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Old 04-16-2008, 10:43 AM
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My first long distance trip with the 1996 E320

I've just had a trip Dallas - San Antonio - Houston - Galveston - Houston - Dallas with 1051 miles including 100+/- miles city driving.

The car runs great for its 12 years of age. I can't complain about the fuel economy at all. Total gas comsumption was 40 gallons, thus a gas mileage of 26 mpg.

Before the trip I wanted to replace the spark plugs, cables and ingnition coils, hoping for better gas mileage but did not manage. Now I think it cannot be improved much. The gas mileage I am having is even specified for new cars of that model year.

One thing is to be mentioned though; a few days before I added cerma liquid ceramic Cerma Organic to engine oil and noticed smoother idle. Maybe there was some benefits from that product, which David Poole of European Performance in Dallas recommended to me. I'd like to hear your opinion about that too, before using it for transmission, differentials and power steering.
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Old 04-16-2008, 05:19 PM
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Don't bother with additives. Just use good synthetic oil, like Mobil 1.
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Old 04-16-2008, 08:08 PM
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When I had my 1993 300E (3.2) "E320", I had several all freeway jaunts to Las Vegas, and I regularly got 26 mpg.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:52 PM
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26 sounds right for mixed, mostly freeway driving. If I run a tank of gas strictly freeway, it's usually 28-30mpg. Strictly city is usually 22-24.

How many miles are on the car?
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:39 PM
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The car has now 135K. In mixed driving 35% city and 65% highway I got only 20-21 mpg.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:13 AM
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I consistently get 19-20 mpg in all-city driving in my 97 E320. Not bad for a full-sized sedan of this calibre if you ask me. I've never taken it on an all-highway trip; it's good to know I'd be pushing the mid- to upper- twenties.
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Old 04-17-2008, 12:16 AM
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The car has now 135K. In mixed driving 35% city and 65% highway I got only 20-21 mpg.
I have experienced similar results in my 96 E320.
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Old 04-17-2008, 10:19 AM
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I think I might have one of the oldest W210's in this forum . Mine is dated March 1996, anyone?
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Old 04-18-2008, 11:43 AM
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as you can see the overwhelming sentiment is one of disbelief.the product is so good that until you try it the claimed results are very hard to believe.you may remember that when your car was finished on the rack and after the cerma was added you got in your car and tried to restart even though the engine was running.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:24 PM
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as you can see the overwhelming sentiment is one of disbelief.the product is so good that until you try it the claimed results are very hard to believe.you may remember that when your car was finished on the rack and after the cerma was added you got in your car and tried to restart even though the engine was running.
Sure I remembered that, embarrassing myself in a positive sense . At my next visit I'm going to add it to the tranny.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:50 PM
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I think I might have one of the oldest W210's in this forum . Mine is dated March 1996, anyone?
Got me by a month, 04/96 here.
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Old 04-18-2008, 03:46 PM
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I've never heard of Cerma before. If it makes a car idle that quietly, that IS impressive. That sounds impressive in and of itself. If it improves mileage, that's a bonus, it would seem to me.
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Old 04-18-2008, 08:13 PM
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I think I might have one of the oldest W210's in this forum . Mine is dated March 1996, anyone?
Yours may be older, but mine has more miles, at 173K. Runs like a new car, and is in EXCELLENT condition. I recently did both rear window regulators and lubed the sunroof. I have a new belt and belt tensioner rolling around in the trunk - I'll get to installing them the next rainy day.

These W210s sure aren't W124s, and I never thought I'd say it, but they really are wonderful, durable cars in their own way!
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:55 AM
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you havn't heard of it because it's about six weeks from national launch.i have been working with the inventor[here in texas] who has poured 11 yrs into it's development.i have seen literally dozens of additives over the yrs and it's really refreshing to find one that does EVERYTHING that it claims.
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Old 04-20-2008, 04:57 PM
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The theory behind the product sounds ridiculous:

"Cerma Ceramic metal treatments utilize the metal of the current conventional engine design, Cerma then impregnates the metal with Micro particulates of Ceramic Lubrication, Cerma then requires the existing Carbon & acids within the engines oil to complete the Transformation of Cerma products to a smooth ceramic seal within the metal back bone of your engine.

Maybe its the "micro particles of ceramic lubrication."
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