Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

Pros & Cons

  • Distinctive good looks, lots of standard safety equipment, available all-wheel drive, refined powertrains, rock-solid engineering.
  • Stately rather than sporty, gimmicky COMAND system option, no manual transmissions available.
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$1,502 - $3,308

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Edmunds' Expert Review

Even though it's now in its seventh year and due for a change in '03, the 2002 E-Class offers state-of-the-art safety and performance technology wrapped in a somber but classy body.

Vehicle overview

The booming economy and generally healthy stock market of the mid-'90s sent luxury sedan sales through the roof. Under these promising conditions, the very popular E-Class has proven to be a solid home run since its last redesign in 1996.

Four different models are available. The E320 Sedan and Wagon (available with 4matic all-wheel drive) come equipped with a strong 3.2-liter V6 engine making 221 horsepower that is capable of propelling these models from a standstill to 60 mph in 7 to 8 seconds, depending on equipment. The E430 Sedan (also available with 4matic all-wheel drive) has a 4.3-liter V8 good for 275 horsepower and runs to 60 mph in the low- to mid-6s. The pavement-searing AMG-tuned E55 comes with a massive 349-horsepower 5.5-liter V8, which will catapult this "E" to 60 in just 5.4 seconds. All models have a TouchShift automanual transmission, which lets the driver select his own gears or leave the slushbox to do the dirty work.

Outside, the E wears a familiar face, as the basic design dates back to 1996. The E320 and E430 Sedans are available with a Sport package, which includes AMG aerodynamic enhancements, specific foglights and 17-inch wheels and tires. If you want more than just AMG looks, snag the E55 and get the more powerful V8, 18-inch wheels and thicker stabilizer bars.

Inside, the multi-function steering wheel, large instrument cluster and central display screen for the optional (but not recommended, as it is somewhat frustrating to use) Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) system provide the E-Class driver with a wealth of information. Side airbags are standard in each of the four doors, as are inflatable side curtains for increased head protection. TeleAid is also a standard service and can put you in touch with emergency personnel if your airbags deploy or if you suffer a sudden medical problem.

In addition to the airbags and TeleAid, the E-Class comes with other standard safety equipment, including antilock brakes with brake assist, traction control and stability control, that keeps the E-Class going in the direction in which it's pointed. A BabySmart system automatically deactivates the front passenger airbag when a special dealer-installed child seat is present, but in an E-Class, there's plenty of room in back for the kiddie seats.

Thanks to a long list of safety and luxury features, the E-Class continues to represent the epitome of luxury, giving its owners a technologically magnificent vehicle in a striking package. These cars make a statement -- they say, "I'm rich." But they add, "I'm also an intelligent buyer who wants a comfortable and safe car, and that's what I'm paying for."

2002 Highlights

The 2002 E-Class soldiers on unchanged, awaiting a redesign that will take place next year.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan.

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2002 Mercedes E 320 w/Elegance Package
Pete,11/24/2007
E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
My first ever Mercedes. I am more than pleased with the car. I would caution buyers who are looking at buying a higher mileage car to take the car in for a transmission oil and filter change. Mercedes says it isn't needed, but mine did. Be sure to only use Mercedes-Benz transmission fluid. Older Mercedes cars are good cars for do-it-yourselfers who are willing to do the research to learn how to work on them. Internet makes this easy. Dealership service is expensive, but seldom needed. This is the best engineered car I've ever driven or owned. The fit and finish is perfect. I was astonished that such an aparently heavy car gets such good gas mileage (22 city / 29 hwy).
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wjp1,06/04/2012
E430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
I bought a 02 E 430 SPt SEDAN NEW. I have no problem in over 10 years. Only minor repairs. The vehicle performance magnificent,strong unbelievable aggressive acceleration and amazing handling , with the MECHANICALLY RELIABLE POWERFULL 4.3L V 8 engine AS APPRX. 160,000 MILES I want to keep this car for a while longer. I AM EXPERIENCING ONE RECENT PROBLEM, I JUST PUT A NEW A/C SYSTEM IN THE VEHICLE, BUT AROUND APPROX. 1000-1200 RPM I GET A DRAGGING PANORAMIC SOUND THAT GO AWAY OVER 1200 RPM. WHEN THE A/C SYSTEM IS ON ONLY. WE REPLACED THE UNIT BUT THE NOISE IS STILL THERE. THE LOCAL M-BENZ DEALERSHIP NEVER EXPERIENCE NOTHING LIKE THIS. I still have the noise and need help.
2002 Benz E320 Best Value
David,09/28/2016
E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
I've owned two 2002 E320's since 2010 . Bought a pair. Love the both.
2002 Mercedes Benz E430
Wes Benton,07/12/2019
E430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A)
I bought this car in 1/03 with 8000 Miles 17 years ago for $38,000 the original MSRP was $53,000. Today I have 287,500 Miles on it and runs brand new I have maintained it since the day I bought it. The ride is exceptionally smooth and easy to drive no issues mechanically or electronically at all, the maintenance is the Oil Chang every 7000 Mile using Mobil 1 10/40 or 15/50 Full Synthetic with the Lucas Additive. I had 1 Transmission Fluid Change in 2010 and since then nothing and still runs perfect times like a clock. Mercedes says since it's a Sealed Transmission that it never has to be done for life now with the miles I have I'm going to ride it out this is the longest I've ever kept a car with this many miles and I'm totally impressed. It has 295HP @ 5700 RPM and picks up with a smooth power quickly and stops on a dime the ABS System is very good. AC is still Cold every 2 years I have a Recharge to keep it running cool, I've had the Rear Window Regulator repaired 1 and the Left Headlight Bulb goes out often but it's a easy replacement. I had the top speed to 152 MPH onetime to see how fast it can go and when slowed down to 65 MPH it felt like I was crawling. This is one of the best dependable cars I've ever had I detail it every week and looks like I just bought yesterday, E430 is an exceptional car and worth to keep for another 20 years. One thing is when you try to Appraise it or Book it out the value to a potential buyer would be about $1500 at best and that just doesn't make sense but those are the facts even though I paid $37,000 doesn't matter. However when I'm putting gas or im parked I'll have people come and complement the condition on how good it looks and shocked to know it 17 years old with 287,000 they cant believe it. I would even want to sell it and go through the BS Haggle knowing what this car is worth being so dependable and in great condition one day I'll just give it away and hope someone takes care of like I have.

Safety

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Acceptable
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

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Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan Overview

The Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan is offered in the following styles: E55 AMG Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.4L 8cyl 5A), E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), E430 Rwd 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A), E320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), and E430 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (4.3L 8cyl 5A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan models are available with a 5.4 L-liter gas engine or a 3.2 L-liter gas engine or a 4.3 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 349 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan comes with rear wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

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