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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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32 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon.
  • E320 Avantgarde 4dr

    peter cook Date: 03/12/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I'm sorry to say having now owned this 04 plate car for a few months, I'm very disappointed.

    The heated rear screen top section doesn't demist. The dealer replaced it before telling me that they're all like that because the top part is the radio aerial!

    The engine is (really) noisy at low speeds and you certainly know it's a diesel! Air-conditioning is weak and coming into the winter the car steams up very easily. The passenger door mirror view from the driver's seat is partially obscured by the door corner. The exterior light switch is not illuminated-so at night you cant see how it's set.

    Rain sensitive wipers are a waste of time and annoy more than they work. The auto setting for the exterior lighting comes on and off at what appears to be no relationship to the outside level of light. The MB 6 CD changer is so slow changing from one CD to another!

    Heated front seats are weak and take ages to warn up.

    There's no lumber support for front seat passengers and I'm told that the front seat is not that comfortable.

    There are unfortunately lots of more niggly things wrong with the design of this car-the boot lid has a fierce sping that makes it shoot up far to fast.

    When the boot is up it's far too easy to bang your head on the protruding catch. None of these points are faulty items - they are all, in my view, poorly designed elements of the car.

    I'm left with the view that MB are living on a reputation that is in my opinion grossly exaggerated.

  • E270 CDi Avantgarde 4dr

    Andrew Pyott , . Date: 19/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    My last E-Class (previous generation E320CDi Estate) was a truly exceptional car. I once had an American passenger who argued that it couldn't be a diesel.

    My current E270CDi Saloon (thank Gordon Brown for that one) is a truly ordinary car.

    Compared to the older E320CDi it’s like driving a tractor. The (auto) gear change is easily caught out; the engine is noisy and un-refined.

    Whilst the interior is a quantum leap forward in the design and comfort stakes - the quality of the materials (plastics, leather etc.) somehow feels low rent.

    Interesting to read another owner's comment about vibrations. The only passengers in my car that haven't notice the terrible drive train vibration (when starting from cold) all work for the dealer.

    Another thing: it uses more fuel that my last car (35mpg ave.). Must be the price of progress.

    Plus points, looks, handling (I can defiantly recommend the 17" wheels and sports suspension) and distance comfort - I can honestly say I have never driven a more comfortable car.

  • E320 CDi Avantgarde 4dr

    andy brightman , Herts . Date: 16/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned the two previous E-class models but this car by far exceeded my expections for comfort and drive.

  • E270 CDi Classic 4dr

    robin chillman , wiltshire . Date: 11/11/2004
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I took delivery of my Mecedes E270 CDi Classic in April 2003, following recommendation from What Car?'s group test.

    I very quickly became dissatisfied with the car after I noticed an annoying vibration coming up through the steering and I decided to put the car in to the dealer.

    It appeared there was a fault with the steering at about 1500rpm and the car was duly modified. I picked it up full of expectation of a smooth drive only to be disappointed as the vibration was still there.

    To cut a very long story short, the car has now been into the dealers about 10 times with a trail of faults. My leasing company has taken up the challenge of trying to get a resolution to the vibration problem and during this week Mercedes UK commissioned a dealer to further investigate.

    The outcome of this has been a statement that the 270 diesel engine exhibits this sort of vibration and roughness. I have verified this by driving another example that is only a few months old.

    Although the E270 performs very well, I think it is misleading to quote that it is one of the most refined diesels. A comparison with the lesser E220 4 cylinder diesel will show that defying logic this is a much more refined engine.

    I would caution anyone thinking of buying this model to road test it very carefully and compare it with the E220 or E320 diesels.

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