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

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Section: Our recommendations

2002 - 2006 review
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (02 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (02 - 06)
  • Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon (02 - 06)
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Which used Mercedes E-Class saloon should I buy?

Five petrol engines, three diesels and four trim levels make choosing the right E-Class a potential headache. Fortunately, sticking with the smaller engines and entry-level Classic trim buys you 99% of what's best about the car at a value price.

Buy from Merc dealers or reputable non-franchised specialists, stick with the E200 petrol or the E220 diesel, insist on an auto gearbox and you can't go wrong.

If you have cash to spare, the E280 petrol or diesel Elegance/Avantgarde have extra kit and added power, but we wouldn't stray further up the model list because the bigger, more powerful engines don't suit the car's wonderfully relaxed nature.

As well as that, you should pick the colour of your car carefully. Pale metallics look best and fetch the most come resale time, whereas dark blues and greens look dull and are consequently worth less. Similarly, a fully documented history and only a couple of previous owners help shore up values.

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