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Old 07-04-1999, 11:29 AM
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I am shopping for a used sedan and have identified the 300/400 as one of the best options. From the on-line research I have done, it appears the best bets in the 300 are the 1991/93. However, there is conflicting info on the 400. Some sources rate the 93 400 as a better choice than the 92, while others say the opposite. The factors here are the differences in the re-designed engine.
In general, I am concerned with reliabilty, maintenance costs, and the availability of a recommended repair shop in the South Florida area.

I am looking at a purchase price limit of $17,000.

What advice can I get on these topics?
Old 07-04-1999, 07:51 PM
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You may have a hard time finding a 400E under 17K that has not been hit, frame damgaged, etc. There was no "re-design" of the engine in the 400E's. The engine management was a bit different on the 92's and early 93's such that those cars were faster on WOT than their later brethren. You do get lots of power with the 400E, but I almost guarentee that you will be wanting to put more rubber on whatever you buy. The 300E's handle better and feel almost like a 4-door go-kart whereas the 400E's feel heavier and less communicative. 400E's have better brakes, more standard luxury, and about the same gas mileage as 300E's. If it is your first benz, go with the 300E.

One thing I can recommend before I go into ad nauseam detail about the the MercedesShop reviews on both of these cars. Click on "featured cars" in the box to the left on your screen. You should see the reviews there. Review those and if you have any more questions please feel free to email or post to me.

Hope this helps...Lee
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