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#263 of 1173 GOOD BYE E 320
Jan 10, 2004 (12:09 pm)
After 15 months I sold my new 2003 E320 black sedan. In its place I purchased a 2003 Jaguar 3.0 S type got a BIG check from the selling dealer for the difference too! What I did not initially get with my $52,000 Benz, and have now is: Special paint, a premium sound system, up-graded speakers, up-graded radio, a 6 CD player in the trunk, wood/leather steering wheel, electric dual lumbar adjustments, fold down rear seats a LOT more wood inside and many other crerature comforts. Say what you will but after owning TWO of them the Mercedes is overpriced iron and highly over-rated.
Jan 10, 2004 (5:42 pm)
The paint on the hood has peeled off-about a three-inch square. The dealer tells me MBZ does not warranty their paint. I've also had a series of electrical problems. I've driven MB's for eighteen years now. I'm thinking seriously of going to BMW. My Starmark Certification expires next month. I just can't face the idea of running in with the machine every month or so.Dealer service is less than satisfactory.
#265 of 1173 02 E320 Sunroof
Jan 14, 2004 (8:29 pm)
I have had the car for a little over a year. Boy, it has been back to the dealership probably once a month with a variety of problems;
1. Problems with radio going out. Now fixed.
2. Head lamps on when they should not be. Now fixed.
3. Sunroof, appears to loose its memory and does not recognise what position it is at (it moves a short distance when the button is depressed but does not open or close fully). Yet to be resolved. This problem has lingered for a while and has been back to the dealer for a number of times now. Shame, I thought MB where better built than this. Perhaps I should get a Toyota next time. My wife's 2000 Camry is just great and never been back once for any fault.
If anyone has the same problem, let me know. Me too thinking of sending a lemon law letter to the dealership specially since they ignored an earlier well mannered note.
#266 of 1173 2004 E-320 Problems??????
Jan 15, 2004 (10:58 pm)
After reading all these problems im nervous about buying a new one.
Does everyone have problems with their car???
Do you think the problems have been worked out by now in the 04 cars?
Any advice would be helpful as my lease is up in a few months.
#267 of 1173 2004 e-320 Tranny problems
Jan 19, 2004 (1:12 pm)
Just bought a '04 e-320 sport. I've noticed a couple times when i put the car in reverse to get out of the garage the gear does not engage. Also noticed when decelerating (highway off ramp) when the car down shifts, it's rather noisy, a hard downshift. Has anyone experienced this?
#268 of 1173 2004 E
Jan 20, 2004 (7:21 am)
I would think long and hard about the 2004 E-class. I had a 2000 E-class and gave up to a 2003 GX470 and a 2003 BMW 330i. I had a difficult time with my E-class with a host of electrical problems (COMAND, radio, sensors). I really liked the car, but I lost my confidence in the car with continued electrical issues. I think it is going to take two or three years for MB to change the philosophy to the MB of old where quality was important.
#269 of 1173 RE: E-320 problems
Jan 20, 2004 (1:52 pm)
Our 2000 E-430 has 34,000 miles and has had numerous problems- the list is very long-
dash board was replaced due to premature splitting of air bag cut out
window regulators replaced on 3 windows
dash board lights replaced
plastic headlights and parking lights completely yellowed - replaced
drink holder replaced
vanity mirror lid replaced
fuel level sensor replaced
stop lamp switch replaced
cowl seals on windshield replaced
serpentine belt,tensioner and idle pulley REPLACED
replace fog light bulb
replace emblem on gear shift handle
replace switches on steering wheel - finish turned very sticky
Otherwise the car has been fine!!!
Except for the OEM Conti tires - extremely noisy.
Replaced with Turanza LS-Z major improvement in the ride - no loss of performance -
Thats not a great tribute to what I expected to be a LUXURY automobile.
We are presently discussing the premature wear of the leather seats and serious rust from small paint chips.
Hope that this info assists you in making a purchase decision.
#271 of 1173 2003 E-Class Nav/Command
Jan 23, 2004 (6:35 am)
Could anyone kindly post a link or a copy of the letter that Mercedes sent out regarding the resolution of $3250 or buy-back for those who ordered the NAV?
I would truly appreciated that as I am currently in Negotiation with Mercedes and they need a copy of the letter to prove the claim.
Thanks in advance.
mbnotforme "2003 E Class Comand/Nav Debacle" Jul 22, 2003 6:26pm
#272 of 1173 2003 E-320 engine noise
Jan 24, 2004 (5:18 pm)
I have the same noisy engine in my 2003 E320. After multiple trips to the dealer and letters to MBUSA Customer Service in NJ, I've gotten nowhere. The dealership says the engine sound is normal, and MBUSA backs them up. They refused to send a factory rep to listen to the car. BTW the motor mount TSB only applies to the E500. I'm seriously considering getting rid of this car and going back to a Japanese car where customer service means something. Any success stories re: this problem would be appreciated