One model that set the standard when in comes to power and features is the fully-equipped E Class which is released in 1994. It includes the E320 sedan, wagon and coupe, E420 sedan and E500 sedan. Unlike the previews models wherein the numbers appear before the letter, the E class put the reengineered naming system first and the numbers represent the displacement.
The 1994 MB E320 was available in four variants: four-door sedan, four-door station wagon, two-door coupe, and a 2-door cabriolet. They all housed the then very powerful 3.2L I-6 DOHC SPI 24 valve engine with electronic ignition system. Inline-6 delivers smooth, powerful performance. I-6 engines are inherently smoother than other engine types of comparable displacement. Run by unleaded fuel in a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive, the first E320 features a hydraulic power-assist steering, 4 wheel disc brakes, front and rear anti-roll bar, a P195/65SR15.0 front and rear tires, dual airbags, power sunroof, dual power remote heated outside mirrors, front fog lights, and an impressive interior.
After two decades, the MB beefed up their E320 with numerous added features. It has 3.2L V-6 SOHC SMPI 18 valve engine, variable intake length, 115 amp alternator, 100 amp hours (Ah) battery, 5-speed electronic automatic transmission with overdrive, transmission lock-up, driver selection, TouchShift, ABS and driveline traction control, 3.27 axle ratio, dual stainless steel exhaust, and a ULEV emissions. Steering and suspension is easy with hydraulic power-assist rack and pinion steering, speed-sensing assisted steering, sensotronic 4 wheel disc brakes with front vented discs, brake assistance, stability control, front independent suspension, front multi-link suspension, front anti-roll bar, front coil springs, gas-pressurized front shocks, rear independent suspension, rear multi-link suspension, rear anti-roll bar, rear coil springs, gas-pressurized rear shocks, front and rear 16.0" x 8.00" silver alloy wheels, and P225/55HR16.0 BSW Performance AS front and rear tires.
The E320, known for its safety is jammed with several features like the 4 channel 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), daytime running lights, center high mounted stop light, dual airbags, dual seat mounted side airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, airbag occupancy sensor, rear side-impact airbag, front height adjustable seatbelts with 4 front and rear pre-tensioners, rear center 3 point, ignition disable security, panic alarm, tracker system, and security system. Not to mention the interior luxury and convenience, the E320 provides for each of its passengers. And above all, the security and peace of mind of the people it moves is the best proof that the MB E320 is one of the best.
FAQs—Mercedes Benz E320
The key of my Mercedes Benz E320 got stuck and would not turn. What should I do to fix this problem? I need my car for my daily commute.
The problem may be due to a faulty ignition lock cylinder or a damaged transmission shifter. Both of these result in keys getting stuck in the ignition. You may need to replace the ignition lock cylinder to fix this problem. To better diagnose the problem, you might want to seek the help of a trustworthy mechanic.
The clock on my Mercedes E320's instrument panel failed. Is this something to worry about?
It's a yes and no. Yes, because the failing of the clock may be an indication that the rest of the instrument panel will soon follow. As for the clock per se, its failing is actually not a big deal since you can always check time on your mobile phone or wristwatch. Your big concern should be the rest of the instrument panel breaking down because it is quite expensive to replace and repair.
I can hear rattling under my Mercedes Benz E320, and I'm not even on the road yet. It rattles even when I'm just starting my car. What could be the problem with it?
The rattling sound underneath your car even though it's not moving is an indication of a faulty exhaust catalytic converter. Inside the converter is a substrate that is responsible for reducing emission. This can loosen and break down to pieces clogging the outlet pipe. You need to have it repaired at the soonest time possible because it can cause your car to lose power.
The check engine light of my Mercedes Benz E320 is always on. Is it okay to reset it? What could be the pros and cons of resetting the check engine light?
The check engine light is part of the warning mechanism of your car. It is connected to your vehicle's on-board computer. If it lights up, then that means that the computer has recorded a fault code. This fault code must be read in order to accurately pinpoint the specific problem of your car to facilitate correct repair. You may call your dealer if they can read the fault codes for you for free to save on cost. Now, if you will reset the Check Engine Light before having the codes read, then you are jeopardizing your own safety. You will also cause great damage to your car since important repairs would not be made.
My car is vibrating like crazy when I am driving. What could be causing this?
There are four possible reasons for this. One, it could be because the tires are out of balance or the wheels are misaligned. Two, it may be due to worn-out parts such as the upper strut bearings, tie rod ends, ball joints, and struts or shocks. Three, there might be resonance in the exhaust. And four, it could be due to a powertrain problem. Whatever the reason is, it's best to let a qualified mechanic help you out. He will know exactly how to test your vehicle and find the exact cause and fix it.
Mercedes Benz E320: A Master Class in Luxury
Everybody knows the name Mercedes Benz. Ever since Karl Benz rolled out the very first gas powered car in January of 1886, the company was destined for greater things. The Mercedes Benz E320 is fine example of this success. Coming from a line with over 82 years of rich history, the E320—in many ways—has come to define all the qualities that make Mercedes Benz a true master clas: luxury, dependability, and amazing performance. Indeed, this executive car is proving to be one of the most successful and most sought-after from the German auto manufacturing giant.
1930-1994: The pre-history of the big “E”
Granted, one can trace the E-class and E320 story all the way back to the 19th Century and the beginning of Mercedes. To truly appreciate where things all began, one needs to jump forward to the end of the Second World War, day after the fall of Germany. As soon as the dust settled in Berlin, the company began production anew on the 170, a prewar sedan dating back to 1936. The 170’s design—upright and stiff, with separate fenders, and a 30’s chassis—was all but old and stale in 1946. Mercedes was, in a way, lucky that pickings were slim for motorists in post-war Europe.
The 180 that succeeded the 170 was, in many ways, the one most responsible for setting the course for the E320. Coming out in 1953, it had the world’s first unibody design—or as close as technology, at the time, would allow. The only drawback was its use of the 1.8-L inline 4. This had a 6.5-to-1 compression ratio and put out a meager 52 horsepower. While this made the 180 an agonizingly slow drive, the car proved to be a very rugged and tough vehicle.
Jumping forward to the 80s, Mercedes Benz released the W124, a mid-sized car that finally collected in one vehicle the lessons learned in the 50s. The W124 kept the ruggedness and wide berth that would form part of the mystique of the company, and then benefitted from a look that was modern and revolutionary—it looked more apt for the 90s than the 80s! This amazing car would eventually evolve into the 300E, which would incorporate some powerful technology like a new 3.0-L SOHC, 12-valve straight 6 which could put out a whopping 177 horsepower.
1994-present: A class of its own
Though produced in 1994, the E320 came to the shores of the United States in 1996. This came with a 3.2-L DOHC six, capable of putting out over 217 horsepower—it also came as a convertible. The E320 continued the tradition of its predecessor—sporting rugged looks (including the modern “face” of Mercedes Benz), the now-common quad-lights up front, and the hefty size. Only a decade later, the E320 would once again see another great overhaul.
When the 2004 E320 came out, it was a far cry from its 1953 ancestor, the 180. Apart from electronically controlled brakes, adaptive suspension, four-zone climate control, and Drive Dynamic seats, the E320 got a supercharged 5.4-L V8 that could generate 469 horsepower—nine times what its forerunner could put out!