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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

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Great car but not cheap to own
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By RDV
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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Bought her new in Oct 02. Still drives great, interior holding up well. Handling is a little mushy for my taste. Trans occasionally hunts for right gear but otherwise smooth. BEWARE-repairs are pricey. Just fixing a rattling heat shield was $250. I use an independent, Benz-only shop and it's still expensive to maintain. Had to replace heater valve last winter - $500. All in all, love the E class (evidenced by my decision to buy a new 2011 E350) but she definitely ain't cheap to own and operate. I'd be very careful if buying a used one.


Best Features

Heated seats and steering wheel. Generous interior size. Decent fuel economy for size. Build quality excellent. Valets still park it out front.


Worst Features

Pre-iPod Benz audio systems are generally weak and this one is no exception. Floaty handling at high speeds. Trans shifts a bit lazy. Maintenance costs that can bankrupt a small country.


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By Tony
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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I reviewed this model favorably when I first purchased used in 2006. Now, it is a different story. Repairs are extremely expensive and many can only be done at a dealer. Yesterday, the car left me stranded for the second time in 2 years. Again, an excellent independent shop is not equipped to handle. Another fuel injector type of problem. I have owned BMW's, Infinity, and Jag's in the past so I'm used to expensive repairs. But this car has been babied and just turned 70K miles, too young for these types of problems. Buy only if still under manufacturer warranty. Otherwise, avoid all German sedans and buy an Infiniti. Sure, the style/status is not the same, but an Infinity IS dependable


Best Features

nice interior


Worst Features

cup holders, as with all German cars, are a joke. Mechanicals need quality improvement. If Japan can do it, why not the Germans. Forget GPS, MP#, and all the rest of this junk and shore up the basic mechanicals.


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Worst car ever bought
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By sonya
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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We have spent over 6,000 in the last 10 months for problems we shouldn't have. some repairs started at about 65,000 and I mean major repairs. This year, front end, sensors of all kinds at about 90,000. Just keeps on. Can't buy another car for awhile since we're retired and the crooks at the Feds did a good job of evaporation of our IRA. Our other Merc was just fine. A 1998. We thought this Mercedes would last us awhile.


Best Features

Love the way it handles and rides.


Worst Features

better quality of interior and electronics.


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2003 E320 RWD
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By jonduro
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)


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bought this car with 55800 miles. The interior is very comfortable and stylish. The car is somewhat heavy but the engine has good power. I consistently get 21 city and 29 highway when on cruise control. The looks are ok but the newer models are now better. As far as reliability it has served me well. It goes 10k miles between oil changes. I do take care of car and do not drive it aggressively. It is a cruiser not a racecar. The feeling behind wheel is not great because it is too comfortable and big. Overall is a good car. Keep regular maintenance take care of it. Repairs can be pricey but you do get what you pay or don't pay for.


Best Features

interior comfort, nice and big trunk...airbags..6 disk cd changer and sound


Worst Features

it seems like newer models are addressing what the 2003 year lacks.


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Love my car when it works
6 of 13 people found this review helpful
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By joerider72
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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A)


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DO NOT BUY! I currently average about $6,000/yr or $500/month in repairs to drive this car. The quality of the parts is shoddy, primarily due to poor engineering (it's not engineered for longevity). The bottom line is that the car has WAY too much electronics that control and monitor everything. Those electronics do not have the life expectancy of the mechanical parts. Here's my list of repairs; front struts, rear's are leaking, radiator, (damaged transmission - see TSB), control unit for tranny, suspension compressor, air hoses relating to suspension, tires because suspension was messed up. What I still need: brake accumulator, new motor mounts,new tranny or torque converter, rear struts


Best Features

Heated seats (only half of the heat works on my passenger seat), individual climate control, engine power, ride quality when air suspension works properly.


Worst Features

This is a 3yr car or as long as you can get a bumper to bumper warranty for. Since they no longer sell this model new...don't waste your money!


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