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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedans



  • bargamonbargamon Posts: 302
    Keep them in the up position.
  • wnielwniel Posts: 97
    I agree with bargamon, raise the headrests if the noise is a problem. The only time that I have ever heard it is when I have gone over big rolling speedbumps that would pop the rear end up. The fix would be to go slower or raise the headrests. I haven't found this to be annoying as the problem is with the driver.
  • What is the best car cover for the E-320? I would prefer one that did not have the Mercedes name or logo on it. (Why alert thieves?)
  • What is the exact URL for this forum which will take you to the messages you haven't read? My bookmark takes me many messages behind.
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Does your bookmark end with a / and a number? (Like "/1525" or something.) If so try removing that part so that the URL ends with .ee9e7cf.

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  • vs4vs4 Posts: 70
    Finally I took the delivery of my new 2001 E430 after 4 months of waiting time. It came with all the options except parktronic. I am glad that I took the decision to purchase this than Lexus LS430. This is my first Mercedes. I get a good feeling sitting in this car because of several reasons of this car...

    Anyways, I have few questions for you folks, I will appreciate your kind response to these:

    1. Steering column is not centered, it is little bit to the left. I talked to the technician and he told me this is the way all the Mercedes are because of safety reason. Is this correct?

    2. To me it seemed like car pulls to the right and technician looked at the alignment. Alignment is all good according to him. So is this also normal or is it because of the roads we have in the NorthWest?

    3. If I have my radio or CD ON, the Navigation will not mute the Radio/CD. My understanding was that it will mute the radio or CD until Navigation gives the instructions. Could some one please verify the functionality on this?

    Otherwise I think this is a wonderful machine to drive!!!

    Thanks for the help in advance!
  • johnny2000johnny2000 Posts: 38
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  • keikoe55keikoe55 Posts: 24
    does any one have alpine navigation one their e if you do plese give me some information thanks for all the good advice!
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382

    Just a reminder that the MB chat is on tonight (6-7pm Pacific/9-10 pm Eastern). Hope to see you there!

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  • tendonstendons Posts: 43
    I have an e55 with dunlop sp9000 and it initially drifted to the right over a 2-300 yard distance. This has decreased after 4-5000 miles. Alignment they said was normal.
    Steering wheel is offset slightly to the left; no idea why this is a safety factor, seems like a b.s. factor.
    Radio , cd, should mute when directions are given:Is the volume of the nav turned up?
  • vs4vs4 Posts: 70
    Tendons -

    Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions.

    Yes, the volume for the Navigation is turned up. I do hear the Navigation instructions but they are coming out while the CD or Radio is playing. And my impression was that it will mute the CD/Radio while giving the instructions and will un-mute the CD/Radio after it has finished giving instructions.

    So, I do not know if the system is suppose to work like this or there is a problem with it.
  • waltowalto Posts: 34
    . . . there is a menu which can only be used when you are not navigating. It's called something like "Setup," or maybe accessed with one of the panel buttons on the left (I forget, I only have a Ph.D.). This will allow you to set the ratio between the navigation and radio levels. You can thus maintain a little background music while you are getting instructions, which seems less jarring than having the regular audio completely cancel. I also adjusted the navigation voice to come only from the left front so that the sound doesn't fill the car.
  • My new E-320 came with the telephone hookup but I did not opt for the phone. I already own a better Motorola, the V-8160 (aka the "Vader." I notice the plug is the same.

    Can my phone be adapted? After all, how many cellular phones do you need?
  • bargamonbargamon Posts: 302
    I think it may depend on the tires, my 430 has the goodyear f1's and I recall when new it did it. I think it depends on the grade of the road, which bank for rain run off. see if it happens on all roads. I don't notice it any more.

    Wheel off set, I never noticed it.

    Good luck.
  • kcsuprattkcsupratt Posts: 23

    I have the Alpine Nav in my E430. I have yet to take any pictures of it. I will as soon as i stop being lazy. What questions to you have ?
    Email me at with you number and I will call you if you want to talk in person.


  • mbdrivermbdriver Posts: 426
    You probably know this already, but just in case: While the NAV function is activated on your COMAND system, you can press the volume knob to have the voice instructions repeated. During that time (while the NAV voice is playing), you can adjust the voice's volume.

    Hope this helps. And while walto's adjustments are slick (having only the driver's speakers activated during NAV vocals), most of my passengers are enthralled when the magic COMAND NAV system tells me what to do and when! So I let everyone hear the instructions and just glow with pride in my MB!
  • greasykid1greasykid1 Posts: 336
    Fantastic. Never have to buy another. Good for 1M miles. Do not void warranty. Will greatly increase air intake flow. Any milage gain is a plus but don't count on it.

