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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans



  • legendmanlegendman Posts: 362
    I do not believe one can compare the Lexus to a MB. The Lexus brand is a creation of Toyota for the US market. I have a toyota crown (ls430) which cost almost 30% less in Jamaica than the ls430 in the US. Same car . Toyota is NOT a luxury brand. They make inexpensive, reliable car for the masses..

    You make some interesting and valid points.

    As to Lexus reliability, I am having several problems with my brand new Lexus RX330; problems that turn out to be systemic throughout the model line. From my experience and research, I'd say that their quality is slipping.
  • jhs4jhs4 Posts: 3
    Situation: buying a 500 that the local StL. dealer had to get from out of town

    - the car ended up having 250 miles on it

    What do you recommend I seek...if anything from the dealer given the miles (and yes this is the car I want and do not wish to wait for another delivery)? What is reasonable and "standard" if there is any reasonable requests (dollars off / options added, etc.).
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Dollars off? Probably nothing.

    As a rule, the only concession in a case like this is that they add the mileage at delivery to your warranty, so your warranty will now expire at 50,250 miles.

    Best Regards,
  • acenjacenj Posts: 58

    I was all set to get an "M" series infiniti till my brother said, 50K on a infiniti - go check out the "E". Well, I drove the E320 4matic (very nice), then made the mistake of driving the E500 4matic (WOW).

    Any thoughts on what to do? I could get the E500 (2005) for close to what i can get a E350 (2006), both would be 4matics. What kind of mileage are you guys getting with the E500 4matic?

    thx in advance.

  • ray00edmray00edm Posts: 12
    I am expecting to take the delivery of an E350. I need advise on the following:
    1. What is the price of the extended warrantee? It is more then $4k here. Is it worth it? 3rd party extended warrantee mostly does not serve CA for some reason.
    2. Should I pay the "IP? participation fee" of $500? What kind of charge is this? Why isn't this part of the car price?
    3. How is the IPod adaptor? Any good? If I want it, the best way is to have it installed before the delivery to have 4 year warrantee.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Where is the best price from MB dealer?
  • scotnmelscotnmel Posts: 1
    My 97 e320 says lamp malfunction when I turn on the head lights.I checked all lights and they are all working. HELP!!!
  • rick1rick1 Posts: 12
    Check your license plate lamps - that's where mine was hiding
  • hjtw888hjtw888 Posts: 5
    Had key malfunctioning problem on my 99E320 at 40K miles.
    When key is in ignition and turned, cannot fire up the engine. The starter keeps cranking without you holding the key.
    My friend experienced similar problem with his ML and said there is a malfunctioning chip inside the key and not recognized by the engine resulting in sending an engine kill signal to disable the car, an anti theft design. He ordered new key from the dealer with programing at total $120.
    Drove to wife office to get 2nd key and it worked and fired up the engine. After that, the first key also worked.
    A week later, it happened again. Now both keys don't work. Stranded at night, called MBZ 24 hours service. Operator instructed to use manual key to lock and unlock the door, then use the original key to start again. Won't work and MBZ operator now says it is the fuel injector/engine not getting gasoline and the car must be towed to MBZ dealership for repair.
    As there is no dealership service open at Saturday night, return to car after dinner, 3 hours later. Using original key, the car started, and the second key also worked.

    What seems to be the problem? The keys, or the engine will start only when cold or 2-3 hours after the engine cools down?

    Someone also suggested in case of car computer problem showing malfunctioning display, disconnect the battery and reconnect after 5-10 minutes. The computer will reset itself. Would that solve some of the problem?
  • shoeboxshoebox Posts: 4
    You should get the car checked out and have a mechanic see what kind of trouble code it's throwing out. It could be a be anything. I'm not a professional mechanic, but my guess would be the 'crank sensor'.

    Good luck
  • fromoz1313fromoz1313 Posts: 2
    Would appreciate any ideas on this: drive the car over certain bumps with the right side rear and a single metallic rattle is heard that appears to be coming from the right rear of the interior or proximity. More pronounced when cold, less so when the outside temp is warm or hot. Does not occur every time and does not usually occur with large bumps. Had the car to a Euro repair place, they tightened up a bunch of bolts and nuts and thought they had it but noise still occurs. Any suggestions??
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Have same car and same rattle.
  • bigrobnhbigrobnh Posts: 114
    are your rear headrests down?

    I had a strange noise coming from a similar location. Turned out that lubricating the hinges on the fold down headrests fixed it (as well as riding w/them up).

  • fromoz1313fromoz1313 Posts: 2
    I will try this, currently the noise occurs with the headrests up or down.
  • allygallyg Posts: 18
    I got my car back from the dealer for Service C on Friday and just noticed that the display on odometer is gone! No number at all. Just flashing _ _ _ _ _.

    Anyone has any idea what is going on? Any button to reset?

    Thanks in advance.
  • anthonymanthonym Posts: 7
    Does anyone know when the E series is due for a redesign? Thanks!
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    I'd say a total redesign will be in 2009, but a facelift will come for the 2007 model year. Since the E350's engine is new I'd expect the only engine changes come face-lift time would be for the V8. All rumors point to a 380hp 5.5L V8 E550.

  • mezecamezeca Posts: 66
    Did they also perform the SBC software update? It sounds like they did and unhooked the computer before finishing the procedure. You'll need to return to the dealer for this, but it won't take but 5-10mins.
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    We're considering the purchase of an E350 4matic. Does the Appearance Pkg offer any real (non-cosmetic) value? We want the Xenon lights, but we can get them by spending $1200 on the Lighting Pkg. Apart from the lights, the only other pieces in the Appearance Pkg that might enhance the driving experience are the Airmatic DC suspension & the 17" wheels. Are they worth the $2760 spread between the 2 packages? Are there any "gotta have" packages or options?

    Thanks for your comments.
  • faragfarag Posts: 1
    I just purchased a used 2000 Mercedes E320 with 61K on it. Its a great car, however the engine gets loud when accelerating climbing hills "like a movie projector sound" and when the engine temp is over 80, there is a crackling sound that seems to come from the bottom of the engine even when not pressing gas and only pressing the brakes. I can hear both noises very much when passing parked cars. Of-course if I have the A/C on I can only hear nothing but a smooth ride. The acceleration seems fine, and I know a this car shouldn't sound like that at all. I took it to the dealership and paid over $ 1,500 for its 60K service and it included changing the engine mounts that were collapsed and a couple of filters. I really want to restore the sound of this beautiful car. I was sad that the dealership didn't get it right from the first visit even leaving the car with them for 2 days. My question is what should be changed in this car to make it sound right? Do I need to change the catalytic converter for instance? If it hasn't been changed for so many years could it be that it is all clogged up? Please help!
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