2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class E350 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl 7A)
I've owned 6 MB's in the last 28 years, they've all been reliable cars. Last year, I purchased a CPO 2006 E350 with 37,000 mi and an extended warranty. Thank God I purchased the warranty! Within six months a major oil leak had to be repaired on the engine and an interior trim piece on the center console pealed off; not so bad. Two days ago, I was driving and the transmission bumped hard down shifting from 2nd to 1st gear. When I drove off, it would not shift out of 1st gear. Had it towed to my dealer. They called today and said there was dark foreign fluid in the transmission fluid, that an interior part had failed and the transmission would need to be rebuilt or replaced. Not amused!
Extended warranty, styling, ride, comfort, a loaner car! The dealer has been very accommodating, so far. Not sure I can afford to keep the car after the warranty expires. How about bringing back the reliability that was once the hallmark of a MB and transmissions that last 200,000+ miles.
Solve the 7-speed transmission issues, oil leaks seem to be a problem, Navigation was outdated from the factory. These newer cars from Mercedes do not feel like a Mercedes product anymore. There is no solid "THUNK" to the doors, there is too much cheap plastic and fake chrome for a $60K car.