    Why do you think F1,CART etc use them?
  • drew_drew_ Posts: 3,382
    IIRC, the same air box is used for the E55 as the E320 (same case with the ML320 and the ML55). If so, the stock air box is already oversized for the smaller engines. Check this out regarding K&N and MB's opinion:

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  • varigvarig Posts: 99
    I'd appreciate comments any might have regarding cars you looked at before buying or perhaps not buying an E-Class car. I have test driven a 2001 E320 and was very impressed. Definitely one of the best cars I have ever driven, albeit just a test drive. If I were to buy an E-Class, I would like to add the 4Matic option. I have test driven the ML320. It was also a good ride but not quite as nice as the sedan. I have not test driven a C-Class but the unavailability of 4Matic until MY2002 is a negative for me since I need to replace my 1988 vehicle this year. Although I can afford an E-Class, is it really worth the $50++K price. I'd like to balance frugality and quality. I did test drive a Subaru Outback LLBean (dealership did not have VDC model) and it was definitely better than the Toyota Highlander. The Subaru VDC MSRP is almost $32K, $20K less than the MB E320 (I could build a nice inground pool with the savings) . I have some doubts about how well the Subaru will hold up long term. There were some negative consumer comments about the build quality of the Subaru Outback on, but review on Edmunds is positive.I plan to look at an Audi A6 and a BMW 330xi too. Why not add to the confusion :-). Thanks for any comments you might have in helping me with my automotive considerations.

    P.S. The MB dealership was much more considerate than the Subaru dealership regarding the test drive. Subaru said that we could not drive over 4 miles. Give me a break!
  • sdjuminsdjumin Posts: 16
    Recently, my 1998 E320 has developed jerky, hesitant forward movements when I try to release brake very slowly in a slow moving traffic. Does anyone else have the same experience and have it fixed? Thanks.
  • bargamonbargamon Posts: 302
    You are all over the place! Price is important, and you get what you pay for. I started looking at a getting a used 320 for about 35k and ended up with a great deal on a brand new 430 for 51k. Big difference, but well worth it. You have to have a values check and buy with what makes sense. I thought the safety features and benefits were worth it. I considered a A6 turbo because of its price and 4wd. I decided I don't need 4wd as wife has an ML. By the way the ML is a truck and will not drive as nice as an E-class, and its priced accordingly. The audi was nice, and if I was looking at short term lease, I would be ok with it. I was not comfortable with long term durability of the high tech gizmos in the audi and the expense to fix it after warranty. Great interior and fit and finish inside is great. It was the drive train that concerned me. And trade in values.

    I am very happy with the ml and would recommend it, but would wait on the c-class unil some first year bugs are worked out. I do think that mercedes in the past over engineerd the cars and they were very expensive. They are comming down in price and in quality in my opinion. Still excellent and still amung the best you can buy, and certainly the safest. This current E class model is the oldest of the mb line up (g-class excepted)and perhaps is the best car they make. For example the build on the old s-class is better than the new one. But you need to figure out where your going with price. I have never had a day of regret for upping my spending on my car and have enjoyed it greatly.
  • cce182cce182 Posts: 40
    Haven't chatted here for a while. Here's my 2-cents on some of the recent chat topics, and some other stuff that might be of interest.

    To CTE430, Bargamon.

    My 2000 E430W4 was also shipped with F1's. So far, about 10k miles on the tires, can't say too much about the tread wear yet. The tread pattern looks very aggressive and is a good rain design, but my first outing on New England snow was terrifying - even with 4Matic! Ordered 4 Blizzaks on AMG rims from The Tire Rack, put 'em on, and everything was fine after that. F1's are very noisy! The Blizzaks are very quiet! Go figure. When the F1's finally wear out, I'm going to be shopping for sneakers a little quieter than these. Anyone with any thoughts on suitable tires for E430?? What other tires are shipped with E430's? Just F1's, or are there others?

    To Landing Gear - -

    I got the K2a/StarTAC with my car. My wife's StarTAC will not work on the car's connector. Mercedes changes the firmware in the phone to proprietary code that works with the K2/K2a options. Since they get something like $1000 for the phone, they're unlikely to update your phone's flash memory for compatibility. Actually, I had some early problems with the MB phone working with my Cellular provider, Cingular. For instance, the COMAND display does not show that I'm roaming when I actually am. Cingular offered to "flash" my phone so it would work consistently with the Cingular net - but had I done this, then the K2a features would not have worked. DO NOT let anyone change the flash memory code in your phone. Sort problems out with MB instead.

    My experience with the car's quality has been spotty, at best. While so far the 4-year warranty has covered everything, here's a partial list of what has been replaced.

    Planetary gear set in 4-matic system (slight whine at neutral throttle)
    Steering rack (intermittent squeaking "dry O-ring feel" in steering)
    Rear Brake Rotors (throbbing on braking - appeared suddenly after the service call to fix the steering rack - no relation to changing a steering rack - explanation = ??)
    COMAND system in its entirety (numerous flaky problems, CD starting problems, Radio reception)
    Gas tank fuel level sender (started out OK, ended up very inaccurate)
    Antenna amplifier somewhere in the headliner (!?)
    Phone Battery (one shipped with phone would not hold a charge when out of the car)
    As I write this, the car is in the shop for completely dead AM and WB radio reception.

