Based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base
Last year, Mercedes-Benz updated its E-Class midsize sedan, adding two new optional engines, styling changes, a Pre-Safe system and an AMG performance variant. Changes for 2008 are minimal, with an AMG appearance package now available on E350 and E550 models. The V-6-powered E350 continues, and a... Read Full Report
What We Like
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The Mercedes-Benz E-Class includes a midsize sedan and wagon, offered with a choice of engines and rear- or all-wheel drive. Apart from the V-6 and two V-8 gasoline engines, a diesel version is also available: the E320 Bluetec. That's the 2008 model I tested. I'll address the E-Class sedan overall, along with the performance and implications of its diesel engine in these days of high ... Read full review for the 2008 Mercedes Benz E Class
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As I get older I am looking more toward comfort and less toward sportiness, the Mercedes E-350 fits the bill. Although not quite as stiff as the BMW I traded the Mercedes still has the handling capabi... Read Full Review
Service & Repair
Roadside Assistance Coverage
What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.
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.
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.
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).
Free Scheduled Maintenance
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.