1999 Mercedes E300D Turbo Diesel
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1999 Mercedes E300D Turbo Diesel, 235,000 miles, $4500 OBO, 231-799-1120
Front Air Conditioning - Automatic Climate Control
Front Air Conditioning Zones - Dual
Steering Wheel Trim - Leather
Memorized Settings - Driver Seat
Memorized Settings - Passenger Seat
Multi-Function Remote - Keyless Entry
Rearview Mirror - Auto-Dimming
Steering Wheel - Power Tilt And Telescopic
Universal Remote Transmitter - Garage Door Opener
Abs - 4-Wheel
Limited Slip Differential - Rear
Gauge - Tachometer
Radio - Am/Fm
Exterior Entry Lights
Front Fog Lights
Wheel Diameter - 16 Inch
Wheels - Alloy
Window Defogger - Rear
Front Wipers - Intermittent
Anti-Theft System - Alarm
Front Airbags - Dual
Power Door Locks
Side Airbags - Front
Side Curtain Airbags - Front
Side Mirror Adjustments - Power
Side Mirrors - Auto-Dimming
Side Mirrors - Heated
Driver Seat Power Adjustments
Front Seat Type - Bucket
Passenger Seat Power Adjustments
Upholstery – MB TEx
New Master Cylinder
New Glow Plugs
Mercedes-Benz introduced an all-new E-Class for 1996, sporting a distinctive countenance, larger dimensions, door-mounted side-impact airbags and more standard equipment than ever before.
The E300D replaced its diesel engine with a turbo diesel unit that boasts a peak horsepower of 174 and peak torque of 244 foot-pounds. With numbers like that, even Americans may become interested in this eco-friendly auto. City mileage 24MPG, 32 Highway, with a light foot.
But performance isn't the E-Class sedan's selling point. The E-Class is also the car that thinks for you. Loaded with safety equipment and plenty of extra gadgets to choose from, the car seems equipped with its own constantly-alert copilot.
First, antilock brakes are standard. The brakes also come with Mercedes' new Brake Assist system, which monitors the brake pedal and can detect an emergency situation. In the event of a real emergency, Brake Assist applies full braking force in a split second.
In addition to Brake Assist, ASR traction control is standard. This system knows if one wheel is spinning faster than the other, and applies the brakes to that wheel, or reduces power to that wheel by cutting off the electronic throttle. On slippery surfaces, this advanced traction control system significantly reduces lateral motion, keeping the car going in a straight line. Understeer and oversteer are controlled effectively.
Another power-stopping feature is the BabySmart recognition system, now standard. When first we heard of this feature, it sounded like Mercedes had somehow devised a way to make children more intelligent. Alas, BabySmart is simply an airbag cutoff. With the BabySmart child seat in place, the front passenger airbag is automatically deactivated.
Finally, we must mention the advancement of the ignition key. Mercedes has developed an infrared key fob that acts in place of the old-fashioned metal contraption used for the last thousand years on various mechanical locks. Dubbed SmartKey, the snub-nosed device sends a unique signal to the car, unlocking the steering column and starting the engine. And after each use, the key reprograms itself with a different code, just in case somebody figures out how to clone the little computer inside. It works like any other ignition system. Thieves can't take the car unless they have the key.
Interior ergonomics are typical Mercedes: fine. We appreciate the door-mounted seat adjustments, and the E-Class cars come with such niceties as dual climate zones, telescoping steering column, wood trim and a rocking stereo system complete with eight speakers. Mercedes builds a four-door E-Class for everything. The E-Class series of cars is versatile, and can handle the demands of most families. They're speedy, comfortable, can carry up to seven people, and they're solid as a rock. These cars represent an excellent argument against buying the more trendy, but less efficient, sport-utes.
The E-Class is the epitome of luxury, giving its owners a technically magnificent vehicle in a striking package. This is definitely our choice of cars in the middle-luxury segment.
More airbags find room in the E-Class, which now features a full curtain side airbag protection system. The E300 Turbodiesel are enhanced with leather seat inserts, and all E-Class cars get fiber-optic technology in their sound system/optional telephone unit