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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

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Worst time for Mercedes?
8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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By freddys555
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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I regret to say that this was the worst Mercedes I have ever owned. It seemed that something went wrong with it every other week. The digital read-outs on main display failed causing to lose the ability to use particular options, HVAC system completely failed and needed total replacement, window regulator failures, side mirror motor failures, seat heater failures, seat adjustment motor failure, trunk release failure, fluid leaks, engine mounts needed replacement (@ 60K miles!), and many more malfunctions.

Despite this being Mercedes, nobody should be experiencing this many problems with a car costing this much.

It is by far the worst car I have ever owned.


Best Features

V8 engine, suspension, interior comfort


Worst Features

This was the 2nd Mercedes I bought. Regretfully, my experience with this model has discouraged me from ever buying another Mercedes product. I certainly hope the newer Mercedes models have improved, especially with their electronics.


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Always Will
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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By khanbaba
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought my 2003 E320 with 35,000 in August 2007.
Also bought an extended warranty through Mercury Insurance out of Oklahoma City for up to 5 additional years or 100,000 miles for $3,000.
The warranty paid off.
Parkplace Motorcars in Dallas maitained it and I never had to spend any money on it for 5 years other than normal wear and tear.
Its been a great car and now has 101,000 miles.
Ready to put new Michelin tires now.
I intend to keep it unless someone who appreciate a well maintained/documents car and offers me what I can't refuse.
My wife drives it like her own baby.


Best Features

Ride, Comfort, Reliability, Braking, Ease of Working on the Engine, Accelaration, and no road noise with Michelin tires.


Worst Features

The sun visor could have made to function better. Also, could have used less plastic in the interior.


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one year into owning...never again
9 of 23 people found this review helpful
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By damnnn
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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Bought mine with miliage 90k, car was 7 years old. I enjoyed it for a few months, and then prolems started to appear. First, transmission started to give me headache, and a month later it completely broke, next: radiator, pheumatic pump, sensors. all together about 6,000 in repairs...a little costly for one year into ownership... Although beautfull and fun to drive but (only in a straight, about 150). At the conclusion, my lesson learned, for germans "only lease"!!!!


Best Features

power, big torque, comfort, contols, feeling of being in the spaceship


Worst Features

reliability and cost efficiency for used cars


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L e m o n !!!!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By e320mb
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Boy, did I get a lemon!
I have had the car for almost 5 years now, bought it used at 3 years and have spent thousands of dollars to keep it on the road.
In the last 6 months, I have only driven 3,000 kms due to not trusting its reliability and now when it needs it's snowtires off, the repairs of $2,880 shocks me yet again.
Every time I take it for service it costs me thousands.
Will be dumping it for something reliable = perhaps a Toyota - anything has got to be better than this.
Talk about mis-advertising because this baby sure does not prove German engineering.
Must have been a Monday or Friday car or when MB was associated with Chrysler, used Chrysler parts and charged MB prices.


Best Features

Smooth quiet ride.


Worst Features

Use parts made from something other than plastic and warranty your cars to represent the price you charge.


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Fun to drive
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By koolcar
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I bought 2003 MB E320. Though my car is 7 years old, but it looks like brand new from inside and outside.
E320 is very roomy, very reliable, very smooth in driving. My wife and kids love this car.
This car is very reliable, fun to drive. I can expect that .5%
cars might have issues with electronics etc. This is normal. No car can be 100% perfect.


Best Features

Luxury and smooth drive.


Worst Features

- Trim mechanics need improvement. - Cup holder does not meet North American style. It should be non mechanics.


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