Wednesday, April 14

Switching from Audi to Mercedes, a good idea?

Having owned two Audis, I now want to upgrade to a 2013 or 2014 Mercedes-Benz E350, around 75,000 km. Is it a good choice?


Hello Jocelyn,

First of all, I would like to mention that the 2014 model has undergone numerous aesthetic changes giving it a decidedly more modern look than that of the 2013, identical to the 2010 model. However, the mechanics remain the same, a 3.5-liter V6. 302 horsepower which was replaced in 2015 by a turbocharged 329 horsepower V6.

Good news, the E350’s V6 is reliable and durable. This mechanism is in fact one of the most robust at Mercedes-Benz in the last ten years. Then, because the majority of buyers of this type of car have not exploited the mechanics like that of an AMG, there is little risk as to the abuse that could have taken place.

Solid, comfortable and able to eat for miles without fatigue being felt, the E350 is thus a rational choice for a German sedan. Telling you that you won’t have any reliability issues would be daring, since Mercedes-Benzes are always dice rolls in this area. However, the risks are less than if you opted for an S-Class sedan or for one of the brand’s SUVs.

As for maintenance costs, they are high. The secret? Find a good specialist workshop capable of offering you service at a reasonable price.

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