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  • scooby6scooby6 Posts: 9
    Yes, I noticed that too. Another malfunction, or just plain poor design, that causes you to have to take your eyes off the road. It's also a bit strange not to have the radio contraols on the same side of the steering wheel (volume is on the right side, station changes on the left. CD changing in the 6-dc in dash changer is very clanky and noisy. I could probably live with all this, but the LOUD A/C fan is unbearable.
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  • acenjacenj Posts: 58

    IMO, the radio controls are PATHETIC, not even worthy of a design on a disposable car. You can not scan thru presets, just basically hit every freaking station as the up/down arrows take you to the next/previous strongest station.

    Also - since its a world car, for those with right hand drive cars, to choose a preset is a short reach, but for those of us on the left and here in the states, you absolutely can't do it w/o taking your eyes off the road, especially if you're tall in which case your seat is far back.

    I would give the chasis/suspension guys an A+ on design, and MB engineers who designed the damn radio/command and absolute "F" as they don't deserve to have jobs the design, IMO, is that poor.

  • scooby6scooby6 Posts: 9
    I agree. But that MUST be a sofware thing or something that can be fixed. No one can be that STUPID to design a radio that doesn't scan through the pre-sets, can they?? My e350 has the same issue, and it is extremely annoying, AND dangerous. I don't undertand why bother even having presets then. The system does all sorts of things, but the most basic function of sanning the preset channels - somebody pinch me, this can't be happening. Of course, that's not something you even check on a test drive, who would think to check that!? Again, there is no way MB can be this STUPID, this is just someone's idea of a cruel joke, right?
  • acenjacenj Posts: 58
    Hey Scooby,

    I of course didn't find this out till after i bought the car as well. It flat out kills my channel surfing. Unfortunately, as discussed on other MB forums, MBUSA has been aware of this for 3 model years now (starting with 2003), and still no fix. I wouldn't hold your breath. Just amazing they can give you 4 zone heating/cooling, courtesy lights that go on/off depending on ambient light, they can give you a car with active air suspension, etc. etc.....and they miss this :mad:

  • kennynmdkennynmd Posts: 424
    Fix? There's a "fix" for this. Don't think so. For all the engineers they got, there's something they can do. It's whether they want to or not!
  • bigrobnhbigrobnh Posts: 114
    Interesting. This probably is a software thing. I could have sworn that on my 2001 I can set the behavior of this through the settings menu (only accessable when stopped). I may be wrong, I'll check next time I'm in the car.

  • wbreaux1wbreaux1 Posts: 55
    I have a 2000 E320 and I have had to override the fan speeds since I got the car. I've gotten used to it for the most part, but my wife's 2002 A6 is much better. On her car, you can change the temp setting a degree and notice the difference. In my E320, you have to change it by several degrees for anything to happen, then you usually overshoot the mark, so it's much easier to override.

    BTW, I haven't had problems with the radio settings.
  • scooby6scooby6 Posts: 9
    Well, you may be aware of my radio, clicking seats, and AC fan issues, but it's gotten much worse. The other day, teh CD player just died while driving and reset itself, a "clanking" sort of noise is now coming from somewhere in the passenger area, the steering is now noticeably out of alignment and TODAY guess what happened.....

    While merging onto 495 at 10:20 AM (at the infamous "mixing bowl" in Northern VA), the TRANSMISSION goes out !!!! In not making this up...two weeks old, 2006 E350 w/ less than 300 miles and I break down on one of the most dangerous roads in the U.S. Thank God I was in the far lane and had enough "roll" left to glide onto the shoulder. Put it in drive, hit the accelerator, and the engine just revs. I hate to think if this would have happened while my wife and 3 year old twin girls were in the car instead of just me. I call the dealer (5 minutes away) that they said push the help button in the car, that they can't help me (2 weeks earlier they were rolling out the red carpet) - MB then comes on line and says they'll be there in about an hour or I wait on the side of 495, with cars and semis zooming by at speeds approxaching 80+ mph. The other day, someone got killed (hit) by a vehicle when he was on the side of the road in this same area.

