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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W210)

Motor vehicle

The Mercedes-Benz W210 was the internal designation for a range of executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz and marketed under the E-Class model name in both sedan/saloon (1995-2002) and station wagon/estate (1995-2003) configurations. W210 development started in 1988, three years after the W124's introduction.

The W210 was designed by Steve Mattin under design chief Bruno Sacco between 1988 and 1991 later being previewed on the 1993 Coupé Concept shown at the Geneva Auto Show in March 1993. The W210 was the first Mercedes-Benz production car featuring Xenon headlamps (including dynamic headlamp range control, only low beam).[7]

Design patent and facelift[edit]

Design patents for both the Coupé Concept and the W210 E-Class were filed on 25 February 1993 in Germany and 25 August 1993 in the US.[8][9][10][11][12][13] On 21 July 1998, design patents were filed on an updated W210 (designed in 1997).[14][15][16]

For model year 2000, a multi-function information system was incorporated into the instrument cluster below the speedometer, and the introduction of steering wheel controls for the audio/navigation/phone system. In addition, the 5-speed automatic transmission introduced +/- gate positions for semi-manual control of the gearbox, marketed as "Touch Shift." This electronic system replaced the previous gated shift arrangement. Exterior changes included a revised front with a steeper rake, similar to the CLK, and restyled bumpers and lower body trim. Sedans received new taillights, and the wagon's tailgate was revised, moving the CHMSL from the base of the rear window to directly above it. The final W210 production included the E 320 and E 430 special editions released in two exterior colors - quartz silver (limited edition), obsidian black, and with Xenon lights, 17-inch alloy wheels and black maple walnut trim. Estate cars (sedans optionally) had Citroën-like self-leveling rear suspension with suspension struts rather than shock absorbers, gas-filled suspension spheres to provide damping and an under bonnet pressurizing pump. Unlike the traditional Citroën application Mercedes opted for a fixed ride height and employed rear coil springs to maintain the static ride height when parked.


Sedan (pre-facelift)

Wagon (pre-facelift)

Interior (pre-facelift)

Sedan (facelift)

Wagon (facelift)

Interior (facelift)

This was the first time a V6 engine was offered (model year 1998) to replace the straight-six configuration (1995–1997). This new Mercedes-Benz M112 engine produced 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) and 315 N⋅m (232 lb⋅ft) of torque and offered a 0-60 mph (97 km/h) of 6.9 seconds. Other offerings were the E 420 (1997), E 430 (1998–2002), and E 55 AMG (1999–2002) with 260 kW (354 PS; 349 hp)[17] and a 5.4 L normally aspirated engine. In North America, the range also features two diesels, including both non-turbocharged (1996–1997) and turbocharged (1998–1999) 3.0 litre straight-six units. In 1999, Mercedes-Benz discontinued diesel powerplants in the E-class in North America. In Europe, the diesel engines were superseded by more advanced Common Rail (CDI) units (2000–2002). The CDI engines were not offered in North America until the E 320 CDI in the newer W211 model.

