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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by snocrsh

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Reviewed: 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

4dr Sedan supercharged 469hp 5.4L V8 5-speed shiftable automatic RWD

Why the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Powertrain performance

Awesome power & torque make this heavy car move very quick and very fast.

Exterior styling

The W211 E-class styling is a modern classic. The older W210 styling was too bland, and the new W212 styling is too confused and "edgy."

Materials & workmanship

Materials look great and fit together nicely, though as noted above certain features have long term reliability issues (glovebox door, active seat bolsters, seat ventilation, e.g.)

Why Not the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class?

Reliability & durability

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.

Dealer practices

In my experience MB dealers are more polite than less status-conscious brand dealers, but no more ethical or honest.

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