Last post on Apr 29, 2013 at 5:47 PM
You are in the Sedans
What is this discussion about?
Jaguar XJR, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW M5, Mercedes-Benz E55 AMG, Audi S6, Maserati Quattroporte, Audi S8, Sedan
#1025 of 1045 Re: 2004 E55 AMG [jpstax1]
Mar 28, 2008 (3:28 pm)
"I know nothing about Mercedes-Benz cars except they're supposed to be well built, extremely reliable, and trouble free.
Well built, yeah. I think you'll find disagreement about the other two facts.
#1026 of 1045 Re: 2004 E55 AMG [dhanley]
Mar 30, 2008 (12:13 pm)
Afraid that I have to agree with dhanley. Looked hard when made recent purchase (ended-up with '08 M5), and seriously considered CLS 63 AMG and E 63 AMG. But could not get past poor MB repair history (look at Consumer Reports, for instance) as well as friends who have owned MB's and would not own again. Maybe there is a reason, besides marketing and of course building the cost into purchase price, that BMW is one of the few that still offers complete no-cost 4yr maintenance & warranty on new purchases....
Apr 02, 2008 (10:07 am)
I'm looking at purchasing a used E55 2002 with 27k miles. I'm trying to determine if I'm getting into a maint. nightmare. Does anyone have any experience with 2002 E55's good or bad?
#1029 of 1045 Re: The new G8 GXP [jpstax1]
May 01, 2008 (4:49 pm)
This is fine, might not exactly fit the title, but let's see where we can go with it anyway.
Thanks for the post!!
Jun 07, 2008 (6:11 pm)
And you can get an m3 with four doors.
Not sure if the g8 gxp will be a luxury car...
Also, the new CTS-V now holds the record for fastest nurburg ring lap by a sedan with street tires. It beat the m5 by 13 seconds! Looks like they must have gotten the handling sorted out...
#1032 of 1045 1998 XJR - ran fine now will not start
Jun 13, 2008 (7:52 pm)
We have a well kept 1998 XJR which we have been driving only once or twice a month. Today I drove it about 15 miles to work - it ran flawlessly. At lunch I took it out for a few miles (the temp in Dallas is approx 90 degrees) then parked it at the gym. After an hour I started the car and it immediately died. I tried again and managed to get it to idle, but roughly. It died. I could depress the accelerator but it seemed to have no effect. It would only start, run rough, then die. After an hour, it would only turn over and never attempt to start (the engine would never start running on it's own - even roughly). We had the car towed home and my gear head neighbor came over. He had me engage the key (turn it on, but no to start the car). He could not hear the fuel pump whine. We checked all fuses (those in the trunk) and even located and checked the fuel cut off switch in the passenger floorboard. How can I determine if an engine sensor might be disabling the fuel pump relays versus the fuel pump simply being dead?
#1033 of 1045 Re: 1998 XJR - ran fine now will not start [jameshymel]
Jun 16, 2008 (7:45 am)
Well, James, actually driving the car might've prevented this problem. A 10 year old car that's only been driven 20 or so times?? I can only imagine how much stuff is fouled/corroded in the engine and/or fuel delivery system. Once you get it fixed, you need to start putting some miles on that thing!
You can use a volt meter to check voltage at the fuel pump relay. My guess, though, is that you have a tank full of bad gas considering you've probably only filled it up maybe 3 times in 10 years, if that. Mix some octane booster, injector cleaner (might not hurt to throw a little xylene in there, too), and some fresh gas in with that old stuff, and change the fuel filter and spark plugs. Then when/if you get it started drive it until the tank's almost empty. On your way to the gas station, stop by an AutoZone, Advance Auto, etc. and pick up a can of Sea Foam. Head to the gas station, preferably someplace with Techron or other strong detergent mixed in the fuel (Shell, Texaco), poor in the Sea Foam, fill tank, and drive the car more often.