2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 270 CDI Classic 2.7 turbo diesel from Belgium
Very nice car, but the quality was not correlating with its price & reputation
Turbo blew a pipe twice.
Radio antenna enhancer died (no RDS, no remote locks).
Rear window spray jet died.
Navigator screen worked only intermittently.
Lower control arms had to be changed.
Automatic boot cover (station wagon) died twice.
Interior started to show abnormal wear and tear; for example b-pillar cover fabric wore so thin it ripped. Light beige artificial leather was pretty, but surprisingly prone to tearing. I'd like to point out, that none of my car interiors (2x Merc, Volvo, Ford, BMW, Peugeot etc. etc.) before or since has been so weak.
A very nice car to drive, comfortable, a very nice engine which felt even stronger than it actually was. Mercedes 5 speed automatic gearbox is a legend and for a good reason, it is very smooth. Harman-Kardon sound system is a bliss. Very good seats. All in all, a near-perfect long distance cruiser.
Back seat was surprisingly cramped for a car that size. Boot was not massive either. Both previous and following E-Class models are much roomier.
Build quality was surprisingly low, and we had quite a bit of problems even though I was the second owner and the car was purchased via a Mercedes-owned Nearly New Car center, so the mileage was most likely correct, and the car had been serviced according to the schedule.
The service costs if done by dealer are very high. OEM parts are very expensive. This does not seem to result in an especially high quality product, though.
My third Mercedes, and most likely the last - at least for quite a while. A moderate disappointment.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 13th August, 2014