2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 4.3 liter V8
Worst year for Mercedes?
Numeric digital display failure on speedometer.
Total HVAC system failure - needed new A/C.
Violent shaking - engine mounts needed replacement.
Right mirror motor failure.
Passenger seat heater failure.
Driver seat adjustment failure.
Driver & rear window regulator failure.
Engine oil leak - twice.
Transmission shift failure.
Blower sensor failure.
O2 sensor failure - replaced.
Was this the worst time for Mercedes Benz? It certainly looked like it based on the numerous reports I came across and according to a MB tech. I regret that I didn't do my research before buying the E430.
There was something going wrong with it every other week. I had to check under the car every morning before going to work to check for any leaks.
I can go on and on about all the bad, but there were some things that were good.
The 4.3 liter V8 had brute force and performed very well. It was one of the best V8 engines I've had until I bought a different car.
The overall comfort was excellent without compromising performance. Suspension was firm, and did very well in any road conditions.
I regret to say that this E430 was the worst car I have ever owned.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st July, 2013