Review: Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1995 – 2002)


Good engines and good to drive.

Severe, catastrophic rust problem, body and structure; even brake pipes and fuel delivery lines.

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7 March 2019

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24 July 2017

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1995 – 2002): At A Glance

The main problem with this model is rust. The car requres very thorough examination. The rust occurs in body panels and structurally. Front suspension spring perches can shear off. Be very wary indeed of any W210 that has just been painted.

What does a Mercedes-Benz E-Class (1995 – 2002) cost?

List Price from £38,150
Buy new from £28,352
Contract hire from £307.36 per month
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Faulty thermostat - What happens if I don't replace it?

I have a Mercedes-Benz E320 - I noticed the temperature stays round 50c on motorways and goes up to 70C in traffic, I was told thermostat needs replacing as it might be stuck open. My question is do I need to replace it and does it affect anything if I leave it?
If the thermostat is stuck open the engine will take a very long time to heat up from a cold start. The temperature readings are probably normal because the engine is cooled much more effectively on the motorway than in traffic.
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