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Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability

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Results are for year ending March 31, 2016. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 E-Classes, 11.3 months of data per E-Class, average 8600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2015 Volvo S60 26
43.1677018634% 43.1677018634% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 S60s, 9.7 months of data per S60, average 12000 miles

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 24
33.4285714286% 33.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  45 E-Classes, 9.0 months of data per E-Class, average 19000 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Reliable so far.
2014 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  11 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 21000 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  18 E-Classes, 6.8 months of data per E-Class, average 31800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2013 Volvo S60 33
41.4285714286% 41.4285714286% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  33 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 27900 miles

 

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 69
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 E-Classes, 8.7 months of data per E-Class, average 34800 miles
2012 Volvo S60 32
35.7142857143% 35.7142857143% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 S60s, 9.3 months of data per S60, average 40000 miles

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 32
30.8163265306% 30.8163265306% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 43600 miles

 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 53
56.2271062271% 56.2271062271% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  30 E-Classes, 8.2 months of data per E-Class, average 56100 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  15 E-Classes, 9.8 months of data per E-Class, average 69100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 70600 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 64
45.0649350649% 45.0649350649% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 E-Classes, 8.4 months of data per E-Class, average 85600 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
2007 Volvo S60 61
41.9480519481% 41.9480519481% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 S60s, 10.3 months of data per S60, average 88400 miles

 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 66
43.5960591133% 43.5960591133% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 104200 miles
2006 Volvo S60 94
71.1822660099% 71.1822660099% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  48 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 113500 miles

 

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 E-Classes, 7.3 months of data per E-Class, average 125800 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2005 Volvo S60 88
57.1428571429% 57.1428571429% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 S60s, 9.3 months of data per S60, average 127000 miles

 

2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  14 E-Classes, 7.4 months of data per E-Class, average 148500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2004 Volvo S60 85
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 145100 miles

 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 E-Classes, 8.9 months of data per E-Class, average 107800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2003 Volvo S60   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  20 S60s, 9.0 months of data per S60, average 156400 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  10 E-Classes, 7.6 months of data per E-Class, average 144800 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2002 Volvo S60 121
67.2161172161% 67.2161172161% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 S60s, 8.6 months of data per S60, average 155000 miles

 

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 E-Classes, 9.2 months of data per E-Class, average 134600 miles

* Very small sample, members only.
2001 Volvo S60 102
53.2967032967% 53.2967032967% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 151200 miles

Redesigned.

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Volvo S60

Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
reported to be superior, back with an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
still practical
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 208hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Have owned for 4.5 years. Wife and I purchased based on experiences of 2 family members who had good experiences. We have been stranded once (in driveway) due to faulty shift lock mechanism, otherwise have put 151,000 essentially pain-free KM on this.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 247hp 2.3L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
So far no unscheduled mantianance required.
2002 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed automatic FWD
The non-turbocharged engine in this car will last forever, with the right maintenance and upkeep. The car only needs to see the dealership once every 7,500 miles, which is nice, and services are not overly expensive.
Volvo S60 Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
6-speed manual AWD
Volvo is not willing to take responsibility for the AWD system braking on the R. Many reported issues costing the customer over $2000 to repair.
2004 4dr Sedan turbocharged 300hp 2.5L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
RELIABILITY, car has intermittent electrical problem that cripples the vehicle with no notice. Dealer has had the car for a combined total of over 6 weeks and still has not fixed the problem. For this reason I will never buy a Volvo again. Google "Volvo electrical problems" and you will see it quite common
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 197hp 2.4L I5
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Lots of little problems such as the front tires rubbing the inner fender wall when having the steering wheel cranked all the way left or right. Also, began to hear a noticeable valve ticking at 60k miles.
2002 4dr Sedan 168-horsepower 2.4L I5
5-speed automatic FWD
Reliablilty is probably on the lower end of mediocre. This can only be said of my car and I am the second owner. I think most of the components are dependable and well made with a few exceptions. one being the bosch coil packs, they die; a different brand is cheap on ebay to replace (12.00 usd new) and work awesome but about 60.00usd + for one bosch, which suck. period. instrument cluster is finicky in some of these, including mine: (made in phillipines??, not japan etc) I say this b/c most of the car was made in belgium, germany, france and on...Mechanically the car is quite good, I don't expect anything non electrical to go anytime soon. But again, expect some minor to moderate electrical issues, esspecially if like any car it has been in an accident. all the forum horror stories about ETM and limp home mode and all that have been completely a non-issue over a year later for my s60. Volvo followed the recall for my particular car and remedied it before, I assume, it ever became an issue back in 2002.
 

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

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability and Durability: 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
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability and Durability: 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 supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The W211 E class is just a mess of problems waiting to happen. Probably the biggest is the tendency of the fuel tank and two fuel senders (underneath the back seat, by the way) to leak with no fix other than to replace them at a high cost (over $3,500). The fuel sender leak happens to be right around some electrical connections as well, so it is a wonder there haven't been any notable fire incidents. This is a known issue and there is an NTSB ongoing investigation (PE12001, which has been upgraded to the next level of action) because of the high number of vehicles affected. The fact that Mercedes doesn't own up to this issue after several iterations of re-engineered parts and continued failures is the main reason I will never buy another Mercedes. I have had to have this repair done, so I speak from experience.
2003 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The second major issue that owners of the W211 can expect to have is the SBC brake system. This was implemented on the '03 - '06 W211 and it was changed on subsequent years in 2007. The SBC unit, pressure reservoir, and the other parts of the brake system can alert you to a fault and minutes later leave you without brakes. This is unacceptable. Mercedes did put out a 10 year unlimited mileage warranty on the SBC unit itself, but I'll give you one guess as to when the fault will happen! If the pressure reservoir goes out, you won't even be able to get the car out of park, even just to get it in to neutral to get a tow. The brake sensors seem to be finicky and the brake switch as well. Knowing what I know now about the failed application of SBC, I'd never purchase an E class Mercedes between the years of 2003-2006. If I were to ever look in to purchasing a Mercedes again, I would do my homework on the types of systems in place. I have had to do this repair and others on the brakes, so I speak from experience.
2003 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The third major issue the W211's have is the airmatic system. A common fault is for the airmatic struts to leak, which requires replacement. One replacement cost is $1600. If you aren't under warranty, the bill could add up quickly if more than one goes out. The airmatic system is nice in principle, but in practice this is a common ailment. I had my left front go bad, so I speak from experience.
2003 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The W211's, and many other models of Mercedes, have two batteries. One main batter for starting, and an accessory battery for running convenience features, your brakes, etc. This is a definite source of trouble. When you have certain functions fail, the obvious place to look at a secondary battery isn't the first thing that comes to mind. A secondary battery that is slightly low on voltage can start to create havoc in your electronics. I have faced this a number of times, and actually, it is now one of the first things I check when something odd is occurring.
2003 4dr Sedan 302-horsepower 5.0L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
TOO many !@#$# trips to the dealer for ball joints, ignition key failure, Total brake failure of EBS, and $1000/visit oil change