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BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class Lemon Odds and Nada Odds for the Year Ending September 30, 2017

An asterisk (*) marks results based on small sample sizes.

Year Make/Model Nada Odds per 100 Cars Lemon Odds per 100 Cars    
32 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 36800 miles driven

Refreshed for this model year. Reliable so far.
2014
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  32 vehicles, 11.6 months per vehicle, 36800 miles driven

Refreshed for this model year. Reliable so far.

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BMW 5-Series vs. Mercedes-Benz E-Class Lemon Odds and Nada Odds

Other sources of BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class reliability data provide only averages, which can conceal as much as they reveal. So we also report the percentage of BMW 5-Seriess and Mercedes-Benz E-Classs with no repairs at all in the past year and the percentage of BMW 5-Seriess and Mercedes-Benz E-Classs that are lemons (required three or more repair trips in the past year). These figures might surprise you.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to closely track BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class lemon odds as the cars age. Others can be over a year behind. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class have been recently.

To see how frequently BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class problems occur, check out our car reliability stats.

What Our Members Are Saying about the Brand Reputation of the BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series Brand Reputation: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr Sedan 360-horsepower 4.8L V8
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Strong repuatation for prestige and quality. see full BMW 5-Series review
2007 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
worth the extra price, very high resale, very reliable see full BMW 5-Series review
2006 4dr Sedan 255-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
BMW has a long standing reputation for handling and performance, and the experience did match the reputation see full BMW 5-Series review
2004 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
6-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The Ultimate Driving Machine - it says it all... see full BMW 5-Series review
2004 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
6-speed automated manual RWD
Projects success see full BMW 5-Series review
2002 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
BMW is supposed to be a great car. see full BMW 5-Series review
2002 4dr Sedan 184-horsepower 2.5L I6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
BMW has an implied image to most people. Saying you own a 5 series made those in the know nod their head. The frame was welded aluminum and even after 8+ years showed almost no rust. Buyers of the car were amazed and bought it after a short drive. see full BMW 5-Series review
BMW 5-Series Brand Reputation: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2002 4dr Sedan 225-horsepower 3.0L I6
5-speed manual RWD
BMW drivers are universally despised. Just Google "BMW drivers" to see what I mean. They are thought to have almost malicious disregard for anyone but themselves, as well as for any traffic laws. see full BMW 5-Series review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Brand Reputation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Brand Reputation: Pros
YearComment
2014 I tend to ignore brand reputation and image, and this is reflected in my reviews. But there's just no way to ignore that a Mercedes is a Mercedes. Audi and BMW now command similar prices, but haven't yet acquired the same mystique. They probably never will for people born before 1980. This mystique cuts both ways. The three-pointed star makes too strong a statement for some people. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Brand Reputation of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Brand Reputation: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2010 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Premium mark, german engineering and ride. Powertrain durability see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2009 4dr Sedan turbocharged 210hp 3.0L V6 Diesel
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Prestige see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2008 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Good looking & styling. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2007 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
It is a Mercedes, enough said. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2007 4dr Sedan 507-horsepower 6.2L V8
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
It is Mercedes, there is nothing like pulling up to a place in an AMG. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2007 4dr Sedan 268-horsepower 3.5L V6
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
The Merc E-Class has established itself as a performer as well as a superior luxury vehicle. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2007 4dr Sedan 382-horsepower 5.5L V8
7-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mercedes Benz brand reputation speaks for itself. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2005 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mercedes is still king. Is why you see movie stars go buy them. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2004 4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
Mercedes has always been a car that demands perfection from its assembly line. And AMG even raises the bar. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review
2004 4dr Sedan 221-horsepower 3.2L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
It is the quintisential Mercedes. see full Mercedes-Benz E-Class review