2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reviews

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E430 4.3 liter V8 from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 4.3 liter V8 Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired68000 miles
Most recent distance74000 miles
Previous carBMW 5 Series

Summary:

Worst year for Mercedes?

Faults:

Numeric digital display failure on speedometer.

Total HVAC system failure - needed new A/C.

Violent shaking - engine mounts needed replacement.

Right mirror motor failure.

Passenger seat heater failure.

Driver seat adjustment failure.

Driver & rear window regulator failure.

Engine oil leak - twice.

Transmission shift failure.

Radiator leak.

Blower sensor failure.

O2 sensor failure - replaced.

General Comments:

Was this the worst time for Mercedes Benz? It certainly looked like it based on the numerous reports I came across and according to a MB tech. I regret that I didn't do my research before buying the E430.

There was something going wrong with it every other week. I had to check under the car every morning before going to work to check for any leaks.

I can go on and on about all the bad, but there were some things that were good.

The 4.3 liter V8 had brute force and performed very well. It was one of the best V8 engines I've had until I bought a different car.

The overall comfort was excellent without compromising performance. Suspension was firm, and did very well in any road conditions.

I regret to say that this E430 was the worst car I have ever owned.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 1st July, 2013

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 270 Avantgarde CDI 270 CDI Turbo Diesel from Estonia

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 270 CDI Turbo Diesel Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
9.8 / 10
Distance when acquired30000 kilometres
Most recent distance35000 kilometres
Previous carOpel Omega

Summary:

Excellent car

Faults:

Nothing, except some "clicking" sound coming from back seat. Will ask dealer to fix it during the regular maintenance check.

General Comments:

All my previous cars were petrol, so I was a little bit afraid that diesel will be slow and noisy. This car is extremely quiet and has better acceleration than my previously owned Opel Omega V6 2.5L. Average fuel consumption is 8,6 liters per 100km, and I drive only within the city, with it's traffic jams.

Car is very comfortable, it's Avantgarde version equipped with everything needed to make driving a car a real joy. Seats are comfortable, my first car of more than 10 I owned, where I can drive for hours, and get out of the car without any back pain, as it was with my cars before. Factory sound system has very good sound, and quite good performance - if you are not a hi-Tech sound maniac it will be more than enough.

So far, looks like this is true, that MB made a lot of work with improving their cars quality - nothing went wrong with this car. It gives everything you can expect from this class MB - excellent value for money, and comfortable and quiet ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2006

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E55 AMG 5.5L Supercharged from North America

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 5.5L Supercharged Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired9000 miles
Most recent distance10000 miles
Previous carLexus IS300

Summary:

Leather lined rocket sled

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

This car is sensationally fast. It feels much faster than my 2005 Corvette, even though the published performance figures are virtually identical. The Airmatic DC adjustable suspension produces noticeably different handling and ride characteristics in its 3 different settings, unlike other less-sophisticated adjustable suspensions. What I like best about this car is how it's a smooth, quiet luxury car until I mash the gas pedal - it has a Jekyll/Hyde personality. Very fun. Only complaint is that the harmon/kardon stereo system is not loud enough.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th November, 2005

22nd Mar 2007, 21:46

With 700NM of torque, these monsters have more torque than the 2007 E63, which is meant to be the successor to the E55!

These really are awesome machines. Surprised to hear the complaint about the Harmon Kardon. The sound system could have easily been upgraded. One of the best sound systems I have heard was in an E55.

More surprise is the lack of comments re the prodigious thirst. The E55 really knows how to drink when it is performing.

23rd Mar 2007, 10:43

In this class of car fuel consumption really isn't an issue, especially when the car is sort of competing with something like the Maserati Quattroporte which is EPA rated at around 9 mpg city.

Personally I'm waiting for some sort of hybrid/fuel cell/advanced diesel that offers the same amount of performance as the gas AMGs.

Normally Mercedes wouldn't touch that in this class of car, but EU regulations are going to start getting more stringent so they will have to find a happy medium.

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews