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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (99 - 03) review

(1999 - 2003)
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate (99 - 03)
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What used Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz E-Class estate?

The E-Class Estate needs a service every 9000 miles, which can rack up the bills in labour charges alone if you cover a lot of miles, especially as franchised dealers' service rates are some of the highest of any manufacturer and genuine Mercedes parts are not cheap, but essential. The best bet is to use a Merc specialist where the labour rates will be more affordable, but they still know their way around the car.

Depending on what you're willing to spend on fuel, the E-Class offers anything from 46.0mpg with the E220 CDi all the way down to 22.0mpg for the E55 AMG performance version. We reckon the E320 CDi is the best balance, turning in 36.0mpg.

Insurance is reasonable for this size and type of car, although if you want a V8 petrol you will have to be prepared to fork out considerably more for cover.