Models Production years Displacement Power Torque Acceleration (0-100 km/h) Top speed Fuel consumption
Inline-4 petrol engines
E 200 05/1995-05/1996 1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) 100 kW (140 PS; 130 hp) at 5,500 rpm 190 N⋅m (140 lbf⋅ft) at 4,000 rpm 11.4 seconds 205 km/h (127 mph) 9.1 L/100 km (31 mpg‑imp; 26 mpg‑US)
06/1996-07/1999 190 N⋅m (140 lbf⋅ft) at 3,700-4,500 rpm
07/1999-06/2000 10.8 seconds 209 km/h (130 mph) 9.3 L/100 km (30 mpg‑imp; 25 mpg‑US)
E 200 Kompressor 06/1995-07/19962132 kW (179 PS; 177 hp) at 5,300 rpm 250 N⋅m (180 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500-4,800 rpm - - -
08/1997-07/19992137 kW (186 PS; 184 hp) at 5,300 rpm 260 N⋅m (190 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500-4,800 rpm 8.9 seconds 231 km/h (144 mph) 9.9 L/100 km (29 mpg‑imp; 24 mpg‑US)
141 kW (192 PS; 189 hp) at 5,300 rpm 270 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500-4,800 rpm 9.5 seconds 232 km/h (144 mph) 9.6 L/100 km (29 mpg‑imp; 25 mpg‑US)
07/1999-06/20002137 kW (186 PS; 184 hp) at 5,300 rpm 260 N⋅m (190 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500-4,800 rpm 8.9 seconds 231 km/h (144 mph) 9.9 L/100 km (29 mpg‑imp; 24 mpg‑US)
141 kW (192 PS; 189 hp) at 5,300 rpm 270 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) at 2,500-4,800 rpm 9.5 seconds 232 km/h (144 mph) 9.6 L/100 km (29 mpg‑imp; 25 mpg‑US)
05/2000-03/2002 120 kW (160 PS; 160 hp) at 5,300 rpm 9.7 seconds 222 km/h (138 mph) 8.9 L/100 km (32 mpg‑imp; 26 mpg‑US)
E 230 05/1995-06/1998 2,295 cc (140.0 cu in) 110 kW (150 PS; 150 hp) at 5,400 rpm 270 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) at 3,700-4,500 rpm 10.5 seconds 215 km/h (134 mph) 8.3 L/100 km (34 mpg‑imp; 28 mpg‑US)
Inline-6 petrol engines
E 280 12/1995-03/1997 2,799 cc (170.8 cu in) 142 kW (193 PS; 190 hp) at 5,900 rpm 270 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) at 3,750 rpm 8.6 seconds 230 km/h (140 mph) 10.6 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
E 320 05/1995-03/1997 3,199 cc (195.2 cu in) 162 kW (220 PS; 217 hp) at 5,500 rpm 315 N⋅m (232 lbf⋅ft) at 3,850 rpm 7.8 seconds 235 km/h (146 mph) 10.4 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 23 mpg‑US)
E 36 AMG 12/1995-03/1997 3,606 cc (220.1 cu in) 206 kW (280 PS; 276 hp) at 5,750 rpm 385 N⋅m (284 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000-5,000 rpm 6.7 seconds 250 km/h (160 mph)1-
V6 petrol engines
E 240308/1997-07/1999 2,398 cc (146.3 cu in) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 5,700 rpm 225 N⋅m (166 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000-5,000 rpm 9,6 seconds 223 km/h (139 mph) 10.3 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 23 mpg‑US)
07/1999-05/2000 9,8 seconds 224 km/h (139 mph) 10.4 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 23 mpg‑US)
05/2000-03/2002 2,597 cc (158.5 cu in) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 5,500 rpm 245 N⋅m (181 lbf⋅ft) at 4,500 rpm 9,3 seconds 229 km/h (142 mph) 10.8 L/100 km (26 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
E 280 03/1997-07/1999 2,799 cc (170.8 cu in) 150 kW (200 PS; 200 hp) at 5,700 rpm 270 N⋅m (200 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000-5,000 rpm 8,5 seconds 234 km/h (145 mph) 10.6 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 8,9 seconds 230 km/h (140 mph) 10.8 L/100 km (26 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
E 280 4MATIC 03/1997-07/1999 9,1 seconds 223 km/h (139 mph) 11 L/100 km (26 mpg‑imp; 21 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 9,4 seconds 11.2 L/100 km (25 mpg‑imp; 21.0 mpg‑US)
E 320 03/1997-07/1999 3,199 cc (195.2 cu in) 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) at 5,600 rpm 315 N⋅m (232 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000-4,800 rpm 7,7 seconds 238 km/h (148 mph) 10.3 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 23 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 7,9 seconds
E 320 4MATIC 03/1997-07/1999 8 seconds 234 km/h (145 mph) 11.1 L/100 km (25 mpg‑imp; 21.2 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 8,3 seconds
V8 petrol engines
E 420 02/1996-02/1998 4,196 cc (256.1 cu in) 205 kW (279 PS; 275 hp) at 5,700 rpm 400 N⋅m (300 lbf⋅ft) at 3,900 rpm 7 seconds 250 km/h (160 mph)110.6 L/100 km (27 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
E 430 08/1997-07/1999 4,266 cc (260.3 cu in) 205 kW (279 PS; 275 hp) at 5,750 rpm 400 N⋅m (300 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000-4,000 rpm 6.6 seconds 11.3 L/100 km (25 mpg‑imp; 20.8 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 10.8 L/100 km (26 mpg‑imp; 22 mpg‑US)
E 430 4MATIC 6.8 seconds 12.3 L/100 km (23.0 mpg‑imp; 19.1 mpg‑US)
E 50 AMG 01/1996-08/1997 4,973 cc (303.5 cu in) 255 kW (347 PS; 342 hp) at 5,750 rpm 480 N⋅m (350 lbf⋅ft) at 3,750-4,250 rpm 6.2 seconds 11.6 L/100 km (24 mpg‑imp; 20.3 mpg‑US)
E 55 AMG 10/1997-03/2002 5,439 cc (331.9 cu in) 260 kW (350 PS; 350 hp) at 5,500 rpm 530 N⋅m (390 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000 rpm 5.7 seconds 12.1 L/100 km (23.3 mpg‑imp; 19.4 mpg‑US)
E 55 AMG 4MATIC 07/1999-03/2002 5.8 seconds -
E 60 AMG 1996-1998 5,956 cc (363.5 cu in) 280 kW (380 PS; 380 hp) at 5,750 rpm 580 N⋅m (430 lbf⋅ft) at 3,750 rpm 5.1 seconds
E 60 AMG 6.3 6,298 cc (384.3 cu in) 298 kW (405 PS; 400 hp) at 5,500 rpm 616 N⋅m (454 lbf⋅ft) at 3,600 rpm 5 seconds
Inline-4 diesel engines
E 200 Diesel406/1996-07/1998 1,997 cc (121.9 cu in) 65 kW (88 PS; 87 hp) at 5,000 rpm 135 N⋅m (100 lbf⋅ft) at 2,000 rpm 17.6 seconds 177 km/h (110 mph) 7.6 L/100 km (37 mpg‑imp; 31 mpg‑US)
E 200 CDI 06/1998-06/1999 2,151 cc (131.3 cu in) 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp) at 4,200 rpm 235 N⋅m (173 lbf⋅ft) at 1,500-2,600 rpm 13.7 seconds 187 km/h (116 mph) 6.3 L/100 km (45 mpg‑imp; 37 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 2,148 cc (131.1 cu in) 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 4,200 rpm 250 N⋅m (180 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400-2,600 rpm 12.5 seconds 199 km/h (124 mph) 6.2 L/100 km (46 mpg‑imp; 38 mpg‑US)
E 220 Diesel 05/1995-07/1998 2,155 cc (131.5 cu in) 70 kW (95 PS; 94 hp) at 5,000 rpm5150 N⋅m (110 lbf⋅ft) at 3,100 rpm 17 seconds 180 km/h (110 mph) 6.6 L/100 km (43 mpg‑imp; 36 mpg‑US)
E 220 CDI 06/1998-06/1999 2,151 cc (131.3 cu in) 92 kW (125 PS; 123 hp) at 4,200 rpm 300 N⋅m (220 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800-2,600 rpm 11.2 seconds 200 km/h (120 mph) 6.3 L/100 km (45 mpg‑imp; 37 mpg‑US)
07/1999-03/2002 2,148 cc (131.1 cu in) 105 kW (143 PS; 141 hp) at 4,200 rpm6315 N⋅m (232 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800-2,600 rpm 10.4 seconds 213 km/h (132 mph) 6.2 L/100 km (46 mpg‑imp; 38 mpg‑US)
Inline-5 diesel engines
E 250 Diesel206/1995-06/1998 2,497 cc (152.4 cu in) 83 kW (113 PS; 111 hp) at 5,000 rpm 170 N⋅m (130 lbf⋅ft) at 3,200 rpm 15.3 seconds 193 km/h (120 mph) 7 L/100 km (40 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US)
E 250 Turbodiesel704/1997-07/1999 110 kW (150 PS; 150 hp) at 4,400 rpm 280 N⋅m (210 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800-3,600 rpm 10.4 seconds 206 km/h (128 mph) 8 L/100 km (35 mpg‑imp; 29 mpg‑US)
E 270 CDI 07/1999-03/2002 2,685 cc (163.8 cu in) 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 4,200 rpm 370 N⋅m (270 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600-2,800 rpm89 seconds 225 km/h (140 mph) 6.9 L/100 km (41 mpg‑imp; 34 mpg‑US)
E 290 Turbodiesel 02/1996-06/1999 2,874 cc (175.4 cu in) 95 kW (129 PS; 127 hp) at 4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (220 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 11.5 seconds 195 km/h (121 mph) 6.8 L/100 km (42 mpg‑imp; 35 mpg‑US)
Inline-6 diesel engines
E 300 Diesel 05/1995-04/1997 2,996 cc (182.8 cu in) 100 kW (140 PS; 130 hp) at 5,000 rpm 210 N⋅m (150 lbf⋅ft) at 2,200 rpm 12.9 seconds 205 km/h (127 mph) 7.4 L/100 km (38 mpg‑imp; 32 mpg‑US)
E 300 Turbodiesel 04/1997-06/1999 130 kW (180 PS; 170 hp) at 4,400 rpm 330 N⋅m (240 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600-3,600 rpm 8.9 seconds 220 km/h (140 mph) 7.9 L/100 km (36 mpg‑imp; 30 mpg‑US)
E 320 CDI 07/1999-03/2002 3,222 cc (196.6 cu in) 145 kW (197 PS; 194 hp) at 4,200 rpm 470 N⋅m (350 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800-2,600 rpm 8.3 seconds 230 km/h (140 mph) 7.8 L/100 km (36 mpg‑imp; 30 mpg‑US)

