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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans



  • geostacgeostac Posts: 1
    We purchased a 1976 280. last week. Looks like it sat for a while.
    The gas guage was working fine, until Monday. It started bouncing then just quit. Any ideas?
  • ajusticeajustice Posts: 3
    Mecedes wants to charge me $2600 to repair my 2004 E500. I brought my car in for an oil change and to check-out message that was some time appearing on my console and dissapearing. the message stated the the auxiliary battery convert was unavailable, after having the car inspected, I was told that the 300 small aux batery (failed midtronic test); 560 batery voltage regulator (faulty & puting out unsufficient output volts), and 1600 rear differential seals (leaking rear diff fluid). the car is weel taken care of and only has 30,000 miles. garage kept and in perfect physical condition. always keep to service maintainence schedules. Sounds to me like this car has some defective parts. What do you think?
  • ajusticeajustice Posts: 3
    I brought my Mercedes in Jan. 2004, so the warranty is expired by three months. Some dealers and the manufacturer have a special adjustment program that they call the after warranty expiration (listed in the Service and warranty booklet) where they will cover the cost of repairs, or some of the cost. Their option, usually to assist their loyal customers, and those that maintain they maintainence schedules. Battery power and seals should not be failing on a car with so little mileage and has not been damaged in any way.
  • tcdttcdt Posts: 1
    I just purchased the C Class w/leatherette...... I am not sure if that was a wise choice. My concern the leatherette dangerous to your health. I did not think of this until I read an article stating vinyl flooring may cause cancer.
  • I have an older E300 (1986) and my A/C wont come on if the engine is hot. Sometimes if I turn the ignition off and on again it will work but most of the time no. If the A/C is working I can drive all day - it wont quit when the car is running but if I stop and turn off the ignition I can be sure it wont work when I start up again (or until it cools). Does anyone know what might be causing my problem? PS: I live in Phoenix where A/C is critical. Thanks
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    Just had my car in for an oil change and filter which was to be $110. I asked to have the service reminder light (for service C) be re-set. The car is an '07 E350 being leased for 27 mos. and due to be returned in 3 mos.

    When I went to pay my bill, the dealer charged $35 to re-set the service light. I protested but they said I authorized it when I signed permission to do the service when I dropped off the car. Note: THEY NEVER TOLD ME THERE WOULD BE A CHARGE FOR THIS and frankly I've never heard of this being done before. They also charged $6 for window washer fluid.

    Remember, I was ONLY in for an oil change and filter, not the "service". It's not the money as much as them doing this.

    Has anyone ever heard of this or have it happen to them?
  • paisanpaisan Posts: 21,181
    You asked them to turn off a diagnostic light. Normally i would say that they can charge because you asked them to do it, however shouldn't it be under warranty if there is a service light? If you aren't having the service provided, wouldn't your warranty be void for fairlure to maintain? Weird situation.

  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    no you should not be charged for that. it's ridiculous.
    first I-drive. then they take away the dipstick and rely on software to check the oil. then no manual trans on the 335d for USA. who is in charge over there? who ever it is, s/he should be choppered to that rock where the monkey is and left there with a 5 year supply of government cheese. Then chopper the monkey back and install it behind the BMW CEO desk.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    FWIW, as I understand it, BMW doesn't build any 335d cars with manual transmissions, regardless of which market you live in. I suppose it could be that they don't have any manual transmissions that have the ability to handle the prodigious amounts of torque that that engine puts out.

    Best Regards,
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Turn in the car when the lease expires and don't consider this dealer when you shop for a replacement. Let them know why you won't be coming back. I've had my 2000 E320 dealer serviced for 150,000 miles and was NEVER charged for resetting the light. Same with a prior MBZ and BMW. I consider it part of the service, much the same as closing the hood when the job is done.
    Which dealer was it?
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,900
    tnx for the 335d transmission info, shipo. the Porsche/Audi dealer is conveniently 2 miles closer and knee-deep in manual transmissions and I'm pretty sure there is a bald-guy discount on 911s and S5s, in case I go in that direction.
    Back to the E-class, I'm still pining for a recent year Benz diesel to go with my set of 4 1999 16" E wheels and one scratched Y2k wheel. I've got 2 vehicles now, thinking of trading 2 for 1. E class diesel is on the short-list..
  • rockypaulrockypaul Posts: 104
    Dealer's choice. Mine does not.

    I have had several M-B's and resetting the FSS is usually a simple thing.

    It is some variation of having the key in position 2 with the FSS on the dashboard display. Then hold the reset button down for 30 seconds. Again, the routine varies by model. Some you hold down twice and some you move ignition key back and forth.

    Oil changes require 9 quarts of Mobil 1 at $6.50 per quart, a $20 fleece oil filter and several o rings and gaskets plus labor. The $100 charge is not out of line but the $35 charge is.

    Hope this may help. Shop for a friendlier dealer with a better service manager.
    That is the key to happy M-B ownership.

    I once complained to M-B when they called to follow up on a service visit that their service manager was not very Lexus like. He was fired the following week.
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    Forget the dealer, go to your nearest trustworthy independent garage and get the same oil change done for well UNDER $100.. I"ve been bringing my 2001 E320 to a mechanic I've used for 15 years for all my cars once they are out of warranty and he charges me $70 for the oil and filter and resets the FSS at no charge. He charges just $70 because many of the E class cars won't actually have the room for the amount of oil specified in the manual. My 2001 (and also the 1996 E320 I sold) takes about one quart less than the manual states. It is not uncommon...! So don't pay the dealer for 9 quarts when he maybe is only putting in 7 or 8...

    Oil changes done by others while under warranty are OK so long as the garage uses the Mobil 1 oil.. I've only used my dealer for oil changes maybe twice in 10 years of owning a Mercedes and have never had them refuse any warranty work.

  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    I was going to do just that but the independent refused to touch any service reset buttons.

    The other point I wanted to make of my resentment toward the dealer was that there was no mention of a charge for this service light reset. It was only noted when I picked up the car. With all my (high end) cars, this was a first for me.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Which dealer is charging for the service light reset?
  • carnaughtcarnaught Posts: 1,577
    Which dealer is charging for the service light reset?

    You can email me to my mailbox for the answer.
  • And, for that $30 "savings" you would have missed the service bulliten changing out the dip sticks on the E class since they had been showing a too high read on oil level, that is, a quart low was in the OK zone.

    Another recent bulletin installed a UV shield on the brake fluid resivoir.
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    When did that service bulletin show up? I did have my 2001 (purchased in 2004) serviced by the dealer once (maybe twice) before the free oil changes ran out and if the bulletin was issued prior to mid-2005, then they should have taken care of it by then. Or at one of the many times I've had to go back for warranty (and non-warranty) repairs since then...!!! :cry:

    If they didn't replace the dipstick, then filling the crankcase with one quart less hasn't even triggered the FSS any earlier nor has it indicated a low oil level at any time in the last 75K miles... My 1996 E320 did signal low oil a couple of times, but that was run with fossil oil and was also showing full on the dipstick at one quart less (at oil changes) for the life of the car (140K + whatever the next owner did)... I guess the synthetic oil is better than I thought !!
  • This was on my 2007 E-350 4-Matic wagon.
    They mentioned "it had been going on for sometime".

    Oddly, my 2003 S-430 4-Matic does not have a dip stick; all electronic.
    They have gone back to a dip stick.

    You mentioned the FSS sensor. I had a "99 ML 320 that showed "oil low."
    There was a bullitin on faulty oil pan sensors back then. It was corrected and a free oil change ensued.

    Hope this is of some help.

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