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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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$617 — $15,821 USED
Sedan
5-7 Seats
17-32 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Performance of E500 and E55 AMG
  • Handling
  • Refinement and quietness
  • Reputation
  • Resale value
  • Fuel economy of E320 CDI

The Bad

  • Complicated controls
  • Price
  • Fuel economy of E55 AMG

What to Know

about the 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Variety of engine choices
  • Available seven-speed automatic
  • RWD or AWD
  • Sedan and wagon body styles
  • New E320 CDI diesel sedan

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2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz introduced a new generation of its midsize E-Class sedan for 2003. A 221-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 powers the E320, while the E500 gets a 302-hp V-8. A high-performance E55 AMG model that’s fitted with a 469-hp supercharged V-8 is also available. A wagon body style is offered, as is rear- or all-wheel drive. The E-Class is slotted between the German automaker’s smaller C-Class and top-rung S-Class.

Sport versions of the sedan and wagon are available, and rear-drive E500 models gained a seven-speed-automatic transmission for 2004. Bi-xenon active headlights are available.

For 2005, Mercedes-Benz added an E320 CDI sedan with a diesel engine.
(Skip to details on the: E320 CDI)

Exterior
Moved to a new platform for 2003, the E-Class sedan displays more flowing lines than its predecessor and sports a lower, swept-back front end. Oval headlights are angled back more sharply, and a sculpted trunk replaced the former squared-off profile. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and bolted-on frame members are made of aluminum. An Airmatic air suspension is standard on the E500 and optional on the E320.

Interior
Front-seat occupants in the five-passenger interior face a V-shaped console. The Sport edition features black bird’s-eye maple trim rather than the brown walnut used in other models.

Under the Hood
The E320 gets a 221-hp, 3.2-liter V-6, while the E500 packs a 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 302 hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque. The superchar...

Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz introduced a new generation of its midsize E-Class sedan for 2003. A 221-horsepower, 3.2-liter V-6 powers the E320, while the E500 gets a 302-hp V-8. A high-performance E55 AMG model that’s fitted with a 469-hp supercharged V-8 is also available. A wagon body style is offered, as is rear- or all-wheel drive. The E-Class is slotted between the German automaker’s smaller C-Class and top-rung S-Class.

Sport versions of the sedan and wagon are available, and rear-drive E500 models gained a seven-speed-automatic transmission for 2004. Bi-xenon active headlights are available.

For 2005, Mercedes-Benz added an E320 CDI sedan with a diesel engine.
(Skip to details on the: E320 CDI)

Exterior
Moved to a new platform for 2003, the E-Class sedan displays more flowing lines than its predecessor and sports a lower, swept-back front end. Oval headlights are angled back more sharply, and a sculpted trunk replaced the former squared-off profile. The front fenders, hood, trunk lid and bolted-on frame members are made of aluminum. An Airmatic air suspension is standard on the E500 and optional on the E320.

Interior
Front-seat occupants in the five-passenger interior face a V-shaped console. The Sport edition features black bird’s-eye maple trim rather than the brown walnut used in other models.

Under the Hood
The E320 gets a 221-hp, 3.2-liter V-6, while the E500 packs a 5.0-liter V-8 that cranks out 302 hp and 339 pounds-feet of torque. The supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 in E55 AMG models delivers 469 hp and 516 pounds-feet of torque. In the new E320 CDI sedan, a 3.2-liter inline-six-cylinder diesel produces 201 hp and 369 pounds-feet of torque. The rear-drive E500 uses a seven-speed-automatic transmission, but other models have a five-speed automatic.

Safety
Sensotronic brake control, which is a brake-by-wire system, promises faster, more surefooted emergency response. Antilock brakes and Mercedes-Benz’s Electronic Stability Program are standard. Adaptive front airbags deploy at a lower force in less-severe collisions. Side-impact and side curtain-type airbags are standard.

Driving Impressions
Civility reigns behind the wheel of the E-Class. Everything about this car is smooth and luxurious.

With its 2003 redesign, the E-Class lost most of the heavy feel that was unpleasantly noticeable on previous models. The refined E500 delivers lively acceleration, whether starting from a standstill, passing or merging. Trimmed in beautiful wood, the dashboard layout is a little too complicated for some tastes, and the tachometer should be a bit larger.

Consumers seeking stunning four-door performance need not search any further than the E55 AMG, which responds to the throttle like a supercar and has taut handling to match.

E320 CDI
After a five-year absence, diesel power returned to a Mercedes-Benz model sold in the United States. Americans have shunned diesels lately, citing such drawbacks as noise and odors.

With the E320 CDI, Mercedes-Benz claims to have overcome those negative factors, though emissions remain a problem. The E320 CDI meets the emissions requirements of 45 states.

Mercedes-Benz claims the turbocharged E320 CDI can accelerate from zero to 60 mph slightly faster than the gasoline-powered E320, yet it earns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway. Except for the lack of optional Sport and Appearance packages, the E320 CDI’s equipment is the same as its gasoline-powered E-Class siblings.

Not only does the diesel engine start normally in the E320 CDI, but it’s also difficult to discern that you’re riding in a diesel-powered sedan. A slight engine rattle might be heard occasionally, but the car is generally quiet. Acceleration is smooth and effortless, if less dramatic than in a gasoline-powered automobile. No odors are evident. You can expect more than 30 mpg on the highway. Approaching the 37-mpg estimate demands a gentle throttle foot and careful attention to traffic flow. Back to top

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
54 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.6)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.3)
Value For The Money
(4.3)

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(5.0)

Love this car! Amazing power for the money!

by theville600 from Nashville, TN on July 1, 2020

This review is for the W211 E55 AMG. One of the best cars I've ever owned! Engine has been reliable. Be mindful if buying to make sure it has good service history. Read full review

(5.0)

Best Car Ever Owned

by Kathleen/LJ from La Jolla, CA on May 11, 2020

Drives like a sports car with the comfort of a luxury sedan. Handling on curvy, moutain, snowy roads is amazing. The excellant brakes saved me from a serious accident. Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The E-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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