2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Avantgarde 3.2 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Unfortunately, not very positive

Faults:

Turbo failure.

General Comments:

I have owned this car for about 1 week. I have done 500 miles in that time. The turbo has just failed; I paid £1500 for the car, and I have been quoted £1480 to replace the turbo.

The seats are relatively hard, but still comfortable.

The automatic gearbox is perfect, tiptronic is really useful, fuel economy is good.

I chose this car for a combination of reliability, economy and performance. The latter are correct.

I will be looking for a VW Passat 1.9 TDI next.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th January, 2014

21st Jan 2014, 20:59

No, no, no! Do not get a Passat! Believe me, you will get much more than just a turbo failing, especially if it is an auto/DSG.

22nd Jan 2014, 12:30

The 1.9 TDI is fine - the 2.0 ones give some problems depending on the version. And since the reviewer was from the UK, chances are it's a manual, not a DSG.

9th Jun 2014, 16:07

You've bought a Mercedes for 1500; what did you expect? If you are on a budget, don't buy a Mercedes, buy a Japanese or Korean car.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG 5.5L V8 from North America

Summary:

Fantastic, amazing, great value for the money

Faults:

Window regulator broke and had to be replaced.

Door switch had to be replaced.

Window regulator was about $100, and the door switch was $5.

General Comments:

Surprising. Amazing performance. I have a Porsche 996, and the E55 would leave it in the dust at least for the first 100-120 mph.

Very comfortable. Great looks.

Very easy to work on. I do all the services on my Mercedes personally. In spite of being an AMG, service is basically the same as other Mercedes Benz.

This is the non supercharged version. Gas mileage is about 17 mpg or so.

I bought the car with all the records. The previous owner was very particular about service and kept every record. I suggest that if you are looking to buy an E55 AMG, you find one that's as complete as possible in terms of paperwork/records.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd December, 2011

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 Avantgarde 4.3 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Summary:

E Class with ageless looks, providing luxury and power

Faults:

Alternator (80000km).

Spark plugs (80000km).

Left front fog light blown.

Spark plugs.

General Comments:

The E430 is a beautiful car. Apart from the things that have gone wrong with the car, it has proven to be reliable for its age. Have had nothing serious that has gone wrong with the car. All electrics work fine, air con is fine, no serious problems whatsoever.

The car offers plenty of power, and is comfortable and feels prestigious for a car of its age.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th April, 2011

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Elegance 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Summary:

Comfortable but expensive rustbucket

Faults:

Apart from the usual consumables, there have been quite a few breakdowns. The Michelin Primacy HP tyres I fitted at 42,000 miles lasted very well, and were still on the car when I disposed of it at 59,500 with plenty of life left.

0 - 33,000 : From invoices supplied with the car, during this period.

Catalytic converters failed and were replaced.

Front roll bars replaced.

Brake light switch replaced.

33,633 - Corrosion in doors.

38,303 - electrical problem with indicators, went away of its own accord.

40,125 - corrosion in rear wheel arches and offside front wing.

40420 - all ABS, brake assist and electronic stability warning lights on - this is a known fault in this model, easily fixed by replacing brake pedal stop light switch.

49,449 - drive shaft oil seals leaking.

50,162:

Mass air flow sensor failed.

2 HT leads replaced due to misfiring.

CD unit in boot failed (loose wire).

56,238 - Replaced front brake discs (noticeable corrosion in sub frames, brake pipes, etc when car examined on ramp. Heat shield bolts all corroded, and heat shield lying on top of exhaust silencer).

56,438 - Front coil spring broke.

59,500 - Major ABS fault estimated at around £1000 to repair, plus another broken coil spring.

General Comments:

This is a big powerful and comfortable luxury car and a relaxed motorway cruiser. Full consumption is good for its size - only around 20mpg in stop/start town traffic, but up to 32mpg on long distance cruising.

Car has always has full MB service history, and I bought an MB warranty each year, which covered most of the repair costs, although the warranty was expensive, and I might have been as well without it and paying for repairs as they happened.

However, reliability is not good and repairs are expensive. My previous Nissan Primera was far more reliable. Car was finally disposed when the cost of the last repair was about 50% of the value of the vehicle.

The big fault with this model is corrosion. There are multiple problems with poor quality paintwork and corrosion that should just not happen to a car of this standard. The corrosion problems in Mercedes of this age are now well known - an Internet search will bring up lots of information. Mercedes are covering some, but not all of the corrosion on an out-of-warranty basis, but by the time I parted company with the car, it was clear that serious corrosion had taken hold, and would become very obvious over the next couple of years.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 9th November, 2009