Original Poster. Search My Stuff What's New 3 12 24 D1on Original Poster posts months. Looking at upgrading my private hire vehicle and thinking of going Mercedes this time. Any particular issues in the above? I guess the w is more proven with more high mileage examples around Also are the auto gear boxes in the e-class's reliable?
Any advice and experiences will be appreciated Classy6 posts months. The auto 5 speed I'd be weary of a older 6 cyl diesel, fantastic engine but lots of known expensive faults.
A had suspension upgraded but you might be stuck with an early engine which had plenty of problems in it's day, more than likely ironed out by now. Will come with a I think either, if well looked after will see you right without too many problems.
Both are capable of raking up hundreds of thousands of miles. Personally, I'd go for theIMO isn't ageing too well in comparison. Monkeylegend 18, posts months. I had two W's doing log distance chauffeur work, both did over k miles with no major issues.
I had and still have a W now on k again with no major issues. Had a new water pump at k and a rear shock at 80k due to the top bush being slightly worn, and it is still going strong. Just been MOT'd with no advisories. So to summarise, very reliable and very economical. Take your pick, but I would go for the W as it's newer. Correct servicing and regular transmission fluid changes are the key. Edited by Monkeylegend on Tuesday 13th March Got a question about buying, owning or running your car during the coronavirus crisis?
Mercedes-Benz was determined to restore its reputation for quality and engineering integrity for the fourth generation E-Class, after a less than perfect showing with its predecessor.
It worked too, which is great news for used buyers because it makes checking over a car relatively straightforward. Do, though, ensure the electrics all work as intended, and that there are no warning lights showing, because while generally reliable the E-Class is still a technically complex car. Also listen for any creaks from the suspension and ensure the brakes feel strong, because on a big, heavy car these items will wear more quickly. A full service history carried out at either a main dealer or an independent Mercedes specialist will go some way to reveal if a car has been well cared for; at the other end of the scale a lack of any documentation is almost certainly cause for concern.
There were reports of fuel injector failures on early diesel E-Class Saloons, but these should have all been replaced under warranty. Models without this feature can usually be upgraded, but make sure you take the cost of this into account when negotiating on price, or insist the seller does it for you as a condition of purchase.
Reliability Index, with the biggest area of concern being the electrics. Even so, it seems there are fewer problems associated with running a Mercedes E-class than one of its rivals, and Mercedes has a better reputation than most luxury car makers in the JD Power Vehicle Dependability Study. What Car? What are the most common problems with a used Mercedes E-Class saloon? Open Gallery 5 Images. What is it like? Ownership cost Advice for buyers Finance this car.
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Subscribe to our newsletter Subscribe to What Car?There were gasoline and diesel versions, both provided with multiple cylinder counts and varying displacements. There were naturally-aspirated, turbocharged, and supercharged engines. There were even hybrid models. The worldwide variety of W engine choices was so rich that we decided to compile a list.
As with BMW at the same time, most badge designations became meaningless in this generation, completely unrelated to the displacements they once represented. In addition, different model designations were used in different parts of the world on otherwise identical vehicle. Most engine offerings were replaced with new ones over the life of the W chassis.
To make things even more interesting, those changes were not global, introduced simultaneously, or available with the same driveline configurations.
For example, the W was first available in Europe as a model but in North America as a North American engine availability is duly noted below.
There was also a wagon version Scoupe Cand cabriolet A In terms of engine availability, the wagon aligns most closely with the sedan. Changes to coupe and convertible body styles, along with engine choices, varied independently of alterations to the sedan and wagon. Four-cylinder engines with spark ignition in the W come from two families; the older M series and the newer M series.
They came in 1.
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E : This 1. This oddball engine was found only in the Southern Hemisphere between — E NGT : There were two versions, each designed to run on gasoline and compressed natural gas.
This was the easy part. All you need to remember is that pre-facelift 1. All of the six-bangers were of the V-6 configuration. Here, too, were two types of engines: the older M series and the newer M series. Unlike the four-bangers, however, the V-6s were updated for and not during the facelift of E : This decklid badge meant two very different things, depending on model year:. E : Whereas all other V-6s were naturally aspirated, but these were twin-turbo models. Both engines are from the M family and, aside from displacement, are almost identical.
It should be noted that the E was not a worldwide model but it was a North American model. It was the naturally-aspirated, direct-injected M 3. This combination achieved 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
It was only available in the rear-wheel-drive configuration, and was offered in North America from The W featured four families of V-8 engines with four different displacements.Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead. These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.
