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#1017 of 1173 '03 E320 Wagon - a Keeper?
Feb 27, 2008 (2:03 pm)
I bought my wife a 2003 E320 Wagon a year and a half ago. In this time frame (25,000 to 40,000 miles) the repair history has been unbelievable (numerous electrical problems, trans leak...adding up to significant cost & down time). The dealership service department is remarkably courteous & professional, and professional to the extent the entire staff will say absolutely nothing of a frank nature regarding the repair experience of E320's in general. Is there anyone out there who can tell me with some authority if my E320 is worth keeping? I usually keep a car a long time. I bought my daughter a 2004 Lexus RX330. While I am not overly pleased with the way it handles, the car is quite reliable and my wife likes it, suggesting that we might opt to trade the E320 for another Lexus. As for me, I have driven 3 Lincolns in a row that are among the best cars I've had. My '03 Town Car (40,000 miles) has never been in for repair. With good maintenance procedures we have gotten both american and foreign cars to well over 100,000 miles with very few problems. Not so with the E320. While I can't believe Mercedes can be in buisiness if our car is typical, I must wonder if our repair experience is typical after all. So tell me wise friends, is the E320 going to settle down and quit acting up? Is it a keeper?
#1018 of 1173 Re: '03 E320 Wagon - a Keeper? [contrarianjim]
Feb 27, 2008 (7:17 pm)
When I was laboring over buying a 03 E320 or 2000-2002 E class, the MB service manager so politely said to stay away from 03-04. He said I was better off to go with 2000-2002 if I don't want to spend the money for a 2005 or newer.
I have been very happy with my 2001 E430. For two years and at 92K miles, it has been a great car.
The 2003-2008 E class is one of the most good looking four door car out there. It is just a shame that MB has so many nagging issues. No Japanese car will ever match MB's tight feel and impressive handling. The Lexus drives and feel soft, and there is a smooth and numbness to RX feel. Lexus for sure will stay reliable. Lexus also has better resale value. We have owned both RX300 and RX330.
I have no patience for luxury car that nickel and dimes me to death. If I were you, I would sell the MB and get a Lexus. If my MB gives constant headache, I will get rid of it. You don't buy a luxury car so you can spend high dollar on annoying issues.
#1019 of 1173 Re: '03 E320 Wagon - a Keeper? [contrarianjim]
Feb 29, 2008 (12:32 pm)
MB's in general are not reflective of the problems that occur on many of the 2003-4 E class. This was a new model and it was not sorted out ---particularly the electronics. That is one reason I bought a preowned 2005 E320 CDI. Have been driving MB's since 1971 and now own #'s 19 & 20. My wife has a 2007 SLK350. I state all this as my present cars and the 18 before have never had a major problem. My current 2005 is loaded with all options available at the time and has had only a few minor glitches in almost four years. I plan to drive it indefinetly.
My son has a 2006 E350 and has had only routine services.
Sorry that you are having these problems. They cost the Damlier-Benz CEO his job--altho I know this is not a help to you.
Mar 05, 2008 (8:15 am)
Thanks to jodar96 and greasykid1 for input on my '03 E320 Wagon. I really appreciate it. We have decided not to replace the car for now and see what happens. My wife really likes it because she is short and does not have to climb up into it, as is the case with most other cars that have a cargo deck. Ideally, I would like to wait a while so that (1) we can see more evidence that '05 and later MBs are better quality and (2) perhaps find a used one for around $30K. Both goals may be achievable with a little patience.
#1021 of 1173 MB extended warranty on 06 E350
Mar 07, 2008 (11:35 am)
I am considering a certified 06 E350 with 16K miles and would like to ask your thought if I should purchase the extended warranty to cover another year or two on top of the CPO standard one year (100K) warranty.
#1022 of 1173 Clock in new 2008 E350
Mar 10, 2008 (8:31 pm)
Hello...I am new to this board. Would anyone know how to adjust the analog clock on the 2008 E350 dashboard? Thanks for the help.
#1023 of 1173 Re: Clock in new 2008 E350 [mrp]
Mar 10, 2008 (10:15 pm)
Aren't there instructions in your owners manual?
#1024 of 1173 Re: Clock in new 2008 E350 [mrp]
Mar 11, 2008 (7:10 am)
If it's the same as my '07 wagon:
hit the svc button
use right up,down arrow on knob to change hour
then hit ok.
#1025 of 1173 Re: Clock in new 2008 E350 [rockypaul]
Mar 11, 2008 (9:45 pm)
Snaglepus...no, nothing on the clock in the manual.
Rockypaul...I did exactly as you said. It is easy to do the change on the command system as you mention, but it doesn't change the analog clock on the dash. Also, once I turn the car off and then back on the change I made on the command system also reverts back to the wrong time again. Weird. Any other ideas anyone? Is it just malfunctioning?
#1026 of 1173 Re: To donk7: Yes!!!! [pvh3]
Mar 22, 2008 (11:08 pm)
I have a 2004 E500 and intermittly have a problem with my radio. It increases the output level with static and will not allow me to change stations or turn the radio off. to shut the radio off, I have to shut the car off and restart the car to correct the problem.