedes-Benz.

The German automaker got caught with its lederhosen down when those Japanese luxury brands first entered the market in the mid- and late '80s. Then, when the recession of the early '90s hit, Acura, Lexus and Infiniti cars posted strong sales, while Mercedes and nearly all other European luxury brands faltered.

The Japanese cars were lighter and quicker. They came with more user-friendly features; they had higher quality, and they were less expensive than most of the European competition.

Mercedes-Benz, a company not known for acting quickly, began losing enormous sums of money. Its heavy, stodgy-looking cars... Read More