1Electronically limited

2Sold only in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Turkey, Bulgari, Croatia, Macedonia and Hungary

3Power is rated at 120 kW (160 PS; 160 hp) for the Belgian market for vehicles built between 08/1997-05/2000

4Sold only in Portugal

5A 55 kW (75 PS; 74 hp) version with biodiesel-compatibility is available for fleet sales

6Power is rated at 100 kW (140 PS; 130 hp) for the Belgian market for vehicles built between 07/1999-03/2002

7Sold only in Italy

8Torque is rated at 400 N⋅m (300 lbf⋅ft) between 1,800-2,600 rpm for vehicles with automatic transmission


The early four and six-cylinder W210 E-Class carried over the 4-speed 722.4 automatic from the previous W124 generation E-Class. In 1996, Mercedes installed in the E-class its electronically controlled model "722.6" five-speed automatic transmission, a gearbox introduced in 1991 that was also available as an upgrade option in some of the six-cylinder W124 models.[18]

A five-speed manual is also available, although after the facelift in 1999, it was replaced by a six-speed manual. The 5-speed transmission was marketed as "sealed for life"; however, Mercedes dealers now recommend changing the fluid at regular intervals.


The W210 chassis originally came with one of the following OEM wheel setups:

  • E 200/E 220 CDI/E 230/E 240 (pre-facelift)/E 300 diesel: 15 x 6.5" ET37
  • E 200 Kompressor/E 240/E 280/E 320/E 420: 16 x 7.5" ET41
  • E 430: 16 x 7.5" ET41 (before 2000); 17 x 7.5" ET41 (after 2000)
  • Sport Package: 17 x 8" ET37
  • Special Edition: 17 x 8" ET35
  • E 55 AMG: 18 x 8" ET31 front, 18 x 9" ET35 rear.

ET is the German abbreviation for Einpresstiefe or offset, where the number is in mm and indicates the amount of offset. This ETxx is stamped on the inside of OEM rims for easy reference.

The bolt pattern is 5x112 (12 mm x 1.5 lugs), with an offset range of 30–40 mm, a wheel size range of 16"x6.0" to 20"x8.5". This is the same bolt pattern as most Mercedes, including the previous E-Class (W124). The newer Mercedes, including the 2003 (W211) to the present E-Class (W213), have 14 mm ball seats, making the wheels interchangeable only with the use of aftermarket lugs that combine a 14 mm ball seat (also known as "R14", the "R" meaning radius) with a 12 mm thread.

AMG versions[edit]

There were four engines that AMG installed in the W210. The first was the E 36, M104.995, launched in 1996 for select markets then the M119.980 in the E 50 AMG produced from early 1996 until late 1997. This model was assembled in Affalterbach under the one man one engine philosophy, only available in left hand drive European markets although many were exported to Japan from new. It is estimated around 2,800 E 50's were ever produced in its limited production run. There was also an option for the M119.980 V8 that was bored out to 6.0L and increased power to 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp) the cars these were fitted to were designated as the E 60 and came in sedan and wagon varieties. A limited edition 6.3L version, also badged E 60 AMG were built in 1996 generating 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) and 454 ft⋅lbf (616 N⋅m) of torque. In 1998 came the M113 powered E 55 which used a 5.4L V8 SOHC 24V to produce 354 PS (260 kW; 349 hp) and 391 ft⋅lbf (530 N⋅m) of torque.

