Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reviews from Malaysia

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E230 2300

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 2300 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired236000 kilometres
Most recent distance286000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz 230TE


Classy, solid engineering, but maintenance is needed


Water jacket plug leaked, causing overheating at 240,000km.

Front suspension and engine mountings replaced at 250,000km.

Steering rack excessive free play - replaced at 260,000km.

Transmission failure at 275,000km - overhauled.

Head gasket leak - replaced and top overhauled at 285,000km.

General Comments:

Bought the car in 2011 at a fraction of its original new purchase price. Mercs at this age, if they have a credible service history, are a seriously good buy - provided you continue with required maintenance and upkeep.

(Malaysia is one of the few places in the world where the price of a new E class is equivalent to an average urban home. Given the fact that the former depreciates rather quickly, and repair costs are reasonable, it's a no-brainer to buy these cars used).

Serial # alpha code is ADB, indicating its South African build origin. Built 1997, warehoused through the Asian Financial Crisis and registered in Malaysia 1999. It had been company maintained and chauffeur driven most of its time.

Although generally well maintained, the grey leather had cracked and was reupholstered in new leather. Becker radio volume control was unpredictable - replaced with a Sony head unit, original speaker units maintained.

Rides superbly, stable at speed, hugs the bends and handles much better than the W124. The tall 5 speed transmission and Michelin XMs on standard 15 inch alloys afford a relaxed, comfortable and quiet 2.5k RPM cruise.

Despite its age, the engine having the luxury of synthetic lube throughout, has remained tight with negligible oil consumption over the 10,000km service intervals.

The blown head gasket was a gradual age-related issue, manifesting itself in coolant consumption and lumpy starting in the morning.

This has been my second Merc that required transmission rebuilding. This 722.6 box has a lot more electronics and is trickier to sort out.

Despite these issues, I am still satisfied with the car - the solid engineering, comfort, safety and the image more than compensate. A good part of this has to do with the independent specialist I use to keep costs reasonable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th June, 2013

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class W212 1.8 CGI

Model year2011
Year of manufacture2011
First year of ownership2011
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 1.8 CGI Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance6000 kilometres
Previous carLexus GS


Buy a Lexus instead


Wipers have scratched the glass badly, door squeaks even when new, broken bonnet latch.

General Comments:

After many years with Lexus, decided to switch to a Mercedes instead. Some pre registered cars were offered on sale, and the cheapest E class was as expensive as a mid range C250 CGI.

It's a hit and miss car. Some parts are nice - I like the ambient theatre style lighting, it's fast for a 1600kg+ car with a 1.8 L engine (specs indicate 0 - 100 km/h in less than 8s with the new 7 speed gearbox). Refinement is poor, too much road noise infiltrates the cabin.

Some equipment is useless - there is a PCMCIA slot for media - I have never seen these media cards on sale. You have to be careful with the media display centre - it scratches easily and replacement is $3000.

The steering wheel is offset and not in line with the seating position.

After 125 years of car making, and the E Class being a core Mercedes model, you'd expect it to be perfect. It isn't.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st September, 2012

1993 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 2.2 petrol

Model year1993
Year of manufacture1993
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.2 petrol Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired305488 kilometres
Most recent distance326300 kilometres
Previous carAlfa Romeo 146


Wish Mercedes still make them like this


The accessory belt tensioner was going bad when I purchased the car. Had the previous owner change it.

Suspension bushings were mostly worn when I bought the car. Had them replaced.

General Comments:

After the disappointly unreliable car of previous, I decided its fun to drive and engaging factors were not worth the countless breakdowns and repairing costs it has incurred on me. At first, I wanted to purchase the W210 E200 model, but then I heard about the quality problems, so I decided to purchase this W124 instead. My fears of it being old and susceptible to breaking down quickly disappeared as I have racked up some trouble free miles on it in two years. Though not as fun to drive as my Alfa, it is much better built.

Interior is very well put together as it is still rattle free and shows very little signs of wear and tear. Switchgears and knobs click the way a Teutonic car ought to, even after 14 years.

The twincam, 16 valve engine is still very smooth at idle and low rpms. However, it is clearly not an engine made for enthusiasts as it shows signs of roughness and gasping for breath at over 4000rpms.I think this is more of a workhorse engine, which, for a daily driver, is fine by me.

I thought the suspension setting for the Malaysian spec model was a bit too soft. When I had the bushings replaced, I purchased a set of German spec springs had them installed. The car handles considerably better now, though there's a bit of penalty in ride quality. Though the original shock absorbers weren't leaking, I had them replaced as well while doing the bushings.

Body has no rust, and doors still shut with the famous Mercedes thunk. There are a few dents and dings from 14 years of being used daily.

I really wish Mercedes Benz still made cars this way. It is ashamed what happened to the reputation of this great marque, all due to the desire of maximising profit. Though Mercedes say they are going back to building cars the way they used to, only time can tell if they are actually telling the truth. I know that once your reputation and people have lost confidence in your brand, it takes ages to regain the ground that you've lost.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th September, 2007

29th Sep 2007, 10:25

I do agree that the W124 platform (of Mercedes) is wonderful; I myself own a 1993 ambulance model. I have however come up against a recurring problem: sudden power failure due either to a faulty fuel pump, or a fuel pump relay. The only way to restore power has been to tap the fuel pump (situated under the rear) with a light hammer. This usually gets me going again.

1st Aug 2008, 20:11


If you need to tap your fuel pump etc, you might be best to get it replaced before it becomes untappable. Fuel pumps are basically wear items, as they are an electric motor with parts that do wear out.

Even better, do what I did.

Convert your car to LPG. I got my car converted to LPG at, and now my Mercedes goes like a dream.

2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2.7 turbo diesel

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.7 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired25 kilometres
Most recent distance220000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz W124


Grow plug has been replaced 6 times!

One month after the purchase, transmission leak.

Six months after that, the steering column was replaced by the dealer (Under Warranty).

Two months ago, the intake manifold has to be replaced. The water-cooled dynamo have to be replaced. Front seat sensor was was defective and has to be replaced.

General Comments:

This car is my nightmare.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd November, 2006

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 4 reviews