Originally Posted by markryanmiller
How has your E500 been? .
SBC total brake failure ( I don't think the 06 has the SBC) car was towed in and not driveable. This should have never happened
Ball joints at 75,000 miles
really would not expect this
ignition key module at 68,000 miles
Drivers door lock 70,000
Brake pad replacement 3 times at about 30,000 mile intervals
Memory failure for the seat
cig. lighter failure
a/c hot water control valve
windshield replacement, (broken by dealer during service)
Other issues that have not happened but could are
Failure of the air shock assembly at $1100 each.
The car now has 78,000 miles and is a very solid good driver. But maintenance cost has been what I would consider excessive and the number of trips to the dealer for warranty repairs has also been excessive. I would not expect these issues from a quality built vehicle. But consider the one you are looking at is an 06 and many on these boards claim it has a better record than the 03.
I don't know if I will buy a MB for a replacement given the $$/reliability issues I have experienced, not to mention I have to drive over 200 miles total each time I bring it in for repairs and this takes up 2 days of my time.
Dealer service has been excellent,, best of any car I have ever owned just too