The body styling on all of the W210 AMG models was the same until 2000 when a facelift and interior upgrades were implemented. The W210 E 55 was the last vehicle for which a major portion of production took place at AMG in Affalterbach. Production was actually split between Affalterbach and the Bremen Mercedes-Benz facility until the end of 2001.

E 36 AMG[edit]

The rarest of the W210 AMG models due to low productions numbers is the European-spec E 36. Based on the E 280, it was only produced in 1996 and 1997 and was not available in the US market. In Australia, they cost upwards of AUD $185,000 (new) and there were only 49 units sold. While rare, they are nowhere near as powerful as the V8-engined AMG cars.

Production Figures: <400 (production models).


  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 6.7 s (AMG figure)
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (160 mph) (Electronically limited)

The E 36 looks identical to the E 55 (pre-facelift).[citation needed]

E 50 AMG[edit]

The European-spec E 50 was only produced in 1996–1997. The E 50 was not available on the US market. This model is becoming very desirable for collectors due to its rarity.

Production Figures: ~2,870 (production models).

  • Chassis 210.072
  • Motor M 119.980
  • Transmission 722.6xx


  • 90° V8, high-pressure die-cast alloy block, alloy heads
  • Displacement 5.0 L (6.0)
  • Bore 3.72 in (94 mm)
  • Stroke 3.51 in (89 mm)
  • Compression ratio: 11.2:1 (same)
  • Output 342 hp (347 PS) at 5550 rpm
  • Torque 355 ft⋅lbf (481 N⋅m) at 3200 - 4400 rpm
  • Valve Gear double roller chain-driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder.
  • Redline 6000 rpm Distributor-less computer controlled ignition. Electronic Fuel Injection (Bosch LH Jetronic)

(Same engine used in the S500/C, SL500, with tuned exhaust and cylinder head)


  • 5 and 6 speed (optional) auto 722.609 (same as C43, E 55, SL/S 600/c)
  • Final drive ratio 3.06
  • 1st gear 3.59
  • 2nd gear 2.19
  • 3rd gear 1.41
  • 4th gear 1.00
  • 5th gear 0.83
  • Reverse gear R1 3.16
  • Reverse gear R2 1.90 (Winter mode)


  • General consensus[who?] 0-60 mph / 0–100 km/h ~6 seconds
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 6.2 s (AMG figure)
  • 0–100 km/h (62 mph): 5.8 s (Auto Motor und Sport 9/96)
  • Top speed: 270 km/h (168 mph) (Drag limited)

The 1998 and 1999 E 55 are identical to the E 50 (pre-facelift).

1998 E 55 AMG[edit]

The W210 E 55 was produced for 5 years 1998 through 2002 with a facelift in 2000. Production figures. ~12,000 accounted for (production models). 3000 per year. 500 per year imported into North America.

  • Chassis: 210.074
  • Motor: M 113.980
  • Transmission: 722.622


  • 90 degree V-8, high-pressure die-cast alloy block, alloy heads
  • Displacement 5.4 L
  • Bore 3.82 in (97 mm)
  • Stroke 3.62 in (92 mm)
  • Compression ratio 10.5:1
  • Output 349 hp (354 PS; 260 kW) at 5550 rpm
  • Torque 391 ft⋅lbf (530 N⋅m) at 3150 - 4500 rpm
  • Valve Gear chain-driven SOHC, 3 valves per cylinder.
  • Redline 6,000 rpm


  • 5 speed auto 722.6 (same as W203 C55, E 55, SL/S 600/c)
  • Final drive ratio 2.82
  • 1st gear 3.59
  • 2nd gear 2.19
  • 3rd gear 1.41
  • 4th gear 1.00
  • 5th gear 0.83
  • Reverse gear R1 3.16
  • Reverse gear R2 1.90 (Winter mode)


  • General Consensus 0-62 mph - 0–100 km/h 5.4 s
  • 0-100: 5,4 s AMG figure (1999)
  • Station Wagon (T-modell): 5,7 s
  • 0-100: 5,3 s (Auto Motor und Sport 7/98)
  • Top speed: 250 km/h (155.5 mph) Electronically limited.

2001 E 55 AMG[edit]

The 2001 model year E 55 was a rare version of the W210 E 55 AMG, of which only 653 units were produced in 2001. It has a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 354 hp (359 PS; 264 kW) and 391 lb⋅ft (530 N⋅m) of torque. Various road tests revealed ranges of 0–60 mph (97 km/h) times in 4.8-5.3 seconds and quarter-mile times in 13.3–13.5 seconds at around 105–107 mph (169–172 km/h).

Common items were AMG exclusive "Condor" leather, black birdseye maple interior wood trim, AMG monoblock staggered 18-inch wheels and tires, AMG sport suspension, AMG brakes, AMG/Avantgarde front and rear body aprons with "dynamic" side skirts, AMG body shell modification, HID xenon headlights, Avantgarde fog lamps, heated multicontour AMG sport seats with power and memory, multifunction computer, automatic climate control system, Bose premium sound system, power tilt and telescoping leather-covered AMG multifunction sport steering wheel, power glass sunroof, power rear sun shade, and blue glass. Most of these items were standard in North America.

E 50, E 60 and E 55 AMG - common technical specifications[edit]

W210 Mercedes-Benz E 60 AMG (US)


  • Front Independent double wishbone with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.
  • Rear 5-arm multilink with coil springs, gas-pressurized shock absorbers and stabilizer bar.

After model year 2000 Bilstein gas shock absorbers and progressive-rate springs were added with larger, solid stabilizer bars.

Brakes Hydraulic dual-circuit braking system with vacuum servo unit, disk brakes, internally ventilated, two piece front "floating" rotors and 2-piston front floating calipers.


