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#299 of 6720 Major E320 Problems
Nov 26, 2000 (2:20 pm)
I own a 1995 E320 with 55K which I bought from the dealer two years ago. The car came with the Starmark warranty and has performed flawlessly for the 19000 miles I have carefully accumulated. The car is always garaged and well maintained by the dealer per the book. Seven weeks ago I detected a tapping valve, took it to the dealer and a week later picked up the car with all new lifters installed. Fine, this can happen, I am told. This past week I had oil under the car and went back to the dealer - BLOWN HEAD GASKET. The dealer is repairing but I am at a complete loss as to what to do. My boyhood dream was to own a Mercedes Benz but now I am wondering about reliability in a big way. Can the car actually be repaired?
I need help! Thanks
Nov 26, 2000 (2:35 pm)
This may not answer your question but.....when replacing hydraulic valve lifters does the head get "untorqued" and possibly compromise the integrity of the gasket? btw, what was the cost for the lifter repair?
#301 of 6720 Head Gasket
Nov 26, 2000 (2:48 pm)
I don't know what may have been 'untorqued' but I can't help but think the lifter repairs are somehow related to the head gasket problem. The dealer service people would only give me round numbers on the cost for the lifter repairs: $1800.00 +-.
Thanks for your response.
#302 of 6720 Power Seat Control
Nov 26, 2000 (3:26 pm)
I had the same problem which I noticed right after delivery of my 00E320. I took it back to the dealer who reprogramed the device. It took only a few minutes to do the work.
Nov 26, 2000 (4:41 pm)
thank you all for responding to my question about the 2001 models... appreciate it
Nov 26, 2000 (7:18 pm)
I am looking E320 4matic or E430 4matic. Does anybody have any problem with 4matic? Also my dealer insist MSRP, is it usually how it works?
#306 of 6720 purchase price
Nov 27, 2000 (2:01 am)
See posts 53 and 98.
#307 of 6720 Donald02 & krv03
Nov 27, 2000 (4:59 pm)
Donald, went back and looked at your posts. Was that a 00' or 01'model??? Thanks!
KRV03: Great work and great effort to write what you did. I know it took more than a few minutes to write it and we appreciate.
I think that when someone takes time and thought, no one is offended. I for one respect a well thought out opinion. I looked at the Rl but did not drive it. Part of my decision is emotional and not pratical, so I went no further. I think acura is moving in the right direction after years of an unsure identity crisis, and like many Japenese auto co.s, a cash flow problem. Quality is rarely an issue for acura. The TL is a value leader and MDX is gaining alot of attention. The dealer did mention that they were heavy discounting the RL, but we never got to price. The supply and demand curve worked in your favor. The car is nice and well into its production cylcle, and you should have a good experience. Regarding resale, you bought cheap and it may not hold great, but you will have a good experience with it. I think apparent value was important to you and you achieved it. 320 w/all wheel drive is a high dollar car, and im guessing you spent about $37-38k for your car. 18k difference is alot!RL is alot of car for the money. Good luck with your purchase and thank you for sharing with us your thoughts!
#308 of 6720 krv03
Nov 27, 2000 (5:29 pm)
Pricewise the RL is more in the catagory of the C-class. In that price range you should really be comparing the RL with cars like the Mazda Millenia, Toyota Avalon, Lexus ES300 etc.