    This car is not only a total LEMON, it is dangerous.

    Then, I take the loaner they give me (a Mazada 3) and drive over the Acura dealer to test drive the RL. Actually, a much more comfortable car to drive, but the Navigation system looks my kid drew the maps w/ a crayon, and the back seats have NO headroom. Dealer says he can get me out of the Benz deal, and will give me the RL at first month payment down, and $621 mo for 36 mo/12K miles a year. Very tempting, but the back seats and poor layout of hte Nav system I wasn't sure about. Aside from that, it's a comfortable care (nice big arm rest vs. mercedes).

    However, when its working, the e350 seems like a great car. Maybe I'm just the lucky one that picked out the LEMON on the lot, but it's scary to think they can put in in another one (which they are now offering to do) and the same thing could happen.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Just had a new instrument cluster replaced--warranty. It works fine except that the MPG screen now starts off @ 7.9mpg.To finally get to a correct reading I have to drive about 100 miles. This also throws off my "distance to empty" reading
    What is the starting mpg reading when you first start up in the morning? My service guy has no clue how to correct this. Is it adjustable?
    My wife has a 350SLK and it starts off @ 20mpg so readings are accurate almost immediately.
    HELP! Thanks for any help.
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  • acenjacenj Posts: 58
    Hey scooby,

    You've got to be one of the only guys i've ever heard complaining about acura's nav. Its one of the BEST nav's in the industry!

  • scooby6scooby6 Posts: 9
    I hear that too, and I'm sure it's great, but the MB screen just looks so much better than the Acura's. A much more crip, clear picture - WHEN IT'S WORKING.
  • pguptapgupta Posts: 6
    The dealer flashed the software for the alternator. Saying that the software was old. After 10 days, this morning after about 300 miles...the same message comes back on. So I take it in. The advisor says he may have to replace the battery or the waiting to hear from them. Any one with similar problems or has an advice.
  • pguptapgupta Posts: 6
    Have a 17K 2004 ES 330 Lexus and a 3K 2005 E320. I have been to Lexus dealer for only scheduled service. And MB like 5 times, for SBC pump noise damper issue and Low Battery problems, still unsolved. I am thinking why the hell did I plunk money to buy E320 when I could have just bought another LEXUS.

    Hope the new CEO will fix quality issues in the future..But what about suckers like me who bought them already?
  • merc1merc1 Posts: 6,081
    The two things you mention should have been covered in the recent recall of the E-Class and other models, especially the low-battery problem.

  • pguptapgupta Posts: 6
    The noise damper issue..solved. The Low battery - the software update was made..but the indicator still came back on. So am still waiting..the car is in the shop.
  • rockypaulrockypaul Posts: 104
    I was up for a 2006 e3504matic wagon but have been told the electronic brakes are still a major problem.
    Because of that I may stay with my S430 4matic and ML. Both excellent.

    Comments please
  • acenjacenj Posts: 58
    I have a 2005 E500 4matic and while its a weird feeling, you get used to the brakes. This is another area where mercedes obviously felt the need to develop something that's totally useless IMO but what do i know, kind of like putting a fiber optic network in the car that doesn't work properly (model year 2003). Its just another thing you can add to the list, like setting a analog clock with a digital display - NOW THAT MAKES SENSE!

  • lessbslessbs Posts: 13
    I have a 1999 Lexus GS300, bought new. I have done nothing to it except scheduled maintenance, new battery and new tires. The new GS 300 is ok, but still under-powered, and they took the trunk away-not as good as the car I have. I test drove the Infinity M35 and M40, but really am not in love with it's looks. I'm 6'3" and can't fit into the 5-series BMW. I am seriously considering either the E350 Sedan or CLK350 2dr Coupe, but am getting scared reading the problems people are having with these cars. I thought it would be fun to order the car for delivery in europe, but am having second thoughts. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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