2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Sleek and dignified design inside and out, pleasing blend of ride and handling, sophisticated safety features, all-wheel drive available on both sedans and wagons.
  • More expensive than competitors, confusing control layout, electronically controlled brakes lack progressive feel.

Although it costs more than its peers, a combination of excellent driving dynamics, numerous safety and luxury features and high style make the E-Class one of our favorites.

2005 Highlights

Diesel fans, rejoice! After years of waiting, a Mercedes-Benz diesel is once again available in the States, as the E320 CDI joins the lineup. For now, this model is only 45-state certified, meaning that it's unavailable in California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York or Vermont. Beginning in March 2005, the base E320 becomes the E350 with the addition of a 3.5-liter V6 with 51 more horsepower. At the same time, a sport package will be added, which features upgraded suspension tuning and wheels, as well as steering wheel-mounted shift buttons. Complimentary scheduled maintenance program has been dropped for 2005.

Consumer reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
Most Fun to Drive (Still is.)
ccelpjack,09/21/2015
E320 Rwd CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
The 2005 E320 CDI is the most fun to drive car that I've ever owned in my short 70 years. This car was made to be driven and driven hard! I've owned four Mercedes vehicles-1 gas and 3 diesels and the 2005 E320 CDI is the fastest and nearly has the most torque of the three. I absolutely love to drive this car. It literally is as solid as a rock. It tracks down the highway like an arrow and when I pass a semi at highway speeds (or a little more) it doesn't waver one single millimeter. I sometimes take it out on the Interstate and drive it just for the fun of it. I LOVE THIS CAR!
5 out of 5 stars
Still fast and a headturner after 4 yrs.
Ernest C,11/17/2008
E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 7A)
After leasing my 2005 E500, I decided to keep it. And I don't regret it. I love this car! It's black with chrome wheels and gets a lot of attention. I have not had any major problems. Other than the scheduled maintenance, I took it in for an AC glitch. I love the luxury equipments that came standard. From the GPS and satellite to the pulsating seats and xenon headlamps. And this bad boy gets excellent gas mileage. I averaged 29.6 mpg on the highway last month, on a trip to San Francisco. City epa averages around 18- 20 mpg. I'll be keeping this till the next E Class comes out.
5 out of 5 stars
Best car I have ever owned!
cdrhoek,03/03/2012
E320 Rwd CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A)
Totally trouble free. This car has been as reliable as my Honda (no small feat!). 36MPG on the highway at 70 mph. Quiet, passengers have no idea it is a diesel. Performance is better than the gasoline version of the same car. This is the last year with the straight 6 mercedes diesel, as bullet-proof a motor as Mercedes has ever made. I would never consider buying another Mercedes that wasn't a diesel.
3.13 out of 5 stars
After first year - BEWARE
Jeff C.,11/16/2004
E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A)
This is a warning to anyone looking for a 2004 or 2005 E320. It is well known in the auto world about the problems with this model and Mercedes in general right now. It is basically an electronic nightmare. Since January of 2004, I have had the following replaced - rear door lock, instrument cluster (in speedometer), brain for the Dynamic Seats, 2- rain sensors, Command Center/GPS, 6 CD-player, brake issues. All of this in 11 months! It is a beautiful car and rides wonderfully and has some neat extras but you really need to think hard before buying this car. This is my first Mercedes and after paying $57,000 I am at a loss for words. Please take my words to heart - BEWARE.

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating
    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger5 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover
    Rollover5 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated
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 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Overview

The Used 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is offered in the following submodels: E-Class Sedan, E-Class E55 AMG, E-Class Wagon, E-Class Diesel. Available styles include E55 AMG 4dr Sedan (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A), E320 Rwd 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), E320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl 5A), E500 Rwd 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 7A), E55 AMG 4dr Wagon (5.4L 8cyl S/C 5A), E320 Rwd CDI 4dr Sedan (3.2L 6cyl Turbodiesel 5A), E500 4MATIC AWD 4dr Sedan (5.0L 8cyl 5A), E320 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A), E320 Rwd 4dr Wagon (3.2L 6cyl 5A), and E500 4MATIC AWD 4dr Wagon (5.0L 8cyl 5A). Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz E-Class models are available with a 5.4 L-liter gas engine or a 3.2 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 469 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 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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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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