Learn more about car Reliability. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle. Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage includes rack and pinionpower steering pumps and hoses, leakswheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.
Several trips to the dealership did not resolve the problem and is still a problem to this date. I have been driving M. Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top. It doesn't retract all the way.
Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating. Paint fading, chalking, cracking, or peelingloose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust. I asked MB to glue it down. A local repair shop glued it down for free".Watch This Before Buying a Mercedes
Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement. Was told by mechanic that this is a fairly common problem with this transmission. Very disappointing". Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Costly it is a Mercedes but not atypical for an automobile with this mileage and usage". Antilock system ABSparking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear. Bluetoothvoice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface e. Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.
Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks. Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system.
Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission. Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt. Reactivate now to get the information you were looking for!
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Results are for year ending June 30, Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included. Looking for a warranty? Get a quote. See recalls for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.
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No such issues with this model. Perhaps the most reliable model thus far. While the scheduled maintenance trips are not cheap, so far I have had virtually no problems with the car. Piece of driver door trim came loose after a couple of months. There is always some sort of other problem.
Problem after problem after problem, it never ends. Airmatic suspension is known problem area. Engine and Trans are stellar. The fuel sender leak happens to be right around some electrical connections as well, so it is a wonder there haven't been any notable fire incidents.
This is a known issue and there is an NTSB ongoing investigation PE, which has been upgraded to the next level of action because of the high number of vehicles affected. The fact that Mercedes doesn't own up to this issue after several iterations of re-engineered parts and continued failures is the main reason I will never buy another Mercedes.
I have had to have this repair done, so I speak from experience. This was implemented on the '03 - '06 W and it was changed on subsequent years in The SBC unit, pressure reservoir, and the other parts of the brake system can alert you to a fault and minutes later leave you without brakes.
This is unacceptable. Mercedes did put out a 10 year unlimited mileage warranty on the SBC unit itself, but I'll give you one guess as to when the fault will happen! If the pressure reservoir goes out, you won't even be able to get the car out of park, even just to get it in to neutral to get a tow.
The brake sensors seem to be finicky and the brake switch as well. If I were to ever look in to purchasing a Mercedes again, I would do my homework on the types of systems in place.
I have had to do this repair and others on the brakes, so I speak from experience. A common fault is for the airmatic struts to leak, which requires replacement.
If you aren't under warranty, the bill could add up quickly if more than one goes out.Reliability indicates how models have performed in the past, providing the basis for predicting how the vehicles will hold up in the year ahead.
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These charts provide the most comprehensive reliability information available to consumers. Based on information received from our latest subscriber survey, our reliability history charts give you a rundown on how used vehicles are holding up in 17 potential trouble spots, ranging from the engine, transmission, and brakes to power equipment and the electrical system.
Learn more about car Reliability. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle. Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure. This has happened twice. Once it drained the battery.
Once I caught it after a few hours, started the car, turned it back off and then the lights dimmed like normal". Used second Key while on vacation and had to have new key reprogrammed at local dealer with software provided from Germany". I took it into the dealership and they had to issue a software update for the Benz that corrected the problem".
Mercedes had seen this before in some cars and was able to muffle the noise somewhat". Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission. Transmission SW needed an update, but was not obvious to the mechanic".
The service technician really had to dig to learn about the released SW up-date to fix this issue". At this time a message would display on the instrument cluster saying the pre-safe system to deal with a collision was inoperable. Obviously both issues were very disquieting and I immediately too k the car in for service. The tech said they needed to update the transmission computers sof".
Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage includes rack and pinionpower steering pumps and hoses, leakswheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension. Air pressure was correct. Paid for alignment.
Too soon to know if problem fixed". Had to replace tires at 20, miles".The W E Class — was the successor to the W — Some may disagree, but the W was a complete new design, ditching the circular headlights for a more striking setup and a technology filled cabin. The W is a very well built car and is promising signs that Mercedes are recovering from the previous E Class reliability issues. The W E Class, which was the predecessor may have had its problems, however you see many with mega motorway mileage.
The facelift version of the W was much more refined and had less problems. The E Class has serious road presence already, however with AMG front and rear bumpers with side skirts to match, the E Class will be next level. Overall, the W is a great long term investment if you are looking for a stylish everyday car. Without doubt, it is an improvement over the W with its great reliability and updated look inside and out.
The E63 version of the W is the last E Class we will see if of the mighty 6. Toggle navigation. Related Posts. Facts and Figures. Find Garage. Contact Us.