Re: E-class Diesel Mileage

Tom, I did a calc several years ago and came up with '99 E300 has 3.46 and the E320 has a 3.07 rear. What does the 98 model have?


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According to the sales literature for the '98, it is the same - 3.46:1 for the e300 and 3.07:1 for the e320. I just test drove the '98 and get about 2600-2700 rpm at 70 mph but haven't had the opportunity to drive a '99 yet.

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since the rear ends are the same for '98 and '99, where did you get the information that the '99 gets better mileage? On a 2000 mile trip recently, my mpg was between 33 - 37 with an average for 34 overall. I suspect that the variation was due to the fill-ups, i.e did not top off.

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I was quoting the EPA ratings. Maybe they changed their methodology between 98 and 99. The site appears to be down right now, but here are the links: http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymake/Mercedes-Benz1999.shtml http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/bymake/Mercedes-Benz1998.shtml
or on Edmund's.
1999 http://www.edmunds.com/used/1999/mercedesbenz/eclass/12694/specs.html?tid munds.u.prices.leftsidenav..6.Mercedes-Benz* 1998 http://www.edmunds.com/used/1998/mercedesbenz/eclass/17415/specs.html?tid munds.u.prices.leftsidenav..6.Mercedes-Benz*
I'm just more curious than anthing right now as to where the extra 2mpg comes from. I'm very close to purchasing a '98 thinking that it's technically identical to the '99 but want to make sure before making the final plunge!

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