Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review from Denmark

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E420 4.2 V8

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 4.2 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.0 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 kilometres
Most recent distance80000 kilometres
Previous carAudi V8 Quattro


Rusty as your neighbors '69 Fiat


Generally the car was reliable in a certain way, because the engine always started, and the brakes worked.


Electronic seat's memory never worked.

Electronic seats would not move some times.

Transmission broken - $7000.

Touch n' go broken several times.

Leather on the backseat split.

Air-conditioning was very slow.

Radio never worked, bought some Chinese crap for $180 that worked much better.

General Comments:

Mercedes-Benz made the car good for first impressions only. When I first drove it, the car was the most comfortable car I ever had driven. The impressions of the V8 were very good, when driving on the road it was quiet, and when pushing the throttle, you certainly got what you required.

After 1000 km.

When hitting the throttle for an acceleration from 80 to 160 km/t, it surprised me that the gearbox took 2 seconds before it shifted down, and that was a pain, when you wanted to overtake a truck.

It started early to get rusty; I found some in the trunk, and then it got worse. When I sold the car there was rust everywhere, and it was only a matter of months before it thoroughly corroded, and then you could take it to the dealer and complain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 4th May, 2009

Average review marks: 3.0 / 10, based on 1 review