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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Maintenance and Repair

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  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    The mechanic who replaced the front shocks saw the broken coil on one; I didn't say both had failed.

    BTW, after hours of searching on the web for a source, I found only one parts house that had springs listed and I had to request a quote via email. They wanted $92 each plus $15 total for S&H. I called my local dealer and they had them in stock and sold them to me for $82 ea. No S&H...! I just had to drive 22 miles round trip to get them..
    I have always liked my dealer for their fairness.
  • martha58martha58 Posts: 4
    I have a 1998 E320 4matic wagon. I have changed this fuse before but now can't find it!!!

    I have looked in engine goes to #25, drivers side of dash 1-12, and under rear passenger seat.

    Any clue what I did last time. Thanks
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    But now that my mechanic has replaced the front springs, he did find that BOTH springs had broken off about half of the last coil...

    He couldn't do anything about the AC blowing luke-cool air at the driver and frigid air at the passenger. Says that since around 2000, MB has implemented some kind of computer monitor/control of the AC system and ANY modification or work on the AC system has to be followed up by re-programming of the computer. Although he has a software package for most Euro cars, it doesn't include what he needs for this MB function. So I brought it back to the dealer today who found that the compressor had a leak and they wanted to replace it for $1400... I asked him about getting a used compressor (my car has 109K miles on it..!) and he called back in 4 minutes with a used compressor having only 42K miles and now the job will cost about $850 instead.. I'm getting it fixed and then this sucker is getting sold within the next 6 months. This is my second MB E-class that required big expenditures in the 110K mile range to keep them going. That is gonna stop.. I'm moving to Mazda or Honda or Hyundai (Genesis looks good!).. :)
  • martha58martha58 Posts: 4
    I found them myself!! in the engine fuse box 1-25 are brightly marked with white over the numbers making them easy to read.....if you get your readers and a flashlight a section close to it, that I thought held the extra fuses the owner's manual claims it has but I never found! has raised black numbers smaller in size and different fonts...that is where 40 and 41 are....replaced it and the horn now works, unfortunately the wipers and turn signals still do not. Taking it in as the steering column has gotten loose where it connnects to the dash. I believe the wiring in the turnsignal lever which also houses the wipers is screwed up unless a new lever is needed. The cruise on the column but a different lever still works....needless to say a few days without turn signals and wipers is hell. found an independent who can fix it??? I hope in 3 days. Until then rain-x yes it finally decided to rain here.
  • madmarlinmadmarlin Posts: 29
    Looking at a 2005 E320 CDI. Was a lease and now being sold as a CPO. Get th nice financing and the extended warranty as well. How's the overall reliability? Seems to be hit and miss. Nothing of note in the carfax report. Regular service only. Brakes were replaced about a year ago. Normal for an MB? Probably had about 25k miles on it at the time. I like the deal I have. Even with the price of diesel, I make out due to the MPG of my 2007 G35 (the high price of high horsepower). Thanks.
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Go for it! Have one and it is a great car. Brakes replaced means nothing . It's how you drive. Have over 25k now and no problems.
  • philipbphilipb Posts: 9
    I also just found out the top coil on my 1999 E320 w/106000 mi was broken. The dealer will replace both front coils for $604.00!! He says it is a big job (1/2 day). He says he has seen several breakages like this. I think for a Mercedes this is faulty material, but I don't suppose they'll cover any of it. I only drive my car on good hard-surface roads. I've never had a broken spring on any other car. Good German engineering?? I now have a Lexus for my main car...just for that reason.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 396
    It hurts to spend $600 over broken coil spring that no one should ever experience in a $45-$55K car. There is no doubt that there is something wrong with the coils whether it is the material or heat treating. Mercedes should own up to the problem and fix it free.
