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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#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.
#1027 of 1173 2001 E430 - considering buying one
Mar 24, 2008 (6:26 am)
I am thinking about getting a 2000-2001 E430 4Matic - ideally something that's had one owner and probably has between 75,000 and 100,000 miles. My simple question is, would I be crazy to do this?
First, a little bit about me... I have always been in love Mercedes cars since my dad had a turbo diesel in the mid 80s. (Probably my favorite car ever for various reasons.) I am in my mid 30s and have a family - including two small kids and one on the way. My wife drives a large SUV crossover, which is what we normally drive when all of us are together. So, my car is mainly for my personal use -- the majority of it spent in my 5-day-a-week, 40-mile round trip commute to and from work. (Mostly highway miles.) I have a professional job that requires me to entertain (and impress) clients and prospective clients on occassion, so I need something with some "image" -- as superficial as that sounds. I live in St. Louis, MO - so while our winters are not as bad as they are in the northern states, we do get our share of snow and ice. This winter, we had about 10 days that were difficult driving conditions - 2 of them absolutely horrible. I also live on a hill. So, I do need something that can handle weather. (I actually had to walk about a half mile in swirling snow carring my 3-yr-old daughter because my current car couldn't make the climb. Never again.)
Maybe you're asking why a nearly 8 year old car, then? Mainly, I'm trying to remain budget conscious in these uncertain economic times... getting something within my means - while being able to enjoy the benefits of a well-made luxury car. In my research so far on my needs -- and my wants -- this seems like an option.
As I am a few months away from actually purchasing one... I'm trying to focus on what would be the likely cost of ownership and maintenance environment of something like this. Would it be a reliable car that can run and run as long as it is maintained with routine "grooming" and careful driving? Or this car at this age be ready to hit a spat of serious maintenance issues and be prone for many expensive trips to to the shop?
To that end, as I scout potential sellers in my area... what kinds of things should I be on the lookout for - regarding maintenance? Are there any tell-tale signs that the car is due for some expensive replacements, or other issues? Or is just really the luck of the dice?
Thanks. I really appreciate any insight you can share and your candid responses.
#1028 of 1173 Re: 2001 E430 - considering buying one [davexpert]
Mar 25, 2008 (9:58 am)
A 4Matic is definitely going to cost more to maintain and repair. I would get a 2 wheel drive and invest in a set of winter wheels and 4 good snow tires for winter. Also that would also give you better mpg. As far as maintenace goes,insist on service records and that they are up to date. After I bought the car I would have ALL the fluids changed. If you can, get a Certified Car from an MB dealer.
I believe that this would be a good start. Have been driving MB's since 1971 so I have had a little experience with them. After you find your car I would also join the MBCA as they have an excellent bi-monthly magazine which often features excellent tech articles. Lastly I would take my time and look for a car with closer to 50,000mi. on it. If you are patient you can find them. The MBUSA site has an excellent search program for preowned cars.