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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans

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  • mbdrivermbdriver Posts: 426
    dkatlanta - I believe that walto keeps the tire pressure at 34 lbs for his 17" Yoko AVS dBs and notices considerable differences in handling, ride and steering with changes of as little as 1 lb. of tire pressure.

    Also, wneil said that his tire expert recommends 36 lbs of pressure for maximum tread wear. I've kept my 17" Yoko dBs at 35 lbs and am very satisfied. Let us know your own experiences.
  • parkcityparkcity Posts: 2
    I saw the question from fletchkel dated 4/22. I am also attempting to find out about the updated version and have heard that it will not be out 'til April or June next year. It will look like the S or C in E size. Nothing on prices, specs, etc.
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    More like September/October '02, not April ;-) Check out Edmunds' Future telling section. You can expect the Airmatic Adtive Dampening System from the S-class, and ABC for the new AMG tuned E.
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  • yupyupyupyupyupyup Posts: 16
    Question for anyone who has their instument cluster replaced because the clock loses time. how long did you have to wait for the dealer to order until they get this part in? Mine supposedly ordered it over a month ago and I still have not heard back from them. thanks.
  • I'm looking to purchase a '94 E320 in EXCELLENT condition. I have never been a Mercedes owner and would like some feedback from those familiar with this model.
  • wnielwniel Posts: 97
    I had the Instrument Cluster replaced in my 2000 E430 about 4-5 months ago for other reasons than the clock replacement and it only took a couple of days. They don't like to drag out the time as they want the odometer to be as close to being in line with the mileage of the former. They put the mileage on the new odometer to match the old at the time the order for the cluster was made. Obviously if a long period of time goes by, then the mileage won't match due to the amount of driving that you do. The mileage is apparently put on the new odometer by someone other than the dealership, as it came in with the mileage on it.
    Hope this helps.
    Wally
  • wnielwniel Posts: 97
    I owned a 1993 E320 that I had bought new and drove it nearly 90,000 miles before selling it and found it to be a wonderful car. The same would hold true for a 1994. The only thing that I can think of being a problem is that the head gasket tends to leak a bit of oil unless it has had the fix applied to it. This includes putting on the updated headgasket and the other is to plug the oil journal in the block that dead ends at the head. There is very close tolerance between this port and the edge of the gasket, and in time the gasket would get soaked with oil and start to seep. This oil journal is of no value as it dead ends at the head and doesn't go anywhere. They tapped threads in the port and screwed in a plug. I drove the car many miles after that fix with no more oil leaks and my son-in-law now owns the car with no problems and leaks.
    I hope that this helps.
    Wally
  • yupyupyupyupyupyup Posts: 16
    I will call my dealer to morrow to see whats up with the delay in getting the instrument cluster. Does you dash rattle or squeak afterthey replaced it?
    Vinny
  • rokinkeadrokinkead Posts: 18
    I picked up my '01 E320 from service today. I got hit with the fuel guage problem. They changed the fuel sending unit. The service advisor said it has been happening alot in the southeast lately, due to changes in gasoline additives. It is damaging the units. Even 4 year old cars are ailing with the problem (he says). He also called the techs in the shop to ask if they needed to change my instrument cluster. They said no because the cluster only needs to be changed with the fuel sending unit for '00 models. I found that interesting. Can anyone confirm the claim that a fuel additive is damaging fuel sending units?

