1995 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E220 coupe 2.2 from UK and Ireland
Nice well built car. But has minor issues
Poor idle occurred a few days after purchase. Dealer replaced air flow sensor, but idle issue remained. Returned car, dealer then replaced throttle body and carried out full service curing problem.
Oil pressure gauge failed, dealer replaced.
SRS light comes on at random.
Headgasket failed at 120,000.
Luckily most problems I've had have been covered with the warranty.
Main dealer doesn't seem very helpful, although that might be because MBUK have took the franchise off them and opened up a new regional centre just around the corner.
Headgasket was replaced by specialist for just £631! so maintenance costs can be very reasonable.
On the other hand the car runs excellent and the lesser 220 engine copes very well. Not exactly breath-taking performance, but the general ride and build quality is excellent. Although I feel it doesn't have the quality of the old '70s & '80s Mercedes.
If I could turn back time I think I'ld rather had bought a '80s SL and live with the extra fuel consumption.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 10th August, 2003
10th Dec 2010, 02:18
In 2002 I bought a used 1994 E220 (Japenese Spec.)
Overall, the car looks OK, and the mileage is only 35,000km (which I suspect has been tampered with).
After running an additional few thousand miles, the engine wiring harness need replacement, which is quite expensive. Later the throttle body suffered badly. The engine RPM become unstable (RPM went up and down, sometimes the engine stops). Recently I replaced the throttle body with a used one, re-tuned the engine and replaced the spark plugs as well, and the problem is solved. However, the engine is not running as smoothly as before. There is a feeling of minute engine misfire (occasional minute shivering). I was told by a workshop this may be due to engine wiring problems. The engine gasket has previously worn out, causing unstable engine temperature, but has been replaced and the temperature.
I love the old car, but the way the engine runs really bothers me. Suggestions or advice are welcomed. Thanks.