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Mar 20, 2006 (11:51 am)
Hi - I wonder if anyone can give me some guidance on my problem
May 2005: The Odometer Clock suddenly turned back to 0000 (on my Mercedes Benz E200 Classic 1996) – Mercedes dealerships were contacted who had not heard of this problem and said it was not in their power to revert it back to its proper mileage.
July 2005: The doors start locking by themselves and will not open with automatic door opener.
In the mornings when I would try and start my car the battery would be totally dead.
I brought it to my local trusted garage owner (who has a very large business and is a good friend). He checks the car out and says that he cannot find a problem but, from the car repeatedly locking itself the motor that controls the doors has burnt out and has to be replaced. As he could not find out what was causing the problem himself he brought my car to two Mercedes Dealerships.
The first Mercedes Dealership had my car for two weeks and did every test, but could find nothing wrong. The second Mercedes dealership had my car for several days and they neither could find any problem. My car was returned to me after a month and a series of large bills that needed to be paid.
The problem seemed to have subsided on the cars return – however, a month later it was back with a vengeance.
This time I took my car to a dealership whom I originally had bought the vehicle from. They too could not find anything wrong and decided to take out the alarm system, as they thought this being connected to the automatic doors might be the problem. With no alarm and three weeks later (and another huge bill for services), my car was returned.
Alas, after three weeks the problem has returned again. My Car is locking itself whilst I’m driving, stationary - ALL THE TIME.
EVERYONE IS BAFFLED. No-one knows what the problem is.
I take really good care of my car – it is kept in my garage and not used for long distance travel and huge mileage as I am a mother of three small children and do not travel thousands of miles per week.
My real and very logical concern (which I have nightmares about) is that the car will lock whilst my two youngest babies are inside and I’ve left the keys in the ignition while picking something up or unloading the babies’ strollers. The car has locked several times like this already but thankfully on those occasions there was always an older person in the car who knew how to open the door from the inside.
I went out to my car this morning and the doors were locked and wouldn't open with the automatic opener - I opened them manually, strapped the kids in and tried to start the car - it was as dead as a dodo HELP!
Anyone know whats going on ?
#6416 of 6720 Re: [deirdreives]
Mar 20, 2006 (3:42 pm)
Just a long shot. My MB had a problem with the trunk lock and would allow the battery to drain down. It appears as if a solenoid? or something will remain in contact and cause the battery to drain and perhaps lock the doors. Good luck with any fix.
#6417 of 6720 94' E 320 Head Gasket
Mar 30, 2006 (11:00 pm)
Hi- I have a 1994 E 320 with 170K miles that needs a head gasket. I can't seem to find some basic information I need to do the job. Can anybody help?
Q1 Headbolts, do they need to be replaced? What are the torq specs?
Q2 Cam timing, I marked the cams tdc #1 cyl, and there is a small hole on each cam that intersects the casting. I see that the variable cam timing device is normally retarded at idle. Any other things I should know?
Q3 The 104 engine seems to suffer from this problem, any thoughts on using a sealer on the gasket?
Any advice is appreciated, Thanx!
#6418 of 6720 Re: [deirdreives]
Apr 02, 2006 (1:43 pm)
I think that trying to repair your E will take more money out of your pocket than it's worth.
If you are interested, try getting a used car, preferably a Lexus, where you won't have any [significant] reliability problems.
I am actually in the market for a new E350 4Matic (and a Range Rover Sport), but my wife currently has a Lexus RX330, which has been angelic in the dealer experience.
I love the E350, but it sounds like you're not in the market for a new car right now.
#6419 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [edspider1]
Apr 02, 2006 (1:49 pm)
I live in Chicago too, and I tested the E350 4Matic (and the Range Rover Sport, and the Cayenne S) three days ago.
I think it is totally worth the money- the one we tested was $56K, with the NAV, harmon/kardon LOGIC7 12 speaker audio system, and xenon headlights.
However, I'm sure that was a dealer special. I built an E350 4Matic online, and with those options, it topped $60K. It's very annoying how Mercedes overprices their cars.
Finally, I hate the rims that the one I tested had. They were those chubby 16 or 17" five spokes that every E-Class in town has. I'd buy AMG wheels if they didn't cost $4,000.
#6420 of 6720 Re: [deirdreives]
Apr 02, 2006 (7:08 pm)
I had a similar problem with my 2000 Audi A6. In this case, the problem was easily remedied by the dealer. Apparently they just replaced the electric door lock mechanism. I had a number of other wierd electrical problems with that car, including replacing the Nav unit 3 times (fortunately, all under warranty.) Anyway, I don't know if it is any help, but in my case it was an intermittent problem also. It just happened that the dealer knew what to do. It sounds as if the battery is draining because the doorlocking circuit is shorting somewhere. Have you noticed the symptoms occuring more often after driving in the rain, or when humidity is high, or anything like that? Sure sounds like a colossal nuisance!
Just occured to me that if it were my problem, I might also check with a shop that specializes in auto electronics- they might just be more adept at tracking down wierd things.
Apr 02, 2006 (10:02 pm)
Thank you for your advice, but I think you misunderstood me. I'm looking for technical information. Not car replacement advice. Our E-320 has 170,000 miles on it, never missed a beat, still looks and rides like new. The one and only repair outside of normal maintenance, oil changes, tires, brake pads Etc. Was a MAF at approx. 140,000 miles. Now it needs a head gasket, and a head gasket only. It uses no oil, the Cylinder bores checked out perfectly round and on the high side of new. Valves guides and springs are also on spec. I do change the oil and filter religiously every 6 mths. or 5000 miles with Mobil 1 10-30wt. Why would I want to replace it? and of all things with a disLexes? You are correct in assuming that I am not a member of the "Car of the Month Club" I'll let someone else take the depreciation hit, Thank you very much...
