The Mercedes Benz E300 is one of the many variants sold under different generations of E-Class vehicles introduced in the US during the eighties. An executive car that reflects German aesthetics and top-of-the-line automotive engineering, the E300 is a favorite among buyers looking for a top-grade, high-performing vehicle. Because of its reliability, older E300 units today are utilized as taxi cabs in many countries such as the US, Germany, and Singapore.
The E-Class was brought to the US in 1984, but it wasn’t until 1994 that the E300 designation was officially introduced due to a new naming system. The E300 version of the W124 was a mid-sized luxury car sold in saloon and estate models. It was equipped with a 3L diesel engine known for its world-class build quality and reliability. This model also featured a rear suspension with a multi-link axle and a front suspension that uses a separate damper and spring. Many of its features were considered high-tech at that time. Some of these innovations promoted passenger safety. These include a driver’s side airbag, height-adjustable seat belts, and movable pedals to protect the driver’s feet in case of a frontal collision.
The next generation of E300s was sold under the W210 sub-model. Launched in 1995, this model further solidified Mercedes Benz’s hold on the luxury market’s upper end. As one of the many variants under W210, the E300 introduced a new design, steering wheel controls for the phone and navigation systems, and an electronically controlled gear shift assembly. Exterior upgrades included a fascia with a steeper rake and redesigned body trims and bumpers. The E300 also featured 16x17.5-inch ET41 wheels.
The W210 was the first model to use a V6 as a replacement for the straight-six engine. A turbo-charged E300 was introduced in the US market and targeted consumers who wanted more power under the hood.
Introduced in 2002, the W211 was sold in Estate and Sedan versions. Four years later, the vehicle was given upgrades to fix technical and quality issues. The Pre-Safe features, flashing brake lights, a tire pressure monitor, and NECK-PRO head restraints were standardized, while the Sensotronic brake control was dropped because of consumer complaints. The body was also redesigned and equipped with restyled rear lights, headlamps, and a modified front spoiler and steering wheel.
The current W212 model is available in different body types, but the E300 variant is only sold as a sedan. Standard features include Night View Assist Plus, Pre-safe with Attention Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and a blind spot monitor. The 2010 version included mirrors that fold when locked and an expanded lineup of color choices that include Pearl Beige Metallic, Cuprit Brown Metallic, and Tanzanite Blue Metallic. In 2013, the front fascia was redesigned to achieve a more aggressive-looking exterior.