2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 4matic 4.3L V8 from North America
Rust and the cost of frequent repairs turned me off; now buying a Continental
Front strut R.H.
Front coil spring R.H.
Brake light switch.
Front drive shaft (4matic).
Front bearing windshield (cracked due to rust in windshield drain in the car body; not a stone or any road hazard).
Rear springs (R.H + L.H.).
Rust creeping (paint job).
Rust creeping again (2nd paint job).
Mileage (kilometers) driven since purchase: 175,000 - 125,000 = 50,000km
Cost of repairs (excluding regular maintenance): CDN $5,940.
AVG. $5,940/50,000km = CDN $0.12/km.
Driving comfort and "roominess": more than sufficient.
Engine: smooth and "delivering".
Fuel mileage: good for the car's size (do not get too excited; it is "premium"!)
Transmission: hesitates at lower RPM (similar to "turbo lag"), "lazy transmission".
Not an engine or riding comfort, but the numerous and frequent repairs/replacements and the cost of car ancillary equipment (OEM or not) caused me to lose my enthusiasm towards the brand.
Decent fuel mileage does not compensate for the cost and nuisance of "incidentals"!
This was not my first MB! Previous car was a C280; not a perfect car either, but in retrospect, a better one. In my opinion anyway.
Enough of used Mercedes for me!
Next car: Lincoln Continental 1997-2002 vintage.
At least replacement parts will be less expensive and NO RUST.
P.S. Beware of those "best car ever built" or "battle ship durability" types comments coming from the overenthusiastic owners that put 5 or 6k miles on a car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 31st May, 2015
31st May 2015, 22:25
Interesting, a similar era Volvo needs about the same repairs at similar miles. This includes the shock absorbers, a few (but expensive) suspension bushings, A/C and alternator pulleys. Also the radiator fan. As for the thermostat, belts and pulleys, it's normal maintenance at these miles.
On the other side, about every single 2000s E-class I see here in my town in Canada is more or less terribly rusted. It is just pathetic. Together with the Maxima, it has to be the most rusted 10 years old car on the road. There is also the Mazda 3, but this one is in a 'class apart'.
In opposition, I have yet to see a rusted Volvo.
Finally, I wish so much my Volvo had the same interior space as the E-class. I'm really jealous when I see the Mercedes and how comfortable it does indeed look.