#6422 of 6720 Re: Bye Bye 2006 M35x, Hello E350 [esf]
Apr 03, 2006 (6:53 am)
I picked up the E350 two weeks ago and am very pleased. All my complaints about the M are gone. I thought I would loose on the NAV, but I like the E's better. You don't have to press Ok everytime you start the car. Guidance is presented in the speedo's center. You can type directions using the joy stick or text entry like on a cell phone. I also find it gives better directions. The keyless Go system beats both Lexus and Infinity. You just walk up and pull the handle. No buttons to push. No initial touching. Plus it works on all 4 doors. The xenon lights are great. The brakes are great. The automatic wipers are great. I love the electric open/close trunk. The car is very smooth and quiet. The interior is beautiful. And I'm getting 350+ miles on a tank. 21+ mpg. That's a lot better than the M's 16 mpg.
#6423 of 6720 PURCHASE OPINIONS
Apr 06, 2006 (8:22 am)
I am looking to replace a 97 e320. It has over 175,000 miles and overall I have been please with the car. I have been looking at off lease vehicle. I am trying to decide between a 2001-02 S430 or 2003-2004 E320-500. Any opinions about the pros and cons of the vehicles. I am looking to purchase. Als as with the last one, I intend on keeping it for at least 160-175k. Both seem to be in the same general price range. Please share any experiences or helpful information.
#6424 of 6720 2007 E-Class Dealer Info
Apr 06, 2006 (11:38 pm)
From another MB board, some excerpts from a letter sent to dealers about the 2007 E-Class:
MY07 FACELIFT (mid-July 2006)
Model Year 2007 welcomes a facelift for the E-Class, and introduction of 3 new engines:
-E320 BLUETEC: 3.0L V6 with 221hp, 376 lb-ft. torque
-E550: 5.5L V8 with 382hp, 391 lb-ft. torque
-E63 AMG: 6.3L V8 with 507hp, 465 lb-ft. torque
Other key exterior product changes include:
-a more aggressively styled front air dam
-new front grille
-revised head lamps and tail lamps
-aero mirrors (similar to CLS)
-new side skirts
-2 new paints: Arctic White and Jade Green
Key interior product changes include:
-new steering wheel (CLS steering wheel)
-re-designed HVAC operating unit
-new shift/selector lever
-4 new upholstery colors: Black, Cashmere, Black/Sahara Beige (Sport Models only), Black/Cognac Brown (Sport Models only)
Photos of the Facelift will be forthcoming.
The following options will become standard equipment at no-additional charge:
-Glass Sunroof (414)
-harman/kardon LOGIC7 Digital Surround Sound System (810)
-6-disc CD Changer (819)
Owing to the new standard equipment listed above, we have further streamlined our packaging. Based on the successful E-Class Premium Package, launched with MY06, two "premium packages" will be offered - P1 and P2 - each of which offers significant value and includes options with proven customer demand.
P1 - E350/E320 BLUETEC: $2390 / E550: $2840 / E63 AMG: $2000
-SIRIUS Satellite Radio
-Hands-Free Communication System
-Heated Front Seats (Active Ventilated Seats with Heating Feature for E550 and E63 AMG)
-Power-Rear Window Sunshade (Rear Side-window sunblinds for E350 4MATIC Wagon)
P2 - E350/E320 BLUETEC: $4290 / E550: $4740 / E63 AMG: $3900
Includes all items in P1
-Bi-Xenon low-beam and high-beam headlamps with active curve illumination system
-Heated Headlamp Washers
In addition to the enhancements planned for the upcoming MY07 Facelift, we would like to announce the start of a new E-Class Sport/Luxury product strategy, similar to the successful C-Class strategy. This strategy allows you the flexibility to tailor you inventory to meet growing customer demand for more aggressive and sportier styling. The E350W, E350W4, E550W and E550W4 will adopt a 2-prong approach (Sport and Luxury) while the E320 BLUETEC and E350S4 will remain exclusively Luxury.
The E-Class Sport Sedan will be based on the 333 Sport Package launched late last year. This package, which is no-charge for MY07 Facelift, features key "sport" elements including 18" 10-twin spoke wheels, sport rear bumper with dual exhaust tailpipes, lowered sport suspension, blue-tinted glass, Black-Birdseye Maple Wood, and matte chrome surrounding the gearshift with a white-gauged instrument cluster.
The E-Class Luxury sedan will be similar to the current, stylish model commonly seen today. Key "luxury" features include 17" wheels (for the E350 and E550 models only), an elegant rear bumper, comfort suspension, green-tinted glass, and Burl Walnut Wood complementing the well-dressed interior.
The following colors are new:
-Arctic White (650) replaces Alabaster White (960)
-Jade Green (300) replaces Everest Green (816)
Wheels: For MY07, the E350 models will receive a new 7-spoke 17" design. Additionally, the E63 AMG models will receive a new 5-spoke 18" design. Please note: the E320 BLUETEC, E550 Models, and the Sport Package will retain their current wheels.
Also new for MY07 E-Class are Chrome wheels (R86). These wheels will be based on the same 5-spoke 17" design seen on the MY06 E500, and will be available as an option on select Luxury Models only. Please see the Product Highlights section for wheel updates.
E-Class Station Wagon:
In our continuing efforts to streamline our portfolio and provide you with products which support your market requirements, we will offer just a single variant of the E-Class Station Wagon: E350S4. The E350S and E550S4 will no longer be offered for MY07.
Additionally, the Power Tailgate (890) becomes standard equipment.
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