What to Check Prior to Buying a Used Mercedes E-Class

When we think of Mercedes, three names come to mind, C-Class, E-Class, and S-Class. For decades now, these models have dominated the luxury vehicle market, offering the very best in German engineering worldwide. Because of this, there is a thriving second-hand market for Mercedes. In this article, we will address some of the factors you should look for prior to buying a used Mercedes E-Class.

Running Costs

Before buying a car, you should always consider the running costs. After all, you don’t want to end up with a vehicle you cannot afford to run or maintain. Luckily, in the case of the E-Class, both the gasoline models and the diesel models are overall fuel efficient. In optimum circumstances, the gasoline E-Class will achieve 40 mpg, and the diesel will achieve around 56 mpg. Some more recent models of the E-Class are achieve around 70 mpg, making them very affordable to run.

Maintenance Costs

You should budget for annual services, which should alternate year-on-year between a minor check and a major check. It is worth noting that the servicing to diesel models are typically more expensive than their gasoline counterparts. As the E-classes engine is chain-driven, you do not need to budget for cambelt failure or changing. The air conditioning of the E-class can be iffy and should be serviced every year, which usually costs around $100. The brake fluid is a similar cost, but should only need replacement every 2 years.

Parts to Check For

Finally, when buying a used E-class, you should be aware of inherent faults within the brand, which may surface as cars age. Luckily, the E-class is well-known to be highly reliable with the right maintenance. However, you should always check your prospective new used car for these signs.

Alloy Wheels

Give the vehicle’s alloy wheels a full check over. Use your phone’s flashlight if you need to examine more closely, as these parts can be prone to damage or corrosion. This can cost around $130 per wheel for repair and considerably more if the damage is more extensive. If you notice damage to the alloy wheels, mention it to the dealer or seller and add the potential for this cost on to the value of the car.

Diesel Injectors

The fuel injectors on the diesel model of E-class are known to become clogged with age, so be sure to listen for any rough running or rough idling on your test drive, as this can be an expensive repair.


It is worth noting that some models of E-class have been recalled over the years, largely due to fuel, oil, and power-steering leaks. Check under the hood for any signs of leaks and note any marks to the ground where the Mercedes has been sitting. You can often assess a power-steering fluid leak on your test drive too.

Cracked Air Hose

E-classes have been noted to fall victim to cracked air hoses. This can become quite a serious issue and can ruin performance through loss of power or complete engine failure. You should always contact a Mercedes dealer to see if the make or model of E-class you’re thinking of purchasing is subject to any recalls, not only to avoid being short-changed with a faulty car, but also for your own safety.

Automotive Imports

If you live in or around Boulder, Lakewood, Centennial, Westminster, Littleton, and Denver, CO, and are looking for a dealership you can trust, then look no further than Automotive Imports. We offer and specializing in used BMW, Audi, Porsche, Mini, and Mercedes brands. We will only sell you vehicles which are certified and still in their prime.

Used Mercedes-Benz E-Class Car Purchase

We offer an appealing 3 month/3000 mile warranty on all cars, similar to what a manufacturer would offer on a used vehicle. We also offer complete transparency on our servicing practices as well as the servicing history of your prospective vehicle.

Automotive Imports also offers a competitive trade-in service, allowing you to finance your next car far more easily. This may even leave you surprised at just what you can afford. You could easily drive away with the vehicle of your dreams: a used Mercedes E-Class vehicle in great condition at an affordable price.

* Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cars image credit goes to: y_carfan.