What should I look for in a used Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate?
These Mercs wear their miles very easily, so look for a full service history to back up the mileage.
Warranty Direct reports very few problems with E-Class Estates of this vintage, but it's worth making sure the suspension has been serviced according to the schedule. The front suspension needs new bushes every 60,000 miles to maintain the ride quality.
Also listen for squeaky brakes. The E-Class is a big car and often used for towing, which gives the front brakes a lot of work to do. Budget for replacement pads at the next service as a precaution.
Surprisingly, rust can be an issue around the front wheelarch lips. Look carefully for any signs of bubbling, and peer under the plastic wheelarch trim to get a proper view.