2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E200 1.8 kompressor from UK and Ireland
A terrible, cheaply manufactured, heap of junk
What an appalling heap of junk. My father bought this car new and it has had more go wrong with it than all his previous cars combined.
To start with - the gearbox had at least 3 separate leaks (all fixed under warranty).
It then sprouted another leak at the end of the warranty, necessitating a gearbox removal. Thankfully this was covered by Mercedes.
The fuel level gauge in the tank went.
ABS pump went.
Of course - this being a 1.8 - it needed a timing chain at 100k km due to a poor design by Mercedes, and also needed various seals at the same time - a further 1500 euro bill thank you very much.
It also had 2 drop links and 2 ball joints go as well.
This car was bought new and always serviced on time by Mercedes. It has had so much go wrong with it that it leads me to believe that the pre facelift W211 was a terribly built car with cheap parts used from the factory. I would advise everyone to steer clear of them, unless you have deep pockets and enjoy having an unreliable car.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 11th February, 2015
20th Jul 2015, 10:30
Hi all. I own a 2006 E320 CDI too. Like all cars, she had some pluses. But the final emotions from the possession of it - nightmare. I seem to have become paranoid with this car. An infinite sense of worry that it fails again on the road. I tired of all those leaks, error messages and other Mercedes failure stuff for this period. And I sold it. Now, day by day, I feel sure and safe on my next non-Mercedes car. Also I regret that I ever got in touch with Mercedes - wasted so much time, money and nerves. Mercedes (or other German brand) – thanks, but never again.
6th Dec 2015, 01:01
I see your point... you had bad luck. I've owned several BMWs and Mercedes, and I have never had major issues with them. German cars are well built, however with all the electronic gadgets, a good car could finish being a nightmare (like all the other vehicles). The problem is that these are expensive cars...