Dependable, sensible car with many luxury details
2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base
Performance is wonderful. The car is older, so it tends to have trouble with light bulbs and locks and that sort of trivial thing, but it runs well with pretty minimal trouble. It has been maintained well before I got it, but I use it every day now and everything pertaining to actually driving still works. It's very comfortable and spacious. I love the sunroof design - manual cover and electric window. My biggest complaint is that the heating/cooling system is weird. There's only one setting for the defrost, which is full blast heat and it can get uncomfortable. And the controls aren't very specific. Both systems have one control set. You can't really decide heating or cooling, you just have to play with the temperature. And I can't specify which vents I want operating the way I want to. It cycles through combinations like top/feet, front/feet, etc. But I can't choose my own, so if I want air from two directions not listed, I can't. The tape player that came with the car recently died, but it lasted a very long time. The speakers and radio are GREAT though. A lot of pockets and cubbies. Very clever use of space, and a large trunk too. It has the one windshield wiper design, which I find strange, but it's functional. The car's inner computer is great too. It is very specific when there is something wrong, like low traction or a burnt out bulb. My other big frustration is that the car has bluetooth capabilities, but it was not enabled. I guess that cost extra back when this car was new? I don't know. It seems silly to me and it's annoying to see the bluetooth button there but not be able to use it.