  • Type Rack-and-pinion with speed-sensitive power assist and integrated hydraulic damper.
  • turns lock-to-lock 3.20
  • turning circle curb-to-curb 37.2 ft (11.3 m)

Wheels and tires (tyres)

  • Wheel Size(front) 8.0J x 18 in
  • Wheel Size(rear) 9.0J x 18 in
  • Wheel Type Aluminum Alloy AMG II Monoblock
  • Tires 235/40ZR18 front, 265/35ZR18 rear

Dimensions and weight

  • Wheelbase 111.5 in/2,833 mm
  • Front track 61.4 in/1,560 mm
  • Rear Track 60.8 in/1,543 mm
  • Length 189.4 in/4,810 mm
  • Width 70.8 in/1,799 mm
  • Height 56.9 in/1,445 mm
  • Curb Weight 3,768 lb/1,715 kg
  • Coefficient of drag: 0.29 Cd
  • Power-to-weight ratio: 0.09

Options available

Power adjustable front seats, power tilt & telescoping leather-covered AMG sport steering wheel, leather upholstery, leather shift knob, 5 speed automatic transmission, Brake Assist System (BAS), Electronic Stability System (ESP), automatic climate control with charcoal filter, heated front seats, heated rear seats (European models), front and side airbags, power windows, metallic paint, xenon HID headlamps. Most of the options were standard in North America. Rare options were parktronic (sonar parking sensors on front and rear bumpers), Comand navigation 2000-2002 (CD based map) with integrated single CD player AM/FM/Weather band in dash radio with steering mounted controls, remote trunk mounted 6 disk CD player, Mercedes Tele-Aid satellite/cellular communication (2000-2002) cooled/heated vented seats, voice control radio/navigation and built in cellular telephone. E55 Wagon (Estate) not offered to North American Market.

GUARD versions[edit]

The W210 was the first E-Class available with factory armoring, these cars were known as GUARD versions and were available with 2 different levels of armored protection, B4 or B6.

The E 320 and E 430 were offered with B4 armoring and the E 430 and E 420 with B6.[19]

Features of Guard include:

- ISOCLIMA bullet proof glass.

- no sunroof

- driver's glass with partial opening, all other windows are fixed

- Full reinforced structure and suspension to hold extra weight

- SLS (self leveling rear suspension)

- Microphone with external speaker (optional)

- Users manual includes a Special Protected Vehicles B4/B6 booklet

- Datacard codes for GUARD lists 979 - Safety Version added with Z04 - B4 Reinforcement on Special Protection Version or Z06 - B6 Reinforcement on Special Protection Version

4MATIC all-wheel drive option[edit]

In 1997, Mercedes-Benz reintroduced the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system in the US on the W210, although it was previously available in some European territories. Although this 4Matic system shares its name with the 90's 4MATIC system of the W124 300E, the system was totally redesigned and simplified. Rather than using the clutches and couplings of the earlier design, Mercedes opted to use three open differentials: front, center, and rear. The front suspension design of the 4MATIC-equipped models is different from the rear wheel drive models and makes some replacement parts (such as shock absorbers) more expensive.

The E 55 AMG was available on request with 4MATIC option, based on the driveline of the E 430.[20][21][22]

Reliability concerns[edit]

Some known problems include the front spring perch being corroded and tearing away from the inner fender (wing), causing the front suspension to collapse. (4Matic models are not believed to be affected.) Other problems include defective harmonic balancer pulleys (recall), rust on trunk lid near latch, rust on Mercedes emblem on front hood, rust on door frames under window seals (recall), rust on front wings just above bumper, defective mass airflow meter, melted rear light bulb sockets, defective blower motor regulators, and rear window regulator failures.

Harmonic Balancer - Some M112 and M113 engines used in W210 models were equipped with a harmonic balancer pulley which, due to a supplier quality problem, may fail and cause engine damage. If the rubber insert of the harmonic balancer pulley delaminates, the pulley may grind through the timing chain cover and oil pan, causing several thousand dollars of damage. Mercedes-Benz USA issued Service Campaign #2005-020003[23] which included inspection of the part and replacement if necessary at no cost. The part number on the harmonic balancer pulley can be compared to those given to Mercedes-Benz dealers in the Service Campaign notice[24] to determine if the part is a faulty original or has been replaced with the updated part. Replacement of the faulty part with the updated part should be a permanent solution to this problem.

Blower Motor Regulator - If this part fails, the climate control fan will not operate faster than approximately 50% power. Mercedes updated the regulator to improve its reliability, but the redesigned regulator requires the installation of a new blower motor. The old-style regulator, which is compatible with the existing blower motor, is no longer manufactured. The blower motor regulator may be replaced with the much less expensive W140 S-class blower regulator, provided that the E-class wiring harness is re-attached to the S-class regulator.[25]

Front Sway Bar Drop Links - While not a serious concern, most E-classes end up with a sub 35 mph (56 km/h) clicking or rattling sound from the front end. This is usually due to worn out front-end sway-bar drop links. These can easily be replaced by anybody with minor knowledge of vehicle DIY, for no more than around £20.[26]

Front Spring Perches - Some owners have reported rust problems on the front spring perches - the top perches, which hold the tops of the springs for the front suspension. The perches are spot welded to the chassis, and factory coated in a weatherproof mastic to stop their rusting, however in some rare occurrences, water gets behind the mastic causing the perches to rust and eventually to fail - leading to collapse of the suspension. The car remains controllable. This is a problem that Mercedes USA have acknowledged. The problem is not identifiable without first removing the mastic to check.

Body corrosion - Most model year versions of the W210 displayed body rust, notably on European-sold cars. Rust would sometimes appear spontaneously on panels such as doors and roofs on cars less than a year old. In response to this problem, the manufacturer would in some cases change or repair the affected panels under warranty or good will.[27] Mercedes-Benz has been criticized in the European press for not officially acknowledging this problem. This was due to problems introducing water-based paint technology within the German automobile industry, between the years 1998–2002.

