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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Maintenance and Repair



  • merc7merc7 Posts: 2

    I just bought an E-420 year 1994. The air fan isn't blowing air, I am trying to get the problem fixed. Does anyone know where the 'blow motor fuse' is located. It is not in the box with the other fuses and the manual just state it is outside the box! Your help will be appreciated.
  • cfhcfh Posts: 2
    The blower motor fuse for my '88 300E is under the hood on the driver's side on top of the wheel. Accessable from under the hood. It's a black rectangular box with a clip that releases the cover. The fuse is actually a flat piece of metal that is inside the box and held in place by a screw.
  • merc7merc7 Posts: 2
  • (I posted this in the GL area but am doing so here as well. I assume the MB-tex interior is the same in all of vehicles)

    My '08 GL with Macadamia MB-tex interior is experiencing severe discoloration on the seating surfaces. A friend who had the same interior on an '07 experienced the same problem, although I incorrectly assumed it was unique to his. Now another friend with an '08 model is having the same problem I am. In all cases, complaints to our dealers were met first with denial that there's any problem, then advice to use a dry cleaner strength solvent (which apparently is now difficult to obtain).

    My dealer told me the problem is blue jeans. The rubbery nature of the seating surface apparently picks up the dye in the jeans, darkening the material. It's only taken 3 weeks for mine to look awful. This isn't from new, unwashed jeans either. Just my and my wife's regular duds that have been through the wash plenty of times.

    I'm interested in hearing if any other owners are experiencing this problem. I think it should be considered a defect and a remedy should be provided at Mercedes' expense.
  • I have just bought a 1999 E320 estate. The display and control panel does not light up, does anyone know how to fix this? Is it a fuse or bulb, any idea of cost to get it fixed?
  • I just purchased a 1994 Mercedez Benz E320 and I don't know how to open the Glove Box! Can anyone help?
  • Square head master key... not round head key.
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    Does anyone know who the manufacturer is that supplies the OEM shocks to MB (specifically for the 2001 E class)? My E needs new shocks and rather than pay for the MB logo, I was hoping that my local mechanic could just pick up the shocks at a local supplier if we knew who the manufacturer is...
    ;) :confuse:
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    You can't go wrong with Bilsteins.

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  • "KYB"... can't beat the cost... good for life.
  • My car has 52k miles on it. Recently I noticed that my rear brake light ( in the back windshield) is always on. Also when I keep the speed of 65 mph for about 3 minutes, I start to getting malfunction on ESP, ABS, and Brake Systems. Are the two problems related? I think this may be an electric or some sensor problems? Does anyone have this kind of problem before?
  • zeenzeen Posts: 401
    That's about right from my experience with my 03 E320. It's always something.
    Latest is the power seat switch for the seatback doesn't work. I'm sure that will be $350 or more to replace. Parts are outrageous. I use a local Mercedes mechanic (not dealer) but it's still expensive. I was having the same issue with my 97 BMW before I bought the MB. I would stick with Japanese.
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    On my 2001 E320, I've experienced the warning lights for ESP, ABS, etc. 4-5 times around the 80-90K mile mark. They would come on while driving and would usually not be on the next time I started the car up. Some kind of a random gremlin. Hasn't happened in a year or so now and I've now got 104K on it. I'm starting to research my next car and it won't be a MB. Maybe an Asian brand..

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Could be that your ABS sensors at the wheels are grunged up or have a rust film on them. Not sure on your car but on most cars they require a bit of digging and disassembly to get them off to clean them. I don't think this is related to the brake light however.

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  • I,ve just purchased a "92" 300E which seems to be in excellent shape.I'd like to keep it that way for as long as possible. Is there anyone out there who knows why an oil change is so expensive. What should a do-it-yourselfer know? Are there more than one drain plug as in the Porsche? I'd appreciate any help here.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    use this link and scroll down to the "General" topics:

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  • I've had many M-B"s and have always used the dealer for service I use an oil change interval at one-half the recommended mileage (about 5k to 6kmi). Call me old school.

    They use only Mobil One full synthetic and usually a special 0W-40 or 5W-30.

    These engines have a capacity of 9 quarts (approx) and at $5/qt. that's $45 for oil.
    The M-B filter is another $10 plus about $5 in o-rings and seals. The rest is labor for a total of $95 plus tax.

    Hope this helps.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    I don't know how much oil the in-line 6 engine held back in 92. But the V-6 3.2 and V-8 4.3 hold about 8.5 quarts. Mercedes switched to Synthetic in a panic in 2001-2002 because the regular oil was not able to go to 10-15K that FSS was saying was the time to change the oil. The oil change in E-class is very easy. I even made a cut out in underbody plastic cover so I don't have to remove it every time I change the oil.

    I still don't think synthetic oil is neccesary. To protect MB's 10-12K oil change interval claim, synthetic oil is required.

    For your 92, I would go with Castrol or Mobile 5000 oil at $2.20-$2.50 a quart, and regular paper (not pleaded fiber) element oil filter at about $6. If you change your oil at 5Kmiles / 6months interval, you do not need Synthetic oil.

