2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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Available Price Range $6,502-$21,150 Trims8 Combined MPG 15-27 Seats 5-7

Our Take on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

Our Take

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... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Styling unchanged

Notable Features

  • Sedan or wagon body styles
  • 261-hp, 3.5-liter V-6
  • 382-hp, 5.5-liter V-8
  • 211-hp, 3.2-liter diesel V-6
  • Seven-speed automatic
  • AMG Sport package


Our Expert Reviews

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

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Consumer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

Based on 30 reviews

A car to "drive into the sunset"

by Retired from Philadelphia, PA on September 6, 2011

We let the first owner take the new car amortization hit. We get comfort and performance that will last for another 100,000 miles - which is 10 to 12 years at the rate we drive. Which means one of our... Read Full Review

8 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up. It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports

NHTSA Ratings

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NHTSA Ratings

Based on Mercedes-Benz E-Class Base

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

Safety defects and recalls explained

Warranty Coverage





Roadside Assistance Coverage


What you should get in your warranty can be confusing. Make sure you are informed.

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Warranties Explained


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.

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).

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.

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