    They also changed a steering angle sensor to get rid of a very embarrassing and annoying beep and flashing "visit workshop" for the ESP/ABS/BAS. I will watch this to see if it has indeed been fixed
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    rokinhead:
    Do you know the build date of your E?
    The ML had this problem for the longest time, but they hardened the sender in roughly Feb, 2000. I haven't heard of it being a problem since...
  • wnielwniel Posts: 97
    I had the fuel sending unit replaced in my 2000 E430 4-5 months ago and it has worked fine until just the last two tankfuls. I was talking to the service manager at my dealership to day and he said that they have made some addidional repairs to the unit in the last few months which apparently has fixed the problem. I will be taking the car in shortly to have it fixed again.
    yupyupyup:
    No, I didn't have any squeeks or rattles after replacing the instrument cluster. Not sure with the additional work they will be doing will require the replacement of the cluster. I hope not. There was no evidence that I could see that would tell that the cluster had been replaced.
    Wally
  • park city. The MB people told me the new E model for 2002 due during Sept 2001. Don't believe any real design/body changes for this model. Model year 2003 due at MB dealer during fall of 2002. Lot of changes for this model year including design and equipment changes. Hope this helps.
  • mbpincmbpinc Posts: 3
    After three months of research, including reading most of these posts (thanks for the help), I've finally arranged for a car from Three Point Motors in Victoria, BC. I leave from Atlanta for Victoria this Monday. The 1999 E-320 AWD wagon has just 330 miles on the odometer. This wagon has a build date of 12/98, but an in-service date of 10/00 (thus, 3 1/2 years remain on the warranty). I had reservations about a Mercedes that had sat for so long. But I've already ordered a MY2003 E-430, and I'm not sure how long I'll keep any wagon I buy now, with new models coming out in 2004. It was the 1999 (mostly new), for $40K, plus shipping, or a new MY2001 AWD wagon for $53K. If the 1999 wagon checks out, and I end up keeping it, I'm unable to get the Mercedes Extended Warranty; instead, the Globe 3yr/100,000mile warranty has been offered. Anyone have anything good or bad to say about Globe? And what, if anything, do I request that the dealer do, to be sure the car is in good shape - for me, or for the next owner?
  • fshxprtfshxprt Posts: 8
    Anyone have any experience with the Colgan Bra for the E320? I drive freeways often and want to do as much as possible to lessen paint nicks from road stones, etc.
  • cmayercmayer Posts: 38
    ... is my loaner as my '98 E300 tells me it needs brake pads. (Actually, it warns me of brake lining wear.)

    Haven't driven it yet but I'm looking forward to it. Had a C Kompresser loaner last year with the newer shifter - that was fun.

    I expect I'll have it for the weekend - I'll post my impressions next week - but I probably should take it out for a spin at lunch time, just in case.
  • Hi all,

    I haven't been posting lately but have been reading all your comments.

    I have received an invitation from Mercedes to attend a driving event of all new cars including AMG models and the new C Coupe. If interested call your dealer for an invitation.

    The event is gonna be held in Hollywood Park over the weekend of May 11th till May 13th, 2001. Or you could check it out at mbpowertrip.com

    I am looking forward to go on the AMG "hot laps" and enjoy this sales-free atmosphere.

    I hope to see some of you there.

    Cheers

    Johnny
  • dman12dman12 Posts: 9
    Hi Walt.

    I was looking at the same Yoko dbs you put on your car, and they get pretty high praise on tirerack.com. I'm in the market for tires on my E430 and was looking on that site at the same tires (same size as yours, btw). How long have you had them and how are they wearing? It sounds like you're pretty happy with them.

    I also saw some Bridgestone Potenza RE730s and wanted to know if you know anything about them. They seem to be similarly rated in terms of customer satisfaction.

    I still have the OE Goodyears and with 21,000 miles on them, I need to make a decision. I live in Houston, so weather isn't an issue.

    Thanks for any help.

    Dennis
  • waltowalto Posts: 34
    I've had the 17" db's on the car for only 700 or so miles, so I can't comment on the wear. The wear rating is 320 (or 340?), so I'd expect them to be pretty good on this score.

    My impression of these tires get better and better. The ride has actually improved with mileage, so I find higher pressures comfortable. I am still running them at 34 all around. The handling is neutral (little understeer), and the highway stability is just fine. The twitchy, overly-sensitive, wandering quality that I experienced with the original tires is simply gone. The car is rock steady at any speed and steering effort finally seems appropriate.

    Generally, higher pressure at the rear gives better high-speed stability and maximum load carrying ability. The lower pressures at the front also improve ride quality, because passengers are more sensitive to harshness at the the front. So the 32/36 pressure recommendation makes sense. This arrangement, however, will produce less precise steering response and handling (more understeer) and make the car feel "sloppier." For feel, I like equal pressures all around. The ESP will deal very well with any oversteer that might develop from this arrangement.

    Although the db's are Z-rated, they are not all-out performance tires like the Yoko AVS-I or Sport or Michelin Sport. The db's don't have that level of cornering adhesion. But they have enough adhesion to scare me, and that's my limit anyway.

    I don't have any experience with Bridgestones, although I have heard good things about their high-line tires.
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