How long can a Mercedes E class last?


The following article will give brief details of the Mercedes Benz E class and answer the following question: How long can a Mercedes E class last? What are the engine and driver assistance systems available in E class?

How long can a Mercedes E class last?

Mercedes Benz E class can easily last more than 10 years, the highest recorded mileage in E class is one million kilometres. Periodic maintenance and taking care while operating the vehicle helps to increase the longevity of the vehicle. Mercedes Benz always uses good quality materials which do not wear even in repeated use. The standard warranty period is three years and has unlimited mileage. 

Mercedes Benz E class range is available with different body styles like estate, convertible and AMG sports models. It is between C class and S class, longer wheelbase models are available in some markets which makes it the most sought after model in Mercedes Benz line-up.

The E class has been the best selling Mercedes Benz model with more than 13 million cars sold by the end of 2015. New E class generation with a facelift model was also introduced to keep the lineup updated and fresh. E class is also a popular choice for taxis and special purpose vehicles due to its durable built quality and vast network of authorised dealerships.

The first generation of the E class started with the model series W124 in 1993 and currently, the E class is in the fifth generation which was introduced in 2016. The latest generation of E class has new Mercedes Benz onboard electrical systems which use the latest networking protocols like flex ray. It is the second most technologically advanced model after the S class.

Engines in Mercedes Benz E class

The Mercedes Benz E class comes with inline 4, V6 and V8 engine configurations. Engines in petrol variants are M274, M264, M276 and AMG M177. The petrol engine produces power between 115kW till 225kW and AMG produces up to 375kW. M274 is replaced by the M264 engine, M264 is also available with a 48V belt-driven starter and alternator. 

Diesel variants use OM 654 with an AdBlue injection system for exhaust after-treatment producing a maximum power output of 140kW and 400NM torque.  Diesel engine with its superior torque and the all-wheel-drive system naturally has the highest towing capacity in all available variants. 

The Mercedes Benz E class has a 9-speed automatic transmission 725 mated to both petrol and diesel engines. Only the AMG line model has a transfer case to facilitate all-wheel drive.

Mercedes Benz uses NANOSLIDE coating on the cylinder walls. This is an extremely thin coating applied to the inner surface of the cylinder to reduce friction between the piston. Twin-wire arc spraying (TWAS) is used to spray an extremely thin coat of iron-carbon alloy on the cylinder walls.  The friction between the piston and piston rings is reduced by almost 50 per cent.

In Mercedes Benz E class service intervals are every 15000 km or 1 year whichever comes early. During service of the engine, the engine oil and oil filter is replaced. If the vehicle is used in dusty areas, air filters are also replaced.

The Mercedes E class has a braked towing capacity of 2100 kg. Braked trailers have an independent mechanical braking system that applies brakes to the trailer through linkage connected to the trailer hitch mechanism and does not rely on braking force from the vehicle.  Thus Braked trailer loads are always higher compared to unbraked trailers.

Driver assistance package contains the following assistance systems:

  • Attention assist– attention assist records journey time and monitors steering angle. If the driver’s steering inputs are inconsistent, attention assist reminds the driver to take a break. 
  • Active distance assist – it is more commonly known as DISTRONIC. Small and long-range radar sensors are in the front and backside of the vehicle. DISTRONIC can increase or reduce speed to maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front. It also includes functions like active speed limit assist, route-based speed adjustment.
  • Active steering assist-it can control the steering of the vehicle and help to maintain a central position in the lane. Active lane-keeping assist is included in active steering assist. Driver must be aware of the surroundings and be ready to take control of the vehicle.
  • Active braking assists– if the driver doesn’t slow down and the vehicle is too close in the front. Active braking assist warns the driver by an audible beep and proceeds to a[pply brakes if the driver doesn’t slow the vehicle. Early, a medium and late range for active brake assist can be set through the command system.
  • Evasive steering assist- evasive steering assist can detect objects in the path of the vehicle and take evasive actions to avoid the collision. It can control steering and change the path of vehicle travel. Multiple cameras located behind the windshield scan for objects in front of the vehicle. Longer range radar sensors are also used in evasive steering assist.
  • Active blind spot assist– active blind spot assist uses a warning light in the outside rearview mirror to warn the driver if there is a vehicle in the blind spot. Short-range radar sensors located on both sides of the vehicle scans for vehicles or pedestrians in the blindspot of the vehicle. Blindspot assists also work when the vehicle is stationary, occupants are warned if an object is present in the blind spot by a warning tone and flashing indicator lamps before opening the doors.
  • Pre safe plus– pre safe plus prepares the vehicle for collision by retracting the seatbelts and bringing the seat into the optimum position. Pre safe is like an additional reflex in the vehicle, if the driver suddenly lets go of the accelerator and applies heavy brakes then pre safe is activated. Pre safe plus can also lower the windows slightly to release the pressure created in the interior after deploying the airbags. A special interference noise is generated to protect the eardrum of the occupants from the loud noise of collision.

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Mercedes Benz E class is built to last and with the extended warranty plans like advance assurance program, any cost of unexpected repair is also covered. Both the diesel and petrol engine variants can easily do more than 200000 km and the star ease service packages can be bought which will cover the cost of service for 10 years. 

FAQs: How long can a Mercedes E class last?

Is the Mercedes E class reliable?

Yes, the Mercedes E class is reliable and it is also the most selling Mercedes Benz model. The standard warranty is for three years and has unlimited mileage.

Is Mercedes reliable after 100k miles?

Mercedes can be reliable after 100k miles if the service is performed periodically and parts are replaced by genuine parts available at the dealership.

What problems does the Mercedes E class have?

The Mercedes E class is very reliable and doesn’t have major problems. Few problems related to the main battery can arise if the vehicle is kept at a standstill for a long time. 

Is it worth buying a 10-year-old Mercedes?

Yes, it is worth buying a 10-year-old Mercedes especially if it has been maintained properly and kept in good condition. Always check the vehicle service history before buying the car.

Is the 2010 E350 reliable?

The 2010 E 350 is one of the most reliable models available in the Mercedes Benz lineup. The petrol engine of the E350 doesn’t have any major issues and can last more than 100000 km.