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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2015 Volvo S60   21 S60s, 6.3 months of data per S60, average 5500 miles

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 40 E-Classes, 8.8 months of data per E-Class, average 9700 miles

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2014 Volvo S60   10 S60s, 9.2 months of data per S60, average 10800 miles

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2013 Volvo S60 39 S60s, 9.8 months of data per S60, average 16200 miles16
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2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   21 E-Classes, 7.3 months of data per E-Class, average 24900 miles

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2012 Volvo S60 34 S60s, 8.5 months of data per S60, average 33600 miles33
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2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 31 E-Classes, 7.9 months of data per E-Class, average 35500 miles54
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2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 29 E-Classes, 9.1 months of data per E-Class, average 46300 miles

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2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   17 E-Classes, 9.8 months of data per E-Class, average 60900 miles

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 27 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 63300 miles38
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2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 30 E-Classes, 9.6 months of data per E-Class, average 79700 miles

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30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Volvo S60 29 S60s, 9.3 months of data per S60, average 87800 miles71
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 27 E-Classes, 9.9 months of data per E-Class, average 97800 miles103
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Volvo S60 54 S60s, 9.9 months of data per S60, average 99200 miles81
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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   21 E-Classes, 7.9 months of data per E-Class, average 111800 miles

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2005 Volvo S60 42 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 115100 miles93
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2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   15 E-Classes, 7.9 months of data per E-Class, average 119900 miles

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2004 Volvo S60 57 S60s, 9.7 months of data per S60, average 131500 miles87
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2004 Volvo S60 R   11 S60 Rs, 8.5 months of data per S60 R, average 112000 miles

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2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   10 E-Classes, 8.3 months of data per E-Class, average 109100 miles

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2003 Volvo S60   20 S60s, 8.4 months of data per S60, average 141500 miles

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2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   11 E-Classes, 8.5 months of data per E-Class, average 137400 miles

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2002 Volvo S60 39 S60s, 9.2 months of data per S60, average 139000 miles117
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2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   16 E-Classes, 8.1 months of data per E-Class, average 138200 miles

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2001 Volvo S60 46 S60s, 8.9 months of data per S60, average 151300 miles

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2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   13 E-Classes, 7.8 months of data per E-Class, average 118300 miles

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Volvo S60 vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Reliability Comparisons

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Volvo S60

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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 237hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual AWD
reported to be superior, back with an excellent warranty
2007 4dr Sedan turbocharged 325hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
still practical
2005 4dr Sedan turbocharged 237hp 2.0L I4
6-speed automated manual 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 300hp 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
So far no unscheduled mantianance required.
2002 4dr Sedan turbocharged 250hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable 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 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 325hp 3.0L I6
6-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 237hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual 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 turbocharged 250hp 2.5L I5
6-speed shiftable 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 302-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 302-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 208hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mercedes has long been known for reliability
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 402hp 4.7L V8
7-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 302-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Poor reliability in the past 5-10 years
2008 4dr Sedan 302-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-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 It never works right. There is always some sort of other problem. Problem after problem after problem, it never ends.
2005 4dr Sedan 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 302-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
My repairs are mostly for simple things that should last longer. Engine and Trans are stellar.
2003 4dr Sedan 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 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 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 $1600. If you aren't under warranty, the bill could add up quickly if more than one goes out. The airmatic system is nice in principle, but in practice this is a common ailment. I had my left front go bad, so I speak from experience.
2003 4dr Sedan The W211's, and many other models of Mercedes, have two batteries. One main batter for starting, and an accessory battery for running convenience features, your brakes, etc. This is a definite source of trouble. When you have certain functions fail, the obvious place to look at a secondary battery isn't the first thing that comes to mind. A secondary battery that is slightly low on voltage can start to create havoc in your electronics. I have faced this a number of times, and actually, it is now one of the first things I check when something odd is occurring.
2003 4dr Sedan turbocharged 402hp 4.7L V8
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
TOO many !@#$# trips to the dealer for ball joints, ignition key failure, Total brake failure of EBS, and $1000/visit oil change