Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Mercedes E-Class saloon?
Check the exterior of the car carefully for any scuffs and dents; the E-Class is a surprisingly long car that may well have been used in tight car parks. Make sure all electrical equipment works as it should. Also check the alloy wheels for any kerb damage.
What are the most common problems with a used Mercedes E-Class saloon?
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 saloon 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.
Mercedes-Benz 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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