CAT’S INSIDE LINE: MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS

MB_2553This month sees us focus on the Mercedes E-Class. The saloon has established itself as a key member of the luxury midsized market, alongside other mainstays such as the BMW 5-Series and the Audi A6, with the trio recently being joined by the Jaguar XF.

The E-Class ancestry can be traced back to the 1930s, but it wasn’t until 1993 that Mercedes gave it the ‘E-Class’ badge. The generation we are looking at in this issue was first sold in 2009, with the model receiving a facelift in 2013. The vehicles were code named W211 and W212 has been built in number of guises including saloon, estate, coupe and convertible.

The E-Class was launched with a range of powerplants, which included 1.8-, 3.0-, 3.5-, or 5.5-litre petrol engines and 2.1- and 3.0-litre diesel options. There was also the 2.1-litre hybrid, and the 6.2-litre AMG versions sold as well.

This variety of engines and the addition of new technology has provided a number of challenges.

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Click below to see technical contributions on the Mercedes E-Class from:

Autoelectro – looks at rotating electrics issues with the Mercedes

Bilstein – explains how it can improve the handling on a classic E-Class (W124)

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Cambiare – covers a variety of issues that are common on the E-Class

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of lubricants

Dayco – explains why looking after the FEAD system is essential

First Line – focuses on the steering and suspension on the E-Class

Manbat – looks at the BlueEfficiency models of the Merc

Meyle – best practice for the automatic transmission and brake discs

RMI – explains a common foible with the Mercedes E-Class

TecRMI – gives us the lowdown on common problems faced on the E-Class

VOSA – covers the recall notices placed on the Mercedes E-Class

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