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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Maintenance and Repair



  • bigrobnhbigrobnh Posts: 114
    "Remember that your dealership plays a profound role in your car's mechanical reliability. "

    This is a very very true statement.

  • sm2e320sm2e320 Posts: 1
    I just purchased an E320 4matic 2005. I love the car! But I noticed that the headlamps output is not bright. I did not purchase the Bi-xenon lighting. I wanted to know if I can change the halogen bulbs to a brighter bulb? If yes, what type of bulb will give me more lighting? Thanks a million
  • stroudmanstroudman Posts: 192
    Xenons can be added retro-fit, but very, very expensive, and few techs will let themselves get caught-up in the task. Several thousand dollars...

    -Tire pressure monitoring system, same thing. IF you can find someone willing to do the work (elective surgery), mucho, mucho denero.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Hvae 2001 E class & 2005 SLK. Do not have HID. Have upgraded to Sylvania Brightstar bulbs in both cars. Much brighter & whiter light. Cost about $40 pr.@ your local parts store. My dealer installed them n/c.
  • I own two 190 E Mercedes, in both the alternater was over charging and boiling the battery, then the car wouldn't start when it was cold unless you poured gas into the air intake and warmed the engine up, then it runs fine. The overload relay located behind the car battery has a 10 amp. fuse in it, the fuse is blown and you put a new one in and it blows immediately again. Does anyone know what the problem could be? :confuse:
  • crtcrt Posts: 2
    There are several Ipod kits out that plug into the CD changer connectors on the radio or if your car is prewired for a CD changer it will plug into cable. The manufacturers that I have looked at are Monster Electronics ICruze, Dension ICE or Blitzsafe. They cost from $200 to $450 depending on the model and year. I have a 1999 E320 Wagon which seems to be the most expensive one. If you have a late model Mercedes it is cheaper. Bet you do not hear that too often.
  • Please advise if anyone knows when the 2006 model year E55 will be available and what changes and/or improvements will be introduced on this model year (I think there's always something new).

    The MB USA site now includes several new 2006 models - but not the E55

    Please help! Thanks
  • simone1simone1 Posts: 2
    I'm considering purchasing a pre owned 1991 300E 4matic. I happened upon a situation at a mechanics shop where the parts man was haggling over the price of a replacement specific to the 4matic operation itself. It brought concerns. Can you give me any information on performance reliability?
  • I'm having the same problem, where you ableto fix this problem?

    Thank you very much,
  • marie2marie2 Posts: 3
    My husband's car has been in for service a number of times for oil leaks and for an engine problem. The current service call has lasted for weeks (he's had a loaner); the dealer's mechanics couldn't fix the engine and they had to wait for mechanics from Germany. They couldn't fix the problem, and they are now installing a new engine.

    My question is whether this is a good idea. I've heard that an engine that is not factory-installed is unlikely to work properly. We're starting to think about invoking the lemon law.
  • bigrobnhbigrobnh Posts: 114
    lemon law on a 3 year old car? is that possible? If you can, great. but if the mechanic can't fix it and the specialists from Germany can't fix it then worrying about whether a replacement engine will work OK is moot...doesn't seem like there is anything else to do.

    good luck,
  • ray00edmray00edm Posts: 12
    How come no one talks about the recall? Do you get to have less problem after the recall repair? What do they do?
  • mezecamezeca Posts: 66
    I can't say I've ever heard of the need for a mechanic to come from Germany to fix a Benz engine. If the technicians weren't qualified(highly unlikely) they would simply swap out the complete engine with a new assembly.
    As far as not working properly, if it is a new engine, then what won't work?
    These engines are monitored constantly, especially for emissions, and anything that would cause the engine to deviate, would cause the check engine light to turn on.
  • eliaselias Posts: 1,898
    there's a guy on "non VW diesels" forum who had a E320 CDI with no end of problems. a technician from germany was sent to diagnose it. he couldn't figure it out. MBenz ended up buying it back. i think the guy bought another one though...
  • marie2marie2 Posts: 3
    I know very little about cars, but someone who is more knowledgable said that with a replacement engine the electronics are likely to be messed up. The lemon law here in NY can be used up to 2 years, and we are almost to that point now. The car has been in this time for 30 days now, and there were at least 4 previous (much shorter) services. I'm trying to decide whether to demand a refund (under the lemon law) before the time runs out.

    My husband actually bought one of the first 2003 E320 models, and ordered the navigation system, which was supposed to be installed later. They decided that this couldn't be done, and replaced the car with another, same year and model, with the navigation system. We took delivery of the replacement car almost 2 years ago. This is the one we have had so many problems with.
  • robertg1robertg1 Posts: 7
    I have a 2005 E 320. The noise coming from the hydraulics are very loud. I can feel the vibration in the gas pedal. I took the car to the dealer and was told it is just the hydraulics. The sound is like a long groan. It is so loud that passengers ask me what is wrong with your car. I have asked other users in my neighborhood if they had a similar problem and was told it was not to the extent of my car. I called Mercedes customer service at corporate and was told it is a noise just like a motor. If this cannot be repaired, I have made a very serious mistake buying this car. This is my fourth Mercedes. This car is an embarassment to the manufacturer.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Want to replace cabin air filter in my 2001 E320. Where is it----How to etc. Remember that there is a site on Edmunds for answers by techs but do not remember the site.Appreciate any help.
  • Karen_CMKaren_CM Posts: 5,020
    The generic topic where many techs hang out is in M&R titled "Got a Quick Technical Question?" Is that the one your seeking?

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  • semaj430semaj430 Posts: 1
    Hi, does anyone know what the idle rpm should be for the 2000 E430? Thx

  • I had the same problem on my 2003 E500 except mine is really brief. It usually starts when I start the engine or apply the breaks. Can you describe yours in more detail like time interva, intensity, etc. It could be the sensitronic break recall that they have to do to get rid of it; however this was only for model year 2003-2004 unless I am wrong. Since I took my car in for the recall, I have yet to hear the noise occur again.

    Best of luck.
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