Mercedes E-Class in the used car check: strengths and weaknesses

The Mercedes E-Class of the generations W 212 and W 213 are better than their predecessors. But then they fail to meet their own claim of “the best or nothing”. Brake lines and axle suspensions are not without problems. The most important information for used car buyers from the AUTO BILD TÜV report!

Mercedes E-Class (type W 213)

Construction time: 2016 until today
Engines: 150 PS (E 200 d) to 612 PS (AMG E 63 S 4Matic)
Price: from 23,900 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2016): five stars

Mercedes E220d T

The type W 213 is around five meters long and therefore even more voluminous than its predecessor.

That’s him: Meanwhile a really big car, the length of which is the Five meter mark approaching (saloon 4.92 m / T-model 4.93 m). This means that the current Stuttgart luxury class is a few centimeters higher than its predecessor, the W 212, and almost reaches the format of the thick-ship S-Class W 140 (1991-1998) – outside and inside. No wonder, because the W 213 not only shares technology modules with the C-Class and GLC, but also with the S-class and even the AMG GT (MRA = Modular Rear Architecture). the Sedan share is two thirds, the rest are station wagons. In 2017, the coupé and convertible were added to the series (C238 / A238), while the SUV trimmed version appeared at the same time T-model named “All terrain“with more ground clearance and the 4Matic all-wheel drive.

Mercedes E-Class in the AUTO BILD used car market

He can do that: Convey the good feeling of sitting in a real Mercedes to a degree that has not been achieved in a long time. The suspension acts extremely smoothly even without air supportwho have favourited passengers ample freedom of movement and low noise and – depending on the engine – plenty of dynamism. A 200 diesel is enough for this, which breaks the 100 mark in around 8.5 seconds. A manual transmission was only available until the beginning of 2018 and only for the 200 petrol engine, otherwise the standard 9G-Tronic accurately sorts the gears – including those identified by the “e” in the type designation Plug-in hybrids, then expanded to include a starter generator integrated into the gearbox. The OM 656, a six-cylinder in-line engine with double urea injection to eliminate nitrogen oxides that are harmful to the lungs, was launched in September 2018.
That causes trouble: You could almost think: nothing at all. In any case, readers only very rarely complain, maybe complain Smartphones unwilling to pair. An E 220d T-Model completed a 100,000 km endurance test with a grade of 2 (see video above). In the end, two small mistakes screwed up his balance sheet: The antenna of the navigation system in the left exterior mirror had gotten wet and probably therefore relocated the car more often. In addition, the one that worked with environmentally friendly CO2 was cooling air conditioner no longer correct what the Replacement of the compressor resulted in. Superfluous, as it turned out later, a shot more oil in the system would have been enough. But there have also been several recalls: Oil leak on the turbocharger can be a fire hazard, the locking of the rear seat backrests does not properly engage, seat occupancy detection and automatic airbag deactivation when child seats are fitted can fail, the power steering can fail and – if available – the taxi sign can fall off while driving.

Mercedes E-Class (type W 212)

Construction time: 2009 to 2016
Engines: 136 PS (200 CDI) to 585 PS (E 63 AMG)
Price: from 4800 euros
Occupant safety (Euro NCAP crash test 2010): five stars

Mercedes E 220 CDI T

The two-liter gasoline engine is rather rare. The majority of the Mercedes E-Classes are diesel.

That’s him: A completely new design to make you forget the qualitatively questionable predecessors W 210 and W 211. However, the Swabians could not avoid using the red pen: only MacPherson front axle instead of double wishbones. As usual, limousine and T-model, also Cabriolet (from 2010) and Coupé, but technically based on the C class based. The range of engines is wide and passive safety is high. With the facelift at the beginning of 2013, the E-class a completely new front, lost that Four eyes face and the old-fashioned ones at the pontoonMercedes hip swing reminiscent of the late 1950s.
He can do that: Everything from taxis to AMG eight-cylinder handcarts. Automatic is mandatory, initially with five, mostly with seven, from 2014 also nine levels. Manual shift only in the 200. There is plenty of space, and tall people can sit comfortably in the front and in the back.

Mercedes E-Class in the AUTO BILD used car market

That causes trouble: The Delphi injectors in the 200 CDI initially caused a lot of stress. In addition, there were problems with the timing chains of the OM-651 diesel, i.e. all four-cylinder engines, in the first few years of construction. Because this motor has the chain on the back, i.e. on the transmission side, the repair costs a fortune after the warranty has expired. Several recalls: Models from 6/2009 to 2/2010 due to a not tightly tightened power steering oil line; The steering gears were replaced on numerous 4Matic models from 11/2010 to 4/2011; From 11/2011 to 8/2017 the airbag can trigger unexpectedly, from 3/2009 to 1/2013 the power steering can fail.

TÜV judgment

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Hardly any rust, few problems with the steering, solid cutting of springs and dampers and no complaints at all on the drive shafts. What sounds like a perfect idea is unfortunately torpedoed by the chassis. The 213’s new double wishbone front axle doesn’t seem to be the big hit; as has been the case for a long time in the 205C class it also keeps the numbers in the red here. The axle suspensions also torment the predecessor from the fourth HU.

Let’s call that a shining example for all other models. Both the old (W 212) and the current one E-class (W 213) shine cheerfully on the subject of lighting, in none of the test points are the defect rates of both series above the values ​​of the average of all vehicles.

The service brake of the E-class There are no abnormalities in any vintage, and the brake hoses remain almost without complaints across both models. The testers on the W 212 noticed the brake discs negatively, but the defect rate is always below average. It gets a bit embarrassing for the very safety-conscious Swabians with the parking brake and the brake lines. In both areas, the TÜV inspectors found a reason for criticism on the older W 212 much more often than is the case on average for all vehicles.

The current model has almost no weaknesses here, loses oil much less often than the average and does not fail the emissions test as often. The dream quota of 0.0 is only given to the exhaust. As a seven- to nine-year-old, the 212 occasionally fails to pass the AU and is slightly above average with its frequency of defects. There are also more oil leaks than with the W 213, but the error rate always remains below the average.

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