Mercedes E-Class 1995 to 2002 W210

Mercedes E-Class 1995 to 2002 W210

    Common Faults


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    Rust – By far the biggest issue, especially with the pre-revamp models of the W210, was rust. Boot-lid, bottom of doors, front and rear wings and door window seals rust issues are too common, especially for a car of its class. Similarly, suspension mounting points have also shown significant rust problems. Make sure you check to see if there is rust under the paint everywhere on the body. The same goes for all seams and seals.


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    Brake Assist Malfunctions – are pretty common and it took some time for Mercedes to resolve the issues. Moreover, it was a standard feature, so a lot of cars were affected. However, if you are buying a W210, the fact that it was a common fault means that this issue should have been dealt with by now.


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    Certified –  Not strictly a common fault, but many cars that were to be exported ended up in the UK and they came for a significant discount, so make sure your car is certified. These cars were built from 1995 to 1997.


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    Head Stretch Bolts – Four-cylinder engines had problems with cylinder head stretch bolts. If you notice oil leaks on the cylinder head, this might be the reason.


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    Rust in Coil Spring – South African W210s have had major issues with rust in coil spring perches up front, which can result in front suspension failure. However, this issue hasn’t been noticed for cars built outside South Africa, but could be an import if your vehicle shows these symptoms.


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    Brake Pipes Rust – it’s common and it develops quickly.


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    Engine Mounts – Several reports of engine mounts issues on 320CDI, although this can’t really be seen as a terribly common fault.


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    Suspension Bushes – at the front end, these tend to cause problems when the car is equipped with heavier 6, or 8 cylinder engines. This happens at about 60,000 miles, so keep an eye out on vehicles around this mileage.


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    Oil Seal Failure – Oil seals can fail to protect wiring looms and autobox.


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    Glow Plug Brittle – Diesels have an issue with failing glow plugs which can break during removing.


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    Dashboard Fade – LCD elements on the dashboard tend to fade. A very large job and unless it’s a show car, people tend to live with this.


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    Coolant in to Gearbox – Transmission coolant can enter the transmission and cause very expensive damage.


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    Faulty Wiring on Boot Lid – Failing reversing lights or battery drain can have the same cause. The reversing light cable is placed in the lid hinges and, should the wire lose its insulation due to opening and closing the boot lid, it can short on the metal.


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    Injector Faults – Injectors can cause problems on 320CDI and their replacement is not cheap. Furthermore, the injector can get stuck in the cylinder head and cause the need for the head replacement.


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    Internal Fan Blower – Blower motor regulator has been known to fail.


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    Electric Windows – Power windows can stop working due to failure in plastic parts within its regulator


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    Injection Pump – OM604 engines used in older E200D and E220D had Lucas diesel injection pump whose seals would often leak





    For this model, recalls include:


    • 1995 – 1999 models’ sub-frame and front spring hangers  may corrode
    • 1996 models’ airbag can inflate on the wrong side.
    • 1997 models were recalled to protect cavities from rust
    • 1/9/1995 to 31/12/1996 models’ airbag can inflate due to corrosion of trigger mechanism
    • 1996 models had problems with steering damper screw leak
    • Six-cylinder and eight-cylinder cars built from 2001 were recalled to have the voltage regulator replaced

    Model Types


    The W210 was an E-Class model which means that it was somewhere between a mid-to-large luxury car and an executive car. The body styles included a sedan and a station wagon, while the similar-looking coupé was actually based on the C-Class chassis.


    A major facelift occurred in 2000 and it brought significant changes. It featured new engines (most notably diesel CDI common rail engines), new transmission options and changes in design including a revised front section and bumpers and a multifunction instrument set and multifunction steering wheel – the first one on an E-Class model.


    Trim Lines & Engines


    Trim levels should be clear, since there are three, plus AMG models – Classic (in some markets also Sport), Elegance and Avantgarde. However, different model years and markets often made the lines between the trim levels unclear. Moreover, even if you opted for a certain trim level, you could also get some additions from other trim levels as optional perks.

    Generally speaking, the Classic was the entry trim level. Bearing in mind that the W210 is an E-Class, it did offer loads of comfort, great materials and some perks such as electric windows, heated mirrors and front airbags. The Sport trim was similar to the Classic, but with sportier suspension settings and sunroof.


    The Elegance included more numerous nickel details and different wood texture on the inside. While not many Elegance cars had leather interiors, there were some. You would also get glass sunroof, door exit lights and alloy wheels.


    The Avantgarde was the top of the standard offer. It offered different wood on the inside, more distinctive exterior details, such as side skirts and a different grille, leather seats, Xenon headlights (the first E-Class with them), tinted glass, memory seats, climate control, Parktronic, navigation (after revamp), BOSE audio, etc. Avantgarde models were also lower and stiffer.


    Again, bear in mind that many of the cars had perks from different trim levels.

    With so many different models and different markets, as well as a major revamp, there were plenty of engine options, starting with I4 2 l 16V and going to 6.2 l V8 32V AMG for petrol vehicles, and from I4 2 l 16V to I6 3.2 24 CDI for common rail diesels.


    Engine Cyl. Power Torque Engine code 0–100 km/h (sec.)


