Buy a Lexus instead
Wipers have scratched the glass badly, door squeaks even when new, broken bonnet latch.
After many years with Lexus, decided to switch to a Mercedes instead. Some pre registered cars were offered on sale, and the cheapest E class was as expensive as a mid range C250 CGI.
It's a hit and miss car. Some parts are nice - I like the ambient theatre style lighting, it's fast for a 1600kg+ car with a 1.8 L engine (specs indicate 0 - 100 km/h in less than 8s with the new 7 speed gearbox). Refinement is poor, too much road noise infiltrates the cabin.
Some equipment is useless - there is a PCMCIA slot for media - I have never seen these media cards on sale. You have to be careful with the media display centre - it scratches easily and replacement is $3000.
The steering wheel is offset and not in line with the seating position.
After 125 years of car making, and the E Class being a core Mercedes model, you'd expect it to be perfect. It isn't.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 1st September, 2012