2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E240 Elegance 2.6 liter V6
Better than its reputation. Get one
The car has had several issues concerning its electronics. Two of three displays of the instrument cluster are non-readable anymore. Sometimes the turn signal and windshield wiper will not work after start. Using the headlight flasher once and everything's fine. And that's after having had the turn signal lever replaced. Other than that, it has only been regular maintenance.
The rust problems are minor. Three of four wheel wells are slightly rusty on the surface. There's one spot next to the sun roof.
I've been a Mercedes guy for years now. Having owned three 190Es and watching my parent's 2000 E270 CDI reach 400.000 kilometres without any major problems, I chose my car. It's a silver sedan with matching grey leather interior, full auto A/C, folding mirrors, etc.
The 2.6 liter V6 isn't the strongest pulling engine, but it performs in a silky turbine-like fashion. The 5-speed auto box, which is partially known for strange shift patterns, works fine.
My car runs on LPG, which keeps fuel costs extremely low. Operated on gasoline, this car uses way too much fuel considering the "mild" performance.
Spare parts are cheap to purchase here in Germany, if you know the right places to go to. MB dealers are way too expensive to be considered.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 26th June, 2017