2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E240 Elegance 2.6 petrol from UK and Ireland


A spacious, luxurious dream machine


There is only really one niggling fault with the car. Sometimes when you are driving along, three warning messages come up in rapid succession. They are:




Following the computer's advice, I took my car to the dealership where they found that the sensors were loose. The dealer promptly fixed this.

However, these messages still come up from time to time, and since I'm not going to bother with these persistent niggling faults any more, I just ignore them.

General Comments:

On the bright side, though, the car is very quiet, smooth and comfortable.

Long journeys aren't a problem - the seats give excellent support, so you don't get tired driving the car.

There is a surprising lack of road, wind and engine noise which makes for a pleasant journey.

Reading other reviews, I noticed that a lot of people have a problem with worn or hard leather seats. Not a problem for me, since my car has cloth seats.

The car's performance is satisfying taking into account the size and weight of the vehicle. Although the manufacturer claims a 0-60 time of 10.0 seconds, under full acceleration, the E240 feels much quicker than that.

Handling is great and although the car is no BMW 5 Series, It's still more than adequate for my needs.

Build quality is very good, although not quite up to Benzes of old.

There is a huge amount of space for passengers, front and rear. The car is wide, has plenty of head and legroom, and the boot is also a very usable size.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th August, 2004

31st Jan 2005, 07:50

I agree that the fabric seats look much better than the leather after a few years. Look at second hand ones and the leather interiors always look old whereas the fabric ones always look new.

By the way, the fault you describe with the BAS, ESP, ABS warning messages is caused by the brake light switch. A very common fault and cheap to fix. Its just a shame that the dealer is incapable of diagnosing it.

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 200 komp 2.0 supercharged from UK and Ireland


Good on the motorway, other wise crap


The EPS steering was noisy when the car was turned into a corner, the supercharger has gone on it 3 times, the cabins lights had to be changed, the wheel nuts all gone rusty, the front off the car is rusty, the brakes are hopeless, the on board computer failed to detect the ABS and the ESP was faulty.

General Comments:

Very comfortable on the motorway seats hold you well on the country lanes, sound system is a wonderful.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 26th December, 2003

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 320 3.2 Liter from North America


Worthy of Its Solid Reputation


Cup holder door persistently refuses to work properly even after several trips to repair.

Passenger Front Window requires above average maintence and repair - faulty fuse.

A/C needed recharging a little early.

General Comments:

Smooth as silk and nicely powered. One of the most comfortable cars I've ever driven.

Very comfortable and controls are nicely placed, with the exception of traction control on/off switch.

Visibility excellent for all passengers, spacious, plenty of headroom, easy to clean, Solid Road feel.

Surprisingly good fuel efficiency.

Very impressive suspension.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th November, 2003

18th Dec 2005, 12:55

Just bought my first Mercedes, pick-up is for Jan. 2006.

It's a 2001 E320, black on black.

Rode terrific, beautiful inside - nice horses too. I'll let you know what the verdict is after using it for a while.

Can't wait!

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E 320 3.2 liter V6, petrol from North America


Excellent combination of safety and luxury


Thus far there have been no defects in 14 months of ownership. I have had to replace the windscreen due to a stone chip.

General Comments:

Very well thought out car. Excellent suspension and transmission. The engine is clearly blue blooded, but not quite as turbine-like as previously owned in-line 6 cylinder BMWs. Most surprisingly is the excellent fuel economy. I achieve 18 mpg is solid city driving and approach 30 mpg on the highway... at 80 mph! This compares to 16 in the city and 27 on the highway to my 1999 BMW 328i. Remarkable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2003