Window regulators - The power window regulator, essentially the mechanism that transfers power from the electric motor to the window, has a few plastic parts that can fail after several years causing the power window to stop operating.[28]

Cylinder Head Gasket - The cylinder head gasket on the M104 is known to fail, causing an oil leak at the rear of the cylinder head.[29]

Differential Bushing - The rear IRS differential bushing wears rapidly during high performance driving and cornering.[citation needed]

Diesel injection distributor pump - The OM604 engines (E 200D and E 220D) were equipped with an electronically controlled injection pump from Lucas. The seals of the Lucas injection pumps become brittle over time and leak. The electromechanics have also been known to fail. Since the replacement of the entire injection pump is very expensive, a repair kit is offered in which the affected seals are replaced. Failed Lucas pumps are also commonly replaced with Bosch pumps from W124.

Model lineage[edit]

The W210 models replaced the W124 E-Class models after 1995, launching in mainland Europe in September 1995 and in the United States on 8 November 1995. W210 sedans were replaced by the W211 E-Class after 2002, and wagons/estates changed body style to the W211 after 2003.[citation needed]


External links[edit]

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by Tom Hagin

SPECIFICATIONS Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price $ 43,500 Price As Tested $ 45,850 Engine Type 3.2 liter I6 w/PFI* Engine Size 195 cid/3199 cc Horsepower 217 @ 5500 RPM Torque (lb-ft) 229 @ 3750 RPM Wheelbase/Width/Length 111.5"/70.8"/189.4 Transmission Four-speed automatic Curb Weight 3525 pounds Fuel Capacity 21.1 gallons Tires (F/R) 215/55R16 Brakes (F/R) Disc-ABS/drum-ABS Drive Train Front-engine/four-wheel-drive Vehicle Type Five-passenger/four-door Domestic Content N/A Coefficient of Drag (Cd.) 0.29 PERFORMANCE EPA Economy, miles per gallon city/highway/average 19/26/24 0-60 MPH 7.6 seconds 1/4 mile (E.T.) 16.2 seconds @ 90 mph Top Speed (Est.) 130 mph * Port fuel injection

After 10 years of success, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled its new series of E-Class sedans. In previous years, however, caution would have been taken regarding any dramatic restyling of the venerable sedan. But the new E320 doesn't adhere to this caution, although it continues as a benchmark to which other luxury car makers measure success.

The three E-Series vehicles, E300, E320 and E420 are virtually identical on the outside, but vastly different under the skin, each using its own, distinct powertrain. We spent a pleasant week behind the wheel of the mid-level E320.

OUTSIDE - While previous E-series vehicles were purposely styled without much flair, the new version adds a bit of passion to Mercedes' prior rational styling commitment. The familiar hood ornament and signature chrome grill have been retained, but the overall package is quite different. The redesign has smoothed its shape to achieve a low, 0.29 coefficient of drag, with flush, oval headlamps sweeping into a highly contoured hood. A new suspension system has allowed the company to lower the nose of the vehicle, which further enhances its aerodynamic shape. Also new this year are longer front and rear crumple zones and a unique subframe assembly designed to break away and slip beneath the vehicle during a severe frontal impact.

INSIDE - The new E320 has been stretched and widened, which adds more interior room than before. The interior features new controls, all placed in logical fashion with clear, analog gauges and simple buttons for ventilation. E320 is equipped with such standard luxury features as burled walnut trim and leather upholstery, 10-way power front seats with memory features, dual climate controls, electric tilt and telescoping steering column and auto-dimming rearview mirror. Power windows, mirrors and door locks are standard, along with a remote locking system and an interesting ventilation system which automatically switches to the recirculate mode when sensors detect outside pollution levels have risen. A new, more powerful stereo system is also standard.

ON THE ROAD - While the exterior has changed, the E320 continues to use the same 3.2 liter inline six cylinder engine that has powered it for years. With dual overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder, it develops a healthy 217 horsepower and 229 lb-ft of torque, but it feels like much more. By using an advanced fuel delivery system with variable length intake runners to optimize the engine's torque potential at different engine speeds, the power delivery is smooth and strong, surprisingly so since it has to push a car loaded with luxury and safety features. Noise reduction is a primary goal at Mercedes, and that goal has been reached as the only noises we heard were the faint sound of the twin-cam engine, and a bit of tire noise. The sole transmission offered, a four-speed automatic, shifts firmly under wide open throttle, but more mundane driving habits give almost imperceptible gear changes.

BEHIND THE WHEEL - Switching from the previous E-Series front strut suspension to a new double control arm setup, and teaming it with a new rack-and-pinion steering system has made the ride feel more smooth and vibration-free, with neither too much or too little steering boost. The new suspension has also allowed Mercedes engineers to soften its shock absorbers and stiffen the springs, giving it better defense against bumps, while maintaining its quiet ride and predictable handling. The independent multi-link rear suspension of the previous model remains, while larger diameter four-wheel disc brakes with anti-lock control are standard equipment. The ride is typically Mercedes, as the car soaks bumps with ease, with violently uneven roads feeling more like perfectly flat pavement.

SAFETY - In addition to class-leading crash strength, electronic traction control and anti-lock brakes are standard, as are four airbags, two in the instrument panel, and two more in each front door panel. An upgraded driver-controlled traction control system is optional.

OPTIONS - Our test car featured a power glass sunroof at $1070, and special exterior paint for $685.

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1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 Specs & Safety

The table below shows all 1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 specs by style, including MPG (fuel economy), transmission details, and interior and exterior dimensions. Additionally, find 1996 Mercedes-Benz E320 warranty and reliability information, such as limits on bumper-to-bumper coverage and major components.

