Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate 2002 - 2006 review

Category: Estate car

Section: Advice for buyers

2002 - 2006 review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (02 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (02 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (02 - 06)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mercedes E-Class estate?

The E-Class signals Mercedes' determination to rid itself of the reputation that 'it doesn't make 'em like it used to'. The cabin is solidly screwed together and should be rattle-free.

There are few reported mechanical faults so far, but the E320 CDI can very occasionally suffer starting problems. Instead, owners generally suffer from small and niggling - but wide-ranging - electrical glitches.

Often, they are faults with the software, with the automatic gearbox being a particular case in point. So, if you're consdering a car with an automatic gearbox, ensure that it shifts smoothly.

Also, check that the engine has a constant idle and picks up power willingly. If not, the ECU (the engine's electronic brain) may need attention.

Such gremlins should be covered under Mercedes' three-year unlimited-mileage warranty, and many cars will have had them ironed out. Either way, a full service history is absolutely vital - and ensure that the very precautionary brake-related recall checks have been carried out.


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