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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans



  • I am doing valve job on my MB 260 and i would apreciated if anyone could give me torque specification on tightening bolts on head :cry:
  • Go to the MBCA site. Better yet join the club .
  • I am getting a new 09 E550 the end of this month and am thinking of purchasing the factory extended warrenty. What is the coverage? Does anyone know the price? Can you deal on the Price? Any suggestions?

    Thanks for your help.
  • rramonrramon Posts: 5
    My car is a 2001 E320 with 134000 miles. I have had some minor issues but recently when driving on the freeway the car seems to slow down as if it is going to stop. If I am maintaining 60 MPH, the car will suddenly just slow down and when I step on the gas the car will not respond for a short interval. I had the dealer check and replace the transmission fluid. He also did a "transmission service" and stated that the transmission was fine. For some reason this seems to happen only at night. I have a concurrent problem in that I am told the left and right taillamp sockets( not the bulbs ) are burned out and need replacing. Could there be a connection since the driving problem seems to be at night when the lights are being used? Could there be a short?
  • After 11,000 miles the front disc Brake rotors were 2mm below minimum spec. I purchased the car certified pre-owned at 34K miles (now 45K). The dealership charged $275 labor and $104 parts (they paid for 1 of the rotors). Is this to be expected? Does this mean that every 20K I will need to replace the rotors? Shouldn't this be covered?
  • This is a wear and tear item. I have 30,000+ mi on my 2005 E320CDI and am not even close to needing replacement. Your driving requirements and style will dictate wear milage.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Sounds like you had 45,000 miles on the rotors My 2000 E320 averages about 60,000 on front rotors and 25,000 miles on pads. Why did the pay for one of the rotors?
  • I have owned a 96 and a 2001 E320 and could never get more than 30K out of the pads and sometimes could get two pad sets out of the rotors, but not always. MB uses very soft pad and rotor material so that they wear away quickly and keep the heat build up to a minimum to prevent brake fade. One side effect is that the wheels get covered with brake dust very quickly. When my 01 E320 had about 60K miles and needed it's second set of front pads (the rears on my cars always lasted twice as long as the front), I did some research and found some aftermarket pads and rotors by wither PAG or PBR (can't remember which, I don't own the cars anymore). They were about 30% cheaper than the OEM parts, worked every bit as well, gave off almost NO dust at all, and lasted about twice as long. That's called a WIN, WIN, WIN, WIN in my book.
    On the other hand, your dealer did that work at really good prices. Normally you would be paying about $6-700 total for the front pads and rotors at most dealers..
    Brakes are wear items as someone else mentioned and Mercedes will only pay for rotors if they fail prematurely due to a manufacturing defect and 45K miles is not premature to them. And a friend of mine had all four rotors replaced on his 2001 E320 when it was less than 4 years old with just 26K miles and Mercedes refused to pay for any of it even though the rotors had voids in the casting that were causing the premature wear..!!!
    All of which is why I just traded my 01 E320 for an 09 Mazda6 GT sedan.. We retirees can't afford the repair bills on a Mercedes after Starmark runs out.... :(
    So I'm off to the Mazda6 forum... I'll miss the Mercedes ride, but not much else...
  • revrasrevras Posts: 59
    I will be leasing a E350 before the end of the year. The dealer is discounting the sport package equipped models( no charge option) . I am curious bout the differences in comfort, handling, tire wear and other opinions on the Sport option package vs standard luxury package. I like the looks but dont want to sacrifice the ride quality and am curious how much it is affected. Thanks
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I've been considering purchasing an E350 in early '09. My understanding is that the sport package is a no charge option regarldless of where you buy. The sport package gives you a stiffer suspension with more expensive performance tires which wear faster. Also, the setup is staggered (rear tires larger than the front), which eliminates your ability to rotate. The additional cost of tires could add up. Check the specific tire sizes supplied with each option on the MBZ site, then check replacement tire prices on a site like
  • hi, did you get the E350 yet?... Because i have a 2006 E350 and I love it. It is a very comfortable car. It gives a very nice ride as well. :) hope you like it or will like it when you get it.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    I've put my E350 plans on hold. I may go with a CPO. Also, 2009 E prices should be better as the 2010 approaches...and that Hyundai Genesis has also caught my eye.

    As the market continues to slide I'm starting to like that dent in my 2000 E320 trunk lid...may keep it.
  • I have a 2005 E500 4matic and have a message that my third brake light and my right hand license plate is out. My license plate light has continuity and seems to be ok. Not sure how to get to my third brake light. Is that 3rd brake light difficult to change and how do I get to it. I feel that there is a problem common to the two lighs being out.
  • dan168dan168 Posts: 1
    I live in a warm and humid climate and my steering wheel control switches have been literally melting for years. The material they are made of has become soft and sticky and are an obvious distraction to the driver as well as unsightly. The dealer told me it was only because of where I live that this happens and there is no recource with Mercedes Benz.
  • kevinc5kevinc5 Posts: 204
    Where do you live?
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 495
    I test drove 2 Sport and 1 "regular" E350. The Sport models did not ride as well as I expected for this class car and a little disappointed in the regular model. Most importantly, all three had significant tire/road noise.
    Even at a $12,000 discount on a new 09, I found the car lacking in many features which should be standard at this level. While they all had package 1, many features were lacking-rear view camera, parking sensors, ventilated seats, Xenon headlights with AFS, premium audio, dual chrome ehausts (regular), etc.
    Mercedes should be able to do better than this at the prices they charge, even when discounted hevily.
  • cjones88cjones88 Posts: 23
    This is a crazy question I know, but does anyone know if there is a way to disarm the built in compass in the rearview mirror (where it says you're going NW or SE) on the 2010 E class? I've searched endlessly on the web for a 2010 owner's manual in the hopes that it may contain instructions on how to do so, but haven't been able to locate a manual. The direction is built into the mirror itself, so covering up with tape isn't an option. Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
  • james27james27 Posts: 433
    You probably can't turn it off, but you should be able to re-calibrate it, if it is not reading properly. On those (not Mercedes) that I've had, you had to press a button, then drive in a circle (find an empty parking lot, without a bunch of cars or other ferrous metals).

    Not that if you live very far north of the equator, depending on your relationship to the magnetic pole, or if you have some significant magnetic anomalies, it may never read right. The fuse probably controls the self-dimming as well, so that isn't a solution.
  • I have discovered for sale an unbelieveably clean low mileage (46k!)
    1989 MB 260E. It is a one owner Florida car that checks out. This is from the era of "over engineered cars" that have a rep of being difficult to maintain. I have a woman friend, age 40, who needs a daily driver for local drives. There are two Bosch shops nearby with good reputations. Should I suggest she consider this car knowing it will need closer attention to maintenance details? I can buy it for $3500 and suggest she budget another $2000 to clean up mechanical details. This is one very nice car and she is on a budget.
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