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3.2L I-6 217 HP 232.0 ft.lbs. @ 3,850 rpm

Fuel Economy City

19.0 mpg

Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles



3.2L I-6 217 HP 232.0 ft.lbs. @ 3,850 rpm

Recommended Fuel Type

premium unleaded

Limited Slip Differential

limited slip differential

Front Anti-Roll Bar

front anti-roll bar

Rear Anti-Roll Bar

rear anti-roll bar

Spare Tire and Wheel


Heated Front Seats

driver and front passenger heated-cushion

Front Driver Seat Direction Controls

(4-way power)

Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls

(4-way power)

Vanity Mirrors

dual illuminated

Front Air Conditioning

dual zone front

Climate Control

automatic air conditioning


premium AM/FM stereo

Cruise Control

cruise control

Remote Keyless Entry

keyfob (driver only)

Garage Door Opener

HomeLink Wireless Control System

Oil Pressure Gauge

oil pressure gauge

Steering Wheel Type

power telescopic tilt

Steering Wheel Material


Rear Defroster

rear defroster

Anti-Lock Brakes (ABS)

4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS)

Front Impact Airbags

driver and passenger

Driver Side Impact Airbags

door mounted

Passenger Side Impact Airbag

door mounted

Security System

security system

Exterior Mirrors

dual power remote heated

Bumper to Bumper Months/Miles


Roadside Assistance Months/Miles


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1996 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - Roadtest

A Precisely Calculated Step On The Wild Side

The large oval headlamps are reminiscent of a prairie dog's gaze when frozen in the beam of a 747's landing lights. Their attention-getting boldness comes not so much from the shape-cars like the Dodge Neon and Toyota Celica already have doe-eye oval headlights-but from the fact that they adorn the volume sedan of such a steadfastly conservative automaker as Mercedes-Benz. There's no mistaking the new E-Class for any other luxury car on the road, and that's just what its designers had in mind.

The most intriguing question has been what lies behind the wide-open orbs. If eyes are truly the window to the soul, then these ovoid peepers offer a glimpse into Mercedes' rejuvenated spirit. You see, the new E-Class is a product of turbulent times. Intense competition within the luxury arena combined with unfavorable monetary exchange rates has put Mercedes in a double bind and has forced the company to reassess itself. "Change can be uncomfortable," says Mercedes-Benz North America President Michael Basserman, "but if you're going to stay on top, you're going to have to get used to being uncomfortable." And this philosophy goes far beyond just conceding to cupholders.

Over its 11-year existence, the previous E-Class has been the U.S. 's all-time best-selling import luxury car. Yet the era of the decade-long platform is over. This new generation is expected to run a seven-year lifespan. Moreover, production costs also have gone under the surgeon's knife. In fact, in a company that's been traditionally driven by engineering-"build the best vehicle possible and let the price fall where it may"-the new E-Class, amazingly enough, is the first Mercedes built to a specific cost target-a way of life at most other automakers. The result is a healthy 20-percent reduction in production costs over the previous model. To Mercedes' credit, these cutbacks are hard to detect in the new car.

The current '96 E-Class lineup for the U.S. consists of the E320, with a 3.2-liter DOHC 24-valve inline-six engine, and the E300 Diesel, powered by the 50-state-legal 3.0-liter 24-valve diesel inline-six. The E420, motivated by a 4.2-liter DOHC 32-valve V-8, will make its debut this spring as a '97 model. A wagon version of the 320 is expected in the fall of 1997. Meanwhile, the current E320 Cabriolet is scheduled to remain in production through the end of 1995, and no replacement is expected. For this test, we obtained a production E320 and a pilot version of the E420.

The E-Class' distinctive front end is an attempt to forge a new, fresher image, one that will stand out from the conservative luxury crowd while attracting more female and younger buyers. It was a styling stretch that met controversy within Mercedes ranks, but it's one that in our estimation works. Beyond the front end, the body shapes quickly metamorphosize into traditional Mercedes cues. A gently raked rear window lends the sedan a sportier roofline. In the rear, oval fog/backup lights on the trunklid attempt to carry over the front's theme, though it seems less inspired here, as if designed more by committee than passion.

The E-Class' wheelbase has grown by 1.3 inches, and the body has been stretched by 1.6 inches in length and 2.3 inches in width. This translates into a significantly roomier cabin, especially in the rear seat area, where passengers enjoy an added 1.7 and 1.4 inches of knee and shoulder room, respectively.

Inside, luxury appointments abound. New interior amenities include a power tilt/telescopic steering column, three-position memory system (for front seats and headrests, side mirrors, and steering-wheel height), an integrated, sunvisor-mounted garage-door opener, dual front and rear cupholders, and a "smart" dual-zone automatic climate control. An especially nifty feature of the last item is an outside sensor that detects carbon monoxide and oxides of nitrogen; the system automatically switches to recirculation mode (signaled by the word "smog" appearing in the digital display) to prevent the gas and odor from entering the cabin. We found that the system is sensitive enough that merely pulling up behind a car at a stoplight will activate the recirculation mode.

In addition to dual front airbags, the E-Class is the first production car to include in-door side airbags (Volvo's side bags are housed in the seats), which are nicely integrated behind leather trim panels. These are accompanied by new seatbelt force limiters, which reduce the belt's pulling force during an impact to minimize the chance of chest injuries and allow the occupant to contact the airbag sooner. In addition to improved front and rear crumple zones, the engine subframe detaches in a severe frontal impact, allowing the drivetrain to slide under the passenger compartment.

The E-Class' driving characteristics have been further refined as well. A double-wishbone front suspension replaces the previous strut-type, while the rear multilink design has received some fine-tuning. Although firmer springs are used, their longer travel in combination with softer shocks provide a more compliant ride without sacrificing any road-hugging stability or crisp cornering performance.

To shave both weight and cost, the familiar recirculating-ball steering system has been replaced with variable-assist rack and pinion. This conveys a slightly lighter feel, with only a hint of the previous system's on-center vagueness, along with good, linear turn-in and accurate response.

