The 95-97 was a problem 98-99 were good.
Euro NCAP - For safer cars | Mercedes Benz E Class
you can watch 3 videos from all angles in the NCAP test.
The E class recieved a 4 star Eur NCAP rating. The reason the 1997 E420 did poorly is because of its M119 engine and the way it was designed in the bay, In 1998 Mercedes went to the M113 and when they did they did they re designed the front end supports for the new engine. Also they included side and head airbags standard in the E 430/E55.
Mercedes decided to retest a modified car after the left front wheel was forced back in an initial test, rupturing the driver's footwell. The modified car was awarded three stars but, with just a little improvement, it would have earned a fourth. Mercedes tell us that cars ordered now will be modified. Despite there being no hard impact areas for the knees, the risk to the driver's legs and feet is still high because of the extent of brake pedal movement. Finally, the car meets side-impact legislation taking effect from October. The Mercedes E-class just missed gaining a four-star Euro NCAP rating when the car was first tested in 1998. With the inclusion of the pole test into the Euro NCAP protocols, Mercedes commissioned a pole test to prove that the head-protecting airbag that is fitted as standard to the car from the 1999 model year has improved the protection offered. The requirements of the pole test, though demanding, were met without difficulty. The improvement in protection now earns the E-class a four-star Euro NCAP rating.
The head-protecting device is a drop-down airbag curtain and was introduced across the range from VIN 210065 WDB JF65G9Y A 962233.
The ENCAP ratings.
1998 E class: 26****
1998 3 series: 10 * E36s were unsafe
1998 5 series: 25****
1998 audi A6: 23 ***
1998 audi A4: 17 **
1998 VW passat: 19 ***
1998 Volvo s40:26****
1998 Volvo S70:25****
2003 E Class 33 *****
2001 3 series 25 ****
2004 5 series 29 ****
SO your 1998 E is almost as good as a brand new 5 series.
2001 SAAB 9-3 SE w/ H.O.T
2010 Ford Edge SEL... I secretly love it.
2006 CLS500, 1988 300TE, 2003 HD VRSCA, 1995 C220, 1999 SLK230 Sport, 2003 E55 AMG, ,2001 Honda Shadow ACE 1100, 2001 M3 Cabrio, 1999 E55 AMG, 1992 500SL, 1997 E50 AMG W210, 1986 190E 2.3-16, 1990 230E W124, 1992 400E W124, 1993 190E 2.6, 1983 380SEC, 1997 325iAC, 1995 M3, 1988 325i Cabrio, 1979 320i E21
Last edited by andy380SEC; 10-13-2007 at 12:25 PM.
Reason: include comparable ratings