Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reviews from United Arab Emirates

1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 3.2 I-6

Model year1997
Year of manufacture1997
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 3.2 I-6 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 4 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry


Solid engine, weak transmission


Transmission computer decided to keep it in second gear after 2 weeks of showing symptoms of failure.

Most likely some internal bits will need replacing. I was planning to do them at the end of the week, but the car decided I was pushing things by a day, and decided to break down one day before my appointment with the garage.

This is a normal situation with these 722.6 gearboxes after 100000 miles. They need to serviced immediately after this milestone, or else they will break down on you.

Other than this, nothing else has gone wrong with the car, just a bulb here and there.

One side front headlamp lens seems to be fading out a little. This may be due to the extreme weather mixed with sandy winds and highway speeds.

General Comments:

Car is 14 years old. Sold initially in Japan and then brought to the middle east. Most likely it was babied in Japan, so the body is rust-free, interior is immaculate. Everything is still tight as a drum, the typical Mercedes Benz smell still lingers on after all these years.

Again for its age, the car drives superbly. Handles well enough, brakes are strong and seats are adjustable in every way, as is the steering. Engine is the M104, the last year it was used in this car. I had the same engine in the '87 W126 300SE back in the day. But that had the bullet proof 4 speed auto tranny, unlike here, with the computer controlled 5 speed and its bag of issues. Mercedes sold these cars saying that the transmission would never need any servicing, but that was outright lie, and now very recently Mercedes have indirectly admitted so.

One has to be fully aware of this car's flaws before buying it. And the only way to do so is to go onto many of the online forums and read the FAQS against this model (W210 chassis).

This way you will be ready to check the car and make a decision before buying it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th August, 2011

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class e200 Kompressor 200

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 200 Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance125000 kilometres
Previous carToyota Camry


I regret buying this Mercedes and I'll never buy another one


Automatic transmission failed at 40,000 kilometers.

Bubbling on rear window panels.

Display for temperature failed.

Replaced sun visors 3 times, and they have broken again!

Car is rusting all over. It is in the shop now for the 3rd time.

General Comments:

This is the worst car I have ever owned. The best car I ever owned was a Toyota Camry. I regret ever buying this Mercedes, and I see from a lot of comments that I'm not alone. Mercedes has squandered their goodwill and apparently don't care. What a sad end to a previously great company. When you merge a bad company (Chrysler) with a good company (Daimler) you don't get a good company.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 10th December, 2006

11th Dec 2006, 10:47

Mercedes did suffer from quality problems due to its merger with Chrysler and its drive to be everything to everyone (A Class to SLR).

Allegedly its products are of high quality now, and they had better be since they are still charging outrageous money for their cars. Can you believe a top of the line S Class (S65) is now nearly $200K BEFORE you add options?

1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Station Wagon 3.8 Lit

Model year1995
Year of manufacture1995
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 3.8 Lit Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired120000 kilometres
Most recent distance152000 kilometres
Previous carBMW 5 Series


It is probably the best car I have driven in my life


Engine main wiring harness was brittle. Had to change it. Quite expensive.

General Comments:

Car is very comfortable, especially on long drives. Has great road grip.

The self levelling suspension is very effective. No matter how much load you carry on it, the car never loses its original clearance from the ground.

The third row foldable seat is very useful to carry kids and a cat. Of course, there's still room for the luggage.

The car brakes are very effective and the ABS works whenever it is required.

The leather seats are very comfortable. Even if you travel for 500 KM in one go, you will never feel tired at all.

The dash lights are very dim. I think they were improved in the later models.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th August, 2006

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Classic 2.6

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.6 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance45000 kilometres
Previous carAcura Integra


No wonder its Mercedes' best seller


The car shakes a little at high speeds.

The seems to steer a little to the right.

General Comments:

This car has been a pleasure to drive, I would recommend it to everyone. The comfort lever is incredible, and everything seems to be positioned comfortably, with the driver in mind. In addition, the fuel economy of this car is very good for a V6 2.6L engine. It does around 550KM for the full tank.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2004

1998 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired100 kilometres
Most recent distance132000 kilometres
Previous carMercedes-Benz E-Class


A car to live with


Nothing serious yet, except if you consider monthly service ;)

General Comments:

This is the best car ever, my first car ever was a '96 Jeep Wrangler then a MB E300 which was more than perfect.

But talking about this one '98, I'll tell you one thing I've been traveling from one country to another for the past 4 years evry 4 months "work and study" it's an 8 hours drive!! This car is THE car for traveling and every day use not to mention style ;)

IF I ever bought another car "which is gonna be, gotta be a MB" this one will always remain :)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th March, 2003

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 5 reviews