  • Hi, First Post.I bought my first M-B, a 2000 E320 with 76K onit in Feb 08. In beautiful shape in and out, but no service records. I put on new tires, plugs, belt ,fluids and filters. The air mass meter lasted for 100 miles after sale, so thats also new. Except for the tires, a local MB approved shop did all the work. A complete scan shows no malfunctions. I have 3 questions: a. Headlight coating. A local shop advertises clearing fo $100, with a 1 year warranty. thoughts on this? b. Operators manual cautions against using any phone in car that isn't wired into antenna. Doe's this apply to cellphones? c. Wandering elements in outside temperature display. I've gone over 15K Emails on MBs and saw that this was a problem on these models., (since finessed by MB by going analog). Msg #818 on this thread states that this can be repaired without replacing dashboard. Nothing further on this subject. will appreciate any comments on the above. These forums have provided me with a lot of useful information. Thanks to all. Jim
  • Hi, First Post.I bought my first M-B, a 2000 E320 with 76K onit in Feb 08. In beautiful shape in and out, but no service records. I put on new tires, plugs, belt ,fluids and filters. The air mass meter lasted for 100 miles after sale, so thats also new. Except for the tires, a local MB approved shop did all the work. A complete scan shows no malfunctions. I have 3 questions: a. Headlight coating. A local shop advertises clearing fo $100, with a 1 year warranty. thoughts on this? b. Operators manual cautions against using any phone in car that isn't wired into antenna. Doe's this apply to cellphones? c. Wandering elements in outside temperature display. I've gone over 15K Emails on MBs and saw that this was a problem on these models., (since finessed by MB by going analog). Msg #818 on this thread states that this can be repaired without replacing dashboard. Nothing further on this subject. will appreciate any comments on the above. These forums have provided me with a lot of useful information. Thanks to all. Jim
  • ruth10ruth10 Posts: 2
    WHAT IS THE CORRECT TEMP. FOR THE COOLANT . A MECHANIC TOLD ME IF IS 90 IT IS TOO HOT. JUST TOOK MY CAR TO SEARS FOR OIL CHANGE AND THEY SAID THAT WAS OK. WHO IS RIGHT?
  • ruth10ruth10 Posts: 2
    I BOUGHT PIRELLI TIRES, AFTER 10 000 MILES THE TIRES WERE BAD, MAKING TERRIBLE NOICES IS THIS NORMAL
  • rmbalisarmbalisa Posts: 129
    Hi all, considering a 2005 E500 AWD Wagon with about 20k miles. Anything in particular I should be looking for in terms of problems? how are the reliability of these vehicles? I think this might be a CPO, so how does that work for being a different owner? I've had an 06 ML350 and have a 08 R350, but they were new.
  • bottomsuppbottomsupp Posts: 11
    E320 better choice ... IF you need AWD wagon for tons of snow, etc. ... O.K.
    Unless these conditions ... 2WD Mercedes is more than enough. The maint cost of AWD is not worth the expense. If anyone else has any thoughts...
  • celloguycelloguy Posts: 2
    Hi gang,
    first post..
    I found a nice 320 e wagon with 55,000 miles, one owner and dealer maintained... it seems nice and the miles are low. I think the car would suit my needs very well and the asking price is around 12,500. seems like a good deal considering the milage. also consumers reports is not as harsh on this year mercedes as it is on most others.. is there any suggestions of what i should expect in maintenance over the next few years? any problems that are looming. there are quite a few independent mercedes repair shops, are they the best approach to long term maintenance. can i / should I get an extended warranty on an almost 10 year car? and suggestions or observations would be greatly appreciated! :)
  • martha58martha58 Posts: 4
    I bought a 98 E320 4 matic wagon 12-05 with 70K and love it.....absolutely no problems....the esp light comes on periodically but I have driven it with it for 55+K miles and no problem......buy that car as fast as you can. I didn't have any papers to show maintenance but could tell from the perfect condition that is was well cared for. I use an independent dealer as I wasn't happy with the level of customer service at my dealership but that can happen with any kind of car. If you just listen to your car you will learn it and know. I have put new tires and a couple of fuses and that is all. It is my first mercedes and not my last.
  • celloguycelloguy Posts: 2
    Thank you very much for your reply! i hope i get it too:)
  • rayg20rayg20 Posts: 6
    I have a 1991 300CE that the Cruise Control does not work. Does anyone have any idea which piece of the Cruise control might be the problem. I have checked the easy things like the fuses.
  • I just leased a 2008 E350 with satellite radio installed. I've configured the steering wheel controls to run through the preset memory stations for the radio and it works fine when listening to the FM or AM bands. However, when I'm listening to Satellite, the steering wheel contols go through each station, not the presets. Anyone else have this problem?

    Thanks.
  • snaglepussnaglepus Posts: 160
    :)

    Different size tires front and rear. :confuse:

    :D
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