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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
#5311 of 6720 Response to # 5297 sjmurray2
Oct 03, 2003 (1:26 pm)
As most have advised and it seems you've accepted, if reliability is your priority go with Japan. For confirmation go to the other discussion group here "problems with E Class" or something like that. Focus is on the 2003's but theme seems to be the older the Benz the more reliable. Since Crysler got involved it's been straight downhill in the quality dept. Beautiful cars and great to drive...but you have to have plenty of time to spend at the shop and plenty of money once the warrenty expires.
#5312 of 6720 RE: 5308 - rattle
Oct 03, 2003 (5:41 pm)
It's probably the third brakelight plastic cover that's come loose and intermittently banging against the rear window. I have the same noise and will try to get it fixed on my next visit to the dealer.
#5313 of 6720 2004 E-500 Order Option Questions
Oct 04, 2003 (7:14 am)
1. Noticed on the '04 radio/nav a button labeled "Satellite". I assume it will be Sirius Satellite Radio. Must this option be factory installed or will the dealers add this at the service department?
2. Will the factory installed Motorola V60 integrated phone w/ voice work with MY cellular provider's, (Verizon) network, or do I have to use one that MB specifies, and get an additional cell number for the car?
Oct 04, 2003 (3:26 pm)
where are u even seeing a picture on any of the 04 E series? been looking all over, can u post the link plz? thanks
#5315 of 6720 gear shift rattle
Oct 05, 2003 (2:23 pm)
My 1999 E320 has developed a rattle at the gear shift. The rattle occurs above 60 MPH. I can't tell whether it's coming from the gear shift or under the wood grain. Anyone had similar noise?
Oct 05, 2003 (3:10 pm)
The brochures are available at the dealers. So is pricing. I sat in an 04, listened to the uplevel radio & saw the nav system. as the car had just come off the truck, the radio worked but the nav had not had the disc installed in it. NICE car! Will order one soon.
Oct 05, 2003 (6:20 pm)
Microrepair, let me make sure I understand this: your '96 E Class has cost you about $4000 ("10 months of payments on a lessor car") in non-warranty repairs in 124,000 miles?
While not small change, especially for a retired fellow, this doesn't strike me as excessive for any vehicle driven this many miles over 7 years. What does the board think?
#5318 of 6720 blockislandguy
Oct 06, 2003 (9:57 am)
IMO, $4,000 in "repairs" over 8 years and 124,000 miles for an E-class isn't too bad, but it's not great, either. By comparison, my 9 year old Nissan Maxima with 144,000 miles has had a total of $2,100 in repairs; however, all of those have occurred in the last 18 months and since 123,000 miles. Up until 123k, it didn't require a single repair, warranty or otherwise.
I am distiguishing between repairs and routine maintenance and wear items (I classify brake pads as maintenance, rotor replacement as repairs).
#5319 of 6720 microrepair - repair cost
Oct 06, 2003 (10:43 am)
$4000 for a 7 yr old German auto doesn't sound too bad, may be a little excessive compared to a reliable Japanese car. But then again, it depends on what you consider as routine maintenance vs. repairs. As habitat1 pointed out, if brake pads are considered as maintenance, by logic, rotor should be regarded as maintenance as well since they need to work together. This goes the same as wiper blades, tires, battery, fan belts, etc. I guess we should set a certain criteria to seperate the two catagories, maybe setting a time frame and mileage as limits. For instance, shock replacement after 100k would be "maintenance", not "repairs" items, given today's technology advancement in material science and manufacturing quality control, the shocks on MB cars really should last a lifetime (or there is no reason MB can't use lifetime guaranteed parts as some after market units are claimed for). Same argument for radiator, alternator, coils, etc. The only exceptions would be electronic components that have no moving parts. Just my $.02.
#5320 of 6720 better order fast
Oct 06, 2003 (1:08 pm)
the wait list at my dealer is now at March and that's a MSRP, no negotiable room at all. is that what you guys are finding?