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I am considering buying my first Mercedes Benz. I need a real workhorse of a car so am looking at the idea of investing in a pre-owned E series estate with CDI powerplant, say 4 or 5 years old. Obviously I will only consider a FMBSH and all the usual stuff. I am hoping that Mercedes has actually delivered on their claims to be reintroducing the quality of engineering they used to be known for. My questions are:
Will a car like this be as good as MB cars used to be, before the MB engineering quality was reduced some years ago?
The only cars I see with rust problems seem to be elderly Mercedes Benz. Has this been addressed in modern MB cars?
Are there any known problems to look out for when buying an E series CDI built around 2004 or 2005?
Are all the CDI engines as reliable and desireable as each other? Obviously I know the power and fuel economy figures as published for the new engines but not for the previous versions.
When did the latest series of CDI engine get launched?
Are the earlier powerplants to be avoided or preferred or is there little difference between them?
Thanks for any and all insights. I tend to keep my cars for many years so like to get it right.