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2009 Mercedes E300/E350

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2009 Mercedes E300/E350

What are your thoughts on these vehicles? I am in the market for a larger car because my current vehicle is uncomfortable for long drives. Interested to know how these cars are in terms of reliability and fuel efficiency. I know its a 6-7 year old Benz so I should expect some maintenance but have owned them in the past and am not concerned about scheduled maintenance. More interested in knowing whether the 2009 E-classes are money pits.

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Overall E-class is amazing. It drives well. Once you drive Benz there is no going back to BMW or Audi and not even a Porsche. Benz beats the competition and owns Europe. It will be comfortable on long road trips. You wouldn't feel tired after hours of driving. It's a good car to drive with fourth gear being it's fastest gear.

Just don't buy this car thinking it will be reliable like a Toyota. I think there is a history of transmission pump and vale body problems. Repairs would be very expensive, even the tire pressure sensors are damn expensive to replace. High cost maintenance and fuel economy isn't great. But hey, if you really cared about all this stuff you wouldn't be looking at Benz, you'd be driving a Beige Corolla
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Jatt if ju like the Benz buy the Benz
"Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul" ;) :cool:
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my dad had a e350 ( I think it's 09 ?). Car had no issue mechanically but had some issue with a/c, heater blower which these two combined costs $4000 to fix (separate occasion and after warranty period). The electronics of this car can be expensive to fix. I recalled the trunk would not open by remote and took into the dealer and without doing further investigation, SA said the car needs to have the receiver module changed at like $1500. I cannot believe it and took it to my own mechanic and found the wiring was broken due to many years of opening and closing of trunk and he replaced the wiring for $10 and I gave another $10 tips for the troubleshooting. He said the wiring from factory was not given enough slack, thus continuous stretching over time will break the wire eventually.

So, the bottom line is if you are thinking of getting an older benz, just make sure you have a honest mechanic you can take the car to. Dealer will rip you off every chance they get.
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E series are gorgeous cars just have the extra funds to repair it. Personally I would find a local mechanic you trust and does good work so you save a ton of cash when it comes to repairs.
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If you can find one (relatively clean and has good service records) for around $20k e350. Then its a decent find
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booblehead wrote: If you can find one (relatively clean and has good service records) for around $20k e350. Then its a decent find
That is what I am keeping an eye out for. Luckily, I am in no rush to buy so can wait until I find one that fits my criteria.
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I had a colleague who owned a W211(E-class from 2002-2009). Nice car but she found the maintenance and repair costs far too high that she wants rid of it. Definitely don't buy one and expect a fuel sipper, that's part of the running cost of any luxury car.

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