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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Maintenance and Repair



  • 2006 E500 4Matic.....Replaced AWD transaxle at 30K seems to have same problem at 60K miles after warrenty expired! Anyone else having this problem and what did MB do about it?
  • ardelardel Posts: 1
    What you guys think, should I buy this 99 E320 model with 100K on it? I test drove the car and tried to speed in the highway, but it seemed reluctant to go over 70M/hour with ease. however, I did try it from 10 miles/h to 75m/hour under 6 seconds. I am not sure if this would signify that engin is in relative good health. I am thinking to buy this car for drive around the town and the dealer is asking around 7500, the front bumper cover may need to be replaced, yet the rest of the car seems in great condition. Is it worth? and you MB owners should I look into paying for repairs right of the bat? thanks
  • lewismdlewismd Posts: 2
    Hi folks,

    I own a 1999 E430 with only 32,000 and I am the original owner. I am considering purchasing another auto, could anyone tell me what is th value of my auto?


  • priceless....if you kept records and maintained properly

    try or kbb,com

    I might buy it do you live in midwest
  • patpat Posts: 10,421

    Why don't you go over to the Real-World Trade-In Values discussion. They'll be able to tell you. Be sure to provide all the information requested in the red/orange list above the post box.

    Good luck!!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Hi Martha,

    I'm sorry, but the Forums can't be used for buying or selling.

    Hope you can find what you're looking for!
  • microrepairmicrorepair Eastern MassachusettsPosts: 508
    My 2001 E320's alarm system is acting badly.. When I leave the car and activate the alarm, sometimes the horn will start blowing every second after about a 20 second delay. It acts like someone has broken in to the car. Other times the parking lights will start to flash on a one second interval immediately after activating the alarm. When either of these things happen I can deactivate the alarm, BUT, after about 20 seconds that car locks itself and starts with either the horn or the parking lights again. And no matter how many times I turn off the alarm, it self activates 20 seconds later..!!! The only way to stop it from doing this is to start up the engine and then turn it off. Then I just leave the car unlocked and risk having it entered illegally..!

    The local alarm/auto electric folks won't touch the MB factory alarm system so it's the dealer or nothing. ANy thoughts on what this might be and maybe even an approx. cost to fix?

    :mad: :cry: :(
  • I am looking to buy a 2005 E320 with about 70,000 miles. I've read many issues with the 03 and 04 models.

    Is the 05 reliable

    What type of issues have people experienced with the 05 model, and around how much have people spent fixing those issues.

    Any information would be much appreciated.

    Thanks much.
  • buroskyburosky Posts: 90
    Just wondering what people here are paying to have the dealer perform Service F for a 2006 E350 with 32K miles. This is the first time I'm taking mine. If anyone had it done by an independent shop specializing in MBs, that will also be appreciated. I'm particularly interested in those who live in the San Francisco/Oakland/Pleasanton area. Thanks!
  • Anyone has experience or recommendation for independent MB service shops (non-dealer) in San Diego or north coastal SD area. Thanks!
  • patpat Posts: 10,421
    Be sure to check our new Repair Shop Ratings & Reviews feature!
  • My vehicle won't shift into gear and the selector range on the cluster does not display. After manually shifting trans into gear it would only drive in limp mode. Has anyone else had this problem diagnosed?
  • I have a 97 E420 with @ 125,000 miles. After filling up the gas tank and driving 4 miles, the engine idle became unstable. (Had never happened before - came out of the blue) Thinking I let the tank go too empty and maybe some crud started circulating, I shut off the engine, turned back on, still rough idle and check engine light. Drove 1 mile, and smelled sulfur. Drove one city block to a foreign car repair shop, and sulfur smell became very pungent and car smelled hot. Foreign repair shop owner said a tune-up (in Millis, Massachusetts) would cost $370. He said the car (which I bought last year, put on 7K mileage, and was told they had given it a tune-up before I picked it up) needed a tune-up very badly and that it had burned one of the 8 coils because the engine was misfiring. Another $200 for the one coil. He told me if I didn't change it, I would blow the engine. (He had previously told me that running the car with a rough idle would cause extra heat in the exhaust and burn out the exhaust system). I don't know anything about foreign cars (should have stuck with a '67 Ford Falcon), so I can't dispute his claims at this time. This is an automatic 8-cylinder gasoline powered car. Next time, I will call ahead to get tune-up quotes. And because I was stuck with a broken car out in the boondocks, I had to go to the nearest place. Next time, I will find out what the problem is, call around for quotes, pay the gentleman for his diagnostic time, and have the car towed to my mechanic at home, if at all possible. If you have noises, get them checked out earlier rather than later because waiting will definitely cost you more.
  • check motor mounts also....
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,120
    same symptoms happened to my Y2k E320 years ago.
    The problem was the transmission-selector-switch itself - it had to be replaced.
  • Usually comes from the catalytic converter. You may need a new one. Have it checked. Recommend that you have service done by a MERCEDES SPECIALIST,not a generic foreign car repair.
  • I Have lexus with same problem and are you putting regular fuel or are you burning required premium. It maybe just the fuel, new cars have way to many sensors!! Kid was putting regular in it for me and problem went away burning premium
  • Hi,

