What is the best year for a used Mercedes E-Class?

I’m looking to add a luxury sedan to my garage, and I’ve never owned a Mercedes before. I’m thinking it’s time to change that. What is the best year for a used Mercedes E-Class?

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Shannon Fitzgerald · Answered on Jan 10, 2023
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
If you’ve got the funds, why not bring home a used Mercedes?
The best year for a used Mercedes E-Class ultimately comes down to your style and performance preferences. However, the following models are frequent favorites amongst Mercedes fans:
  • 2012 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan: Top scores in reliability and safety from U.S. News, the 2012 E-Class sedan packs a powerful V8 and an opulent interior into one smooth, luxury ride.
  • 2006 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon: It’s not a sedan, but the E-class wagon of this year brings a sharp design, V8 engine option, and a fuel-efficient turbo-diesel engine to the table.
  • 1992 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 400E Sedan: Many Mercedes enthusiasts swear by the E-Class’ early W124 era for reliability. The 1992 400E sedan will not only deliver on that durability, but it also has a powerful V8 performance and features like auto AC and cruise control that you’d find in more modern models.
  • 2009 Mercedes Benz E-Class: Equipped with an option for BlueTec turbodiesel, as well as rear and all-wheel drive, the 2009 E-Class has all the luxury versatility you’d expect in a Mercedes with options for modern features like heated front seats, GPS, and a push-start button.
  • 2018 Mercedez-Benz E-Class: If you want to get as close to a brand new E-class model without the new car price tag, you can enjoy tech like touch-sensitive steering, automated parking, and head-up display in well-equipped 2018 models.
No matter which E-Class you go for, make sure that you give any used car you’re interested in a good inspection before you put down any money. No one wants to end up buying a used car that’s a lemon!
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