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Review: Mercedes E 220d


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Superb ride and comfort. All round cameras, sunroof. The electronic gizmos once you have learned to operate them. Built in telephone which connects directly to Mercedes help line if you need advice on how to operate some of the finer points. The surround cameras make hitching up a doddle. Fuel economy,£20/year road tax.

 

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Interesting. One of my options when I change cars this year. I was looking at the 4wd version

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Interesting. One of my options when I change cars this year. I was looking at the 4wd version

I looked at a number of different cars before I opted for the E class. My first preference was to go for the 4wd version but delivery would have been after the 1/4/2017. The list price including a few extras would have put it over £40k and the road tax would have been (£140 + £340)/year for a few years against the £20/year that I now pay. Looking at videos of cars fitted with winter tyres it appears that there is not much to choose between a 2wd fitted with winter tyres and a 4wd fitted with normal tyres.

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I think it will be either an E Class or a CLS for me next.

 

If I had to make regular winter trips to my chalet in the Swiss Alps, would maybe consider the 4matic.

But with winter tyres on, my current RWD C-Class will go anywhere with ease, until the snow gets too deep for the front to plough through, and by then you would be snookered either way.

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  • 2 months later...

I had a 2014 e220d Amg estate. Great car. I was surprised as I had used disco 3,4's and RRS vehicles before! I was wrong it was a really great towcar, comfortable, great gearbox both 7 and 9 speed. Easy to hook up with the camera. Air suspension worked great it towed better than with my 4x4's. I was considering another Eclass estate, unfortunately I could not get a towbar on my lease scheme ( have a GLe instead). But I was a little apprehensive as the nose weight has gone from 84kg to 75kg. ( for E220 AMG estate. Auto). I towed before with 80kg with my unicorn Barcelona. Just felt 75kg was a bit low for my outfit. Am I wrong about the nose weight (from Caravan club tow match) or is this actually ok. It was about the natural weight on the van for the tow bar height. So loaded it to keep it neutral.

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*Noseweight update*

 

Well now the caravan club in the 2017 towcar of the year tests, state the e220d estate (I assume se/Amg line models) is 84kg. So good news but there towcar technical page is reporting 75kg.

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*Noseweight update*

Well now the caravan club in the 2017 towcar of the year tests, state the e220d estate (I assume se/Amg line models) is 84kg. So good news but there towcar technical page is reporting 75kg.

I would never rely on a third party for the data, you can get the information you need from the Mercedes online manuals.

 

I was able to use them do all the model comparisons, kerb weight, max tow and nose weight etc prior to choosing my car.

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E350 Coupe outstanding as a tug. Comfort and good MPG. "Wee Berthy 2" being very light I have to be careful . .. Just one on the side . Can your Van be too light to tow ? Curious thats all. ...

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E350 Coupe outstanding as a tug. Comfort and good MPG. "Wee Berthy 2" being very light I have to be careful . .. Just one on the side . Can your Van be too light to tow ? Curious thats all. . . .

Thee onser loys in the right foot. LOL

There again, what do I know about Mercs, not being one of the Effluent society.

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Now had me E220d Auto Estate for over 2 yrs. Absolutely brilliant towing Bailey Pegasus Rimini with added ATC, Mover & few other extras & very comfortable. Plenty of oomf in reserve with economy averaging 33mpg(have got 37mpg in France on 450km  trip!) towing & 62/63mpg solo. Huge boot even without rear seats down. Servicing seems a little pricey but hey ho! My 1 real complaint is Sat Nav.- completely unreliable when towing, on whatever setting, unless you just want main roads/Motorways so we're back to using maps which is no fun having spent over £40k!!!! All the technology & electronic sensors (no oil dipstick etc) also takes a bit of getting used to but then again I'm not really a 'techy' so perhaps it's just me! I miss CD player as using USB sticks doesn't permit random selection. 'Mercedes Me' app very good for keeping check on car when not used for while (i. e. battery condition, tyre pressures, fuel level/range etc). Self park is too slow but haven't yet tried parking from outside using App - I'm a bit of a coward!

I recommend one in place of 4x4 which we're not keen on.

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I've had my car about the same time.  It's an E350 estate, doesn't quite do the mpg that you get, but for a 3 litre car I'm quite pleased to average over 40 solo and 27 or so towing.  You might want to look at a service plan.  Mine costs £35 per month and covers all servicing costs, except of course for wear and tear items like tyres and brakes.   It includes things like gearbox oil changes and brake fluid which often seem to cost extra on top of the usual service cost.  Not sure which type of sat nav you have in the car - mine is the Comand system, and while it's not the best sat nav I've ever used, I can't say I dislike it too much.  I hardly ever use the self parking system but it seems to work fine, and I agree that it's a great tow car.  Like you, I'm not too keen on 4x4s.  

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Barely 4yrs on I'm very disappointed in Mercedes. Car tows well but Customer Service is diabolically poor.

With no dipstick we've had car overfilled at service, then underfilled (constant warnings ruining a French holiday), faulty battery replaced under after 2.5yrs of Mercedes Me App "critically low" warnings and complaints being ignored. Sat nav updates at 'While you wait' annual Service taking 2 appointments and now the factory-fitted tow bar no longer retracts. Dealership & Mercedes UK claim due to "lack of use" during the 18+ month pandemic & "out of Warranty! "Any mechanical part will seize without regular use" the latter say.

I'm well over 70yrs and so vulnerable so no way was I going to caravan in the ordinary way during that time.

On top of that when dealership diagnosed fault they triggered dash warning light that now remains on, together with flashing red LED on door switch. "Nothing we can do" they say except replace whole tow bar at £1800 cost!

So car came out worse than when it went in! My fellow E-Class owner in Cotswolds has exactly same on his 2 month older estate.

Anyone else had trouble with their tow bar?  I'd like to form a joint action group and take our case to the Motor Ombudsman

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I bought a new E220 saloon a bit over 4 years ago with a factory fitted deployable towbar. I found it to be a nice car and I liked the £20/year road tax. I used it to tow a 4 berth caravan which it pulled with ease but could be a bit twitchy if the rear tyres were not inflated to their maximum pressure. I used to get 25+ towing and 45+ solo. I also encountered problems with incorrect oil levels after servicing, I missed having a dipstick. I was not to impressed by the sat nav. and the electric towbar sometimes sounded a bit unhealthy when deploying, but it never failed.

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Wonder if your battery issues were lockdown induced too? In terms of dipstick our mini was electronic. You could go into settings and follow a procedure to check it and got a 'electronic picture of a dipstick showing measured oil level. Not as good but it worked fine when I changed my own oil. Merc mechanics sound interesting?!

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On 16/11/2021 at 05:06, Jezzerb said:

Wonder if your battery issues were lockdown induced too? In terms of dipstick our mini was electronic. You could go into settings and follow a procedure to check it and got a 'electronic picture of a dipstick showing measured oil level. Not as good but it worked fine when I changed my own oil. Merc mechanics sound interesting?!

Re Merc oil levels. There was a setting where you could read the oil level, you had to drive for about 10 miles and it would then display the level.  In normal use if the oil level was getting a bit low it would come up with a message to add a litre of oil. I did the third service myself which included an oil and filter change. I measured the amount of oil taken out and put the same amount of new oil in, I had no problem after doing this.

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