Used 2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Reviews
We bought this car with 6 yrs old as CPO with 35K miles. I just flipped it to 200K miles last week. We purchased an extended warranty from MB and that was a good decision. We have faithfully maintained the car and without a doubt, I can say this is the BEST car I've ever driven and/or owned. It is a tank. Over the years, I've had it packed. Often times with 6 passengers as the kids loved the rear facing seats. Combined city/hwy mileage averages 23-25, which given the performance is hard to beat. This car is solid, rain (which we have a lot of in the PNW) and snow are not a problem. Looking to replace (just want something newer) and it's going to be a tall order to beat this one.
Has never let me down, or stranded, always starts, runs smooth looks awesome in black paint finish, gets plenty of looks as she rolls past.. Bose sound system sounds like a concert w/ 8 speakers through out cabin.. great for long road trips or all around driving in comfort luxury. Mine has rear wheel drive w/ good snow tires and a little weight in the trunk for winner time, sand bags gets me through the heaviest blizzards winters in Pennsylvania.. Keep up on the basic maintenance oil change high octane gasoline she will run like a dream replace parts when needed it is like a fine air craft it will go on forever.. I love this car I can never stop staring at it' this car takes me everywhere She is part of the family love my Benz... e
I purchased this off a new-car dealer via eBay; had 78K on it then; now has 125K. This car sure beats the newer Cadillac SRX that I dumped due to horrible reliability. This is my "work truck" for renovating rental homes - back seats are often down with building materials in the back as the car tows my 5x8 utility trailer behind, with 2 dogs on the front seat. The 4-Matic never gets us stuck, as we love to ski in the winter and travel in snowstorms. Slightly-stiff seats utilize excellent- grade leather & show only minimal wear (some leather dye sprayed on annually keeps them nice). Issues: Dash pixels (common), rusted hydraulic line, broken front spring, stuck sunroof and nasty body rust.
This vehicle is unique. Way better than an SUV - getting kids in and out of the rear-facing 3rd seat is a breeze. Minivans and SUVs don't have this kind of handling and fuel economy. Mine now has 87k on it and still looks new. I set the cruise at 80 and get 27 mpg with five people aboard. When it snows, we prefer the Benz to my wife's Jeep because the AWD and ESP makes any trip in snow uneventful. Only minor issues --clicking driver seat that I put up with because it's $600 (I think) for a new seat adjuster -- and burned out time & temp pixels on the Instrument Panel ($Big$). I'd buy another one of these cars in a heartbeat.
Driving this car feels like you're piloting a piece of butter over a pancake on a Saturday morning, and it exudes the vibe of a warm, syrup-enveloped waffle; beautiful and relaxing. The steering feels like you're holding hands with the car's soul and you're both becoming one with the intuition of where you want the car to go, guiding the vessel through a seemingly telepathic interface. There is little resistance or road feel from the steering wheel, but it doesn't feel loosey-goosey either. The throttle is gentle and smooth, but it doesn't lack power at any speed. The engine is stout and sturdy, very quiet under usual circumstances but has a nice bark at WOT. The brakes saved my car's front end and a baby deer's life, so I can't say they're not adequate. My only matter of contention with the brakes is that they're almost too effective at low speeds. Very sensitive, but I'll get used to that. The seats are comfortable, the interior is roomy and of good quality. The AC is unyieldingly powerful and fast, with ergonomic controls. Some quarrels I have with the interior, however, are the lack of effective cupholders in the foreward part of the cabin.. actually I'm not even sure if the aft section has any cupholders.. Anyway, there is one flimsy son of a gun pretending to be folding cupholder that resides within the center console. I can't recommend trusting this cupholder at all, it's about as sturdy as New York-style pizza. This brings me to my next altercation... That flimsy simp of a cupholder will spill a drink right onto the VERY FRAGILE shifter electronics.. Right. On. The shifter. The stock shifter is a handsome design but is by no means practical considering the cupholder location (and its aforementioned inadequacy). There is nothing to seal and protect the sensitive electronics that lie directly underneath the face plates, and the gaps in the shifter are basically inviting liquids and debris inside. Damaging the shifter is a common problem on these cars and you may find that it can cause a host of problems, one of which is limp mode. In some cases, a brand new shifter is required, so should you trust a liquid near the shifter, be prepared to buy a $500 part. Very easy to replace, though. No need to reset the CEL or transmission codes that it sets off, at least not in my case. I recommend modifying both the cupholder/replacing it with a better design, and the shifter. Some sort of sealing on the outer edges of the face plates and a leather boot around the lever sealed to the face plate should suffice, but will visually cover the W/S switch. You would still be able to operate the switch, and the gears are displayed on the dash anyway so there is no problem with what is visually covered by the boot. Now on to the sound system; good speakers and all that, the interior is very well insulated from outside noise and the volume control at the steering wheel is a nice feature. The multiple CD player is a neat thing, but the sound system has no aux/bluetooth inputs, so that's pretty wack. Definitely need to replace the stereo. Overall, this is a swanky and posh automobile (: