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Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Sedan, Wagon
#23 of 1173 Response to Radio Shutdowns II
Sep 20, 2003 (9:20 am)
I have had the exact problems with My E500. They couldn't reproduce the problem, so Mercedes didn't authorize any resolution. The strange break noise was initially fixed with a damper in the break line. After the fix, the noise was still present, but much quieter. Now the noise is completely gone. Since I first drove the car from the show room, I was getting an SOS Defective message on my display center. At first, Mercedes was aware of the problem, but did not have a fix. When I took the car in for service because of the crackling noise, they replaced my instrument cluster to deal with the SOS defective problem. I have not had another occurance of the cracking and sizzling noise since the first occurance.
This is my 3rd Mercedes since I started buying them in 1999. I had a 1999 E320 that never required any problem fix. A 1999 ML320 that had a couple of problems over the 3.5 years of ownership. Now this 2003 E500. I'm not sure that I will buy another Mercedes. My first experience's were good. Mercedes knew how to fix their cars. Now.. Mercedes (I'm talking about the company, not my dealer service) is looking incompetent at diagnosing and fixing their own cars. What pity.. The Icon of most auto buffs is now at the bottom of the heap.. Dreaming of this car would be a nightmare!
#24 of 1173 chitownmb - Continental tires
Sep 22, 2003 (8:41 pm)
My experience with Continental tires, which I have had since 1995, has been very good. My first set (ContiTouring Contact) lasted well over 40k miles and was on the car when I traded. My current set (ContiSport Contact) have almost 11k on them with no abnormal signs of wear.
I do have some balance issues from time to time, but a wheel balance and rotation every 5k miles seems to do the trick. Oh, I should mention they are on a C-Class and not an E-Class, so perhaps your mileage may vary. But I did want to let everyone know that they can be good tires.
Sep 30, 2003 (8:13 pm)
Diesel noise means you need new updated engine mounts. For Audio/Teleaid problems ask for a copy of the software versions of your audio, instrument cluster, and communications modules, and a bulletin stating the most up-to-date software versions! If they can't deliver these then find a new dealership for service!
Oct 02, 2003 (1:12 pm)
Reading this message board really hits home! I was one of the people who bought a E500, paid full price,waited 4 months for delivery (early October)and now have had nothing but problems with the car. I have had the car in the shop 7 times and will be taking it in tomorrow for a total of 8. All the same electrical problems I have been reading about in these posts. Mercedes is telling me there is nothing they can do, ("that's what a warranty is for!!!"). I expected so much more. My next car will be a Lexus.
#28 of 1173 2003 E Class-bad mileage & car steers to right
Oct 04, 2003 (2:11 pm)
Is there anyone out there who owns a 2003 E320, and the car steers to the right, and also gets poor gas mileage? I would appreciate any info sent to me at sn654321aol.com
#29 of 1173 Keyless go issues
Oct 09, 2003 (2:54 pm)
After 4 visits to the shop spanning at least a week overall, they seem to have fixed my keyless go system. They had to replace all the various antennas and sychronize the remotes. They also replaced the "gateway" whatever that is. They did have to replace my rear brake pads after a mere 17k miles. Has anyone else had problems with excessive rear brake wear?
#30 of 1173 2003 E-320 engine noise
Oct 13, 2003 (4:39 pm)
Just got my e320 back from the dealership after 6 days in the shop. My complaints were:
1. Loud vibration from the brake pump. First I was told this sound was normal. After my insistence that this noise (incessant every time I released the brake pedal)was obviously not even remotely within the range of normal even for a new type of brake system, I got results. A new pump, several new lines and some kind of dampening were installed and the brakes now sound fine. A minimal rumble is all I hear. I can be more specific on what was done if there is interest.
2. My wife, whose hearing on the high frequencies is better than mine, complained of a high pitched whistle when the brakes were applied. On a test drive the shop foreman also heard the noise, said there was a service bulletin about that and applied the fix.
So far 2 for 2
3. After the first 500 miles, my engine began to sound like a cross between diesel and a sowing machine at idle and low revs. After listening to several other e320's at the dealership, we are convinced that our car is louder than the others we've heard. The dealership says the car sounds normal, but has agreed to bring the matter up with a MB rep next week.
My experience with MB factory reps has been positive in the past. My 2000 e320 was running rough, and after several weeks of diagnosis, they replaced my engine and reimbursed me for the equivalent of month's lease payment. So we'll see.
After this long winded intro, My question is this:
Has anyone else experienced this loud ticking noise from the e320 engine, and what fix if any is out there.
#31 of 1173 2003 E500 GAS MILEAGE CONSUMPTION
Oct 16, 2003 (12:49 pm)
The issue for me is how to even get close to the 16 city mpg that is advertised?! I drive like "an ol' lady" not using/enjoying the V8 and I still best 10 to 12 mpg on city? Anyone else had this experience - the dealer tells me to keep on running in the motor...?
I have had my car since May 2003 and wish I had known of this site before I (foolishly) purchased this car based on the bad reliability reports I see from you fellow owners. Although I have only got 2500 miles on the car I have not had any bad luck of note other than less then excellent workmanship on fit & finish.
#32 of 1173 Gas mileage
Oct 17, 2003 (9:08 am)
I have not had any problems with mileage. In fact around the city the car is consistently above 16 mpg and on the highway is runs around 25 mpg. Of course I have an E500. I would think that the e320 would get even better mileage? Maybe the V8 is more efficient.