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Mercedes-Benz E-Class W210 1995

4
reviewed by rgt1973 on 24 November 2017
5
reviewed by bigshineybike on 1 November 2017
3
reviewed by DavidChing on 10 May 2016
4
reviewed by myname on 7 February 2014
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reviewed by kevin neate on 1 December 2013
4

E320cdi saloon Avantgarde

reviewed by tescodirect on 8 September 2011
4
Overall rating
5
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
3
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
4
Cost of maintenance and repairs
3
Experience at the dealership
5
How practical it is
3
How you rate the manufacturer
4
Overall reliability

Comfortable, reliable, economical but dreadful rust

I owned this car for years, and absolutely loved it. However, I had to get rid of it because it was rusting everywhere. I had the rust fixed, and it simply rusted again. If it were not for that, I would consider this to be the best car I ever owned: but rust is about as serious a problem as you can get. The car was three years old when I bought it from a dealer, and had rust developing already. However, they agreed to treat it all before purchase, and the car really looked as good as new when brought it home. Unfortunately, within a year the rust had started to come through again, and when I got rid of it after four years, it was rusting everywhere. Alloy wheels also corroded badly, which is a problem that MB still do not seem to have addressed.

On the positive side, I ran the car up to 180k, and it hardly set a foot wrong. New glow plugs were needed around 100k, and new thermostat around 160k, a new battery around 175k. CD played had also started to wear out, randomly refusing to play around 50% of cds. Other than that, it needed little other than routine servicing. The ride quality was among the best I have encountered,and the interior was extremely comfortable but possibly looking a bit dated now. Performance and economy from this first generation CDi engine were superb, and stretches of motorway driving at 60mph often saw up to 50mpg. Massive boot and loads of room in the back. If it were not for the dreadful rust, I would still have this car now.

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5
reviewed by merc001 on 8 March 2011
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reviewed by kevin neate on 12 December 2010

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