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#5421 of 6720 How is the E320 in bad weather?
Nov 19, 2003 (6:52 am)
Hoping for some advice...
I have a Volvo S80, and a recent job switch has changed my commute from 3 miles to 20 each way. The Volvo is mediocre in bad weather, so I am thinking about changing (and upgrading...).
How is the E320 in bad weather? I want the 4Matic, but no one has one I can get before winter is all but over. Is the RWD acceptable? I am also 'hooked' on NAV systems, but all of the reviews say that the Mercedes NAV system is NOT user friendly. Any comments on that? And (finally), should I consider a used E320 with 4Matic and NAV or hold out for the 2004?
Any advice greatly appreciated.
#5422 of 6720 Query -- the E320 airmatic suspension
Nov 19, 2003 (10:20 am)
the air suspension comes standard in E500. But, on E320, yes, the only way is to get as a part of the Sport Pkg.
#5423 of 6720 cxviii - E 4matics in Boston
Nov 19, 2003 (4:13 pm)
The Clair Motors Website is showing 3 2004 E 4 matics in inventory. They are also called Mercedes of Westwood (MA) and are located on US Route 1 just west of Route 128 in the Boston area.
I checked Herb Chambers website and didn't see any there - they have two dealerships, one in Boston and one in Lynfield. Foreign Motors West in Natick MA might have them but they don't show their new MB inventory on line.
#5424 of 6720 Pulling to the right
Nov 20, 2003 (5:07 am)
My new E pulls to the right. The dealer says the car's "within factory specs" and can't/won't find what's wrong with it. I've read complaints from other E-class owners about this problem. Has anyone been able to get the solution???
#5425 of 6720 2003 E320 noise in charcoal fuel cannister
Nov 20, 2003 (6:14 am)
My 2003 E320 has 500 miles on it but it has a thumping noise near the gas cap when the car is stopped and running. It is pretty loud and can be heard over the air conditioner. The dealer says it is the charcoal cannister and it is operating as designed. Dealer has replaced the cannister and the relay so far and is now going to try to put sound proofing around the cannister. It sure is driving me crazy. Any one else have this problem? If so, what was done to fix it?
#5426 of 6720 Thumping Charcoal Cannister
Nov 20, 2003 (6:45 am)
Does this rattling cannister episode (hopefully it will get resolved soon!) impact your feelings about the traditional 'prestige' that Mercedes garners and strives to merchandise?
There are discussions in lots of other boards here on Edmunds where Mercedes forte is considered it's prestige and cache.
Yet, I wonder how much longer that can continue when it seems that so many owners have problems right from the drive out! It's clear that they aren't struggling with 'bleeding edge technology', they are having a hard time getting the basics right as the poster prior to you indicates.
#5427 of 6720 Pulls to the right
Nov 20, 2003 (9:49 am)
Check tire pressure. If OK, demand to take service rep on drive on level straight highway. Demonstrate pulling to right and demand it to be realligned. Car should not pull to either side - will cause bad tire wear and is dangerous. If you get no satisfaction from dealer write to Mercedes.
#5428 of 6720 extended warranty
Nov 20, 2003 (2:02 pm)
i purchased a 2002 e320 with a 4 year starmark warranty and love the car. because of the reported reliability problems i think it might be a good idea to get an additional year or 2 extension on the warranty. does anyone know how that can be done?
#5429 of 6720 Some questions about what I
Nov 20, 2003 (6:56 pm)
believe to be older MBs...I see on the road some MBs that look fairly large (the size of the E or S class, definitely much bigger than C), but they have designations on the rear like 300E, 400E, 400SE, 400SEL, etc....I assume these are older cars, but how much older???...when were these vehicles made, and, are they worth considering to own???...if older, do they have problems of their own, or were they built in the "grand old days when MBs were the best"...(since we seem to have posters commenting that the new ones ain't made like they used to be)...are these the cars that used to be, but are they too old to consider owning, say, due to high mileage, excessive maintenance, or anything else the knowledgeable ones can enlighten me...anyway, it seems that the designations are reversed (400E instead of E400)...or, is this a "cheap" (ha-ha) way to buy a Benz???thanks
#5430 of 6720 Re: Pulls to the right
Nov 20, 2003 (7:32 pm)
I did all that. After having the car returned by the dealer twice, supposedly aligned, the car still pulled to the right. Angry, I took the service manager for a spin, only to have him tell me the pulling was "acceptable", which of course it isn't. A month ago I learned that a factory rep was in town and took the car in to show him. He says the problem is likely to be in the suspension, but wouldn't elaborate. He says they need some special tool from the factory to fix the problem, but it's been a month and they keep giving me the runaround. The pulling is maddening.