Used Vehicle Review MercedesBenz EClass 19962001 Autos ca

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February 17, 2001

1996 E-Class

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By Jeremy Cato

It was the fall of and Mercedes-Benz shocked the world. How so? the styling of the then-reinvented 1996 sedan.

Shocking. The quad-eyed and the pontoon-style fenders jumped out in fashion. Yes, the 96 E-class the world by storm with its curvaceous bulges.

So many in fact, you hardly noticed the star on the hood. And then, they slipped behind the drivers found a nimbleness took off into BMW territory.

It was a move for Mercedes, a company for decades had produced solid, slab-sided sedans and station With a completely new E-class down the product pipeline in a few months (2002 model it s worth looking back at Mercedes-Benz did with the most car in its lineup, the mid-size E-class.

Aside from the new shape, the came with a much, bigger cabin. In fact, the 96 car was almost as spacious as Mercedes more expensive S-class of the day. But despite gains in the 96 car was not a ponderous sedan.

In fact, the model is shorter than the Mazda Millenia, more than the old Dodge Stratus and a tighter circle than any old Contour you ll find on a used car

Inside all used E-class you ll find the usual splash of walnut, chrome and leather. though the design is now more five-years-old, the no-nonsense analog rank among the most and crisp in the business. For comfort, the buckets have always stuffed with just the amount of padding.

And my goodness, the 96-and-newer cars came with cupholders pop up out of the centre console and ratchet to fit cupholder sizes.

Mercedes also put cupholders in the rear too. Unbelievable for a company until the middle of the 90s had sniffed at the idea of equipping a car with a Among the new toys was a new dual climate control system, a tilt and telescoping steering and infinitely adjustable front seats (with memory).

For storage, the E-class was designed loads of storage space in the console, a big glove box and generous pockets. The large trunk of the car has a flat load floor and a low at the rear.

Driving manners improved by scrapping the old MacPherson front suspension in favour of a arm layout that did a better job of the wheels on the pavement while allowing for more refined tuning. In addition, progressive-assist steering replaced the slow-to-respond ball arrangement.


An older offers excellent value in a luxury car. At highway their Autobahn-style engineering things whisper quiet and stable, and the suspension soaks up like a sponge.

For power, the 96 car arrived with a 217-horsepower inline six-cylinder mated to a four-speed automatic. brakes were engineered all with standard anti-lock and control. On the safety theme, has always equipped this of E-class with dual and door-mounted airbags and an advanced cell protecting passengers.

some dates to remember. In the of 1996, Mercedes introduced the with a 4.2-litre V8 engine and a automatic. For 97, the five-speed was standard on E-class cars, too including the turbodiesel.

The biggest changes in 1998. A new E320 station with all-wheel drive all E320 models got a new 221-horsepower V6 engine to replace the old inline E300 models got a new 174-hp. diesel inline six-cylinder; models got a new 275-hp. 4.3-litre V8; and all cars got standard brake which applies brake in panic stops, ASR traction BabySmart child seat and express-up power windows.

The new E320 wagon was designed to seven, but the third seat was for two kids.

For 99, Mercedes introduced a new head protection system and a edition E55 hot rod sedan with a V8. For 2000, there were styling tweaks across the and the automatic transmission added Shift. The Electronic Stability anti-skid system arrived,

Mercedes dealers do a strong and business with their cars. The E-class is very with buyers looking for quality, strong performance, safety features and all the luxury There are very few bargains to be but these cars are good nonetheless.

Used vehicle prices depending on factors such as condition, odometer reading, history and options fitted. have a used vehicle by an experienced auto technician you buy.


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