    I have a 2006 E 350 that I bought in July. I want to do my own repairs on small things vs going the dealer and I was thinking about buying the cd from MB for $115. Has anyone tried this cd or are there any other options out there.

    Many thanks.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    $115 for a MB repair CD does not sound expensive. You can check on E-bay to see what is out there.

    I would pay the $115 and get the OEM CD vs. copied ones your find on E-bay that could be missinf files or sections.

  • Hi Joe,

    Thanks. I did check ebay and there was really nothing else out there.
  • My wife's 1998 E320 has been great. Couple days ago the key stopped working in the ignition. At the same time the remote sensors stopped working . Tried changing the battery but it did not correct the problem, and I did not think changing the battery would have anything to do with key turning the ignition on. Any ideas?
  • I have the extended warranty for a 2003 E320. Does anyone know if the extended M-B warranty covers replacement of the valve cover gaskets? .The warranty language covers "cylinder head gaskets and internally lubricated seals and gaskets". Thanks in advance.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    If the extended warranty covers " Engine gaskets", your valve cover gasket is a part of the warranty and must be covered.

    On my 2001 E430, it cost $320 to replace the driver side valve cover two-piece gasket. They gave me a $480 bill first until I started taking apart their bill.

    Let them know that you have read your warranty and have searched other engine part warranties and are aware that this is covered before they tell you it is not.

  • nwbearnwbear Posts: 20
    You may have a no cost option as close as your public library. My library has manufacturer service manuals as well as on site access to All Data online database. It has saved me the expense of purchasing the manuals for the occasional repairs I have to do.
  • Thanks Joe. I took the car in, and the extended warranty covers the valve cover gaskets. However, the dealer says the oil is only misting out and must be actually dripping onto the exhaust. In other words, my problem is not bad enough to warrant a replacement of the gaskets. My extended warranty is good 'til Jan., 2010, so I'm going to monitor the situation and either take the car back to them in a few months or take to the other MB dealer here.. When I asked them how much oil leaking is too much, the response is that it must be dripping. I may also contact MB hdq here in the US to get another opinion.
  • jodar96jodar96 Posts: 400
    I love these people.....A misty oil is a leaky oil. Mine was dripping on the exhaust and was smelling. I put a folded oil absorbant pad over the leaky corner and put the engine cover over it. It has stopped the dripping but was gradually soaking the pad.

    Just go back in a few weeks and tell them the smell of oil bothers you and it is NEVER a good idea for oil to drip or mist over hot exhaust. The oil could catch on fire whether it is a drip or a mist.

  • jem3jem3 Posts: 1
    Hi first time user, i got a problem with my 2003 e320 stereo system when i start to drive and the radio, cd is on its cuts off for a second or two then works fine again and it dose this every 2 to 3 min of driving. If ive got it on the radio display i notice that the phone signal flickers away then comes back please please if anyone can help please reply thanks.
  • RWCooperRWCooper Posts: 6
    Has any experienced a noise similar to a wheel 'rubbing' when making turns (forward or reverse). A authorized Euro-car mechanic suggested rolling down windows to determine if the noise can be pin pointed, but the noise was not noticable with the windows down... only when in the closed cabin. I'm unsure if it is just the noise of the tire (newer performance tires) tread design as it grips the road surface when turning or if there is a potential problem with the wheel struts or in the transfer case. The car has about 81k miles on it so I'm sensitive to parts wearing out due to this point in the maintenance life. Any help on this would be appreciated. Thanks. :confuse:
  • eliaselias Posts: 2,120
    Did you just get those sticky new tires?
    If yes, I bet it's just normal/expected tire noise you are hearing.
    A possible test to help confirm that is to try the exact same turns on iciest/wettest surface you can find. Or maybe off pavement - on grass or dirt.
  • james164james164 Posts: 1

    I need to change the chrome door handle on front passenger door side. I need to take off the door panel but I am having hard time. Any tip would be appreciated.
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