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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Review

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Luxurious, prestigious and dynamic, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has firmly entrenched itself as the definitive mid-size luxury sedan and wagon. Available in rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts, and powered by a diverse engine lineup that's bookended by a high-mileage diesel engine and a pavement-punishing 507-horsepower AMG V8, the E-Class lineup gets cleaner, sportier and more powerful for 2008, to better compete in what has become one of the most competitive segments in the industry.

You'll Like This Car If...

Even though the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is more eager than ever to take the curvy back road once in awhile, it remains the category's easy choice for those that prefer making a more stately arrival.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If the status afforded by a luxury car isn't as important to you as the actual comfort, quality and amenities, you may be happier spending thousands less on one of the well-regarded entries from Infiniti, Lexus or Cadillac.

What's Significant About This Car?

Available on the E350 and E550 is a new AMG Sport Package which adds AMG front and rear aprons, 18-inch wheels, dual chrome exhaust and an AMG steering wheel with shift paddles.

Driving the E-Class

Driving Impressions Quiet, comfortable and dignified at highway speeds, Mercedes' established E-Class remains the quintessential old-money midsize sedan. However, with its powerful V6 and V8 engines coupled to the...

no-charge Sport Package option, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is also the sportiest yet. To be sure, we've never had as much fun in an E-Class (excepting all AMG models, of course) as we did in the Sport Package-equipped E350 and E550 sedans—and on some tight, winding roads, no less. The seven-speed transmission is nearly transparent in its operation, and a quicker steering ratio provides a more responsive feel. Stop-and-go driving is noticeably smoother thanks to retirement of the grabby electrohydraulic brake system that plagued the E-Class from 2003 to 2006.

Keyless Go
Mercedes' keyless entry and start system makes it possible to knock out all your Saturday morning errands without ever removing the key/transmitter from your pocket.

Sport Package
More than bigger wheels and dual exhaust outlets, the available no-charge Sport Package includes a lowered sport suspension that delivers notably livelier handling.

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Details
2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class photo Interior

Inside the E-Class you'll find a tasteful mix of leather and wood, comfortable seats and straightforward controls placed within easy reach. Standard burl walnut wood trim and black gauges give way in Sport Package-equipped models to black bird's-eye maple trim, matte chrome highlights and white gauges. The standard equipment list was expanded last year to include a glass sunroof, six-disc CD changer and harman/kardon premium audio system. Wagon models feature a disappearing, rear-facing third-row seat.

Exterior

At once sleek and elegant, we think the attractive design of the E-Class perfectly communicates its Teutonic luxury mannerisms. Changes made last year carry over for 2008 and include a moderately redesigned front end highlighted by a larger grille, plus new wheels, redesigned side mirrors and revised tail lights. Sport Package-equipped models are differentiated by black grille inserts, a lower ride height, dual exhaust outlets and a handful of other tasteful touches.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Standard equipment highlights include a harman/kardon premium audio system, in-dash six-disc CD changer, memory front seats, sunroof and a full complement of safety features that includes eight airbags, electronic stability control and Mercedes' PRE-SAFE system that prepares for an impending accident by tightening the seat belts, adjusting the front seats and closing the windows and sunroof.

Optional Equipment

Some of the more compelling options include two designo packages (Espresso and Graphite), a keyless entry and start system, heated and active-ventilated (cooling) front seats, front and rear parking sensors, panorama sunroof, electronic trunk closer (standard on the E63 AMG Wagon), navigation system, adaptive headlamps, AMG Sport Package, Bluetooth hands-free telephone connection, voice control and iPod integration.

Under the Hood

From the efficient BLUETEC diesel engine to the ferociously powerful 6.3-liter AMG V8, the E-Class' engine lineup is one of the most dynamic on the planet. All of the engines are mated to a manually-selectable seven-speed automatic transmission, except 4MATIC all-wheel-drive models, which get a five-speed automatic. The V8 models feature a sophisticated adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers to combine a smooth highway ride with firm handling. In addition to a more aggressive suspension, the available Sport Package includes more powerful brakes.

3.0-liter V6 Diesel
210 horsepower @ 3800 rpm
400 lb.-ft. of torque @ 1600-2400 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/32

3.5-liter V6
268 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
258 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2400-5000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/24 (Sedan), 16/22 (4MATIC Sedan) 16/21 (4MATIC Wagon)

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 (Sedan), 13/19 (4MATIC Sedan)

6.3-liter V8
507 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/19 (Sedan), 12/18 (Wagon)

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2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 631 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

It had everything I was looking for, plus!

By on Saturday, August 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,900

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Comfortable; great ride"

Cons: "Placement of MP3/Ipod cords; lack of backseat pass"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This car has all the features I required, plus many additions. The leather heated seats with the button adjustments on the door is great- no fumbling out of view to find buttons. The ride is comfortable, quiet and smooth. The only maintenance thus far has been routine. I owned 2 Volvos prior to this car and the maintenance cost, thus far, has been less. The audio system is great, including the built-in GPS. The design of the dashboard and steering wheel buttons are conveniently placed. The 4matic feature handles well in wet and snowy conditions. The moon roof (versus sunroof) is great and much appreciated by backseat passengers. The things I would change (not biggies) are adding folding back seats for trunk access and moving the MP3/IPOD cords from the glove compartment and closer to the driver."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I love the car.

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 52,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Reliability, comfort, low cost maint. to-date"

Cons: "Clock changing and front cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only issues with the car are the design of the cup holders in the front (dumb) and the process for changing the clock. I assume and hope newer models have improved both."

1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

Very nice car

By on Monday, August 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 78,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
8/10

Cons: "Maintenace cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"I bought this car CPE with 22,000 miles on it and it now has 78,000. I've had some problems with exhaust gas sensors, the command system and with the rear sun shade all of which have been fixed by the dealer quickly and under warranty. I'm a little concerned about the maintenance cost after next year when the warranty will expire. Maintenance cost risk aside it's a great car. I have the Vl-6 Turbo Diesel and it has great power, is quiet and comfortable and I can easily travel at any speed the law allows and more even here in Texas. I have averaged about 33 mpg since I've had the car."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Supurb automobile - like new inside and out.

By on Friday, July 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 45,820

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Car is loaded,always garaged, never driven in inclement weather, and fully serviced by dealer. New Michelin Pilot A/S tires. All books and records. May be the best 2008 E-class on the road."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I owend this vehicle for just over a year and have driven right at 20,000 miles. I really like it. It looks great, and handles great and it is sporty looking for a wagon. I have not had any mechanical issues at all. I have had an issue with the radio, but no other issues. No engine light has come at this point. Compared to Lexus LS460, the Mercedes is a heavier safer vehicle."

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Only buy this car if you have other reliable car.

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015

I owned and sold this car
Reason: High maintenance

10 4.0
overall rating 4 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
4/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Drive nice"

Cons: "Too many troubles for too much money"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Owned this car for six years .it was a nice car to drive but you must be the servant to the car.when you paid higher price for the car I feel that it should serve us not the other way around. The third year the fuel pump went then the cd player got stuck needed to be replaced .the fourth year we had to keep adding one quart of oil every couple of months. Every little gilts , it s a trip to the dealer. I would recommend this car to anyone if they like eating free bagels and donuts at the dealer."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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