    2.0 16V I4 152 PS (112 kW; 150 hp) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) M111.942 9.4 – 10.4

    2.0 16V I4 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 190 N·m (140 lb·ft) M111.943 10 – 11

    2.0 16V K I4 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 230 N·m (170 lb·ft) M111.957 9.7 – 10.2

    2.3 16V I4 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 220 N·m (162 lb·ft) M111.970 10.4 – 10.9

    2.3 16V K I4 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp) 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) M111.974 7.1 – 8.0

    2.6 18V V6 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) M112.911 9.6 – 10.2

    2.8 24V I6 193 PS (142 kW; 190 hp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) M104.942 8.6 – 8.9

    2.8 18V V6 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp) 270 N·m (199 lb·ft) M112.921 8.9 – 9.1

    3.2 24V I6 220 PS (162 kW; 217 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) M104.995 7.8

    3.2 18V V6 224 PS (165 kW; 221 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) M112.941 7.7

    4.2 32V V8 290 PS (213 kW; 286 hp) 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) M119.985 6.7

    4.3 24V V8 279 PS (205 kW; 275 hp) 400 N·m (295 lb·ft) M113.940 6.2

    3.6 24V AMG I6 280 PS (206 kW; 276 hp) 385 N·m (284 lb·ft) 6.0

    5.0 32V AMG V8 347 PS (255 kW; 342 hp) 480 N·m (354 lb·ft) M119.985 5.7

    5.4 24V AMG V8 354 PS (260 kW; 349 hp) 530 N·m (391 lb·ft) M113.980 5.4

    6.0 32V AMG V8 381 PS (280 kW; 376 hp) 570 N·m (420 lb·ft) M119.985 4.9

    6.2 32V AMG V8 405 PS (298 kW; 399 hp) 616 N·m (454 lb·ft) M119.985 4.7

    2.0 16V D I4 88 PS (65 kW; 87 hp) 135 N·m (100 lb·ft) OM604.917 13.2

    2.2 16V D I4 95 PS (70 kW; 94 hp) 150 N·m (111 lb·ft) OM604.912 13.0

    2.2 16V CDI I4 102 PS (75 kW; 101 hp) 235 N·m (173 lb·ft) OM611 12.7

    2.2 16V CDI I4 116 PS (85 kW; 114 hp) 250 N·m (184 lb·ft) OM611 12.5

    2.2 16V CDI I4 125 PS (92 kW; 123 hp) 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) OM611 10.8

    2.2 16V CDI I4 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) OM611 10.5

    2.2 16V CDI I4 143 PS (105 kW; 141 hp) 315 N·m (232 lb·ft) OM611 10.4 – 9.9

    2.5 20V D I5 113 PS (83 kW; 111 hp) 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) OM605.912 10.9

    2.5 20V TD I5 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp) 280 N·m (207 lb·ft) OM605.962 9.5

    2.7 20V CDI I5 170 PS (125 kW; 168 hp) 370 N·m (273 lb·ft) OM612 9.0 – 7.7

    2.7 20V CDI I5 163 PS (120 kW; 161 hp) 370 N·m (273 lb·ft) OM612 9.0 – 8.0

    2.9 10V TD I5 129 PS (95 kW; 127 hp) 300 N·m (221 lb·ft) OM602.982 10.0

    3.0 24V D I6 136 PS (100 kW; 134 hp) 210 N·m (155 lb·ft) OM606.912 10.0

    3.0 24V TD I6 177 PS (130 kW; 175 hp) 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) OM606.962 8.4 – 7.6

    3.2 24V CDI I6 197 PS (145 kW; 194 hp) 470 N·m (347 lb·ft) OM613 8.3 – 6.9


    Transmission options included 4- and 5-speed (from 1997) automatics and 5- and 6-speed (after the 2000 facelift) manuals.


    Model History


    The W210 was first offered in 1995, although its development had started back in 1988, while the revered W124 was only three years into production. Many of the advancements in the development of the W210 saw the light of day in the facelifted versions of the W124. The first models, produced from 1995, usually sported engines which were familiar from the W124 and the W202 C-Class, such as the M111 I4, or the OM605 I5 DOHC, with some changes. Later revamps, occurring in 1998 and 2000, sported all new petrol options and, probably more importantly, diesels which employed the Common Rail technology in an E-Class for the first time. Cars with these new diesel engines can be recognized by the CDI moniker at the back.


    Also, in 1997 an E-Class model saw the 5-speed automatic for the first time, although it had already been presented in the W140 S-Class with V8 engines, while the manual got an extra gear with the 2000 facelift.


    The 2000 revamp was far better in almost every respect, but it also represented the first time many new and advanced technologies saw the light of day, so it was also plagued with some teething problems.




    W210 Mercedes-Benz E-Class

    Model Years – 1995 – 2002 (2003 for the estate)

    Class – Executive Car

    Body Styles – Sedan and Estate

    Drive Wheels – RWD

    Seating – 5 (some estate cars offered a third row of seats, which added up to 7 seats)

    Wheelbase – 111.5 in (2,832 mm)

    Length – 189.7 in (4,818 mm)

    Width – 70.8 in (1,798 mm)

    Height – 55.8 in (1,417 mm)





    2.0 16V

    2.0 16V

    2.0 16V K

    2.3 16V

    2.3 16V K

    2.6 18V

    2.8 24V

    2.8 18V

    3.2 24V

    3.2 18V

    4.2 32V

    4.3 24V

    3.6 24V AMG

    5.0 32V AMG

    5.4 24V AMG

    6.0 32V AMG

    6.2 32V AMG

    2.0 16V D

    2.2 16V D

    2.2 16V CDI

    2.2 16V CDI

    2.2 16V CDI

    2.2 16V CDI

    2.2 16V CDI

    2.5 20V D

    2.5 20V TD

    2.7 20V CDI

    2.7 20V CDI

    2.9 10V TD

    3.0 24V D

    3.0 24V TD

    3.2 24V CDI





    4-speed automatic

    5-speed automatic

    5-speed manual

    6-speed manual


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