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Mercedes-Benz E-Class vs. Ford Explorer Sport Trac Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Ford Explorer Sport Trac reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the Ford Explorer Sport Trac truly differ in reliability.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 29 E-Classes, 8.8 months of data per E-Class, average 24400 miles43
50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 25 E-Classes, 9.2 months of data per E-Class, average 33600 miles

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80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   14 E-Classes, 9.0 months of data per E-Class, average 47700 miles

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac   20 Explorer Sport Tracs, 8.4 months of data per Explorer Sport Trac, average 54300 miles

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 28 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 50200 miles82
80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac 27 Explorer Sport Tracs, 7.7 months of data per Explorer Sport Trac, average 87600 miles

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40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 37 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 68300 miles

Repair frequencies for the 2006 and 2008 have increased in the past year, but that for the 2007 has not. No specific problems common with any of these years, so no obvious explanation.
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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 27 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 87200 miles88
70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   19 E-Classes, 9.2 months of data per E-Class, average 85700 miles

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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   13 E-Classes, 7.4 months of data per E-Class, average 81700 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 94200 miles

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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   16 E-Classes, 9.8 months of data per E-Class, average 144600 miles

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 6.8 months of data per E-Class, average 119000 miles

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1999 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 126500 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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What Our Members Are Saying about Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability and Durability

Reliability and Durability of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The 2008 E-Class is far more reliable than previous E-Class models, many of which are plagued by quirky electronic issues. No such issues with this model. Perhaps the most reliable model thus far.
2007 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
They are not known for being inexpensive to maintain. While the scheduled maintenance trips are not cheap, so far I have had virtually no problems with the car. trips that are not but they are known for having
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 201hp 3.2L I6 Diesel
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mercedes has long been known for reliability
2003 4dr Sedan 302-horsepower 5.0L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The car still drives like a solid new car at 94000 miles
Reliability and Durability of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Poor reliability in the past 5-10 years
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Driver side mirror cracked in the cold in the first 2 months. Piece of driver door trim came loose after a couple of months.
2007 4dr Sedan 507-horsepower 6.2L V8
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
It never works right. There is always some sort of other problem. Problem after problem after problem, it never ends.
2005 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Materials look & feel great, and seem well put together, but durability is questionable. E.g., glovebox door soft close craps out, as do the tweeter "triangle" housings in the forward door corners). Airmatic suspension is known problem area.
2004 4dr Sedan 221-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
My repairs are mostly for simple things that should last longer. Engine and Trans are stellar.
2003 4dr Sedan 302-horsepower 5.0L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Not reliable at all. Close to 100K miles and have had to replace the pump that raises the car up and won, wheel bearings and engine mounts. Very expensive. Steering wheel fluid is $30 for a quart
2003 4dr Sedan 302-horsepower 5.0L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
TOO many !@#$# trips to the dealer for ball joints, ignition key failure, Total brake failure of EBS, and $1000/visit oil change

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