1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E300D Sedan

    E300D Sedan

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      3.0L I6
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  • 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 Sedan

    E320 Sedan

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      3.2L I6
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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

High performance, safety, and luxury.

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The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is a luxury vehicle that gives a choice between the diesel E300D and the standard E320. It's marked for its wide body and retro-styling and also features three-position memory for the steering wheel, driver’s seat, side-view mirrors, and headrest, to accommodate up to three drivers.

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class offers several impressive options including cellular phone, Bose audio system, leather seating, heated front seats, limited slip differential, power moonroof, Xenon high-intensity discharge headlights, compact disc changer, power rear sunshade, headlight cleaners, and metallic paint options for the exterior color. An achievement in design quality and performance, it debuts with quite a bang for the buck.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.2-liter six-cylinder, 3.0-liter six-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz E320, Mercedes-Benz E300D

What's New

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is equipped with an improved front suspension and larger tires for better handling. Optional features on the E320 and the E300D include gas discharge headlamps, which is a new technology. Standard side-impact airbags is another new feature available on both models.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz is a four-door sedan with the front end styling that distinguishes itself from other vehicles in the lineup. It features round headlamps, smaller inner lamps for the high beams, and the fog lights that are incorporated into the bumper covers. It's luxurious design is complemented by 16-inch alloy wheels.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class highlights the interior with such standard features as cloth bucket seats, a leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift knob, power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, AM/FM/cassette audio system, air-conditioning, power windows and door locks, automatic climate control, and power driver and passenger seats with memory. Child safety locks on the rear doors also come standard.

Performance & Handling

The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 is equipped with a 3.2-liter V-6 engine, featuring an impressive 217 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque. Meanwhile, the E300D is equipped with a three-liter six-cylinder diesel engine that’s capable of 134 horsepower and 155 lb-ft of torque. Acceleration and turning are smooth on both models with the E300D diesel counterpart getting better gas mileage. Both models include traction control for better handling on the road.


The 1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class gives a list of safety features that come standard and include driver and front passenger airbags, side front airbags, fog lights, traction control, four-wheel Anti-lock Brake Systems (ABS), and anti-theft alarm system.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz E320: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz E300D: 24/32 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Better gas mileage for the diesel model
  • Large and luxurious ride
  • A host of excellent standard features

You Won't Like

  • Parts for repairs can be expensive
  • Poor gas mileage for the E320

Sum Up

High performance, safety, and luxury.

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