1997 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E320 from North America
I'll never drive a Mercedes ever again
Things that had to be fixed/replaced during my nightmare ownership (in no particular order):
1) Alternator (twice)
2) Had to rewire car because it didn't meet Canadian regulations (warranty, but this is pretty ridiculous for such a car)
3) Rust on door
4) Transmission rebuilt at 50000kms ($4000)
5) Replaced dash display
6) Steering fluid reservoir BLEW UP while driving
7) Moon roof broke ($3000)
8) AC condenser broke at 80000km ($3000)
9) Right headlight due to water and mold damage
10) Both taillights due to water and mold damage
11) Rust on door
12) Multiple sensors
I kept this car in a clean, dry, indoor garage. There are many other problems, in all it cost me over $30000 on maintenance and repairs for this car over ~8 years. Service is really bad too, I would not recommend this car manufacturer to anyone I like.
This is seriously the worst car in the world.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 14th July, 2006
Well this is very rare. Mercedes standards are ahead of all country vehicle standards so sounds like your Mechanic was spinning you a yarn there. The faults you describe sound like the car was not only poorly serviced, but even damaged in service. Not all garages can service a Mercedes properly, even dealerships. Probably the most crucial part of owning a European prestige car in the States or Canada, is to get a decent mechanic located BEFORE you buy. Euro spec cars are way ahead of US & Canada spec vehicles, with the Mercedes CDI models not imported for three years because the fuel quality in the US and Canada was not up to Euro spec. Quite often, these vehicles suffer at the hands of mechanics used to dealing with more basic engineering. Very unlucky?