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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan
#6536 of 6720 Re: love/hate [bigrobnh]
Sep 27, 2006 (4:23 pm)
I've had to replace four sun visors in the 2001 E 430 I bought new. Cheap plastic and bad design. The flip up lids break off/fall out. Mercedes rep. has no solution, no upgrade.
have a failed bulb warning lamp. Replacing number 6 fuse in the dash fuse box just blows another fuse. Mechanic has spent two hours searching for the short, no luck.
Just installed new harmonic balancer at 60k miles.
So now I am running this beautiful car with a warning light on all the time and both sun visor lids off which defeats the make-up mirror lights. Oklahoma here I come.
I think it is time to bail out even though the car runs and rides great.
#6537 of 6720 Controls problem or air conditioner fan problem
Oct 02, 2006 (10:51 am)
I have a 97 E-320. I have had intermittent problems with my radio trying to go silent and switch to telephone (even though installed phone is not activated). This usually happens when the temperature outside is very hot (I live in Oklahoma). Last week, my AC fan quit even though the control panel seems to be working properly (showing the fan speed).
Oh yes, occasionaly, my remote door locks don't operate properly. They will work mostly, but for a period of time won't.
Anybody have any idea what is going on here?
#6538 of 6720 Extra Simonize clear Coat for extra protection
Oct 02, 2006 (12:51 pm)
I just purchased a 2007 Mercedes E 350 and paid for an extra coat of Simonize Clear coat protection ($399). It is supposed to be a warranty against bird dropping and tree sap penetrating the paint surface. Was this really necessary? I also purchase a diamond surface coating for the front window to protect against chips and scratches. Was this also necessary?
#6539 of 6720 Re: Extra Simonize clear Coat for extra protection [jmoore6]
Oct 02, 2006 (2:30 pm)
dealers frequently offer these "protection packages" for one reason only: to make more money. I think it was CR who evaluated them some years ago and concluded that they were mostly a waste of money - however, since you already bought them, smile, since you at least have a nicely polished car!
#6540 of 6720 Re: Wiper setup recommendation [carnaught]
Dec 02, 2006 (5:38 pm)
Try wiping the rubber on each blade with windex until no black shows up on the cloth/paper towels.
Little know trick that you will like!
#6541 of 6720 Press request
Dec 07, 2006 (4:38 am)
A reporter with a national newspaper is hoping to talk with consumers who have received or are giving a luxury car as a gift for Christmas. Please reply to ctalatiedmunds.com no later than Friday, December 8, 2006 with your daytime contact info.
#6542 of 6720 extended warrenty
Dec 07, 2006 (1:52 pm)
The factory warrenty on my 03 e class is about to expire. Any thoughts on the purchase of a $3000 3 year extendedwarrenty (not a MB warrenty)?
#6543 of 6720 Re: extended warrenty [swimmom]
Dec 08, 2006 (10:03 am)
1. Self insure (invest the $3k conservatively e.g. Money Market or short term CDs for availability). That way, you get to keep your money, it grows a bit and can be used as you see fit.
2. If you do buy the non-MB warranty, review it with a fine tooth comb! Is the company reputable, how long in business? What EXACTLY does it cover/not cover...
Good luck, tough decision. If something does go wrong with the E, it will probably be expensive to repair. But, that is IF something goes wrong, which is why I like option 1...
#6544 of 6720 Re: extended warrenty [laurasdada]
Dec 08, 2006 (10:26 am)
I concur 100%.
I was foolish enough to buy an extended warranty on a car in 1988 and managed to recover about 10% of the cost in warranty work. That said, once the warranty had expired due to excess mileage, I had several failures that I needed to cover out of pocket. Double whammy.
Since then I've self insured. To date, I've NOT spent some $15,000 and change on extended warranties, and in spite of the fact that I habitually buy cars that rank low on the various reliability scales; I've only spent about $3,200 in unscheduled repairs for a savings of about $12,000. Even that number is a bit misleading as one of the repairs that I paid for earlier this year was for a $2,600 transmission for a car with 109,000 miles on the clock. So, had I opted for the extended warranty policy on that car the transmission wouldn't have been covered as said policy only went to 70,000 miles.
#6545 of 6720 Re: extended warrenty [shipo]
Dec 08, 2006 (1:32 pm)
I've always self-insured. Even on a first model year Chrysler (300M)! Won that bet, nice car, reliable, so-so build quality, a winner for me. I was just a fool for a pretty face!
I usually hedge my bets by buying Japaneese, though... Maybe next car will have a distinctly European accent, Ja?