    I deliberately did NOT buy an extended warranty, for two reasons. The most important is that COMAND, Radio, and other related stuff is NOT covered by this warranty. If you are tempted to get a warranty, ask for a list of what is NOT covered! The second reason is the question about how long one ought to keep this car. If you buy just a basic car without all of the electronic add-ons, then it may make sense to run it into the ground based on MB durability reputation. If, however, you like hands-free phones, COMAND, CD Changers and all the rest, this stuff is going to go obsolete far earlier than the car is going to wear out. So, you're gonna to be hankering for a new car every couple of years to keep these bells and whistles up to date

    Another note to all 2000 and newer M-B owners. Massachusetts (at least) offers a 20% comprehensive insurance discount if you have an alarm system, and 35% discount if you have a vehicle recovery system (such as LoJack, OnStar, TeleAid, etc). The small number of M-B's in the overall U.S. "Fleet" most likely makes your insurance agent unfamiliar with the TeleAid/LoJack equivalence. I had to submit "proof" to the agent that the system does this - which I did by sending in a brochure and a copy of the standard equipment list, and am now getting the discount. While this does not offset the $200+ annual cost of TeleAid, it was enough to get me to extend TeleAid coverage. I've had 2 cars stolen in the past and in each case, the thief never had to pay. Knowing they could get caught red-handed is incentive enough for me to pay this! I've suggested both to M-B and the TeleAid contractor that they should do a better job of publicizing these potential discounts.

    And, a final note to Varig.

    An MB vs a Subaru?? Gee, if you bought a Kia, you could have an EVEN BIGGER in-ground pool. Cars are not investments, IMHO. I agree that E-class is probably the best MB right now. My warranty experience, above, might be of concern since even the dealer (who says the E-Class is the most trouble-free) is surprised at the number of times he has worked on my car. I still am very happy with the car, like the ride, the handling, the power, the 4-matic - - and the cachet, I suppose. For these elements, the car is a good enough value if you can afford it.
  • jason64jason64 Posts: 50
    Have you considered the Lexus GS and BMW 5 series, I understand they are what the general public consider as the competition of the E class. My 01 E320 comes with E2 package and stardard Goodyear tires, I think it's a very competent car on wet or dry road (probably not in snow), the ride is firm, steering is precise, and the cabin feels very solid. For less $, maybe you want to consider a VW Passat or Nissan Maxima/Infinite I30. I never considered any one of the above (and I know they are great cars), because I think for the money, you can't get a better engineered and safer car than the E.
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    Funny you should bring that up.
    Curt's latest newsletter ( has a comparo of the E w/ a few competitors. He's quite blunt :-)
    Anyways, if safety is your top priority, I'd still stick w/ a MB...
  • vs4vs4 Posts: 70
    Lot of times on this board I have seen people mentioning Courtsey Motors selling Mercedes extended premium warranty at discount. So I called Lisa Marie at Courtesy Motors and she gave me a quote for $1680 for 3 years/100000 miles extended warranty. What I have seen previously on this board was that $1680 was for 4 years/100000 miles?

    Could someone please verify this for me if they paid $1680 for 3 years or 4 years for E430.

    Also like to know if COMMAND system will display callerID on the screen. I have K2a package in my car. Please provide instructions how to have it display callerid if it is capable of doing it.

  • varigvarig Posts: 99
    But the purchase of a car is not a trivial activity. I buy a car, no leasing for me, and drive it until I no longer have confidence in the vehicle. I expect at least 12-15 years of "relatively" good performance from whichever car I buy.... that's why I am not looking a Ford product or a Kia :-) I follow the service schedule religiously and always replace critical parts as needed. I don't think that I am unique in expecting my money's worth. I know I would enjoy owning a MB, but is it worth $20K more than another reasonably well built car. I would be upset if I ended up with a car that had one problem after another. I know that anyone can end up with a lemon, but I would hope that the risk is not a great with MB. Anyone have some long term ownership experience they would like to share?
  • 4426444264 Posts: 67
    vs4 -

    On my 2001 E-class without COMAND, the callerID number appears on the dash as well as the radio so I'm sure it will appear on the COMAND screen as well.

    The phone is smart enough to match the incoming number to your address book and display the name of the caller.
  • kenyeekenyee Posts: 738
    I feel the same way as you. The first car I put through that process was a 1988 Acura Integra. It lasted 6yrs before starting to rust. It lasted about 3yrs before needing new shocks. It had rattles after the warrantee and screws fell out inside. It always ran though, except for the times the battery needed replacement.

    What I expect of a MB is better durability if current models are like the old ones. They are also more solid (compare frame members, bumpers, etc.) than most Japanese models (though maybe the high end Lexi or Acuras are better now since mine was really a souped up Civic). They are not as reliable as Japanese cars. Just be aware of that tradeoff.

    Every maker makes a lemon once in a while, even Honda and Toyota.
  • john319john319 Posts: 37
    I think what she sold you covers 7 years or 100k from delivery date. Since the original one is 4/50 you are basically buying another 3/50.
  • vs4vs4 Posts: 70
    John319- Thanks for replying to my question.

    What I was wondering, if $1680 is what people paid for 7 years/100000 or 8 years/100000 warranty.

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