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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#1115 of 1173 Re: Beware of AMG Wheels [amd2004]
May 12, 2010 (4:12 pm)
I bought one 2009 E350 on 3/27/2010. Same your issue, after one month, got the tire pressure warning started to repeatedly go on even with 3 separate inspections stating that they could not find a nail on the tire. We finally took it in to full service of Mercedes Benz , they found a crack on rim of the interior of the front driver's side. I have took a picture.
They suggested to replace a new rim, will charge $950.
We just bought this certified car over one month, drive less than 1000 males and we drive very carefully, never hit anything, also how can got the crack inside?
Since I used to drive TOYOTA and LEXUS over ten years, never met the rim problem, I think it is the rim quality problem (who made it, and what material is it), we should ask Benz to recall it, if it does not want to become the second TOYOTA in USA.
Please let me know how to filed complain in NHTSA
Hearing from you soon,
#1116 of 1173 2003 E320 w/ 91,000 miles...
May 17, 2010 (9:18 pm)
There is a beautiful white 2003 E320 on this reputable used car dealer's lot near my house. It's been sitting there for about three months now, I assumed something was wrong with it since it hasn't sold, but I stopped to take a look during my walk the other day. The office was closed so I didn't drive it, but it looks almost brand new inside and out. The only indication that it isn't a more recent model is that the headlights are starting to glaze over, but I understand that's relatively easy to fix with toothpaste or something. As soon as I get a chance during business hours I plan on going to take a serious look and a test drive. Honestly, you wouldn't believe how beautiful this car looks, I wish I could post a picture.
Anyway, I wrote down the VIN# and pulled a CARFAX. The car seems to have been serviced regularly, but, although they didn't scare me away, a couple things caught my attention:
01/17/2003 2,863 Service Facility Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed; Engine/powertrain computer/module replaced
11/25/2003 15,511 Service Facility Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed; Body noise checked
04/09/2004 21,430 Service Facility Manufacturer's recommended maintenance performed; Brakes checked; Sunroof slides replaced
01/18/2005 33,184 Service Facility Electrical system checked; Engine/powertrain computer/module reprogrammed; Anti-theft/keyless
remote battery replaced; Battery/charging system checked
07/13/2009 90,740 Auto Auction Sold at auction
in Pennsylvania, Listed as a dealer vehicle
Does any of this look unusual or should I be wary of seriously considering this car? It seems as though there have been some issues with the engine/powertrain computer/module, whatever that is. Is that common? Would it be expensive to repair since the car is obviously no longer under warranty?
Is there anything I should be looking for? I'd certainly have a Mercedes mechanic check it out before I bought it. I don't even know the asking price, but I've looked on Ebay and run a NADA report, and somewhere between $11,000 and $14,000 seems reasonable. Is there anything that typically malfunctions around 100,000 miles that would cost a lot to repair ($2000+)?
Sorry for all the questions, I've always wanted a Mercedes, but it seems the reliability isn't what it once was. I've had two BMWs, and I never had the first problem with either. One is 16 years old and runs almost a good as it did the day I bought it, but I have no idea what to expect from a Mercedes.
Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to any of the questions, I'd really appreciate your thoughts...
#1117 of 1173 Re: 2003 E320 w/ 91,000 miles... [sardis12]
May 17, 2010 (9:57 pm)
It may be a problem car, maybe not. The 2003 E320 was the first year of the W211 E series. Many issues were reported with those early cars. Not sure about your example, but I'd be curious about the 5 1/2 year, 60,000 mile gap in the Carfax report. Ask your questions on mbworld.org and benzworld.org. They have a lot of information on the W211 and some very technically knowledgeable owners frequent those sites. It would be worth some time reviewing the W211 forums on those sites.
Assume nothing has been done on the car, anything can go wrong and everything will be expensive. Other than that, if you get it sorted out, expect a nice ride.
I have a 2000 E320, W210 with 170,000 miles, running fine. For a replacement I'd consider a W211, but only the later years, 2007-2009. In any event, don't do anything without a thorough pre-purchase inspection by a qualified MBZ specialist. Good luck.
#1118 of 1173 Re: 2003 E320 w/ 91,000 miles... [sardis12]
May 18, 2010 (5:57 am)
When I bought my 2001 E430 from a MB dealer in Mar 2006, the MB service adviser said..." If you can spend the money...go with 2005-up models. if you don't, stay with 96-2002 style.
Although 2003-2009 E-class are very beautiful and elegant cars, and one day I might consider a 06-07 black/taupe model, Pre- 2005 were terrible and unreliable to the point of destroying MB's reputation with its horrible brake by wire technology and other electronic and stereo glitches. Electronic glitches are expensive to fix on any car let alone Mercedes.
As nice looking as these 2003-2004 E-classes are...stay away from them. I KNOW they are very hard to skip since they look so good!!
My 2001 with 100K miles and four years of having it, has been exceptionally trouble free. Even with those models, you still need to pay attention to service/repair history.
Good luck with your search.
#1119 of 1173 2010 E-Class Center column squeek
Jul 06, 2010 (6:57 am)
I've taken my new 2010 E-class 3 times to the shop to fix an interior center column squeak. The last time the car was in the shop, they dissasembled the center column and installed felt. The squeak is still there, and it's sometimes weather sensitive. It sounds like plastic hitting plastic. Does anyone else have a similar issue? The shop doesn't seem to have a solution.
#1120 of 1173 Re: 2010 E-Class Center column squeek [cjones88]
Jul 06, 2010 (7:28 pm)
I doubt if anyone else will have this problem, as I don't know of any current Mercedes street cars with a "center column". Steering column, maybe? Center console, maybe?
#1121 of 1173 Re: 2003 E320 w/ 91,000 miles... [jodar96]
Aug 09, 2010 (10:06 am)
One thing nice about the pre 2005's is they have real leather,the 2006-2010 have vinyl (Mercedes calls it MB-Tex,it was originally designed for taxi cabs in Europe I think).
Not sure how the pull of selling a car like that with vinyl,good marketing I suspect.
The E500's and the S' do have real leather thou.
#1122 of 1173 E320 cackling noise/static in speaker
Sep 30, 2010 (10:28 am)
The problem is there is now major cackling and static heard in the front passenger side speaker, even when the car is not on! It started out softly, but now it pops as if there is a loose wire. When I purchased the car (used MB 2003) from the dealer it did not do that until 30 days after the purchase! The car phone was partially dismantled and I'm wondering if that is the cause of the problem, or is the atennae or is this a big expensive electrical problem? Will it possibly drain the battery?
The car is running fine, but the sound is driving me crazy! Please, anyone that can address this problem! Thanks, Chicago Girl
#1123 of 1173 Re: E320 cackling noise/static in speaker [athena22]
Sep 30, 2010 (10:42 am)
Check out www.benzworld.org. That site is much more tech oriented than this one and may have your answer.
#1124 of 1173 2011 e350 convert
Nov 10, 2010 (4:03 pm)
car has a moaning noise most noticeable at stop. dealer said power steering pump which was replaced with no change. anyone have same problem in convert or coupe.