    I much rather go with cheaper oil and shorter change interval than expensive oil and longer interval. Condensation and contaminants are not good to hang around in the oil, no matter how good the oil is.

    People forget that MB sells cars all over the world. In third world countries, they don't have( or can affiord) synthetic oil. These expensive oils are for people in countries that can afford it.

  • I own a "93" MB SL 500 and my wife's car is a "98" MB ML-320. For years, I have
    gotten all oil changes (and filters) at "Grease Monkey" service centers. They offer
    professional, quick and efficient oil changes and lube jobs and are now located in
    28 states, Canada and even Mexico. I have never had a problem with this service. Obviously, I only use MB dealerships for any major repairs. The cost average is
    between $50-$70 only (depends on filter changes) as the labor cost is included in this service. Good luck!
  • Can anyone tell me if I put on new struts on my 91" 300E, is it mandatory to do an alignment at the same time? Anyone know? Thanks guys and/or girls..
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,578
    Not "mandatory" but advisable. If perchance during strut installation you knock the toe-in or toe-out around a bit, you could chew up a set of tires very quickly. I'd at least check the alignment if you haven't done so in a while. Here in California, a 4-wheel alignment done at a top notch shop is $105.

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  • THANKS! I appreciate you taking the time to pass that advice on to me!! Thank you!
  • I bought my wife a 2003 E320 Wagon a year and a half ago. In this time frame (25,000 to 40,000 miles) the repair history has been unbelievable (numerous electrical problems, trans leak...adding up to significant cost & down time). The dealership service department is remarkably courteous & professional, and professional to the extent the entire staff will say absolutely nothing of a frank nature regarding the repair experience of E320's in general. Is there anyone out there who can tell me with some authority if my E320 is worth keeping? I usually keep a car a long time. I bought my daughter a 2004 Lexus RX330. While I am not overly pleased with the way it handles, the car is quite reliable and my wife likes it, suggesting that we might opt to trade the E320 for another Lexus. As for me, I have driven 3 Lincolns in a row that are among the best cars I've had. My '03 Town Car (40,000 miles) has never been in for repair. With good maintenance procedures we have gotten both american and foreign cars to well over 100,000 miles with very few problems. Not so with the E320. While I can't believe Mercedes can be in buisiness if our car is typical, I must wonder if our repair experience is typical after all. So tell me wise friends, is the E320 going to settle down and quit acting up? Is it a keeper?
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    When I was laboring over buying a 03 E320 or 2000-2002 E class, the MB service manager so politely said to stay away from 03-04. He said I was better off to go with 2000-2002 if I don't want to spend the money for a 2005 or newer.

    I have been very happy with my 2001 E430. For two years and at 92K miles, it has been a great car.

    The 2003-2008 E class is one of the most good looking four door car out there. It is just a shame that MB has so many nagging issues. No Japanese car will ever match MB's tight feel and impressive handling. The Lexus drives and feel soft, and there is a smooth and numbness to RX feel. Lexus for sure will stay reliable. Lexus also has better resale value. We have owned both RX300 and RX330.

    I have no patience for luxury car that nickel and dimes me to death. If I were you, I would sell the MB and get a Lexus. If my MB gives constant headache, I will get rid of it. You don't buy a luxury car so you can spend high dollar on annoying issues.

  • MB's in general are not reflective of the problems that occur on many of the 2003-4 E class. This was a new model and it was not sorted out ---particularly the electronics. That is one reason I bought a preowned 2005 E320 CDI. Have been driving MB's since 1971 and now own #'s 19 & 20. My wife has a 2007 SLK350. I state all this as my present cars and the 18 before have never had a major problem. My current 2005 is loaded with all options available at the time and has had only a few minor glitches in almost four years. I plan to drive it indefinetly.
    My son has a 2006 E350 and has had only routine services.

    Sorry that you are having these problems. They cost the Damlier-Benz CEO his job--altho I know this is not a help to you.
  • Thanks to jodar96 and greasykid1 for input on my '03 E320 Wagon. I really appreciate it. We have decided not to replace the car for now and see what happens. My wife really likes it because she is short and does not have to climb up into it, as is the case with most other cars that have a cargo deck. Ideally, I would like to wait a while so that (1) we can see more evidence that '05 and later MBs are better quality and (2) perhaps find a used one for around $30K. Both goals may be achievable with a little patience.
  • seascapeseascape Posts: 8
    I am considering a certified 06 E350 with 16K miles and would like to ask your thought if I should purchase the extended warranty to cover another year or two on top of the CPO standard one year (100K) warranty.
  • mrpmrp Posts: 10
    Hello...I am new to this board. Would anyone know how to adjust the analog clock on the 2008 E350 dashboard? Thanks for the help.
  • snaglepussnaglepus Posts: 160

    Aren't there instructions in your owners manual? :confuse:

  • rockypaulrockypaul Posts: 104
    If it's the same as my '07 wagon:

    hit the svc button
    hit settings
    hit time
    use right up,down arrow on knob to change hour
    then hit ok.

    Wa La.
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