Both the E320 and E420 powerplants are essentially carryover, though they segue nicely into the new generation. The 320's muscular 3.2-liter inline-six boasts 217 horsepower and 229 pound-feet of torque, yet it's the engine's ability to come on strong down low and maintain a smooth, linear delivery all the way through 6400 rpm that is most impressive. The inline-six is complemented by a responsive four-speed automatic transmission that comes through with well-timed shifts and instant kickdowns. On the test track, the E320 muscled its way to a respectable 0-60-mph time of 7.9 seconds-well ahead of the Lexus GS 300's 9.4, and about on par with the V-8-powered Lincoln Continental's 7.7 and BMW 740iL's 7.9.

The 420's 4.2-liter V-8 pumps out an ample 275 horses and 295 pound-feet of torque and is coupled with a new five-speed automatic transmission. It delivers abundant power on demand-effortless passing and scampering up mountain grades are no-brainers-and the five-speed keeps the engine in the meat of its powerband. On the track, our test car ran the 0-60 dash in 7.5 seconds, on par with a Lexus LS 400 (7.4) and Jaguar XJ6 (7.6). However, since the rear axle gearing in our pilot vehicle was a little taller than the production ratio, this time could drop slightly in production trim.

Standard on the E320 is Mercedes' Electronic Traction Control (ETC) system with brake-applied compensation. The more sophisticated Acceleration Slip Control (ASR 5) system (with brake and engine compensation) is standard on the E420 and optional on the E320. Mercedes' advanced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) "anti-spin" control system is optional only on the E420. Meanwhile, the former 15-inch wheels have been upgraded with 16-inchers on both models, while more-aggressive 215/55HR16 tires are used in place of the previous 195/65HR15 rubber.

In instrumented handling tests, the lighter-weight 320's 63.9-mph slalom speed and 0.83g skidpad held the edge over the 420's 61.1-mph and 0.81g results; both sets of numbers are about average for their classes. Both models employ four-wheel disc brakes with standard ABS, which pulled them down from 60 mph in 127 feet, again average for class.

Overall, the new generation has been honed to a, well, "E." It's strong, taut, and as solid as the Federal Reserve, yet friendlier than its predecessor, a tad softer in the right places, and with a few new tricks up its sleeves. As for the spiffy new lamps, they're like Bob Dole learning to play a sax; a hip twist on an otherwise serious, no-nonsense personality. The icing on the cake is an aggressive pricing plan that has the E320 holding the line of the '95 model at $43,500. Considering the added standard equipment of the '96, Mercedes claims the price actually represents a 5.7-percent decrease. The E420 is even more attractive with a $49,900 pricetag, $2,600 less than the '95's sticker and an eye-opening 9.7-percent decrease on a feature-for-feature basis. This makes the E-Class offerings not only impressively engineered automobiles, but downright bargains, as well. Cost-effective, stylishly innovative, and consumer aware: What is Mercedes coming to? Whatever it is, we give an enthusiastic thumbs up.

Tech DataMercedes-Benz E320

of North America, Inc.,
Montvale, NJ
Location of final assembly plantSindelfingen, Germany
EPA size classMidsize
Body style4-door, 5-passenger
Drivetrain layoutFront engine, rear drive
AirbagDual front and side
Base price$43,500
Price as tested$47,230
Options includedGlass sunroof, $1070; metallic
paint, $665; integrated CD changer/
cellular phone package, $1400
Ancillary chargesDestination, $595
Typical market competitionLexus GS 300, BMW 528i,Lincoln Continental
Wheelbase, in./mm111.5/2832
Track, f/r, in./mm60.2/59.9/1529/1521
Length, in./mm189.4/4811
Width, in./mm70.8/1798
Height, in./mm56.7/1440
Ground clearance, in./mm5.6/142
Manufacturer's base curb weight, lb3355
Weight distribution, f/r, %53/47
Cargo capacity, cu ft18.4
Fuel capacity, gal17.2
Weight/power ratio, lb/hp15.5
TypeInline-6, liquid-cooled, cast-aluminum block and heads
Bore x stroke, in./mm3.54 x 3.30
89.9 x 84.0
Displacement, ci/cc195/3199
Compression ratio10.0:1
Valve gearDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
Fuel/induction systemMultipoint EFI
hp @ rpm, SAE net217 @ 5500
lb-ft @ rpm, SAE net229 @ 3750
Redline, rpm6400
Recommended fuelUnleaded premium
Transmission type4-speed automatic
Gear ratios
Axle ratio2.87:1
Final-drive ratio2.87:1
Engine rpm,
60 mph in top gear2400
FrontUpper and lower control arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
RearMultilink, coil springs, anti-roll bar
TypeRack and pinion, power assist
Turns, lock to lock3.3
Turning circle37.1
Front, type/dia., in. Vented discs/11.8
Rear, type/dia., in. Solid discs/11.4
Wheels and tires
Wheel size, in. 16 x 7.5
Wheel type/materialAluminum alloy
Tire size215/55HR16
Tire mfr. and modelMichelin Energy MXV4
Instruments160-mph speedo, 7000-rpm tach, temp, fuel, digital clock
Warning lampsABS, brake, ETS, belts, check engine
Acceleration, sec
0-30 mph2.9
0-40 mph4.2
0-50 mph5.9
0-60 mph7.9
0-70 mph9.9
0-80 mph12.9
Standing quarter mile
sec @ mph15.9 @ 89.3
Braking, ft
30-0 mph31
60-0 mph127
Lateral acceleration, g0.83
Speed through 600-ft
slalom, mph63.9
Speedometer error, mph
Interior noise, dB
Idling in neutral45.2
Steady 60 mph in top gear64.7
EPA, city/hwy., mpg19/26
Est. range, city/hwy., miles327/447


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