If you are looking for a luxury car without the fun of the ultimate driving
machine then I'd suggest the E-Class. If you want a car that is exciting to
drive but not as luxurious and user friendly as the Benz then I'd suggest
the 5-Series. Although these cars have very similar power ratings the BMW is
going to be alot higher on the 'fun to drive' scale. Regarding pricing I
think the standard E320 will be around $5k more than the standard new
5-Series. A small difference so I'd suggest going with your preference,
performance or luxury.
I have a 96 E320 and just gave it to my daughter to drive for a few years.
It is the most reliable car I have ever owned. I have had to replace the
rear window regulators and that is it in 7 years! Still drives perfect. Not
a rattle or squeak. Interior wears like iron. I wore out the front door grip
inside after 5 years on the driver's side.
If I were looking for a used E though, I would look for a E430. The extra
power is great and the mileage is just slightly worse. It also has a stiffer
suspension due to active suspension in the front. I replaced my E320 with a
2003 E500 and although the new model is better in many ways, The old one is
superior in chassis rigidity, quietness and smoothness of ride. It's also
I have driven both E-430's and E-320's (both 2001 models) over the same
long-haul routes a few times. In every case, the fuel mileage was
BETTER in the E-430 (by about 1-2 mpg) than the E320. Maybe the V-8 has
to work less, or they are geared differently...in any case the V-8 was
always better in fuel mileage.
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