Based on 576 Ratings for the 2003 - 2009 models.Review this car
By Gary on Sunday, March 02, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 132,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "Fast, solid, very predictable handling,"
Cons: "Expensive to maintain if dealer dependent"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I purchased my 2004 E500 used in 2006 with just 3400 miles on it from Herb Gordon Mercedes in Maryland. This car has delivered 130,000 miles without any serious problems. Sure the minor stuff wore out, like a few oxygen sensors and the rear bellows at 131,000 mile mark. Maintenance is easy, oil changes every 10,000 miles and transmission fluid changes every 40,000 miles. Some owners are having transmission and electrical problems, mine has been fine. The engine in these cars seem to be bullet proof. Mine is still very strong and gets 26 mpg with the cruise control at 70 mph. Living in Florida, A/C is important. The majority of older BMW's I see have overheated occupants in a sagging car, not MB. The suspension is excellent. At the 110,000 mile mark I told the dealer to check out the car from front to back, basically offering a blank check. Recommendations were: 2 ball joints and spark plug change-that was all. The E500 is a very well made car and with the exception of some electrical problems and a few reported transmission problems these are excellent cars. Smooth, solid, fast and have excellent grip for a big sedan. If you are considering one get an E550 2007 or later. Steering, brakes and engine have been improved. Get a low mileage good one and you'll be pleased. But beware, these cars are not Toyotas; they require attentive maintenance and if you are dealer dependent then you should factor in a few maintenance dollars into your operating costs."
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By bby on Friday, February 21, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "good driver"
Cons: "overpriced,no free maintenance,low profile tires"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"A great reliable vehicle.A bit pricey though, and routine maintenance is super expensive! The low profile tires are not made for any northern road conditions at all.It bottoms out on every small bump or pot hole in the road. Oil changes at the dealer are over $200.00 it's ridiculously expensive. Yet the car is as good as any 4 wheel drive truck in slippery or snowy conditions,and very comfortable to be in and drive."
By Benzguy27 on Thursday, February 20, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Really we'll made car. Not a huge fan of the air suspension. I will convert to coil shocks when the time comes. Very smooth ride even at high speeds. 120mph+ 4matic works like a dream. Brakes stop on a dime. Love the style and curves. You can feel the quality as soon as you get in. Lots of complements from car guys and the girls go crazy for this ride."
By lifemaster1 on Saturday, February 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 75,000overall rating 9 of 10rating details
Pros: "excellent comfort and handling for a sedan."
Cons: "There are a few blind spots cause of side mirrors"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"Very good car and reliable too. Only drawback is cost of routine maintenance and parts. Outstanding comfort and it goes where you point it with good power in most situations. I usually beat the EPA mileage estimate on long trips."
By Michelle on Saturday, February 08, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 82,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Affordable for single professional"
Cons: "None - love it"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I love this car - it fits me like a glove, knows what i'm thinking, handles intuitively, moves like a gazelle, stops on a dime. No pretenses about it, clean, classy, dignified reliable and understated - you have to be committed to taking care of it - service schedules happen. The quick response, road feel and even the subtle sound of the dual exhaust still makes me smile - and Im a woman! I work hard for my money and I appreciate the solid performance and security I have with this car - the service staff are phenominal too! Did I mention I love this car? 6 years and counting!"
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