Used Vehicle Review MercedesBenz EClass 20032008 Autos ca

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Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI 4MATIC L Base

November 27, 2008

In the summertime, a guy up the street from me who regularly past my house in a late or early ’70s Mercedes-Benz It’s a gorgeous car, and to be in mint condition. That 230 (W114 series, 1968-1976) is one of Mercedes models that can be in the E-Class family tree, mid-sized cars.

Interestingly, the “E” didn’t appear on a Benz car the first fuel-injected models in the late 1960s (the term for fuel injection is according to Wikipedia’s entry on the but wasn’t used consistently in its form – E320, for example, as to 220E – until the 1990s.

If you the E-Class’ lineage, the model in 2002 as a 2003 model is the of the car, and is also known by its codename. The W211 began its in 2003 in two forms: the V6-powered and as the E500, with a 5.0-litre V8. The six was for 221 horsepower/232 lb-ft of torque, the V8 made 302 hp/339 lb-ft.

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-320 Click image to enlarge

For the AMG-tuned E55 was added; its supercharged V8 produced 469 hp/516 lb-ft. model year also the station wagon version of the offered in E320 and E500 and only with M-B’s all-wheel drive system.

In Benz added a diesel to the lineup, this one a 3.2-litre six producing 201 hp/369 lb-ft; model was known as the E320

For 2006, the 3.2-litre gasoline V6 was by a more-powerful 3.5-litre motor. It 268 hp/258 lb-ft, and was used in the new model, in both sedan and body styles. An E55 wagon was too, though this one was with rear-wheel drive

The 2007 model year a new base model to the E-Class – the E280 – powered by a 3.0-litre V6 228 hp/221 lb-ft. The old in-line six was replaced by Benz’ cleaner V6; this motor made 210 lb-ft, while returning the same fuel economy. At the time, the wagon lineup was down to just one model, the 4MATIC. Also, the E500 the E550 thanks to a larger making 382 hp/391 lb-ft, and the E55 AMG the E62 AMG, getting a 6.2-litre V8 507 hp and 465 lb-ft.

2004 Mercedes-Benz wagon. Click image to

In 2008, the E280 was rebadged as the and got standard all-wheel drive.

The choice was limited to a five-speed in 2003 models. In 2004, the got a seven-speed auto. The seven-speed was with the E350 starting in and the E63 got it as well in 2007.

The original earned EnerGuide fuel ratings of 12.2/8.1 L/100 km in E320 form and 14.5/9.4 km as the E500.

The 2005 diesel-powered CDI was rated at 8.9/5.9 L/100 km while the E55′s numbers 16.6/10.3, and 2006′s E350 was at 12.3/8.0 L/100 km (city/highway).

The E280 earned ratings of L/100 km (city/highway); note 2007 non-diesel, non-AMG had standard all-wheel drive, the increase in fuel consumption the 2006 E350.

The E63 was rated at 17.2/10.8 L/100 km, and the new diesel at 9.0/5.9 (city/highway).

Mercedes-Benz E-320 CDI. image to enlarge

Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI 4MATIC L Base

Where is concerned, Consumer Reports’ holds no surprises: like high-end German cars, the has been less-than-perfect, earning to below-average used car ratings, on model.

A “Brake – Visit warning in the instrument cluster be caused by a bad brake light It’s an easy DIY repair; see thread at for a how-to.

a discussion comparing pros and of the old diesel models. versus the BlueTec versions.

A scraping or sound heard when over imperfect pavement be caused by worn stabilizer bar

A thumping noise from the suspension in E-Class cars the AirMatic suspension is normal. See thread to read about one lengthy ordeal to find the of the noise. More insight can be here .

If the rear-seat climate vents blow nothing but hot air of HVAC settings, the problem be with the “changeover valve.” See thread for a DIY repair how-to.

Mercedes-Benz E-320 CDI. image to enlarge

Consumer notes the audio and climate systems as the main trouble in the W211 E-Class, as well as transmission issues. This item could be attributed to experiencing odd shifting at city as discussed in this thread .

In Highway Traffic Safety tests, the 2003 E-Class four stars for driver and passenger protection in the frontal test, and five stars for and rear passenger protection in impact tests. These would remain the same 2008.

2004 Mercedes-Benz E-500 Click image to enlarge

Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI 4MATIC L Base
Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI 4MATIC L Base


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