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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 638 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.

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  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    9.1/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Stay clear

By on Saturday, December 26, 2015

I owned and sold this car

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
1/10

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

"I have owned 2 other e-class. a 2002 and 2004 both were new at the time. i purchased the 2003 e-500 from a neighbor the car was in great condition. after about a year the air shocks went cost over $4000 to fix about 6 months the ABS system went $2500. went on line and found out that the 2003 e-500 is a problem all around. i will never buy a MB. ALL fluff over priced and repairs at the dealer are crazy. stay clear"

2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

luxury

By on Sunday, December 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 760

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "reliable and dependable"

Cons: "uses premium gas"

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

"I just purchased recently this use, low miles, well taken off E350, I've own a number of BMW's (5 & 3 series), but this vehicle is made for long trips, short trips and everything in between, in style and comfort. Great daily driver. Got a great deal based other E350's for sale in my area. Researched the vehicle and prices, which I advise everyone to do. Had my mechanic review it with two thumbs up."

4 people out of 4 found this review helpful

'06 E320 cdi Ultimate effecient road cruiser

By on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 340,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "It is the Lowest cost long term med size car ever"

Cons: "Synthetic Oil changes every 15000 miles"

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

"Other than normal wear items, ie tires, oil, filters, brakes, mounts, I've only had one large service bill in over 300,000 miles of driving. Being the last of the non bluetec diesels, this straight 6 Mileage ranges from 33 to 41 mpg, depending on weather, tire pressure, temperature and road conditions. Changing the coolant system thermostat will increase the fuel mileage up to another 10%. Interestingly the newer blue tecs lose about 10-12% mpg. But the brand new 2015 E250 4 cyl maybe a game changer. There is no other more efficient comfortable car on the planet, I can drive for 6 hours straight and feel refreshed. My VW Jetta diesel the limit is a few hours. I'm planning on at least 500,000 miles before going to the new 4 cyl E250 bluetec (or maybe look at the dark side - BMW diesel). I wouldn't hesitate to drive across country in this well built and well maintained vehicle. Around 4 years this cruiser will retire. I have seen the E class as taxis with over a million miles in Germany. This has been the best all around Mercedes Ive ever owned, out of a total of 8. If the car has excellent service & maintenance records it can be a great buy, if not keep away...."

8 people out of 10 found this review helpful

The 500 and sport package are great.

By on Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 106,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Fun to drive. Ageless styling."

Cons: "Expensive to maintain."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Nice array of features for the driver to set at a given preference. The "500" provides great acceleration making it fun to drive and good for avoiding unwanted driving situations. The adjustable suspension and other high tech features are expensive to maintain. I purchased an extended after-market warranty, which was costly, but less expensive then being without it. Is it worth it? Yes! Love the E-500!!"

2 people out of 7 found this review helpful

No Real Isues

By on Saturday, October 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 227,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Had this car since 39K....kept up with the oil changes and some expected [e.g., belt, alternator] repairs..still runs smooth and all works except the ESP"

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Excellent beautiful Car. One owner kept clean and

By on Monday, August 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 117,500

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

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

"Regular maintenance and covered parking Very reliable and comfortable. Just want a new car. Excellent mileage too."

13 people out of 19 found this review helpful

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