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Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2015 Volvo S60 22
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  27 S60s, 8.2 months of data per S60, average 8400 miles

 

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 24
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  42 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 13900 miles

Refreshed for this model year. Reliable so far.
2014 Volvo S60   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 S60s, 10.5 months of data per S60, average 15800 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2013 Volvo S60 23
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 S60s, 10.2 months of data per S60, average 21800 miles

 

2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 56
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  26 E-Classes, 8.2 months of data per E-Class, average 30400 miles
2012 Volvo S60 11
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 S60s, 7.9 months of data per S60, average 37700 miles

 

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 51
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 E-Classes, 9.0 months of data per E-Class, average 39800 miles

 

2010 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 24
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  29 E-Classes, 8.6 months of data per E-Class, average 49800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  19 E-Classes, 8.8 months of data per E-Class, average 62700 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  20 E-Classes, 10.7 months of data per E-Class, average 66400 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2007 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 49
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 E-Classes, 9.5 months of data per E-Class, average 82500 miles

Refreshed for this model year.
2007 Volvo S60 75
60% 60% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  28 S60s, 9.1 months of data per S60, average 88600 miles

 

2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  23 E-Classes, 10.3 months of data per E-Class, average 100100 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2006 Volvo S60 91
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  50 S60s, 9.5 months of data per S60, average 105300 miles

 

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  19 E-Classes, 7.1 months of data per E-Class, average 120800 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2005 Volvo S60 70
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 S60s, 9.9 months of data per S60, average 119100 miles

 

2004 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  16 E-Classes, 7.6 months of data per E-Class, average 130000 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.
2004 Volvo S60 83
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  60 S60s, 9.4 months of data per S60, average 139000 miles

 

2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  13 E-Classes, 8.8 months of data per E-Class, average 103100 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2003 Volvo S60   Join or sign in to vie  
  18 S60s, 8.9 months of data per S60, average 150700 miles

* Small sample size, only visible to members.

 

2002 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 E-Classes, 9.4 months of data per E-Class, average 140600 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2002 Volvo S60 136
100% 100% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  35 S60s, 10.1 months of data per S60, average 144700 miles

 

2001 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  11 E-Classes, 11.2 months of data per E-Class, average 124500 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.
2001 Volvo S60 84
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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  43 S60s, 9.0 months of data per S60, average 149400 miles

Redesigned.

 

2000 Mercedes-Benz E-Class   Join or sign in to vie  
  10 E-Classes, 6.7 months of data per E-Class, average 125700 miles

* Very small sample size, only visible to members.

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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 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'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
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 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.