Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes E-Class estate?
Check the bodywork front and rear for any scuffs picked up in supermarket car parks, and the alloy wheels for damage. Also check the operation of the electric rear tailgate.
What are the most common problems with a used Mercedes E-Class estate?
The engine may lose power
Due to an engine management software issue, examples built from the start of production to 31 May 2016 could lose power without warning and coast to a halt. Find out from your Mercedes dealer if yours is affected because it'll need to have an update performed to prevent this from happening.
Vehicle may cut out
This recall is different from the previously mentioned one and involves an issue where the rear seat bench affects the electrical wiring for the fuel pump that lives under the back seats. This means that the fuel supply can be cut to the engine and cause it to stall. It affects E-Class' manufactured from the start of production until 31 August 2016.
Is a used Mercedes E-Class estate reliable?
The current version of the E-Class didn’t perform as well as the older one, believe it or not. It still managed to get a decent score of 93.7%, though and finished in fourth place out of 10 cars in the luxury saloon class.
Mercedes as a brand finished a disappointing 26th out of 31 manufacturers in the same survey.
If you'd like to see the full reliability list, head to the What Car? Reliability Survey pages for more information.
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